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ITTF World Tour 2017

The new, revamped ITTF World Tour 2017.
Where the best players in the world competed for the biggest money prizes.

2017 ITTF World Tour logo

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.

And in 2017 a new format was introduced with more prize money and even better organised events.

The World Tour now consists of two tiers plus the end-of-year Grand Finals, whilst the ITTF Challenge Series is separate from the World Tour.


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New Format, Better Organisation

The 2017 World Tour consisted of two tiers of competition together with the end-of-year Grand Finals.

The two tiers were the World Tour (maximum 6 events) and the World Tour Platinum (maximum 6 events) which fed into the end-of-year Grand Finals.

2017 ITTF World Tour logo 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum logo 2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals logo

The World Tour Platinum series events were allocated to the six best bids submitted by cities/affiliated Associations, whilst the World Tour events were allocated to the next six best bids.

The Platinum tier attracts the best players and the highest media attention whilst the competitive ITTF World Tour featured both top players and the up-and-coming future stars.

The World Tour Grand Finals consisted of the top 16 men and women players (singles & doubles) who earned enough points on the World Tour to qualify for the most important event of the tour - the exciting year-end finale.


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Points mean prizes

The ITTF World Tour was a Grand Prix series in which players competed in International Open tournaments around the world and earned grand prix points and prize money according to how well they performed.

The best performers (who also met the qualifying criteria) were then invited to the end of year Grand Finals where a prize fund of US$1,000,000 was up for grabs.


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12 Tournaments around the World

2017 saw the ITTF World Tour limited to 12 high quality events.

The top rated events were called the World Tour Platinum series whilst the regular events were named - ITTF World Tour.

There were 6 Platinum series events and 6 regular events.

The minimum prize money offered at each Platinum event was US$ 120,000 whilst the minimum prize money offered at each regular event was US$ 70,000.


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The Format

The tournaments held the following events:

  • 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 men's and women's singles were limited to 32 players in the main draw, whilst the men's and women's doubles were limited to 16 pairs in the main draw.

The Under 21s events (where played) were limited to 32 players in the main draw.


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2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

The number of players at the 2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals were as follows...

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

And the qualifying criteria were...

SINGLES

  • The top 15 men and 15 women who accumulated the most grand prix points and competed in at least 5 tournaments.
  • The ITTF would also invite one man and one woman from the association hosting the 2017 World Tour Grand Finals if they have competed in at least 5 tournaments throughout the year.

DOUBLES

  • The top 7 men's doubles pairs and 7 women's doubles pairs who accumulated the most grand prix points, as a pair, and who competed in at least 4 tournaments.
  • The ITTF would also invite one man and one woman doubles pair from the association hosting the 2017 World Tour Grand Finals if they have competed in at least 4 tournaments.

 

I focus only on the Men's Singles (MS) events here.


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ITTF World Tour 2017

DATES WORLD TOUR EVENTS 2017 MS WINNERS
  WORLD TOUR PLATINUM SERIES
21-26 Feb Qatar Open (Doha, Qatar) Ma Long (China)
14-18 June Japan Open (Tokyo, Japan) Ma Long (China)
20-25 June China Open (Chengdu, China) Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany)
2-7 July Australian Open (Brisbane, Australia) Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus)
19-24 Sep Austrian Open (Linz, Austria) Lin Gaoyuan (China)
7-12 Nov German Open (Magdeburg, Germany) Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany)
   
  WORLD TOUR
17-22 Jan Hungarian Open (Budapest, Hungary) Chuang Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)
14-19 Feb Indian Open (New Delhi, India) Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany)
18-23 Apr Korean Open (Incheon, South Korea) Timo Boll (Germany)
15-20 Aug Bulgaria Open (Panagyurishte, Bulgaria) Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany)
22-27 Aug Czech Open (Olomouc, Czech Republic) Tomokazu Harimoto (Japan)
13-19 Nov Swedish Open (Stockholm, Sweden) Xu Xin (China)
   
14-17 Dec ITTF World Tour Grand Finals (Astana, Kazakhstan) Fan Zhendong (China)

 


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The Grand Finals

The ITTF World Tour Grand Finals were held from 14-17 December 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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 2017 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 (N/E).

Rank Elig Points Events Player (Family Name, Given Name) Assoc
1 1550 5 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij Germany
N/E 1050 3 MA, Long China
2 1000 5 BOLL, Timo Germany
3 975 5 FAN, Zhendong China
4 744 6 LIN, Gaoyuan China
5 650 5 XU, Xin China
6 641 9 HARIMOTO, Tomokazu Japan
N/E 616 4 YAN, An China
7 615 7 GAUZY, Simon France
8 614 6 SAMSONOV, Vladimir Belarus
9 613 10 MATSUDAIRA, Kenta Japan
10 594 5 FANG, Bo China
11 560 9 NIWA, Koki Japan
12 433 6 WONG, Chun Ting Hong Kong China
13 375 5 YOSHIDA, Masaki Japan
N/E 350 3 MIZUTANI, Jun Japan
14 347 9 OSHIMA, Yuya Japan
15 332 7 CHUANG, Chin-Yuan Chinese Taipei
I N V I T E D   P L A Y E R
16 16 5 GERASSIMENKO, Kirill Kazakhstan
R E S E R V E S
17 272 6 FREITAS, Marcos Portugal
18 264 5 DRINKHALL, Paul England
19 253 8 KARLSSON, Kristian Sweden

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Playing format for the 2017 Grand Finals

The event were 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 2017 Grand Finals was $1,000,000

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

Position Amount (US $)
Winner 100,000
Runner-up 55,000
Losing Semi-Finalists 35,000
Losing Quarter Finalists 25,000
Last 16 15,000

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Equipment used

The equipment used for the Grand Finals was...

  • Tables - Double Fish (Volant Dream 2)
  • Balls - Double Happiness 40+ Three Star
  • Flooring - Tinsue (red)

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Date of the draw

The draw was made on 13 December 2017 at 15:00 hours.

 

First Round

Thursday/Friday
14/15 December 2017

Winner Result Loser
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij
10-12, 11-6, 12-14, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5
4-3 NIWA, Koki
HARIMOTO, Tomokazu
11-9, 11-6, 11-5, 15-13
4-0 GERASSIMENKO, Kirill
FANG, Bo
11-6, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7
4-0 GAUZY, Simon
LIN, Gaoyuan
11-4, 11-1, 11-6, 11-7
4-0 YOSHIDA, Masaki
 
FAN, Zhendong
17-15, 8-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6
4-2 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan
XU, Xin
11-6, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8
4-0 MATSUDAIRA, Kenta
WONG, Chun Ting
11-3, 12-10, 9-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11, 11-9
4-3 SAMSONOV, Vladimir
BOLL, Timo
11-6, 8-11, 3-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-6
4-2 OSHIMA, Yuya

 

2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Xu Xin and Kenta MatsudairaXu Xin and Kenta Matsudaira

 


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Quarter Finals

Friday/Saturday
15/16 December 2017

Winner Result Loser
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij
11-7, 11-13, 11-8, 12-14, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7
4-3 HARIMOTO, Tomokazu
LIN, Gaoyuan
8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7, 11-6
4-1 FANG, Bo
 
FAN, Zhendong
11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10
4-1 XU, Xin
BOLL, Timo
4-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9, 11-3
4-2 WONG, Chun Ting

 

2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Fan Zhendong and Xu XinFan Zhendong and Xu Xin

 

2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Tomokazu HarimotoDimitrij Ovtcharov and Tomokazu Harimoto

 


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Semi Finals

Saturday 16 December 2017

Winner Result Loser
OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij
7-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 12-10
4-3 LIN, Gaoyuan
 
FAN, Zhendong
11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7
4-2 BOLL, Timo

 

2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Fan Zhendong and Timo BollFan Zhendong and Timo Boll

 

2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Lin GaoyuanDimitrij Ovtcharov and Lin Gaoyuan

 

Final

Sunday 17 December 2017

Winner Result Loser
FAN, Zhendong
11-7, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10
4-0 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij

 

2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Fan Zhendong and Dimitrij OvtcharovFan Zhendong and Dimitrij Ovtcharov

 

2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Fan Zhendong celebrates the winning pointFan Zhendong celebrates the winning point

 

2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Fan Zhendong and Dimitrij OvtcharovFan Zhendong and Dimitrij Ovtcharov

 

2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Fan Zhendong on the podiumDimitrij Ovtcharov and Fan Zhendong on the podium

 

2017 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Fan ZhendongFan Zhendong

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