Exclusive Interview: Tobias Rasmussen

Danish star Tobias Rasmussen speaks to SD Sport in exclusive interview (Photo: ITTF)

The fourth highest ranked Danish player in the ITTF World Rankings table, SD Sport had the pleasure of conducting an exclusive interview with Tobias Rasmussen.

German Bundesliga, lockdown life and more – Tobias discusses his move to ASV Grünwettersbach, what he has been getting up to in recent months and his career ambitions in an extensive chat:

Lifting the cup with ASV Grünwettersbach

Next season will be Tobias Rasmussen’s second year playing with Bundesliga.1 club ASV Grünwettersbach. The 24-year-old, who is currently ranked 207 in the world, previously represented FC Saarbrücken in Bundesliga.2 where he achieved a staggeringly impressive win record of 21:3.

During Tobias’s first ever TTBL Season, ASV Grünwettersbach experienced one of its most triumphant successes to date by winning the TTBL German Cup. With the move to ASV Grünwettersbach and the first Bundesliga being a big step up for any table tennis player, we asked him about how he felt about his move to the Bundesliga.1 side:

“It felt great and I felt it was the right time for me to change. I played a very good season in the 2nd Bundesliga… so I contacted ASV Grünwettersbach and they were interested in having me in their team. I am very happy to have got the chance to play against the best players in Europe and I am satisfied with my first season as a Bundesliga player for ASV.” – Tobias Rasmussen

A successful first season in the top flight, The Dane also reflected upon ASV Grünwettersbach’s 2019-2020 campaign which saw the team lift the prestigious TTBL German Cup:

“I feel [the first] season with ASV went well but there were both ups and downs. I won some important matches and obviously winning the German Cup was a big highlight of the season… If I continue to believe in myself and work hard I know my time will come.” – Tobias Rasmussen

 

Life in lockdown and keeping fit

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought professional table tennis to a worldwide halt for the time being, with the ITTF recently revealing its hopes to stage international action later in the year.

Many players are only now just starting to find their way back to the table, but Tobias has been working on his game despite the inconvenience of lockdown restrictions:

“In the beginning of the Coronavirus I was not able to train at all. Everything was closed in Denmark… I have used this unique time primarily to work on my forehand technique, transition from forehand to backhand and some new services. I feel I am in great shape and I can’t wait to start the new season.” -Tobias Rasmussen

Although the global pandemic has presented a major hurdle for athletes across the world, Tobias reflects on how he has kept fit during recent months:

“I have been doing a lot of different sports to stay fit such as Badminton, Tennis, Padel Tennis and Mountain Biking. It is nice to try something new and always a great learning experience. It has been amazing to spend time with my family during the Coronavirus but I must also admit that I miss travelling around the world playing tournaments.” – Tobias Rasmussen

The next step

Continuing to challenge Denmark’s very best, Tobias is currently just one place off the top three with Zhai Yujia sitting narrowly ahead. We asked Tobias what he felt he could work on to bridge the gap and take his ranking to the next level in his home country:

“Both Jonathan Groth and Anders Lind are great players and I feel they have something different in their game that not many others have. I just have to work hard and continue trying to improve the things I am working on at the moment.” – Tobias Rassmussen

Tobias has represented Denmark at the European Championships and the European Games! (Photo: ITTF)

Having already achieved much in his career to date, Tobias has a bright future in front of him, but the Dane remains ambitious with big milestone targets in sight:

“I have many goals and dreams for the future such as participating at the Olympic Games, winning a medal at the European Championships and also to win the Bundesliga with my club one day.” – Tobias Rasmussen

SD Sport would like to place on record its thanks to Tobias for taking the time to answer our questions.

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