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Spotlight: June 2016 – Jun Mizutani

Mizutani - photo by the ITTF– photo provided courtesy of the ITTF

There’s only one player to talk about this month, and that’s Jun Mizutani after the Japanese No.1 picked up two ITTF Men’s Singles titles at the Slovenian and Australian Opens.

Mizutani was born on June the 9th in Iwata (Japan) and his talent for table tennis became apparent to the Japanese setup from a young age. Early on in his life, Mizutani was sent to participate in leagues and tournaments across Europe to obtain the necessary experience to accelerate his progress as a table tennis player.

Aged 14, Mizutani won the Junior Men’s Singles gold at the 2003 Japanese National Table Tennis General Assembly, becoming the youngest Champion. He also went on to break another record by becoming the youngest male player to have ever won the Japanese National Championships in 2006.

Mizutani’s potential was starting to show, and by the end of 2007 he moved up to 32nd in the world having began the year outside the top 100.

2009 saw Mizutani beat Hao Shuai at the Korean Open to win his first ITTF World Tour winners trophy. Since then Mizutani has gone on to win several World Tour gold medals, but perhaps his greatest achievement to date was standing victorious at the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals competitions in 2010 and 2014.

The Japanese player has also represented his country at World Cups, World Championships and two Olympic Games (2008 and 2012). Mizutani is married, has a child and recently agreed a move to join Russian Super League Champions Orenburg for the 2016-2017 season.

Jun Mizutani vs Dimitrij Ovtcharov (2014 World Tour Grand Finals) – video kindly shared by the ITTF