We all know that determination and will power are some of the traits which separate the ordinary from the extraordinary athletes. The dictionary defines determination as “Firmness of purpose”. In its simplest for determination is about how badly you want something, in the case of your table tennis, this would equate to how much effort or training you put into achieving your goal, whatever it may be.

Champions are relentless in their efforts to better their games. I remember seeing a video of world ranked number 1, Wang Hao training at 2 am in the morning on the day before the 2009 World Championships Men’s finals in Yokohama, Japan. For me, this was a clear example of just how much top players are willing to do to perfect their skills.

“Champions keep playing until they get it right”

The legendary Billie Jean King is an American tennis icon. She won an impressive 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. She is regarded by many in the sport as one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all time. Known for her rigorous training schedule, she never rested until she got every aspect of her game perfected.

If you want to be successful as a table tennis athlete, you must pursue perfection. Keep training, keep learning and must of all – never stop until you get it right.