ITTF Pro Tour 2009

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The ITTF Pro Tour. World table tennis at its best. Get all the results of the 2009 Grand Finals

 By Martin Hughes
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The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) initiated a brand new premier competition in 1996 ... one that was specifically designed to attract the best players in the world...

The ITTF Pro Tour.

You can read all about it here.

During 2009 there were 14 international tournaments which made up the ITTF Pro Tour and all the results of the Grand Finals are here.


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The 2009 Pro-Tour Schedule

The 2009 ITTF Pro-Tour consisted of 14 international tournaments leading up to the Grand Finals held in Macao, China.

Although the ITTF Pro-Tour consists of men's singles, women's singles, men's doubles and women's doubles, I'll be concentrating on the main event ... the men's singles.

So what were the tournaments which made up the ITTF Pro Tour in 2009?

DATES ITTF Pro Tour Events 2009 MS WINNERS
13-17 Jan Slovenian Open (Velenje) Hao Shuai (China)
21-25 Jan Danish Open (Frederikshavn) Ma Long (China)
11-15 Feb Kuwait Open (Kuwait City) Ma Long (China)
17-21 Feb Qatar Open (Doha) Timo Boll (Germany)
11-15 Mar Indian Open (Indore) Ma Liang (Singapore)
19-22 Mar German Open (Bremen) Timo Boll (Germany)
27-31 May Belarus Open (Minsk) Pete Zolt (Serbia)
3-7 June China Open (Suzhou) Ma Long (China)
11-14 June Japan Open (Wakayama) Oh Sang Eun (South Korea)
7-10 July Morocco Open (Rabat) Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus)
12-16 Aug China Open (Tianjin) Wang Hao (China)
19-23 Aug Korean Open (Seoul) Jun Mizutani (Japan)
28 Oct-1 Nov English Open (Sheffield) Ma Long (China)
25-29 Nov Polish Open (Warsaw) Timo Boll (Germany)

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Prize money

The prize money varied from tournament to tournament, but the overall purse for 2009 was $2,783,880.

Some of the events were designated as premier events, such as Kuwait and Qatar, and they both offered a total purse of $300,000 ... with the men's and women's singles winners receiving $30,000 each.

The top event, the China Open in June 2009, offered a total purse of $330,000 ... and the men's and women's singles winners received $33,000 each.

The Pro Tour Grand Finals offered a total prize fund of $365,000 ... with the men's and women's singles winners collecting $40,000 each and the men's and women's doubles winners collecting $20,000.

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The Grand Finals

The Grand Finals were held in Macao, China from 7-10 January 2010 and with all the Pro-Tour events completed, the players who had accumulated the most points in the men's singles were as follows:

Rank Elig Points Events Continents Player Country
1   99938 5 2 MA, Long China
2   78000 6 2 BOLL, Timo Germany
3   44375 6 2 HAO, Shuai China
4   43250 5 2 MA, Lin China
  NE 39000 3 1 WANG, Hao China
5   31188 5 2 WANG, Liqin China
    29938 6 2 MIZUTANI, Jun Japan
6   26938 6 2 OH, Sang Eun South Korea
7   20875 6 2 JOO, Se Hyuk South Korea
8   19595 7 2 BAUM, Patrick Germany
9   17032 7 2 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij Germany
10   16375 5 2 ZHANG, Jike China
11   15313 5 2 XU, Xin China
    15190 3 3 SAMSONOV, Vladimir Belarus
12   14282 7 2 STEGER, Bastian Germany
13   12844 6 2 SUSS, Christian Germany
14   11220 8 2 CHEN, Weixing Austria
  NE 10000 2 1 ZHANG, Chao China
    9938 6 2 MAZE, Michael Denmark
    9438 5 2 YOSHIDA, Kaii Japan
15   9125 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
16  Invitation place for a
 Home Association player
LEONG, Kin Wa Macao

Although Wang Hao and Zhang Chao had accumulated sufficient Grand Prix points, they didn't meet the additional qualifying criteria of competing in at least five tournaments or playing on at least three continents.

So unfortunately they weren't eligible to take part in the prestigious end of season grand finals.

Additionally, Jun MIZUTANI, Vladimir SAMSONOV, Michael MAZE and Kaii YOSHIDA elected not to take part.

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2009 ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals

Round One

Winner Result Loser
MA, Long 4-1 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij
SUSS, Christian 4-1 OH, Sang Eun
JOO, Se Hyuk 4-0 CHEN, Weixing
ZHANG, Jike 4-1 MA, Lin
HAO, Shuai 4-1 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan
WANG, Liqin 4-0 LEONG, Kin Wa
STEGER, Bastian 4-2 BAUM, Patrick
XU, Xin 4-0 BOLL, Timo


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Quarter Finals

Winner Result Loser
MA, Long 4-2 SUSS, Christian
ZHANG, Jike 4-2 JOO, Se Hyuk
WANG, Liqin 4-2 HAO, Shuai
XU, Xin 4-0 STEGER, Bastian


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Semi Finals

Winner Result Loser
MA, Long 4-2 ZHANG, Jike
XU, Xin 4-2 WANG, Liqin


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Winner Result Runner-up
MA, Long 4-2 XU, Xin
11-9, 7-11, 5-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-2    


Ma Long - winner of 2009 Pro Tour Grand Final by courtesy of the ITTF

Ma Long
Winner of the 2009 ITTF Pro-Tour Final



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