The Liebherr World Table Tennis Championships 2017 in Düsseldorf will remain long in the memory
The Liebherr World Table Tennis Championships 2017 will remain long in the memory as an unforgettable festival of sport. It is not without good reason that both players and event organizers were able to look back on many unforgettable moments by the end of the tournament in Düsseldorf. "The tournament in Düsseldorf will always remain in our memory", was also the opinion of Thomas Weikert, President of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) in his closing speech.
The amazing performances of over 600 players from over 100 countries combined with the type of atmosphere that is usually only found in China to produce a wealth of unique experiences. "It was massive fun to play in front of this crowd in Düsseldorf. I will never forget it", said Germany's top player Timo Boll - even after he had just been defeated in the quarter-finals by China's superstar and eventual title winner Ma Long.
The latter was visibly touched after his success over fellow countryman Fan Zhendong in a nail-biting final, and not just because of the dramatic events of the match: "That was the craziest game of my life. I will never forget it", commented the 28-year-old - no doubt also referring to the unforgettable atmosphere in the stands.
Alongside the smooth organization, the spectators were the most important factor in the success of the largest indoor sport event in the world. On the last day of the World Championships, the fans enjoyed a fantastic party. The many new and surprising special effects used to present the matches were one of the aspects of the tournament which certainly helped to encourage the unprecedented excitement levels among fans.
In Germany, there are plans to continue this modern path towards developing the sport of table tennis and its presentation to the outside world. "We want to make it into more of an event, we want more power!", said DTTB President Michael Geiger in his final assessment. However, it already seems certain that other national associations will pick up on the invigorating boost that this tournament held on the banks of the River Rhine has given the sport.
The bar has certainly been set high. "As is always the case at major table tennis events in Germany", said ITTF-President Weikert in his summary, "new standards have been set. The Liebherr World Table Tennis Championships 2017 are the new benchmark."