My Project “History of table tennis”

“En taro Adun!” Welcome back to the channel of coach EmRatThich. Today, I
want to present you my best project in table tennis. It took me several weeks
to work on this project. Finally, today I finish this beloved project,
but still, I need your help to improve it. I really love this sport. When I first saw this video “History of the
top Chess Players Over Time”. I can
see the evolution of the top players. I see the domination and the Bobby Fischer
and then he faded away. The legend Garry Kasparov’s era! And the Genius Magnus Carlsen. The data is amazing! I want to do the same! “History of Table Tennis”
Project of EmRatThich I want to see the domination of the legend
Viktor Barna in 1930s. 5 times
World Champion in table tennis. The Swedish Kjell Johansson domination in
London 1966. With his hard
forhand attack, he is known as the “Hammer” in table tennis. I want to know when is the prime of Hans Alsér,
the master of topspin. The Alsér-grip is much more comfortable than
the modern flared handle today. I want to know when is the prime of Hans Alsér,
the master of topspin. The Alsér-grip is much more comfortable than
the modern flared handle today. I also want to see how Zhang Jike became the
4th Grand Slam in the history. The fastest player ever to win a Grand Slam. The rise of the
Golden Age in table tennis. I want to see the domination of the Dragon
Ma Long. The true leader
of today’s table tennis. The perfect captain of all time. The streak of 30
consecutive months as world #1. The best of the best. I also want to see the greatest players in
the history of the sport. Deng Yaping. No. 1 female table tennis player for 8 years. World Champion 18 times. The
legend. I love to see Wang Nan, she won both singles
and doubles championship for the third time in a row,
records which are hard to break in the future. Her prime before her retirement. It’s so beautiful! The table tennis history! I need the data so I searched on Google “table
tennis rating” I found the ranking list on ITTF website. But wait! Why only from 2014? What about the earlier years? I’m so disappointed! I don’t understand. ITTF is founded since 1926. But why the rating data are
available only from 2014? So I don’t know who is the top players before
that year. It’s a shame. Furthermore, the data is not consistent. There are some missing data. So it’s
challenging for me to collect the data. So I need your help. If you know where
to find the data at the beginning of modern table tennis (Since 1960s). Please let me know. I really want to see the evolution of the
5 Grand Slams: Waldner (1992), Liu Guoliang (1999), Kong Linghui (2000), Zhang
Jike (2012) and Ma Long (2016). Despite that we only have the rating data
since 2014. We really want to see who dominates table
tennis? (The age of Ma Long, and Fan Zhendong) The data is huge: 4y.12m.200p=10k lines There are about 10k lines of data. So this is the codes. First step, I read the
data from ITTF website. Because the data from ITTF is not consistent. So it took me a lot of time to
debug the error due to the missing data. Look at here, for example, this is
some errors due to the inconsistent data. For example, look at here, I input the ITTF
data for 2016, it worked. But when I
change to 2014, it didn’t work. So I need to correct it. It takes a lot of time. And then I collect the evolution of each player
for several months. And then I collect the evolution of each player
for several months. And generate the smooth data for top 10 players
for several years. And finally render the data to the video. It is very slow. The ouput data is very heavy. For one minute rendered-video, it has
2.5 Giga Bytes. Oh my god. Now, let enjoy the results
of my project. And this is the history of
table tennis since 2014 only. Please help me to
find the data for the earlier years. Number 1: Top
10 Male Players (Under 18) You can see that, Fan Zhendong stands out
of the rest. He is far
away from the rest. He is only 17 years old but already number
2 in the World. Amazing! Since 2016, Fan Zhendong is no longer under
18 years old. And the rise of Harimoto Tomokazu. Number 2: Top
10 Male Players (Under 21) Fan Zhendong, Yan An, and Koki Niwa stand
out of the rest. Hugo Calderano (Brazil) also improves. Number 3: Top
10 Female players
(Senior) The domination of Asian female players in table
tennis: China, Japan, Hong Kong and Korea. The level gap of top 10 females are closer
than in male players. There are many up and down. Each time, when the rankings change,
the colors of the line also change. The rise of Miu Hirano. Number 4: Top
10 Female players
(Under 18) The domination of the top 3 young female players
from Japan: Mima Ito, Miu Hirano, and Hina Hayata. Number 5: Top
10 Female players
(Under 21) The domination of the Chinese player: Chen
Meng, Zhu Yuling and the rise of Miu Hirano. Although, there are some glitchs in the
ranking evolution because of missing data from ITTF, this is the best that I can offer
you. Number 6: Top
10 Male players
(Senior) And this is the final. The evolution of top 10
Male (Senior). You have seen that Fan
Zhendong is too strong for the Male U18 and U21. But now you will understand why
Ma Long is the best player in the history. He
dominates table tennis. That’s why he is
called as Captain Long. So consistent. So
powerful! The best of the best! This is the most time-consuming video that
I’ve ever made. I wish that I can have the
full rating data before 2014. It would be
amazing! I really love this sport. If you want
to support my project, search “patreon EmRatThich”. I
appreciate your contribution. Thank you, see you!

24 thoughts on “My Project “History of table tennis”

  1. Please help me to find the full rating data before 2014.
    If you want to support this project, go to:

    Thank you, EmRatThich

  2. There is something very interesting shown here. Ma long's curve almost always changes exactly like Fzd's. Ma long stayed at the same level but when fzd pushed upwards, ma long's curve went up so they kept the same distance. And when Fzd's dropped, his dropped by the same amount and this goes on and on. Just shows that if you get competition it can really help you get one step further. Same goes for sprinting and other sports. They just push each other more and more.

  3. Great project!! I hope you will find all the datas from 1960 to 2014 to complete your work!! i am allround the period (i was a kid when i saw this with my parents) of Guo Jue Hua then Jiang Jialiang and after the king Waldner. Iwill try to find something for you

  4. It is clear that you sweat blood while making this?but i think it is worth.
    Cngrat you because one of the best video about statistics of tt i ve ever seen . I dont know if you venture to do another one but if you mind i think you can make a "olimpics,wttcs,wtttcs,world cups" version of this because you know , world rankings dont mean so much thing always .
    And another idea , it can be amazing tooo that the players track records on another one .this helps us who is better for a specific time. Anyway
    Thank yuuu.

  5. Hey coach. Just to help with your English: Legend is not pronounced with a "Lee" sound aka long E in English. Legend is rather pronounced the same way you would say if someone was talking about a cliff and them jumping off of the ledge, as in "Lej". The emphasis is on the G which makes a J sound in this case. You have the second syllable of the word correct and the emphasis still falls on the first syllable, but you would say it phonetically as "Lejend" with a short e sound in the first syllable.

  6. you can get players personal rating data by searching their name followed by ranking such as "ma long ranking"

  7. Maybe people can stop correcting your English? It is reasonable level and anyway you are also very kind and include also written subtitles of every word..

  8. It's tricky to find data about the old Swedish players (Kjell Johansson, Hans Alsér, Stellan Bengtsson) but generally, the story goes as follows:
    Kjell and Hans really started making names for themselves in the 60's. Hans' rise started a bit before the younger Kjell's (whose brother Christer was later the national team coach). They both came after the first truly great Swede, Tage Flisberg. Hans and Kjell were a formidable doubles pairing, winning several world- and European championships. Hans' first big triumph in singles came already in 1962, when he won the European Championships (and was thus arguably one of Europe's and the world's best players). This feat was repeated eight years later, in 1970. After that, Hans career slowed down, much of his own accord, and he resettled to become a coach instead, moving to West Germany. He died tragically in a plane crash not long thereafter, which incidentally was a major contributing factor to Stellan Bengtsson's renowned fear of flying which has kept him from flying from San Diego to his native Sweden for tens of years.
    Kjell's career started ballooning in the mid 60's, for a long time going hand in hand with his eternal double partner Hans. He struck gold multiple times in team, singles and doubles at the European Championships (most notably two-time singles champion in -64 and -66). He was a major star in Sweden (search for "Kjell Johansson Hammaren Stopptid" on Youtube if you want to see him goofing around on Swedish national TV) at the time, although he would have to share the spotlight with young Stellan Bengtsson, who won worlds in singles in -71, at the mere age of 18. Kjell had the chance of repeating Stellan's feat two years later, but lost tragically to Xi Enting after two edge-balls in the fifth, deciding game. He won doubles two times and team once, but never managed to clinch gold in singles.

    If you want to know more about the story of the next generation (Persson, Waldner, Karlsson, Lindh, Appelgren, Carlsson, Bengtsson etc.) then search for "Bragden Full Documentary" and activate captions. Lots of history to be learned there, and you get it straight from the horses mouth as all the players and coaches from the time are interviewed.

  9. wow beside table teniis y are good it as well, also your technic method to do something , so smart way, admire your works about table tennis

  10. Dear Coach, I watched your video about TT history. I did a lot of researches about international TT while writing my 500 pages book about the history of Italian TT (published by EditVallrdi in 2013). I have almost 200 books about the history of TT in my personal library. They are in several languages. Of course I have all the world rankings since 1927/28 up to now. There is not a real method to say who is the strongest player of all times. However the late Zdenko Uzorinac, a great TT journalist and historian, once told me the best method is to count the world medals won. So I prepared an "all time" list giving 3 points for gold, 2 for silver and 1 for bronze (World Ch. and Olympics). Both individual and team events have been considered but to be in the list a player had to win at least a medal in singles or douebles. I have this ranking updated up to now. In my website there is the previous ranking, it will be updated as soon as possible. If you want to have a look just to see how it is here are the links: and Let me know what do you think. Kind regards. Fabio

  11. If you send me your email address in a private message I'll send you the "rankings" and "best players by medals won" files in excel ready to work on them.

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