Hugo Calderano
Hugo Calderano1.jpg
Calderano, 2012
Personal information
Nationality Brazil
Born (1996-06-22) June 22, 1996 (age 25)
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Playing styleRight-handed, shakehand grip
Highest ranking3 (January 2022)[1]
Current ranking3 (March 2022)[2]
ClubTTF Liebherr Ochsenhausen
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)

Hugo Marinho Borges Calderano (born June 22, 1996, in Rio de Janeiro) is a table tennis player from Brazil.[3][4] In January 2022, he peaked at number 3 in the world rankings, becoming the greatest Americas player of all time.[5]

He is the first-ever player from Latin America to reach the Top 10 of the ITTF World Rankings. Calderano is also well known for beating China's Fan Zhendong at the quarter-finals of the 2018 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals in Incheon, South Korea.


Calderano at the 2019 Pan American Games
Calderano at the 2019 Pan American Games


In 2021, Calderano announced he was leaving the German Bundesliga and switching over to the Russian Champion's league in order to focus more on international competition.[6] However, Calderano will continue to live in Germany and train in the same training center; he will just compete in a different league.[7]

Calderano entered in World Table Tennis' inaugural event WTT Doha. After receiving a minor scare in the first round to co-patriot Gustavo Tsuboi, Calderano comfortably beat An Jaehyun in the round of 16.[8] However, he lost to Simon Gauzy in the quarterfinals of the WTT Contender Event. In the WTT Star Contender event, he bowed out in the round of 16 to Darko Jorgic after missing his own serve at deuce in the fifth game.[9] Although it briefly looked like Lin Yun-Ju had passed Calderano for the Olympic fourth seed following the results of WTT Doha, in April ITTF amended the seeding system so that Calderano was once again slated to be the fourth seed.[10]

In an interview with JAPAN Forward in July, Calderano named mentality as one of his strong suits and stated that he used to work with a mental coach until the coach died.[11]

Calderano made up for his loss in the WTT Contender Doha and WTT Star Contender Doha earlier in March by winning the title at WTT Star Contender Doha in September. He defeated Liam Pitchford and Darko Jorgic in the semifinal and final respectively on his way to the victory.[12]

2020 Olympic Games

Calderano at Tokyo 2020
Calderano at Tokyo 2020

In February 2021, Calderano was already three years among the top ten players in the world in table tennis, and was ranked sixth in the world rankings. Calderano qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as seed No.4, being the best non-Asian in the world ranking. [13]

By beating the South Korean Jang Woojin, number 12 in the ranking, by 4 sets to 3, he became the first Brazilian and Latin American to reach the quarter-finals of table tennis in the Olympic Games.[14][15] His olympic Challenge ended in the quarter-finals by a 2:4 defeat against Dimitrij Ovtcharov who was the eventual bronze medallist.


  1. ^ "ITTF Players' Data, Results, Ranking & Statistics".
  2. ^ "ITTF Players' Data, Results, Ranking & Statistics".
  3. ^ Time Brasil Hugo Calderano (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ Table TennisCALDERANO Hugo – Tokyo 2020 Olympics Archived 2021-07-30 at the Wayback Machine Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Retrieved July 30, 2021.
  5. ^ Hugo Calderano reaches the best ranking of his career: 3rd in the world in table tennis
  6. ^ "Winners and Losers of China's Withdrawal From WTT Doha". 2021-02-25. Retrieved 2021-02-25.
  7. ^ "Hugo Calderano Interview With JAPAN Forward - Edges and Nets". 2021-07-12. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  8. ^ "Hugo Calderano Defeats An Jaehyun 3-1 In Dominant Fashion - Edges and Nets". 2021-03-04. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  9. ^ "Feng Tianwei Was The Biggest Winner At WTT Doha - Edges and Nets". 2021-03-17. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  10. ^ "World Table Tennis News Roundup – 04/19/21 - Edges and Nets". 2021-04-19. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
  11. ^ "Hugo Calderano Interview With JAPAN Forward - Edges and Nets". 2021-07-12. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  12. ^ "Calderano fights back to book semi-final ticket". 2021-09-24. Retrieved 2021-09-24.
  13. ^ Sexto do ranking mundial de tênis de mesa, Hugo Calderano é contratado por clube russo
  14. ^ "Hugo Calderano Defeats Jang Woojin 4-3 - Edges and Nets". 2021-07-27. Retrieved 2021-07-28.
  15. ^ Hugo Calderano vai às quartas e alcança resultado histórico no tênis de mesa
Awards Preceded byHenrique Avancini Brazilian Athlete of the Year (Fan's Choice) 2019 Succeeded byIncumbent