The soccer women of FFC Frankfurt will merge with Eintracht Frankfurt in the coming season to catch up with the national leaders again. Would you also like to have a Bundesliga table tennis team called Eintracht Frankfurt? Eintracht is currently playing in the Hessen League.
Before TG Hanau, as a district league club, took over the Bundesliga license from TTV Gönnern in 2009, that was our goal. At that time we had spoken to Eintracht and presented it with a concept. It will always be the goal that large clubs get involved in top-class table tennis. Werder Bremen is already doing this. Table tennis, which you can play into old age, is very suitable for large clubs. It would be very sensible and extremely important to have a Bundesliga club again in the Rhein-Main area in order to be able to offer the young players a perspective. With great support from TTV patrons, Timo Boll has come to the top of the world. The local region is also perfect for a top league location with its economic strength.
After three years in the Bundesliga, Hanau withdrew from the Bundesliga in 2012. Since then there has been no Bundesliga table tennis in the Rhine-Main region. However, the TTC OE Bad Homburg has very good chances of promotion in the Second Bundesliga.
The Bad Homburgers are very professional and work well. Why shouldn't they make it to the Bundesliga? But having two first division clubs that would be so close to each other with Frankfurt and Bad Homburg would be difficult. One would have to look for the conversation.
Can you imagine that 38-year-old Timo Boll will return to the Rhein-Main area before he retires as an active driver of a Bundesliga club?
I can hardly imagine that because Timo still has a long contract in Düsseldorf. And I hope he will play for a long time. But then he can come back to Hesse in another function. The same applies to me, by the way. We are both very close to home and always happy when we can do something here. We have enough experience and know what has to happen. It would therefore make sense to talk to us about the respective topics.
Would you like a position in the club as a sports director?
I am very happy with my role as national coach. But of course I can also imagine working with players every day. I am open to all things when interesting and ambitious projects come. And I'm not a national coach forever. The national association knows that I will definitely be the national coach until the 2024 Olympic Games.
How do you rate the chance that the Hessian Table Tennis Association (HTTV) will bring world-class players like Boll, Patrick Franziska and you out again?
The HTTV was and is important for the German Table Tennis Association. With the Olympic base in Frankfurt, the boarding school and the sports school, the structures are perfect for bringing out talent in the future. Timo Boll was the mega talent. But Franziska and Roßkopf weren't talented. Rather, both have advanced through hard training. The philosophy of the Hesse was always a very good basic training with the associated striking technique. Timo Boll stands for perfect basic training. His stroke always fits – whether you wake him up at three in the morning or whether he was injured before. The young players of today, however, have a big problem with it. Therefore, the striking technique should always be included in the basic training. At coaching meetings I always point out how important this is.
Is a new, great talent recognizable at HTTV?
It is difficult to name names at the age of ten, eleven, twelve. That wouldn't do the players justice either. It is important that they can develop in peace. Only with 15 or 16 years and corresponding successes can more be said about the possible future of a player. With Tobias Beck, HTTV has a very good coach who attaches great importance to the basic training of the players. The 14-year-old Tayler Fox comes from the Hessian school and is currently in the league team of the TTC OE Bad Homburg. He is trained at the German table tennis boarding school in Düsseldorf. Fox is currently a student international.
After 34 years with HTTV, Helmut Hampl, who made Boll a world-class player, moved to the German table tennis center in Düsseldorf in 2015 as head coach? Did the departure from Hampl have a negative impact on table tennis in Hesse?
The gap will always be very big – no matter where Helmut Hampl leaves. It will be the same with the German Table Tennis Association if it will stop soon. According to Hampl's basic philosophy of attaching great importance to training, all trainers should direct themselves. In national comparison, HTTV is always among the top three to five of the state associations. That's where the Hessians are, and that's where they belong. But that they have brought out so many national and international top players in the past does not happen every ten years. Maybe you have to make do with less.
Does the HTTV have enough trainers?
Clubs, national associations, national teams: Compared to Asians, we don't have enough coaches anywhere. We are lagging behind, especially in talent screening. But we have to keep up with what's there. We are satisfied with how the Olympic base in Frankfurt and the state sports association deal with table tennis. Table tennis is one of the top sports in Hesse.
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