The living legends
Legends among themselves: At the next event in the frame of the ITTF legends tour, former and current heroes meet on 28th April in the French Metz. Jiang Jialiang, world champion in single competition from 1985 and ’87 as well as head of the legendary Chinese team which had only been dethroned by the Swedes at the World Championships 1989 in Dortmund, will meet among others also their companions Jörgen Persson and Jörg Roßkopf again. DONIC star Persson who won with Sweden his first gold medal at the World Championships 1989, became not only world champion in team competition, but also in single competition; Roßkopf, 1989 world champion in double competition with Steffen Fetzner, won the gold medal in single competition at the European Championships 1992. His opponent in the final at that time, Jean-Michel Saive became later number one of the world ranking list –the Belgium player will be present in Metz, too. Finally, the field will be completed by the long-time French national players Christophe Legout and Panagiotis Gionis. The Greek, still one of the best defensive players world-wide used to play in the French first league club in Metz and therefore got a wild card for this event.
For years DONIC has already supported the legends tour and that’s perfect. Not only because the stars guarantee optimum playing conditions, but also as DONIC has been the equipment supplier for some of the table tennis legends during their whole career. For example, the Swede Jan-Ove Waldner, Mikael Appelgren and Jörgen Persson. Also, Europe’s current number one, Dimitrij Ovtcharov, has trusted in the German traditional brand since his childhood. Maybe one day we might see him on a Legends Tour, too.
DONIC makes legends.