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Legendary German Powerhouse, Rosskopf, Looks Ahead to Vegas

By Matt Hetherington | June 12, 2018, 11:08 a.m. (ET)

Across the late eighties, and through the 90s, Germany's Jörg Rosskopf was one of the world's leading table tennis players. Widely noted for his excellent power off both wings, and in particular his backhand powerloop, Rosskopf collected accolades in all major events. 

In 1989 he won gold in the Men's Doubles with Steffen Fetzner at the World Championships in Dortmund, one of just three individual titles captured by Germany at the World Championships in history and the only in the men's competition. He won also 2 Olympic medals, pairing with Fetzner in 1992 to win silver in the men's doubles, then 4 years later claiming bronze in the singles in 1996. 

Rosskopf was victorious at the 1998 World Cup, taking gold. He also won the doubles ('98) and singles ('92) at the European Championships. 

Now the German National Team Coach spends his time focusing on his goals for his nation's team, one which has had great success on the international stage for many years. 

But as next week kicks off, Jörg Rosskopf will pick his racket up again, as he did last year - winning the 2017 ITTF Legends Tour. Rosskopf will compete in the 45-49 Men's Singles category and also in the Men's Doubles where he partners with Chen Weixing, another top name in the competition.

Rosskopf dubs Las Vegas a 'spectacular place' and while it is not his first time in the city, it will be his debut in the World Veteran Championships.

"I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends from tournaments like Persson and Lindh and of course try and play table tennis well. I'm not playing so much in the game because of my job as German National Team Coach, I'm travelling some 250 days in the year with the German team and players so I think my chances of winning the title are far away." - Jörg Rosskopf, German National Team Coach.

While his hopes don't seem too high for the singles, we know Rosskopf has plenty of skill and experience up his sleeve, although he points to his doubles partner as the hot favorite for the event. 

"In the category 45 years and older men I believe Chen is the player to watch, but I think in the doubles we will have our chance and so after 29 years it could be another world title."

Undoubtedly there will be a lot of competition as players from a record number of countries descend upon Las Vegas for the world's biggest veteran sporting event on the planet!

We will watch with great interest and see if Jörg Rosskopf can lift a world crown again!