Who will become Timo Boll's heir in ChemnitzPhoto: ITTF
Dimitrij OVTCHAROV, Patrick FRANZISKA or even Dang QIU - who will succeed in year one after Timo BOLL at the National German Championships in Chemnitz? And will Nina MITTELHAM be able to defend her title? Or do her national team colleagues succeed this time?
Questions upon questions, all of which will be answered at the 88th edition of the most important tournament in the German national table tennis calendar. For the third time in 2020 Chemnitz will be the venue of the German Championships after 2007 and 2015. As 13 years before the Richard-Hartmann-Halle will be the venue.
The closest circle of title aspirants is led by the current top stars in Germany after Timo BOLL'S retirement from the national championships winning is 13th singles title last year: Dimitrij OVTCHAROV, 2017 World Cup winner and former world number one, who is currently struggling with the after-effects of a flu, the two-time European Games champion Patrick FRANZISKA, penholder ace Dang QIU, last year's semi-finalist, defending champion in doubles and Portugal Open winner, or his doubles partner, Benedikt DUDA, who was already in great form at the German Open in Magdeburg. In the women's singles Nina MITTELHAM is the defending champion who could strongly be challenged by the European Doubles Champions Sabine WINTER and Kristin LANG or the young talents in the national team Chantal MANTZ and Yuan Wan.
But that's not all: The list of German world-class players is long. In the men's singles national team players Ricardo Walther and Kilian Ort as well as Steffen Mengel, the 2013 German Singles Champion, also compete with ambitions for precious metal. In the women's singles talents such as the European Team Champions in Junior Girls, led by Franziska SCHREINER and Sophia KLEE, as well as the experienced former national team players Tanja KRÄMER and Jessica GÖBEL are expanding the circle of medal candidates. A total of 32 men and women as well as 16 doubles and 16 mixed doubles will compete for the titles on 29 February and 1 March.