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ITTF World Tour 2017

The new, revamped ITTF World Tour 2017.
Where the best players in the world compete 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 will now be separate from the World Tour.


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New Formats, Better Organisation

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

The two tiers are the World Tour (maximum 6 events) and the World Tour Platinum (maximum 6 events) which feed 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 have been allocated to the six best bids submitted by cities/affiliated Associations, whilst the World Tour events have been allocated to the next six best bids.

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

The World Tour Grand Finals will consist of the top 16 men and women players (singles & doubles) who have 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 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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12 Tournaments around the World

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

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

There are 6 Platinum series events and 6 regular events.

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


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The Format

The tournaments will hold 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 will be limited to 32 players in the main draw, whilst the men's and women's doubles will be limited to 16 pairs in the main draw.

The Under 21s events (where played) will be 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 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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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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)
20-25 June China Open (Chengdu, China)
2-7 July Australian Open (Brisbane, Australia)
29 Aug-3 Sep Austrian Open (Linz, Austria)
7-12 Nov German Open (Magdeburg, 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)
15-20 Aug Bulgaria Open (Panagyurishte, Bulgaria)
22-27 Aug Czech Open (Olomouc, Czech Republic)
13-19 Nov Swedish Open (Stockholm, Sweden)
   
14-17 Dec ITTF World Tour Grand Finals (TBD)

 


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The Grand Finals

The ITTF World Tour Grand Finals will be held from 14-17 December 2017. The location has not yet been decided.


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ITTF Pro Tour (1996-2011)

 

ITTF World Tour (2012-2016)

 

ITTF World Tour (2017 onwards)

 

 

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World Championships

 

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European Championships

 

Commonwealth Games

 

 

 

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