Yijun Feng set to make Men's World Cup debut: Courtesy of ITTF
Site Products
USA’s Yijun Feng set to make Men’s World Cup debut

Yijun Feng set to make Men’s World Cup debut

Yijun Feng set to make Men’s World Cup debut

Courtesy of ITTF / By: Simon Danish

There are just five days to go until the Liebherr 2016 Men’s World Cup gets underway in Saarbrücken, and one debutante will be carrying the hopes of North America on his shoulders at the competition: Yijun Feng.

yijun-feng-set-to-make-mens-world-cup-debut_2
USA’s Yijun Feng set to make Men’s World Cup debut (Photo: Thorsten Gohl)

Where it all Began

Representing the USA, Yijun Feng sealed qualification for the Men’s World Cup following his capture of the Men’s Singles title at the 2016 ITTF-North America Cup; aged just 19 years old Feng could add an exciting flavour to the event in Saarbrücken.

Feng was born in Nanjing (China) in 1997 and moved to Texas in the USA eight years later. Then a move to the U.S. state of Georgia followed and before long Feng was attending the Atlanta International Table Tennis Academy.

An interesting fact to point out is that Feng actually started out using the more conventional shakehand grip, but converted to penhold grip when the coach at the Nanjing based team he was playing for insisted he switched grips-Feng has stuck with penhold ever since.

Bursting Onto the Scene

One of the first occasions that Yijun Feng really began to catch the attention of the Table Tennis world was at the Joola 2015 North American Team Championships, where he stunned Nigerian player Quadri Aruna with a fourth end victory.

2015 also saw Feng add the US National Championships Men’s Singles, Under 21 Men’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles trophies to his name.

Feng to Surprise Opposition?

Yijun Feng achieved qualification for the Men’s World Cup at the North American Cup tournament held earlier in 2016, after his win over rising USA star Kanak Jha (16) in the Men’s Singles final. Since then Feng has made an appearance at the 2016 Olympic Games representing his country in both the Men’s Singles and Men’s Team categories.

Being the second lowest ranked player competing at the Liebherr 2016 Men’s World Cup, Yijun Feng is expected to be drawn into one of four qualifying groups featuring competitors seeded ninth to 20th. Therefore progressing beyond the qualifying groups would be considered as a solid achievement for the USA contestant.
Winning the Liebherr 2016 Men’s World Cup may prove a step too far for Yijun Feng on his debut, but the 19-year-old improves with every tournament he participates in. With the valuable experience he is set to gain from his appearance in Saarbrücken, the name Yijun Feng may be worth noting down for future events.


Dignics 09C - Now Available

Latest News

We’re Talking About Practice Partner Video

May 10, 2021
Video is a tribute to Alan Iverson’s classic “Practice” interview To learn more about Practice Partner 20 Robot,… Read More

Coaching Tip of the Week: How to Play a Player Who Attacks With Long Pips

May 10, 2021
(By Larry Hodges) One of the most difficult shots to handle is a ball attacked by a player… Read More

2021 Chinese Trials: Videos of the Upsets (as World No.1, 2, and 3 All Fall)

May 10, 2021
(by Steve Hopkins, photo by ITTFWorld) Last week the Chinese Trials were held in Xingtong, China.  The results… Read More

WAB Featured Club: Boston Table Tennis Center

May 9, 2021
(by Steve Hopkins) The Boston Table Tennis Center is in Medford, just North of Cambridge and Somerville and only… Read More

Who’s the Next No. 1: Looking Past the Olympics

May 8, 2021
(by Steve Hopkins, photos by ITTFworld) Often there is a changing of the guard after an Olympics – a… Read More

China’s Olympic “Trials”: Qihao Tops Zhendong in Xingtong

May 7, 2021
(by Steve Hopkins, photo by ITTFworld) If this event were a true Olympic Trials, the table tennis world… Read More

China’s Olympic “Trials”: Surprises in Xingtong

May 7, 2021
(by Steve Hopkins, photo by ITTFworld) The teams are already set, so the 5-day event is more of… Read More

Butterfly Puerto Rico Open Teams Postponed

May 2, 2021
We regretfully announce the postponement of the Butterfly Puerto Rico Open Teams Tournament, originally scheduled for July 30… Read More
View All News

Get the latest from Butterfly

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.