Michael Maze
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Personal information
Full nameMichael Maze
Nationality Denmark
Born (1981-09-01) 1 September 1981 (age 40)
Faxe, Denmark
Playing styleLeft-handed, shakehand grip
Highest ranking8 (January 2010)[1]
ClubRoskilde BTK
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Weight71 kg (157 lb; 11.2 st)[2]
Medal record

Michael Maze (born 1 September 1981) is a professional table tennis player from Faxe, Denmark,[2] in men's singles and doubles. In 2005 he was one of the top five left-handed players in the world. His strength was in his strong forehand loop and lobbing. He was one of the best defensive lobbers in the world. His strong forehand loop, his forehand pendulum serve, and his confident defensive play away from the table made him a solid all-around player. He competed at four Olympic Games.[3]


World ranking positions of Michael Maze since 2001
World ranking positions of Michael Maze since 2001

Maze won the European Junior Championships in both singles and doubles in 1999.[4] He reached the quarterfinals in the European Championships for seniors in both series in 2003 playing doubles with Finn Tugwell. Tugwell and Maze participated as partners at the 2000 Summer Olympics where they reached the round of 16. Before the 2004 Summer Olympics, Maze won the Europe Top-12 tournament in Frankfurt am Main in February 2004. He participated both in men's singles and men's doubles in the 2004 Olympics. Maze lost his first match in singles but won bronze with his partner Finn Tugwell.[5]

Another of Maze's achievements was reaching the semifinals of the 2005 World Championships that took place in Shanghai, China, in which he was defeated by the home favorite, Ma Lin, in a swift 4–0 match. Nevertheless, he had managed to put up a memorable performance in the quarterfinals of the competition, coming back from a 3–0 deficit to win 4–3 against another Chinese player, Hao Shuai, saving 3 match points, as well as a win in the previous match against 2004 Olympics Men's singles silver medallist Wang Hao, again from the host nation. Michael Maze won the prize "BT Gold" as the biggest Danish sportsperson in 2005.

Michael Maze won European bronze in singles in 2007. In 2009, Maze had reached the quarterfinals of 2009 World Table Tennis Championships, held in Yokohama, Japan. He was the only European player to achieve the quarters, beating Greek player Panagiotis Gionis at last 16 Round. On 20 September 2009 he defeated Werner Schlager in the final of the European Championships held in Stuttgart, Germany after defeating the German favorite Timo Boll in the semis.

Maze (representing Denmark) was defeated during the 2012 Olympics by Dimitrij Ovtcharov (representing Germany) in the Men's Singles Quarter Final.[6] His coach is the former Chinese National Team Coach Hu Wei Xin.

On 14 March 2016, Michael Maze announced the end of his Table Tennis career.[7] He was hoping to compete at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Maze announced his retirement in 2016, saying "after several operations I can no longer train one hundred per cent without pain and therefore not compete at the level I’m used to."[8]

In February 2018, Maze announced his return to competitive sport.[9]


  1. ^ "World ranking Record for MAZE Michael (DEN)". ittf.com. Archived from the original on 27 June 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "MAZE Michael". ittf.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Michael Maze". Olympedia. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  4. ^ "MAZE Michael (DEN)". ittf.com. Archived from the original on 19 August 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  5. ^ "ITTF Museum Olympic Results Page". Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2007.
  6. ^ "UK Yahoo Eurosport". Retrieved 31 December 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Michael Maze - The time has come! I have made the most... | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Michael Maze Announces Retirement". 15 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Michael Maze is Back! - International Table Tennis Federation". 20 February 2018.