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ITTF World Tour 2016

The ITTF World Tour 2016.
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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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

2016 sees 20 events within the ITTF World Tour.

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

There are 6 Super Series events, 6 Major Series events plus 8 Challenge 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 2016 is substantial.

The total prize fund is over $2,000,000 with the Grand Finals worth $500,000.

Each Super Series event must offer a minimum prize fund of $120,000, whilst in the Major Series it's a minimum prize fund of $70,000, 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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2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

The number of players at the 2016 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 2016 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 2016 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 2016 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 2016

DATES WORLD TOUR EVENTS 2016 MS WINNERS
SUPER SERIES
27-31 Jan German Open (Berlin, Germany) Ma Long (China)
16-20 Mar Kuwait Open (Kuwait City, Kuwait) Zhang Jike (China)
23-27 Mar Qatar Open (Doha, Qatar) Ma Long (China)
15-19 June Japan Open (Tokyo, Japan) Fan Zhendong (China)
22-26 June Korean Open (Incheon, South Korea) Xu Xin (China)
14-18 Sep China Open (Chengdu, China) Fan Zhendong (China)
 
MAJOR SERIES
20-24 Jan Hungarian Open (Budapest, Hungary) Chuang Chih-Yuan
(Chinese Taipei)
20-24 Apr Polish Open (Warsaw, Poland) Jun Mizutani (Japan)
24-28 Aug Bulgaria Open (Panagyurishte, Bulgaria) Tomas Konecny (Czech Republic)
31-4 Sep Czech Open (Olomouc, Czech Republic) Yuto Muramatsu (Japan)
9-13 Nov Austrian Open (Linz, Austria) Kenta Matsudaira (Japan)
16-20 Nov Swedish Open (Stockholm, Sweden) Yuya Oshima (Japan)
 
CHALLENGE SERIES
10-14 Feb Philippines Open (Manila, Philippines) - CANCELLED CANCELLED
5-9 Apr Chile Open (Santiago de Chile, Chile) Antoine Hachard (France)
18-22 May Nigerian Open (Lagos, Nigeria) Benedek Olah (Finland)
24-28 May Croatian Open (Zagreb, Croatia) Joo Saehyuk (South Korea)
1-5 June Slovenia Open (Otocec, Slovenia) Jun Mizutani (Japan)
8-12 Jun Australian Open (Sydney, Australia) Jun Mizutani (Japan)
29-3 July Pyongyang Open (Pyongyang, North Korea) Kang Wi Hun (North Korea)
7-11 Sep Belarus Open (Minsk, Belarus) Jang Woojin (South Korea)
20-24 Sep Belgium Open (De Haan, Belgium) Sathiyan Gnanasekaran (India)
 
8-11 Dec Seamaster Qatar ITTF World Tour
Grand Finals (Doha, Qatar)

 


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The Grand Finals

The Seamaster Qatar ITTF World Tour Grand Finals will be held from 15-18 December 2016 in Doha, Qatar.

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 2016 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 2100 6 MA, Long China
2 1700 5 FAN, Zhendong China
3 1300 5 XU, Xin China
4 1225 6 ZHANG, Jike China
5 713 7 MIZUTANI, Jun Japan
6 700 8 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
7 700 5 SAMSONOV, Vladimir Belarus
8 619 8 WONG, Chun Ting Hong Kong China
9 550 5 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij Germany
10 401 8 MATSUDAIRA, Kenta Japan
11 363 6 MURAMATSU, Yuto Japan
12 337 10 CHEN, Chien-An Chinese Taipei
NE 300 4 FANG, Bo China
13 288 8 JEOUNG, Youngsik South Korea
14 281 8 OSHIMA, Yuya Japan
15 275 5 TANG, Peng Hong Kong China
I N V I T E D    P L A Y E R
16 134 5 LI, Ping Qatar
R E S E R V E S
17 254 9 NIWA, Koki Japan
18 250 6 FREITAS, Marcos Portugal
19 234 9 KONECNY, Tomas Czech Republic

Fang Bo did not play in sufficient events.


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Playing format for the 2016 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 2016 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 (maroon)

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Date of the draw

The draw will be made on 7 December 2016 at 15:00 hours.

 

First Round

Thursday/Friday
8/9 December 2016

Winner Result Loser

 


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Quarter Finals

Friday/Saturday
9/10 December 2016

Winner Result Loser

 


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Semi Finals

Saturday 10 December 2016

Winner Result Loser

 

Final

Sunday 11 December 2016

Winner Result Loser

 


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