Kanak Jha Signed to First Division Bundesliga for Grenzau

By Matt Hetherington | Jan. 15, 2019, 10:42 a.m. (ET)

Young American Kanak Jha has continued to pave the way and set an example for his national team peers, signing for next season into the first division of the German Bundesliga. The club TTC Zugbrücke Grenzau has been home to Kanak for the past year and a half, where he has trained with the team under head coach Dirk Wagner. Grenzau President Frank Knopf acknowledged the trust in Kanak and the club's desire to help build young promising athletes.

Kanak has shown his potential over the years, relocating from Sweden, where he trained and competed full time, to Germany, where he has pushed himself to the top. Jha began in division three with Herne and showed his class, signing for the current season with FSV Mainz 05 where he has been one of the strong contenders in the second division. Now Grenzau will hand him the opportunity to join many of the world's best table tennis players in the first division of the German League.

Jha ended his last year as a junior player as Junior World number 1 and currently ranks 51 in the world for Mens. 

It will be a proud moment for his coaches Stefan Feth and Li Zhenshi from the World Champions Table Tennis Academy in California. Feth has been a major part of Jha's building career, one which now completes a full circle as the student follows his coach, for Feth also competed in the first division of the German league for Grenzau in his prime. 

The USATT High Performance program is growing stronger, with more national team players capturing opportunities overseas and greater support and connections from High Performance Director Joerg Bitzigeio helping establish US players in foreign clubs. Jha in fact is joined by Nicholas Tio in the Grenzau club and will be joined over the summer by another US player. 

We sincerely congratulate Kanak on reaching this impressive milestone, and are excited to see what this experience brings to his game and to his expanding table tennis career. Our gratitude goes to the Grenzau club for supporting Kanak in his endeavors and presenting him with this opportunity.