The ITTF Pro Tour. World table tennis at its best. Find out what happened in 2011.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) took a bold step in 1996 when they initiated a brand new premier competition ... one that was specifically designed to attract the best players in the world ...
The ITTF Pro Tour.
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But let's take a look at what happened in 2011 ...
The 2011 ITTF Pro-Tour consisted of 16 international tournaments leading up to the Grand Finals held in London, England.
Although the ITTF Pro-Tour consists of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles and women's doubles, I'll be concentrating on the main event ... the men's singles.
So what were the tournaments which made up the ITTF Pro Tour in 2011? And who won the Men's Singles?...
|DATES||Pro Tour Events 2011||MS WINNERS|
|18-22 Jan||Slovenian Open (Velenje)||Xu Xin|
|26-30 Jan||English Open (Sheffield)||Chen Qi|
|09-13 Feb||Qatar Open (Doha)||Xu Xin|
|15-19 Feb||UAE Open (Kuwait City)||Wang Hao|
|23-27 Feb||German Open (Dortmund)||Zhang Jike|
|16-20 Mar||Polish Open (Warsaw)||Lee Sang Su|
|06-10 Apr||Spanish Open (Almeria)||Oh Sang Eun|
|09-12 June||Brazil Open (Rio de Janeiro)||Dimitrij Ovtcharov|
|15-19 June||China Open (Shenzen)||Ma Lin|
|29-03 July||Korean Open (Incheon)||Dimitrij Ovtcharov|
|07-10 July||Japan Open (Kobe)||Seiya Kishikawa|
|14-17 July||Morocco Open (Rabat)||Vladimir Samsonov|
|10-14 Aug||Chile Open (Santiago)||Chuang Chih-Yuan|
|24-28 Aug||China Open (Suzhou)||Ma Long|
|21-25 Sep||Austrian Open (Schwechat)||Ma Long|
|19-23 Oct||Swedish Open (Stockholm)||Ma Long|
Let's take a look at what prize money was on offer ...
The prize money varied from tournament to tournament, but the overall purse for 2011 was $2,535,000.
The top event, the (second) China Open in August 2011, offered a total purse of $330,000 ... with the men's and women's singles winners receiving $33,000 each.
The Morocco Open offered the least amount of prize money, with a $20,000 total purse. The men's and women's singles winners received $2,800 each.
The Pro Tour Grand Finals offered a total prize fund of $365,000 ... with the men's and women's singles winners collecting $40,000 each and the men's and women's doubles winners collecting $20,000.
The breakdown of prize money for the men's singles at the Pro Tour Grand Finals is as follows:
|Semi Finalists||$10,000 each|
|Quarter Finalists||$5,000 each|
|1st Round of 16||$2,500 each|
So when and where were the Grand Finals staged?
The best players in world table tennis gathered for the Grand Finals from 24-27 November 2011, in London, England and the event was used to test out the Olympic venue which will be used in July/August 2012.
So here is the list of the men who have been invited to take part in the 2011 Grand Finals.
Although two players (Timo Boll and Chen Qi) had accumulated sufficient Grand Prix points, they didn't meet the additional qualifying criteria of competing in at least six tournaments or playing on at least three continents.
So unfortunately they weren't eligible to take part in the prestigious end of season grand finals.
|8||28310||7||2||LEE Sang Su||S.Korea|
|10||23204||10||3||CHUANG Chih-Yuan||Chinese Taipei|
|12||21776||10||2||OH Sang Eun||S.Korea|
|13||16117||10||2||RYU Seung Min||S.Korea|
|14||15238||7||2||JOO Se Hyuk||S.Korea|
|16||Host Association Invitee||DRINKHALL Paul||England|
So, here are the results of the ...
Thursday 24 November 2011
|MA Long (China)||4-0||OH Sang Eun (South Korea)|
|4-3||MIZUTANI Jun (Japan)|
|WANG Hao (China)||4-1||DRINKHALL Paul (England)|
|XU Xin (China)||4-0||JOO Se Hyuk (South Korea)|
|GAO Ning (Singapore)||4-3||MA Lin (China)|
|RYU Seung Min (South Korea)||4-1||OVTCHAROV Dimitrij
|WANG Liqin (China)||4-0||LEE Sang Su (South Korea)|
|ZHANG Jike (China)||4-2||KISHIKAWA Seiya (Japan)|
Saturday 26 November 2011
|MA Long (China)||4-0||CHUANG Chih-Yuan
|11-2, 12-10, 11-2, 11-5
|WANG Hao (China)||4-3||XU Xin (China)|
|5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 3-11,
10-12, 11-6, 11-5
|GAO Ning (Singapore)||4-0||RYU Seung Min (South Korea)|
|11-9, 16-14, 11-5, 11-7
|ZHANG Jike (China)||4-1||WANG Liqin (China)|
|11-3, 11-2, 11-6, 6-11,
Sunday 26 November 2011
|MA Long (China)||4-1||WANG Hao (China)|
|11-2, 11-4, 10-12,
|ZHANG Jike (China)||4-1||GAO Ning (Singapore)|
|11-6, 11-9, 9-11,
Sunday 26 November 2011
|MA Long (China)||4-1||ZHANG Jike (China)|
|11-5, 8-11, 11-3,
The Final of the 2011 ITTF Pro-Tour Finals
Winner of the 2011 ITTF Pro-Tour Final
You can read more about the ITTF Pro-Tour here.
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