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ITTF World Tour

2017 sees the launch of a revamped ITTF World Tour with higher prize money for all players.

2017 ITTF World Tour logo

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

And in 2012, after 15 years of solid success, they took it to the next level and re-named it the ITTF World Tour.

And then in its 20th year, the ITTF announced that with effect from 2017 the ITTF World Tour will have a new logo, new branding and a new structure to better promote table tennis globally.

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New Partners and New Conditions for 2017 World Tour

On the announcement, ITTF Marketing Director Steve Dainton said...

"In 2016, we have worked hard to look at ways to push the World Tour product forward, with new partners and new conditions.

The desire to host events has dramatically increased and we are so pleased to see conditions such as prize money increasing as well.

We will now push forward to ensure events can grow both in terms of popularity and commercially so that over time we can showcase international table tennis more regularly throughout the year."


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ITTF Announced 12 Host Cities for the 2017 World Tour

The ITTF also announced that the 2017 World Tour will be split into two tiers, with six ITTF World Tour Platinum events, which is the new top tier of the World Tour, and six regular ITTF World Tour events.

Due to an unprecedented number of bids to be a part of the new ITTF World Tour, the six ITTF World Tour Platinum events will have higher prize money, and be of a higher level organisation, which will ensure the attendance of the world's best players, resulting in more international exposure for the hosts.

The six cities that have won the right to host a 2017 ITTF World Tour Platinum event are...

  • Doha, Qatar: 23-26 February 2017
  • Tokyo, Japan: 16-18 June 2017
  • Chengdu, China: 22-25 June 2017
  • Gold Coast, Australia: 29 June–2 July 2017
  • Linz, Austria: 1-3 September 2017
  • Magdeburg, Germany: 10-12 November 2017

The regular ITTF World Tour events are...

  • Budapest, Hungary: 19-22 January 2017
  • New Delhi, India: 16-19 February 2017
  • Incheon, South Korea: 20-23 April 2017
  • Olomouc, Czech Republic: 24-27 August 2017
  • Panagyurishte, Bulgaria: 7-10 September 2017
  • Stockholm, Sweden: 16-19 November 2017

Australia and Austria move up to the top World Tour tier for the first time, after successfully hosting regular lower-tiered World Tour events.

India joins the ITTF World Tour for the first time, with New Delhi hosting the breakthrough event in February 2017.

The 12 events all offer World Tour Standings points, which will be used to determine the top 16 players that qualify for the World Tour Grand Finals, to be held from 14-17 December 2017 in a location to be determined.


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Points mean prizes

The 12 events all offer World Tour Standings points, which will be used to determine the top 16 players that qualify for the lucrative World Tour Grand Finals, to be held from 14-17 December 2017.


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12 Tournaments

There will be 12 World Tour tournaments in 2017.

The ITTF World Tour Platinum events will have a minimum prize fund of US$ 120,000 whilst the regular ITTF World Tour events will have a minimum prize fund of US$ 70,000


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The Format

Each World Tour tournament holds events for...

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

whilst the following events are optional...

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

The main draw will comprise 32 players for singles and 16 pairs for doubles, whilst for the under 21 events the main draw will comprise 32 players.

In the Men's and Women's singles all matches are played best of 7 games in all stages of the competition, whilst in the doubles and under 21 events all matches are played best of 5 games in all stages of the competition.

The Men's and Women's singles events will be played over 4 days whilst the qualification and Under 21 events will be played over a minimum of 2 days.

 

You'll be able to get all the details of the ITTF World Tour in 2017 with the winners of the Men's Singles, and all the results of the Grand Finals here.


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