Aruna hits 16th in ITTF world rankings

 6th June 2024


Quadri Aruna continues his steady rise on the ITTF ranking as the Nigerian gained one step up the ladder to occupy the 16th spot, becoming the highest African-ranked player in Week 23 of the 2024 ITTF ranking released by the world table tennis ruling body on Tuesday, 4 June.

Also, Aruna’s quest to garner more points ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in France has pitted him against home-boy Frane Kojic in the first round of the men’s singles at the 2024 WTT Contender Zagreb taking place in Serbia.

Aruna, who started his rise in the ranking in Week 22 after his round of 16 finish at the Saudi Smash last month, had his appeal accepted by the ITTF Executive Board for his World Table Tennis Championships points to be restored, prompting his movement to 16th place in the latest ranking.

However, Aruna awaits formal confirmation from ITTF for his qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games on June 11 when the world ranking will be used to determine the final list of players who will join the flight to France’s most populous city, Paris, next month.

Meanwhile, Spain’s Alvaro Robles has become the biggest mover in the ITTF ranking as the Spaniard achieved another career-high ranking. It has been over six years since Robles scored a career-high ranking, starting 2018 at No.37 in the world, and had never been as high since. But with the latest rating, Robles jumped 15 places up the ladder to No.32, shaving five places off his previous record.

This is a phenomenal testament to the stalwart’s commitment to the sport and his recent form, as the 33-year-old has reached the final of two WTT events in 2024, including last week’s WTT Contender Mendoza. Although he lost out on the title in a thrilling seven-game duel with Benedikt Duda of Germany, the new career-high ranking will add further fuel to Robles’ fire to go even higher.


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