Maciej Kubik is on the rise: After playing two years in the second German table tennis division with 1. FSV Mainz 05 Kubik is now transferring to TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen for TTBL’s upcoming season 2020/21. In our interview, the 17 year old Polish player discusses his transfer, his experiences in Germany and his big dream.

After only one year in the second division and in the Liebherr Masters College (LMC) you are entering the Tischtennis Bundesliga (TTBL) and transferring to TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen, so you will play in a team with top players like Hugo Calderano and Simon Gauzy. Did you expect such a rapid ascent?

Since I moved to Germany to live and practice at the Liebherr Masters College, my goal was to be a part of Ochsenhausen’s TTBL team. I am very happy to belong to the team with such excellent and experienced players like Hugo and Simon. I worked hard for this and I will do my best to live up to this unique opportunity.

You played in Germany’s second division last season. What are your impressions? What do you think about the difference between the second division and the TTBL?

I had a really good season in the second Bundesliga in Mainz with many important matches and amazing moments. I improved my level of play in the league significantly, felt welcome by other players and I really liked the atmosphere in the club. I think the difference between the first and the second division is that the players in the TTBL belong to the best in the world and they have a lot of experience.  Apart from that, every player is 100% professional and can regularly play at a very high level.

What do you think about the practice in Ochsenhausen? How do you see your development within the last year?

The practice in Ochsenhausen is of top quality because of excellent coaches, who know how to help every player to improve their technique, tactics and physical shape, and the college offers many high-quality sparring partners. I think I have been working hard and I have developed my skills extensively within the last year.

Where are your strengths and weaknesses in table tennis?

Among my strengths the most important is that I'm fast and I have a strong determination and will for fighting. I still need to accumulate more experience when playing with the top players, but that weakness will be eliminated with time and regular practice.

How do you prepare for important competitions? Do you feel a special tension or are you relaxed all the time?

I have my personal routine before each competition and match which gives me confidence, so I don't feel nervous. I always try to focus as much as possible before each game and I like to feel the thrill, this special tension. This strengthens my concentration and mobilizes me to fight and win.

What are your goals in your first season with TTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen?

My goal is very simple and clear: to play my best, fight for every point and help the team to win as many matches as possible.

In general, what are your personal goals in table tennis?

From the day I started training table tennis I have been dreaming to become the World Champion, but I know how much hard work and effort it takes. So I am very patient and remain focused on my goal working every single day towards success.

Beitragsbild oben: Maciej Kubik (Foto: ITTF)