Thursday 28 March 2013

Adidas Powerhouse on top of Denmark

I had the distinct please of interviewing Jonathan Groth, a rising star in Europe, one of the first sponsored Adidas players and twice national champion of Denmark. Thanks for the interview Jonathan and best of luck in Paris :)

Full Name: Jonathan Groth
Date of Birth: 9. November. 1992
Nation Represented: Denmark
Highest World Ranking: 153

Adidas sponsored Jonathan Groth

Equipment Used:

Blade: Adidas Hypertouch
FH Rubber: Adidas, TenZone
BH Rubber: Adidas, TenZone

Your Career

How long have you played table tennis for, when and how did you start?
I started when I was 8 years old. Playing in the school and then started in a club.

What has been the highlight of your table tennis career so far?
Silver In Europeans Mens Doubles 2010 with Kasper Sternberg and to win Danish Championship 2012 and again in 2013.

How has your first season at Fulda-Maberzell been? How has it helped your game being part of the team?
Yes it has helped me a lot.. Just to be around good players and practice with good players has helped to increase my level.

What is your big goal for 2013?
I have no big goal, Just that I can continue improve all the time and get higher on the world ranking.

Your team recently came 2nd at the German Cup so congratulations, how did you feel you played in that event. You managed to win a set and play a great match against Timo Boll in the final, does that performance give you confidence for future matches?
That specific match doesn't give me more confidence. I also played against him earlier in the season and lost 3-2. But I have been playing better the last months so I have just got more confidence with the time.

What is your week like in terms of training, Bundesliga matches and ECL matches?
My week changes all the time.. There is no routine that goes again and again.

Let's talk about Adidas Table Tennis. Recently you became sponsored by them and are now part of their promotions. Many players were at first skeptical about Adidas' ability to produce specialised table tennis equipment. So tell us, how has the equipment been for you?
I have now been playing with Adidas for 2 years and I am really satisfied with the quality of the equipment. The equipment has reached a high level since I started with it, so I am really satisfied with playing with Adidas rubbers and blade.

Groth is two time Danish National Champ in 2012 and 2013

Who do you think will win the mens singles at this year's WTTC in Paris?
I think Ma Long or Xu Xin will win the WTTC in Paris.

Off Topic Questions

Who is your favourite sportsperson of all time?
Roger Federer. Greatest sportsperson of all time in my opinion.

Favourite Food?
I like Mexican food a lot.

Dream Car?

Ideal Holiday Destination?
Some place warm!

First thing you would do if you won $1million?
I think I would take a small holiday ;)

Your Team Mates

Who trains the hardest in the training hall?
You cannot say one person that practice harder than the others.

Who is the funniest team player?
I am playing with Robert Svensson at the moment. He is funny.

And Lastly

Would you like to add one last tip or inspirational message for table tennis players out there looking to succeed?
Enjoy table tennis as much as possible.

An amazing between the legs shot by Jonathan Groth against Bojan Tokic.

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