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    Posted: 11/27/2021 at 8:08am
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Given this: Another factor affecting Harimoto is his higher education. His score can get him into Meiji University(Mizutani, Niwa, Uda, Togami...), but his parents want him to attend Todai/UTokyo(University of Tokyo), and if not possible then Tohoku University. So he's been training, studying and playing all at the same time.

We now can terminate the reasonable anticipation of a very special table tennis giant emerging in Tomokazu Harimoto.  

No one can both compete at the highest level of an extremely competitive sport and successfully prepare for university acceptance and multiple collegiate years of study.  No one.  This is because, while during your hours and hours of study and classroom participation daily, your top opponents are training in excellent environments, devoting all their energies to the singular pursuit, under the direction of senior coaches.

In this context today, Harimoto is so great that he can be a very strong professional player, however he will never be the one of surpassing brilliance that he was positioned for.  

More than anyone in table tennis history, his track was to the heavens.  Ma Long stated publicly that he himself was not as good a Harimoto at the early ages.  No evidence was available to indicate the Chinese had any player of his caliber at Harimoto's age.  All was set for a historic figure rising.

All of this is now gone.  That once-in-a-lifetime specialness will not be.

For that expectation which he created, turn away and look elsewhere for hope.  It is not clear where to look.  Replaced for the enormity of historic proportions for the sport of table tennis is a tincture of lift in the academics.  This is not a trade off dreams are made of.

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LGL predicted in an interview in early 2018 that Harimoto's peak would probably arrive in Paris 2024 instead of Tokyo 2020, but whether the coaches could bring him to that level would be another story. By that time, he will be in his junior or senior year, and should have enough credits to graduate. Once he gets admitted to college, he will have more free time. Therefore, education will mostly hinder his progress for another year or two.

Harimoto himself expressed that Paris 2024 wouldn't necessarily be his peak in an interview after Tokyo 2020. The bigger problem right now is he has doubts about his game. It's not certain his coaches could help him overcome that.

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Quote   記者:你在今年3月奧運會前的最後一場國際大賽(卡達公開賽)上奪得了冠軍。你説自己擅長的反手處於最佳狀態。    

  張本智和:反手沒有問題,但從卡達回國後,在集訓中打�£手時,發覺「握拍不對勁」。我很想在奧運會上表現出色並為此焦慮,因此覺得自己的姿勢也不太對勁。從(廠商�£�£�)拿到幾十個球拍,廠家滿足了我所有的要求,但自己心�£�仍沒有找到答案,在這種情況下迎來了奧運會。  

  在(奧運會)單打比賽中,對方發球時,我沒有用�£手接球的信心,使用的都是(帶有攻擊性的)反手擰拉。一味使用反手擰拉,就算再有威力,對手也會習�£。我有些遺憾,要是能有漂亮的擺短(把球回到離網很近的地方)就好了。這屆奧運會,感覺自己最大的弱項是擺短等檯內技術。包括這一點,覺得自己的調整能力不足。

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  記者:團體賽之前,你如何調整心態的?

  張本智和:輸掉單打之後,我跟(倉嶋洋介)教練説:「團體賽請讓我打雙打。(在單打中)我得不了2分(獲得2場勝利)」。在四分之一決賽打瑞典隊時,我贏了一場雙打和一場單打,已經沒有什麼可怕的了。

  只有握拍方式無法調整,團體賽期間也換了5個左右球拍,一想到自己不是最先出場的選手,心情就放鬆了,就可以放開打了。我想如果一直抱著單打時的心情,一場都贏不了。

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  記者:為了迎接3年後的巴黎奧運會,你長期面臨的課題是什麼?

  張本智和:我想成為更有決心的選手。這次奧運會握拍沒有調整好,奧運會前就幻想「希望抽籤分組能對我有利」、「希望遇到好打的對手」等。如果下次不能把抽籤結果不好當成理所當然,還會輕易輸球。�£因為參加過一次奧運會,當然還想參加,我想下次能夠更明確地想好比賽策略。

  雖然(我的)世界排名很高,但不一定能贏過第30名左右的選手,並且最近完全沒贏過頂尖中國選手。我想今後3年是為了進入真�£世界前5的3年。坦率講,巴黎奧運會也不會是我最高光的時刻,但我希望能填�£�不足。希望進行一些能讓自己內心滿意的訓練。


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Ma Long had the highest peak of Chinese juniors and Masters next to him
with the greatest Main coach on his side and Main coach learn the greatest training coaches how to be the greatest coaches to the juniors and Masters
Harimoto without mentors, training partners be like whale without water. 
I think he should sleep and training half of year in Germany with Timo and Ovtcharov, Jorgic, Kallberg , Kanak, Calderano and  pressure backhands of these guys every hours and 2 months sits in China and pressure forehand to forehand  every provintional player

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I do not understand his parents logic.  Harimoto could potentially make mid to high 6 figures just from playing table tennis.  He can always go back to college later.  I don't get it. 
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College is overrated.  What's the point of going to college when you're a pro tt player, as very very likely that he will resume tt again once he graduates.  Might as well let him keep playing while making money, and he gets to enjoy what he does.
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Mentality on education is different in Asian countries.

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Originally posted by Lightspin Lightspin wrote:

I do not understand his parents logic.  Harimoto could potentially make mid to high 6 figures just from playing table tennis.  He can always go back to college later.  I don't get it. 
Exactly. This choice of mixing college and table tennis is not professional at all.
I remember that movie Moneyball, when scouters go to young Brad Pitt house and make him an offer to play professional baseball. His mother innocently asks if he could attend university and play professional baseball. So they explain that it was not possible, if he chose baseball he would have to quit college.
So simple and so obvious, it happens in every professional sport, but Harimoto parents seems to ignore this fact.
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I wouldn't necessarily write him off yet.  Because he became so good so early, the way he is likely to mature both physically and psychologically is likely a little different from players who were not as successful in their early/mid teens.  
Taking his mind off of table tennis for a year (i.e. practicing, but not focusing/obsessing on table tennis as the be all of everything) will be good for him.
We all tend to think that focused and deliberate non-stop practice is the only way to get to the top, but that is, to a good degree, a function of this sport really dominated by the Asian school of training.  It clearly works, but as many other sports have shown it is not the only way.
I see this effect in my primary sport a good bit and in other sports I have interest in.  I do not see why table tennis would be any different.  There is a good book on the subject called Range by David Epstein.
Given how young Harimoto is, I would not make too many assumptions for a couple of years given where his mind is at the moment.

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Originally posted by Lightspin Lightspin wrote:

I do not understand his parents logic.  Harimoto could potentially make mid to high 6 figures just from playing table tennis.  He can always go back to college later.  I don't get it. 

Maybe his father think he wont improve more in the future.
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Even if he doesn't improve much, and I think he will improve a lot once he stops growing, he can still make a ton of money playing at his current level.  Even if he goes to a top college and lands some investment banking dream job, it will take him a few years of working 80=100 hours a week to make the money he currently makes.  I am just baffled but it is his life, so maybe it makes sense to him. 
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Originally posted by Lightspin Lightspin wrote:

Even if he doesn't improve much, and I think he will improve a lot once he stops growing, he can still make a ton of money playing at his current level.  Even if he goes to a top college and lands some investment banking dream job, it will take him a few years of working 80=100 hours a week to make the money he currently makes.  I am just baffled but it is his life, so maybe it makes sense to him. 
it's probably not him 
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Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:

College is overrated.  What's the point of going to college when you're a pro tt player, as very very likely that he will resume tt again once he graduates.  Might as well let him keep playing while making money, and he gets to enjoy what he does.

Yeah. Imo he can always go back to college after his professional career just like many ex CNT... They're doing more than fine. 
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Originally posted by zeio zeio wrote:

LGL predicted in an interview in early 2018 that Harimoto's peak would probably arrive in Paris 2024 instead of Tokyo 2020, but whether the coaches could bring him to that level would be another story. By that time, he will be in his junior or senior year, and should have enough credits to graduate. Once he gets admitted to college, he will have more free time. Therefore, education will mostly hinder his progress for another year or two.

Harimoto himself expressed that Paris 2024 wouldn't necessarily be his peak in an interview after Tokyo 2020. The bigger problem right now is he has doubts about his game. It's not certain his coaches could help him overcome that.

https://zh.cn.nikkei.com/politicsaeconomy/politicsasociety/45966-2021-09-08-05-00-07.html
Quote   記者:你在今年3月奧運會前的最後一場國際大賽(卡達公開賽)上奪得了冠軍。你説自己擅長的反手處於最佳狀態。    

  張本智和:反手沒有問題,但從卡達回國後,在集訓中打�£手時,發覺「握拍不對勁」。我很想在奧運會上表現出色並為此焦慮,因此覺得自己的姿勢也不太對勁。從(廠商�£�£�)拿到幾十個球拍,廠家滿足了我所有的要求,但自己心�£�仍沒有找到答案,在這種情況下迎來了奧運會。  

  在(奧運會)單打比賽中,對方發球時,我沒有用�£手接球的信心,使用的都是(帶有攻擊性的)反手擰拉。一味使用反手擰拉,就算再有威力,對手也會習�£。我有些遺憾,要是能有漂亮的擺短(把球回到離網很近的地方)就好了。這屆奧運會,感覺自己最大的弱項是擺短等檯內技術。包括這一點,覺得自己的調整能力不足。

...

  記者:團體賽之前,你如何調整心態的?

  張本智和:輸掉單打之後,我跟(倉嶋洋介)教練説:「團體賽請讓我打雙打。(在單打中)我得不了2分(獲得2場勝利)」。在四分之一決賽打瑞典隊時,我贏了一場雙打和一場單打,已經沒有什麼可怕的了。

  只有握拍方式無法調整,團體賽期間也換了5個左右球拍,一想到自己不是最先出場的選手,心情就放鬆了,就可以放開打了。我想如果一直抱著單打時的心情,一場都贏不了。

...

  記者:為了迎接3年後的巴黎奧運會,你長期面臨的課題是什麼?

  張本智和:我想成為更有決心的選手。這次奧運會握拍沒有調整好,奧運會前就幻想「希望抽籤分組能對我有利」、「希望遇到好打的對手」等。如果下次不能把抽籤結果不好當成理所當然,還會輕易輸球。�£因為參加過一次奧運會,當然還想參加,我想下次能夠更明確地想好比賽策略。

  雖然(我的)世界排名很高,但不一定能贏過第30名左右的選手,並且最近完全沒贏過頂尖中國選手。我想今後3年是為了進入真�£世界前5的3年。坦率講,巴黎奧運會也不會是我最高光的時刻,但我希望能填�£�不足。希望進行一些能讓自己內心滿意的訓練。

This article implys that Harimoto is in the 12th circle of hell of table tennis grip changes?!
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It’s unbelievable that Harimoto doesn’t feel good with his grip and can’t find a good racket after trying dozens of them. Nope, the problem is his technique and footwork, or more precise, his personal coach(es). They don’t find the right path to develop him. He might be stuck at this level until he has a new coach with new ideas. Meanwhile, other players are improving all the time.
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Originally posted by blahness blahness wrote:

Originally posted by liulin04 liulin04 wrote:

College is overrated.  What's the point of going to college when you're a pro tt player, as very very likely that he will resume tt again once he graduates.  Might as well let him keep playing while making money, and he gets to enjoy what he does.

Yeah. Imo he can always go back to college after his professional career just like many ex CNT... They're doing more than fine. 

Accepting the apparent technical challenges he currently faces, the overwhelmingly central point of this discussion is the parental decision to transform their son from one of the exceptional young athletes in the world to a common university student, one among tens of millions.  One in a million or ten million or 50 million. . . has the opportunity to be a sports' epic figure, to do what no one else has done.  Harimoto is one of those positioned for this chance and it is thrown away in pursuit of the common, the orthodoxy, a membership in the upper group of the academic obedient.

Harimoto will be a good student and attain good academic results.  He will not be university noteworthy in any way that distinguishes him from millions of others.  

While it is a dream for parents around the world to have their children achieve something truly exceptional, these parents desire him to melt into the sea of the undistinguished.  If an understanding is being carried over that the highest potential in the sport of table tennis may be achieved in a context of deep and extensive school study demands, then an ignorance of the life course trajectories of sports' greatest athletes in now in highly detrimental ascension. 

To be successful in any discipline in a special way is not a job or a vocation; it is a way of life, of living a certain life of commitment, diligence, and obsessive hard work, with a singular focus as central to that life.  Any diversion will be exceedingly harmful.  Few of these diversions hold such potential for harm in sports exceptionalism than long, long hours of academic study.  Such resultant limitation will be evident when, in the arena, one encounters those who have taken the devoted, committed, singular-focus path of the sport; the outcomes will be telling of the cost. 

Appropriate to the awareness of these parents is a very significant moderating of Harimoto's sport expectation.  In his future lies an average higher education attainment and a good professional career in the sport of table tennis.  Not included in this expectation is a shooting star of remarkable brilliance in historic proportionalities.  Any expectation that includes brightness is irretrievably dimmed.

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Originally posted by balldance balldance wrote:

It’s unbelievable that Harimoto doesn’t feel good with his grip and can’t find a good racket after trying dozens of them. Nope, the problem is his technique and footwork, or more precise, his personal coach(es). They don’t find the right path to develop him. He might be stuck at this level until he has a new coach with new ideas. Meanwhile, other players are improving all the time.

Liu said that harimoto coaches are really bad , he feels.sorry about him.
Have you noticed that the japanese coach kurosawa wasnt in houston coaching harimoto as usual?
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 For that expectation which he created, turn away and look elsewhere for hope.  It is not clear where to look. 
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Harimoto's got time. I personally believe he will make atleast one olympic or wttc final in his career. 
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Originally posted by mykonos96 mykonos96 wrote:

Originally posted by balldance balldance wrote:

It’s unbelievable that Harimoto doesn’t feel good with his grip and can’t find a good racket after trying dozens of them. Nope, the problem is his technique and footwork, or more precise, his personal coach(es). They don’t find the right path to develop him. He might be stuck at this level until he has a new coach with new ideas. Meanwhile, other players are improving all the time.

Liu said that harimoto coaches are really bad , he feels.sorry about him.
Have you noticed that the japanese coach kurosawa wasnt in houston coaching harimoto as usual?
Kurosawa resigned from the Japanese coach position after the Olympics. I think Harimoto’s dad is coaching him. However, he has stalled for a few years, not just recent months. 
What did Liu say? He mean the match coaching or training coaching?
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Originally posted by mykonos96 mykonos96 wrote:

Originally posted by balldance balldance wrote:

It’s unbelievable that Harimoto doesn’t feel good with his grip and can’t find a good racket after trying dozens of them. Nope, the problem is his technique and footwork, or more precise, his personal coach(es). They don’t find the right path to develop him. He might be stuck at this level until he has a new coach with new ideas. Meanwhile, other players are improving all the time.

Liu said that harimoto coaches are really bad , he feels.sorry about him.
Have you noticed that the japanese coach kurosawa wasnt in houston coaching harimoto as usual?


Yosuke Kurashima (at least get his name right), stepped down after the olympics. Kunihito Tasei is the new head men's coach (Kurashima's doubles partner when they still played). Moving on from his father as coach would probably be ideal, but I imagine that is difficult when he was the one that brought you all that success in the first place.
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Originally posted by manwithabigmission manwithabigmission wrote:

Harimoto's got time. I personally believe he will make atleast one olympic or wttc final in his career. 

that is a far cry from the "next big thing" that was pronounced when he came into the spotlight
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I think he'll be fine, and he might even be better in the long run. Many all time great athletes went to college for a year or two (or in the old days all four) before turning pro. Harimoto has a giant head start and the luxury of time.
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Originally posted by manwithabigmission manwithabigmission wrote:

Harimoto's got time. I personally believe he will make atleast one olympic or wttc final in his career. 
ya, maybe when only one player per association. He is just not as "constant" as top CNT players. There was no "REAL" CNT player in his half draw this year, but he could not play on sunday in the single draw.


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I am glad that he is trying to diversify and challenge himself intellectually. If he does not go to school now, his brain will dry up. I am sure he can balance college and training. Maybe he could maintain low course load and stretch college by a couple extra years.

Money is not everything. And he is not giving up on making money off Butterfly. He will be #1 in Japan for the foreseeable future.
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I think his parents do not want him to be a world champion, but a normal Japanese child. Too much pressure on him may destroy him, espesially for an immigrant.
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Originally posted by Dream1700 Dream1700 wrote:

I am glad that he is trying to diversify and challenge himself intellectually. If he does not go to school now, his brain will dry up. I am sure he can balance college and training. Maybe he could maintain low course load and stretch college by a couple extra years.

Money is not everything. And he is not giving up on making money off Butterfly. He will be #1 in Japan for the foreseeable future.
Agree with you, this is exactly what most of the CNT members did, I know there may be some sorta favouritism or less pressure from Tsinghua or Peking authorities, but Ma Long took his time to complete his exams and graduated a couple years ago, I think Wang manyu or sun yingsha or both of them were admitted into college 2 years ago. Maybe zeio is more informed about this and can provide links
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Originally posted by tom tom wrote:

Originally posted by manwithabigmission manwithabigmission wrote:

Harimoto's got time. I personally believe he will make atleast one olympic or wttc final in his career. 

that is a far cry from the "next big thing" that was pronounced when he came into the spotlight


Considering the ways in which most people across all sports are proclaimed to be the next big thing and then flame out, the fact he has become a top 3 player, won the world tour finals, 2nd place at world cup... He has absolutely lived up to expectations. He is playing below expectations right now, but to act like he is some sort of disappointment is insane.
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Originally posted by liXiao liXiao wrote:

Originally posted by tom tom wrote:

Originally posted by manwithabigmission manwithabigmission wrote:

Harimoto's got time. I personally believe he will make atleast one olympic or wttc final in his career. 

that is a far cry from the "next big thing" that was pronounced when he came into the spotlight


Considering the ways in which most people across all sports are proclaimed to be the next big thing and then flame out, the fact he has become a top 3 player, won the world tour finals, 2nd place at world cup... He has absolutely lived up to expectations. He is playing below expectations right now, but to act like he is some sort of disappointment is insane.


this. his career has only been a letdown if you have unreasonable standards. people forget just how hard it is to win a world championships or an olympics, no matter how successful you are early in your career.

players don't all develop at the same times as well. it is just as likely that he peaked at 15, as it is that he will take the next step and dominate again at 25.
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Originally posted by troubadour troubadour wrote:

Originally posted by Dream1700 Dream1700 wrote:

I am glad that he is trying to diversify and challenge himself intellectually. If he does not go to school now, his brain will dry up. I am sure he can balance college and training. Maybe he could maintain low course load and stretch college by a couple extra years.

Money is not everything. And he is not giving up on making money off Butterfly. He will be #1 in Japan for the foreseeable future.
Agree with you, this is exactly what most of the CNT members did, I know there may be some sorta favouritism or less pressure from Tsinghua or Peking authorities, but Ma Long took his time to complete his exams and graduated a couple years ago, I think Wang manyu or sun yingsha or both of them were admitted into college 2 years ago. Maybe zeio is more informed about this and can provide links

many of the those top players get degrees, few actually went to class to earn them

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Originally posted by mykonos96 mykonos96 wrote:

Originally posted by balldance balldance wrote:

It’s unbelievable that Harimoto doesn’t feel good with his grip and can’t find a good racket after trying dozens of them. Nope, the problem is his technique and footwork, or more precise, his personal coach(es). They don’t find the right path to develop him. He might be stuck at this level until he has a new coach with new ideas. Meanwhile, other players are improving all the time.

Liu said that harimoto coaches are really bad , he feels.sorry about him.
Have you noticed that the japanese coach kurosawa wasnt in houston coaching harimoto as usual?
Kurosawa resigned from the Japanese coach position after the Olympics. I think Harimoto’s dad is coaching him. However, he has stalled for a few years, not just recent months. 
What did Liu say? He mean the match coaching or training coaching?

Liu said its too sad  that there are no good japanese coaches and if HT would be trained un china it would be a súper player.

I heard that about japanese coaches in the past , thats the reason ito has like 4  private coaches.
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