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World Table Tennis
Championships 2013

The World Table Tennis Championships 2013 takes place in Paris, France from 13-20th May 2013.

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The World Table Tennis Championships first took place in 1926 in London, England.

However, since 2000 the World Table Tennis Championship has been split into two separate competitions. Team events are now held in even numbered years, whilst individual events (singles and doubles) are held in odd numbered years.

So 2013 is the year for the individual events to be contested and, 10 years after last staging the event, France is once again the host country.

So the LIEBHERR 2013 World Table Tennis Championships will be staged in the Paris suburb of Bercy from 13th to 20th May 2013.

 

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Keen Hosts for 2013

1993 World Table Tennis Champion, Jean-Philippe Gatien Jean-Philippe Gatien
1993 World Table Tennis Champion

The French Table Tennis Federation were very keen to host the 2013 World Championships because it's been 10 years since they last hosted the event in the same venue, and 20 years since the only French player to win the World Title, Jean-Philippe Gatien, won in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1993.

So the Qatar Table Tennis Association, who also wanted to host the event, agreed to let France be the only bidder to host the event.

The venue for the tournament is the Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy with the National Institute of Sport staging the qualification rounds.

The seating capacity at the Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy is 13,500 and up to 20 tables will be used.

The draw will be made on Saturday 11th May 2013 with the qualification stages commencing on Monday 13th May 2013.


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Surprise European Winner

2003 World Table Tennis Champion, Werner Schlager Werner Schlager
2003 World Table Tennis Champion

A decade ago, in the Paris suburb of Bercy at the 2003 World Championships, there was a surprise winner in the Men's Singles final.

Austria's Werner Schlager beat South Korea's Joo Saehyuk to take the prestigious title of World Champion.

The 30-year-old and number 6 seed won 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 12-10, 8-11, 12-10.

It was such a surprise because Chinese players contested all the finals except the men's singles final.


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Events included

The World Table Tennis Championships 2013 events are...


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Format of events

The first round proper of Men's Singles, Women's Singles and Mixed Doubles will have 128 places and the first round proper of Men's and Women's Doubles will have 64 places.

Singles events and Mixed Doubles will have 64 seeded players, 32 direct entries and 32 qualifiers. Other doubles events will have 32 seeds, 16 direct entries and 16 qualifiers.

Qualification for singles will initially comprise of group matches followed by one or two knockout rounds. Qualification for doubles will be by knockout.

All singles matches will be best of 7 games. Doubles matches will be best of 5 games in qualification matches and best of 7 games in the main draw.

Each Association is entitled to 5 entries in each singles event, with 1 additional player in the appropriate event for each player in the first 20 places of the January 2013 ITTF world ranking list - up to a limit of 2 men and 2 women in singles with 3 men and 3 women pairs in the doubles, 3 pairs in the mixed doubles. All players may be different.

The host Association (France) can enter up to 7 men and 7 women in the singles events.


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2011 Winners


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2013 Table Tennis Equipment

The following equipment will be used at the world table tennis championships 2013...

  • Tables, Net and Post: Double Happiness - purple blue
  • Ball: Butterfly 3 Star - white
  • Sports flooring: Gerflor

2013 World Championships - DHS Table


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