2008 was a breakout year for Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov, who finished 2015 ranked world no. 4. That year, Ovtcharov competed in his first Olympics in Beijing, winning silver in team alongside compatriots Timo Boll and Christian Suss. Additionally, Time honored the table tennis star that year for his unique serve, listing the shot as one of the year’s top 50 innovations. Ovtcharov has a host of titles and medals to his name, including two bronze medals in singles at the World Cup and three silver medals in team at the World Championships. In 2012, Ovtcharov competed at the London Games, winning bronze in singles and team. Born in Kiev, then part of the Soviet Union, Ovtcharov moved to Germany as a child. His father was a national table tennis competitor. By age 7, Ovtcharov started playing the sport. He turned pro in 2005, at age 16. Ovtcharov enjoys watching funny movies to free his mind. He wed fiancé Jenny Mellstrom in 2014.Read More
Getting to know Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Playing style: Right-handed shakehand grip.
Highest ranking, world no. 4, first achieved in April 2014. Ovtcharov finished 2015 ranked world no. 4.
Ovtcharov won silver at the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Team Table Tennis Championships.