Andrzej Grubba was born in a village near Gdansk and was the son of a family of teachers. In 1972 he started table tennis and after graduating from high school in 1977 he studied sport in Gdansk . Until 1985 he played for the table tennis team of the Gdańsk Sports University (AZS Gdańsk), with which he won the 1985 European Cup. He was Polish individual champion twelve times , for the first time in 1979. In 1985, he moved to the German Bundesliga .
Grubba usually played with his right hand, but could play with both right and left hands.
He played in the Bundesliga for TTC Grenzau from 1985 to 1987 and from 1990 to 2002, and from 1997 he worked here as a player-coach. He won the German championship four times as a player with Grenzau. In 1987 he returned to Poland and finished his studies in Gdansk and then returned to Grenzau. However, he played in this section in Austria (1988-1990), where he was master with UTTC Stockerau .
At the European Championships he came up with seven medals: in 1982 he became European champion in mixed with Bettine Vriesekoop , he reached the final in 1984 (he lost to Ulf Bengtsson ) and in 1990 in singles, in 1996 in doubles with Lucjan Blaszczyk and in 1988 in mixed with Bettine Vriesekoop.
In total, he took part in three Olympic Games . At the games in Seoul in 1988 he was eliminated in the second round, as in 1992 in Barcelona . 1996 in Atlanta , at the end of his career, he did not survive the qualifying round.
His greatest success was winning the European ranking tournament of the TOP 12 in 1985 and winning the World Cup in the same year. Changing the batting hand during the rally was also famous, something that could only be admired at Grubba among the world's best. From 1997 he appeared in table tennis shows with Jacques Secrétin .
In 1985, Grubba was the first table tennis player in Poland to be voted Sportsman of the Year .
End of career
He ended his active career in 1998 and was the sports director of the Polish table tennis association until the end.
“Players like Waldner and Appelgren made history, but I was only second or third. I will be forgotten relatively quickly. "
Andrzej Grubba succumbed to lung cancer and left behind his wife Lucyna (née Galus), a former 75-time Polish national handball player, and two sons Tomek (* 1984) and Maciek. His son Tomek plays for FSV Mainz 05 in the regional league (as of 2008).
At the end of 2005 the national Polish training center in Gdansk was renamed Andrzej Grubba Training Center of the Polish Table Tennis Association .
- 1st place German Open 1984 and 1988
- 1st place Swedish Open 1985 and 1993
- 1st place at the World Allstars Circuit 1990 Tokyo u. Nishinomiya, 1991 Nishinomiya, 1993 Hong Kong, 1995 Ipoh / Malaysia
- 1st place French Open 1990
- 1st place individual tournament at the Europe-Asia comparison in 1986 in Paris
- Pondus Cup in Copenhagen: 1st place 1984 u. 1985, 2nd place 1986 a. 1990
- 1st place Germany Cup 1989 u. 1991
- 2nd place in the Gilbert Cup in LA / USA 1998
- 2nd place French Open 1986, Czech Open 1989, Polish Open 1987 a. 1989
Results from the ITTF database
|POLE||European Championship||1996||Bratislava||SVK||last 16||silver|
|POLE||European Championship||1992||Stuttgart||GER||Semifinals||Quarter finals|
|POLE||European Championship||1986||Prague||TCH||Semifinals||Quarter finals|
|POLE||European Championship||1984||Moscow||URS||silver||Quarter finals||Semifinals||2|
|POLE||European Championship||1982||Budapest||HUN||last 16||Quarter finals||gold|
|POLE||Olympic games||1996||Atlanta||United States||immediately excluded||immediately excluded|
|POLE||Olympic games||1992||Barcelona||ESP||last 16||immediately excluded|
|POLE||Olympic games||1988||Seoul||COR||last 16||6th|
|POLE||World Championship||1997||Manchester||CLOSELY||last 128||last 32||no participants||11|
|POLE||World Championship||1995||Tianjin||CHN||Scratched||Scratched||no participants||12|
|POLE||World Championship||1993||Gothenburg||SWE||last 16||last 16||no participants||11|
|POLE||World Championship||1991||Chiba City||JPN||Quarter finals||Quarter finals||no participants||16|
|POLE||World Championship||1989||Dortmund||FRG||Semifinals||Quarter finals||no participants||8th|
|POLE||World Championship||1987||New Delhi||IND||Quarter finals||Semifinals||last 64||5|
|POLE||World Championship||1985||Gothenburg||SWE||last 128||last 16||last 32||3|
|POLE||World Championship||1983||Tokyo||JPN||last 32||last 16||Quarter finals||12|
|POLE||World Championship||1981||Novi Sad||YUG||last 16||Quarter finals||last 64||8th|
|POLE||World Championship||1979||Pyongyang||PRK||last 128||Quarter finals||last 64||13|
|POLE||World Championship||1977||Birmingham||CLOSELY||last 64||last 64||no participants||12|
|POLE||World cup||1994||Taipei||CHN||9-12 space|
|POLE||World cup||1991||Kuala Lumpur||MAS||5th-8th space|
|POLE||World cup||1990||Chiba City||JPN||5th-8th space|
|POLE||World cup||1988||Canton & Wuhan||United States||gold|
|POLE||World cup||1986||Port of Spain||TRI||6th|
|POLE||World cup||1982||Hong Kong||HKG||14th|
|POLE||World cup||1981||Kuala Lumpur||MAS||6th|
|POLE||World Doubles Cup||1992||Las Vegas||United States||Quarter finals|
|POLE||World Doubles Cup||1990||Seoul||COR||Semifinals|
- Learn table tennis. Delius Klasing Verlag, Bielefeld 1998. ISBN 3-7688-1079-8 .
- Rahul Nelson: Europe's number one: Andrzej Grubba , DTS magazine , 1985/10 pages 36–39
- Rahul Nelson: One of the greatest has left , obituary, table tennis magazine 2005/8 page 4
- DTS magazine , 1985/5 page 47
- DTS magazine , 1997/3 page 43
- DTS magazine , 1985/5 page 46
- tischtennis magazine , 2005/8 page 4
- DTS magazine , 1984/6 page 15
- tischtennis magazine , 2005/12 page 7
- Andrzej Grubba Results from the ITTF database on ittf.com (accessed on September 7, 2011)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Polish table tennis player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 14, 1958|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Brzeźno Wielkie|
|DATE OF DEATH||July 21, 2005|
|Place of death||Sopot|