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 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.

Xu Xin highlight

Xu Xin Titles

World CupSingle12013
World Team CupTeam62009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018
World ChampionshipsDouble32011, 2015, 2017
World ChampionshipsMixed Double22015, 2019
World ChampionshipsTeam52010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
ITTF World TourSingle182010 – 2020
ITTF World TourDouble282009 – 2019
ITTF World TourMixed Double62018 – 2019
ITTF World Tour Grand Finals ChampionSingle22012, 2013
Olympic GamesTeam12016
Asian GamesSingle12014
Asian GamesMixed Double12010
Asian GamesTeam22010, 2014
Asian ChampionshipsSingle12019
Asian ChampionshipsDouble22009, 2015
Asian ChampionshipsMixed Double22012, 2019
Asian ChampionshipsTeam62009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
Asian CupSingle42012, 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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