Xu Xin & His Equipment

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Xu Xin first reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 1 in January 2013. He has won 17 World Tour Singles titles and has won the World Championships in men’s doubles 3 times, mixed doubles 2 times, and fives times in the team event.
Xu Xin

Xu Xin Information:

  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Born: 8 January 1990, Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Playing-style: left-handed, penhold grip
  • Highest Ranking: #1
  • Height: 5 ft 11 in
  • Weight: 165 lbs

Xu Xin Playing style

Xu Xin is one of the few penhold grip players in China, especially among the younger generation who are mostly shakehand players. He follows the footsteps of other penhold champions such as Wang Hao and Ma Lin.

With his long arms and frame, he is able to more easily reach balls hit wide. His long arms enable a graceful, unique forehand loop, with his arm almost fully outstretched. He has also adopted the reverse penhold backhand grip (RPB), a recent development for China’s penholders, allowing a two-winged attack. He still uses a traditional penhold (Chinese) backhand to lob and push the ball with the forehand side of his racket. More recently, Xu Xin has been more willing to counter with his RPB, allowing him to maintain aggression in the points on his backhand side.

Xu Xin’s main strength is his shot variation and blazing fast forehand loops, often stepping very deep into his backhand corner to use his forehand. He sets these shots up with his extremely spinny and deceptive serves, and has some of the best footwork in table tennis. He is also something of a ‘crowd entertainer’, often coming up with wild, and sometimes inappropriate, shots. He has been dubbed the ‘show man’ in recent years. This is perhaps due to his playful nature and confidence in playing. He admitted that he hopes to try to be more efficient and effective with his shot selection as he matures and carries more responsibilities. More recently, Xu Xin has been called “XUperman”, referring to his many “superman-like” moments. These names have been widely popularized by the use of Adam Bobrow, an ITTF commentator.

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Xu Xin Titles

Games Event Winner Year
World Cup Single 1 2013
World Team Cup Team 6 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018
World Championships Double 3 2011, 2015, 2017
World Championships Mixed Double 2 2015, 2019
World Championships Team 5 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
ITTF World Tour Single 18 2010 – 2020
ITTF World Tour Double 28 2009 – 2019
ITTF World Tour Mixed Double 6 2018 – 2019
ITTF World Tour Grand Finals Champion Single 2 2012, 2013
Olympic Games Team 1 2016
Asian Games Single 1 2014
Asian Games Mixed Double 1 2010
Asian Games Team 2 2010, 2014
Asian Championships Single 1 2019
Asian Championships Double 2 2009, 2015
Asian Championships Mixed Double 2 2012, 2019
Asian Championships Team 6 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
Asian Cup Single 4 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016

Xu Xin Equipment

  • Blade: STIGA Dynasty Carbon Chinese Penhold
  • Forehand: DHS NEO Skyline TG2
  • Backhand: DHS Hurricane 3


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