One of the greatest table tennis players to hail from the African continent, Nigeria’s Quadri Aruna will be a prominent fixture in the battle for international glory at the upcoming Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships.
Making Olympic history by becoming the first African table tennis player to reach the quarter-finals at Rio 2016, Quadri Aruna has proven himself against the biggest names at the highest level.
Since his success at the Olympic Games Quadri Aruna has gone on to become the first player from Nigeria to lift a Men’s Singles trophy at an ITTF Challenge Series event, win a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and gold at the 2018 ITTF-African Championships.
So, what makes the Nigerian star tick? What gives him the mental edge in the heat of battle?
Now it’s time to find out the answers to these questions with the second episode of ‘Inside My Mind’:
Spell-binding imagery and audio of the highest production quality will leave you captivated, as the players take you away on an uncharted journey deep into their game plans, all while speaking in their native tongue (supported by English subtitles).
The second episode of a seven-part series, ‘Inside My Mind’ is simply not to be missed on the lead-up to the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in April.
Here is the full programme of ‘Inside My Mind’:
Ding Ning (China) ‘The Queen of Hearts’ combines elegance and dynamism like no other. She is the Women’s World no. 1 and reigning World & Olympic Champion. Watch her signature serve as the key to her strategy of serial success.
Quadri Aruna (Nigeria) Thumping power strokes and terrific topspin are what he’s known for, but there’s a lot more than first meets the eye to the reigning African Champion.
Bernadette Szocs (Romania) Perfection personified, from her very appearance on court to the unmistakable precision of each and every movement that have taken her to European titles. For Bernadette, it’s the details that matter.
Ma Long (China) He’s not called ‘The Dictator’ by accident. Enter the unique mind of a natural-born winner: the reigning Men’s World & Olympic Champion, Ma Long.
Hugo Calderano (Brazil) Athleticism. Energy. Exuberance. That’s all clear, but what is the boy from Brazil actually thinking when he’s meaning business on court? The first ever player from Latin America to break into the top 10 in the world, Hugo gives you special insight into his shot selection. Speed of body. Speed of mind.
Manika Batra (India) The most mystical of all: let Manika cast you under her spell as the Commonwealth Games Champion reveals her masterplan.
Timo Boll (Germany) Seven times a European Champion. Yes, seven times! Not to mention two World Cups. But there’s so much to discover still about Timo Boll. Watch and learn from an undisputed legend of the game.