Timo Boll is a legendary table tennis player who has been involved in the sport for over 25 years, and he isn’t stopping anytime sooner. The 39-year German left-hander plays for Borussia Düsseldorf and is currently ranked second in the German league.
He has been ranked world number one three times in his career – 2003, 2011, and 2018 and also has two Olympic medals to his names – Silver in 2008 and Bronze in 2012. In the national leagues, Timo Boll has held a dominant position, winning six European championships and five champion leagues and looking at his current form he would definitely be adding a couple of more scalps.
With all these accolades under his belt, he is far the most famous and successful European table tennis player and one of the all-time legends in league with Jan-Ove Waldner, Liu Guoliang, Xu Xin Ma Long and more.
With a long playing history, several titles under his belt, and dozens of sponsorship deals, Timo Boll also happens to be one of the richest western table tennis players. The net worth of Chinese players is obviously substantially higher, as table tennis is a huge sport back in China.
Timo Boll Net Worth
The total estimated net worth of Timo Boll is around 10 million dollars. The figure may not seem high when compared to other mainstream sports like tennis or basketball, but in the realms of table tennis, it’s quite a substantial number. Timo typically earns anywhere from $5,000 to $16,000 per match. Usually, in a season, he earns $450,000 to $800,000 depending on how he performs in the tournaments and the number of matches he plays.
Butterfly (a leading table tennis equipment manufacturer) is his main sponsor giving him around $400,000 every year to put his name on the table tennis paddles, shoes, and other merchandise. Obviously, Butterfly sponsors all his equipment and also modifies them to his precise preference.
Butterfly teamed up Timo to launch the TIMO BOLL ALC racquet, which happens to be one of the best-selling blades in the market, surpassing even the classic blades like Viscaria.
He also promotes one of the most popular ping pong robots, which is also manufactured by Butterfly – The Amicus. He is commonly featured in a lot of the promotional videos of Amicus robot – Link.
Additionally, ARAG and Liebherr both famous german brands are his long-term sponsors, each pitching about $100,000 every year in sponsorship.
All this puts his average yearly income in a million dollar plus range, but then there are also various expenses associated and downtime during the injury period. In all, he would be netting roughly 600,000 to 700,000 USD every year, and considering some more years of play left; the number is sure to increase.
In one of the interviews, Timo Boll mentioned that he earns less than a third-division Bundesliga soccer player. Well, that’s the case with niche sports like Table tennis, Bowling, or for the matter the Darts. These sports still aren’t that popular to attract mainstream attention, and as a result, players aren’t paid as handsomely in comparison to some other mainstream sports.
But for those budding ping pong/table tennis players out there, don’t get disheartened. Lately, the sport is gaining immense popularity in all parts of the world due to the coordinated effort by ITTF, and things would definitely improve in due course.
Timo Boll started playing table tennis at the age of four and was initially coached by his father. Then for a while, he trained under Helmut Hampel, and later at the age of 12, he joined the FTG Frankfurt team with whom he won the second division league. At the age of 14, he was picked by one of the top team TTV Gönnern with whom he did not lose a single match in the first season. At the backdrop of Timo’s performance, the TTV Gönnern transitioned to Tischtennis-Bundesliga making its way into the first division.
Timo Boll tasted success quite early in his career. At the age of 14, he became the youngest player in the German national team, and in the same year, he won three gold medals at European Youth Championships. Later in 1996, he was the runner up in the singles junior boy’s category in the same competition before winning the singles titles in 1997 and 1998.
In 2002 he won the Europe-top-12-tournament defeating the top-seeded Vladimir Samsonov in the final. In the same year, he became the world number by defeating the then world champion Wang Liqin at the Table Tennis world cup.
Timo Bolo peaked in his career between 2007 to 2012. In 2007 he won all formats in European Championship while in the 2008 summer Olympics, he won the silver medal. In 2011, after a drought of 9 years, he finally regained top ranking after beating Ma Lin. Later in 2012, at the Olympics, he won a bronze medal playing for Germany.
Beginning of 2006, he signed a multi-year contract with Borussia Düsseldorf as his official club.
Age is just a number for this table tennis legend, and he is an inspiration for millions of table tennis players worldwide. And the way he has been playing, it looks quite likely he would be doing quite well at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
As and when we get more information, we’ll be updating Timo Boll’s net worth details.