Timo Boll (German pronunciation: ; born 8 March 1981) is a German professional table tennis player who plays with Borussia Düsseldorf and his ranking is second in the German Table Tennis National League. His ranking is No. 3 in the ITTF world rankings as of August 2018. Boll ranks among the best German table tennis players of all time, having ranked world No. 1 in 2003, 2011 and in March 2018.
Boll was born in Erbach im Odenwald, Hessen. At the age of four, Boll was playing table tennis and at that time was coached by his father. In 1987, he became a member of TSV Höchst and played there at association level. At the age of eight years, he was discovered by Helmut Hampel, a Hessian trainer who promoted him. In 1990, he started to train at the training centre Pfungstadt and four years later changed teams to FTG Frankfurt with whom he took part in the Second Division, at which time he attracted the attentions of other table tennis associations. TTV Gönnern recruited him in 1995, a move which required the entire team to relocate 170 km away, to Höchst, to enable daily training with the then 14-year-old Boll. Boll was placed in position five on the team but, nevertheless, lost only one match in the whole season. This contributed to the elevation of the team to the table tennis national league's Tischtennis-Bundesliga (First Division).