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ITTF World Tour 2015

The ITTF World Tour 2015.
Where the best players in the world compete for the biggest money prizes.

In 1996 the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) launched a brand new premier competition - The ITTF Pro Tour.

It was a huge success, so in 2012, after 15 years of solid growth, they took it to the next level and re-named it the ITTF World Tour.

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The GAC Group (China-based car manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group) began sponsoring this event in 2012 and currently have an agreement to sponsor this event until the end of 2015.

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Points mean prizes

The ITTF World Tour is a Grand Prix series in which players compete in International Open tournaments around the world and earn grand prix points and prize money according to how well they perform.

The best performers (who also meet the qualifying criteria) are then invited to the end of year Grand Finals where a prize fund of US$500,000 is up for grabs.


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Tournaments around the World

2015 sees 23 events within the ITTF World Tour.

The top rated events are now called the Super Series, followed by the Major Series plus the challenger series in Euro-Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.

There are 6 Super Series events, 6 Major Series events plus 11 Challenger Series events.


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The Format

The Super Series tournaments hold events for:

  • Men's singles
  • Women's singles
  • Men's doubles
  • Women's doubles

    and two optional events...

  • Under 21 years Men's singles
  • Under 21 years Women's singles

 

The Major Series tournaments hold events for:

  • Men's singles
  • Women's singles
  • Men's doubles
  • Women's doubles
  • Under 21 years Men's singles
  • Under 21 years Women's singles

 

And the Challenger Series tournaments hold events for:

  • Men's singles
  • Women's singles

    plus two events from...

  • Men's doubles
  • Women's doubles
  • Under 21 years Men's singles
  • Under 21 years Women's singles

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Prize Money

The prize money for the GAC ITTF World Tour 2015 is substantial.

The total prize fund is over $3,000,000 with the Grand Finals worth $500,000.

Each Super Series event must offer a minimum prize fund of $220,000, whilst in the Major Series it's a minimum prize fund of $110,000, and $35,000 for the Challenger Series.

Additionally, the points awarded to the best performers will also be tiered.

The winner of an event in a Challenger Series gains 100 points, whilst in the Major Series it is 200 points and in the Super Series 500 points.

And the players with the most points at the end of the season will be invited to compete in the lucrative Grand Finals.


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2015 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

The number of players at the 2015 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals will be as follows...

  • Men's and women's singles will each have 16 players.
  • Men's and women's doubles will each have 8 pairs.
  • Under 21 men's and women's singles will each have 8 players.

And the qualifying criteria are...

SINGLES

  • The top 15 men and 15 women who have accumulated the most grand prix points and have competed in at least 5 tournaments.
  • The ITTF will also invite one man and one woman from the association hosting the 2015 World Tour Grand Finals if they have competed in at least 5 tournaments.

DOUBLES

  • The top 7 men's doubles pairs and 7 women's doubles pairs who have accumulated the most grand prix points, as a pair, and have competed in at least 4 tournaments.
  • The ITTF will also invite one man and one woman doubles pair from the association hosting the 2015 World Tour Grand Finals if they have competed in at least 4 tournaments.

UNDER 21 YEARS

  • The top 7 U21 men and 7 U21 women who have accumulated the largest number of grand prix points and have competed in at least 4 events in at least 2 continents.
  • The ITTF will also invite one man and one woman from the association hosting the 2015 World Tour Grand Finals.

Players or pairs who finish equal on points for the last positions to qualify will be decided by their position on the last available ITTF World Ranking list. If players or pairs are still equal, reference will be made to the previous World Ranking list and so on.

 

I'll be focussing on the Men's Singles (MS) events only.


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GAC ITTF World Tour 2015

DATES WORLD TOUR EVENTS 2015 MS WINNERS
SUPER SERIES
11-15 Feb Kuwait Open (Kuwait City, Kuwait) Ma Long (China)
17-22 Feb Qatar Open (Doha, Qatar) Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus)
18-22 Mar German Open (Bremen, Germany) Ma Long (China)
24-28 June Japan Open (Kobe, Japan) Xu Xin (China)
1-5 July Korean Open (Incheon, South Korea) Jung Youngsik (South Korea)
5-9 August China Open (Chengdu, China) Ma Long (China)
 
MAJOR SERIES
25-29 Mar Spanish Open (Almeria, Spain) Maharu Yoshimura (Japan)
26-30 Aug Czech Open (Olomouc, Czech Republic) Wong Chun Ting (Hong Kong China)
2-6 Sept Austrian Open (Wels, Austria) Jun Mizutani (Japan)
21-25 Oct Polish Open (Warsaw, Poland) Fan Zhendong (China)
4-8 Nov Russian Open (Yekaterinburg, Russia) CANCELLED
11-15 Nov Swedish Open (Stockholm, Sweden) Fan Zhendong (China)
 
EURO-AFRICA CHALLENGE SERIES
28 Jan-1 Feb Hungarian Open (Budapest, Hungary) Jiang Tianyi (Hong Kong China)
10-14 Mar Nigerian Open (Lagos, Nigeria) Omar Assar (Egypt)
13-17 May Belarus Open (Minsk, Belarus) Li Ping (Qatar)
19-23 May Croatian Open (Zagreb, Croatia) Maharu Yoshimura (Japan)
19-23 Aug Bulgarian Open (Panagyurishte, Bulgaria) Kim Donghyun (South Korea)
8-12 Sep Belgium Open (De Haan, Belgium) Nima Alamian (Iran)
 
AMERICAS CHALLENGE SERIES
16-20 Sep Argentina Open (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Eric Jouti (Brazil)
23-27 Sept Chile Open (Chile) Thiago Monteiro (Brazil)
 
ASIAN CHALLENGE SERIES
27-31 May Philippines Open (Subic Bay, Philippines) Yuya Oshima (Japan)
29-2 Aug Pyongyang Open (Pyongyang, North Korea) Choe Il (North Korea)
 
OCEANIA CHALLENGE SERIES
3-7 Jun Australian Open (Gold Coast, Australia) Jung Youngsik (South Korea)
 
10-13 Dec ITTF World Tour Grand Finals (Lisbon, Portugal)

 


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The Grand Finals

ITTF World Tour Grand Finals logo

The ITTF World Tour Grand Finals will be held from 10-13 December 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Here is the list of the men who accumulated sufficient Grand Prix points and met the additional qualifying criteria of competing in at least five events (tournaments) and were therefore invited to take part in the 2015 Grand Finals men's singles event.

Some players accumulated sufficient Grand Prix points but didn't compete in sufficient events to be eligible to take part in the prestigious end of season grand finals (NE).

Rank Elig Points Events Player (Family Name, Given Name) Assoc
1 1556 5 MA, Long China
2 1250 5 XU, Xin China
3 1000 5 FAN, Zhendong China
4 978 10 JUNG, Youngsik South Korea
5 738 7 YOSHIMURA, Maharu Japan
6 669 6 SAMSONOV, Vladimir Belarus
7 650 5 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij Germany
8 613 5 ZHANG, Jike China
9 566 10 WONG, Chun Ting Hong Kong China
10 488 7 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
11 481 6 FREITAS, Marcos Portugal
12 NE 475 4 JOO, Saehyuk South Korea
13 394 6 MIZUTANI, Jun Japan
14 371 11 LEE, Sangsu South Korea
15 362 7 NIWA, Koki Japan
16 346 10 OSHIMA, Yuya Japan
17 338 13 KIM, Donghyun South Korea
18 322 10 JANG, Woojin South Korea
R E S E R V E S
19 263 11 MATSUDAIRA, Kenta Japan

Maharu Yoshimura declined his invitation to play.


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Playing format for the 2015 Grand Finals

The event was played on a knockout basis.

The seeding of the players was determined by the final order of the World Tour points standing.

All matches were the best of 7 games.


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Prize Money

The total prize money at the 2015 Grand Finals was $500,000

For the men's singles the breakdown was as follows:

Position Amount (US $)
Winner 60,000
Runner-up 30,000
Semi Finals 15,000
Quarter Finals 7,500
Last 16 3,750

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Equipment used

The equipment used for the Grand Finals was...

  • Tables - Double Fish
  • Balls - Double Happiness 40+ Three Star
  • Flooring - Tinsue (blue)

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Date of the draw

The draw was made on 9 December 2015 at 13:00 hours.

 

First Round

Friday 11 December 2015

Winner Result Loser
Ma Long
11-7, 11-3, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8
 
4-1 Marcos Freitas
Dimitrij Ovtcharov
11-7, 11-6, 14-16, 11-7, 10-12, 7-11, 11-7
 
4-3 Jun Mizutani
Zhang Jike
11-9, 11-3, 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7
 
4-2 Lee Sangsu
Yuya Oshima
11-6, 5-11, 11-9, 11-2, 6-11, 4-11, 14-12
 
4-3 Jung Youngsik
 
Fan Zhendong
11-6, 11-9, 11-3, 12-10
 
4-0 Kim Donghyun
Chuang Chih-Yuan
11-5, 11-8, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4
 
4-1 Wong Chun Ting
Vladimir Samsonov
11-9, 11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8
 
4-1 Koki Niwa
Xu Xin
11-6, 11-0, 11-9, 11-7
 
4-0 Jang Woojin

 


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Quarter Finals

Saturday 12 December 2015

Winner Result Loser
Ma Long
11-9, 11-5, 12-10, 11-4
 
4-0 Dimitrij Ovtcharov
Zhang Jike
17-15, 11-9, 11-8, 15-17, 11-5
 
4-1 Yuya Oshima
 
Fan Zhendong
12-10, 11-4, 14-12, 11-3
 
4-0 Chuang Chih-Yuan
Xu Xin
10-12, 14-12, 11-3, 10-12, 11-8, 12-10
 
4-2 Vladimir Samsonov

 


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Semi Finals

Sunday 13 December 2015

Winner Result Loser
Ma Long
11-5, 11-5, 8-11, 12-14, 11-7, 11-8
 
4-2 Zhang Jike
 
Fan Zhendong
6-11, 11-4, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 17-15
 
4-2 Xu Xin

 

Final

Sunday 13 December 2015

Winner Result Loser
Ma Long
12-10, 12-10, 11-13, 7-11,
7-11, 11-8, 11-9
 
4-3 Fan Zhendong

 

2015 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Fan Zhendong and Ma LongFan Zhendong and Ma Long

 

2015 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Fan Zhendong and Ma LongFan Zhendong and Ma Long

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