ITTF World Tour 2012

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2012 saw the launch of the ITTF World Tour with a $2,500,000 prize fund for players who consistently performed at the highest level

 By Martin Hughes
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In 1996 the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) launched a brand new premier competition - The ITTF Pro Tour and you can read about it here.

The new ITTF World Tour is sponsored by the China-based car manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) and had a total prize fund of $2,500,000 and an end of season finale with a prize fund of $1,016,000 - the highest ever in the history of the sport.

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The 2012 ITTF World Tour Schedule

Although the ITTF World 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 here are the tournaments which made up the ITTF World Tour in 2012 and the winners of the Men's Singles.


World Tour 2012

17-21 Jan Hungarian Open (Budapest) Ma Long (China)
25-29 Jan Slovenia Open (Velenje) Zhang Jike (China)
7-11 Feb Qatar Open (Doha) Xu Xin (China)
14-18 Feb Kuwait Open (Kuwait City) Jun Mizutani (Japan)
18-22 Apr Spanish Open (Almeria) Chuang Chih-Yun (Chinese Taipei)
25-29 Apr Chile Open (Santiago) Gao Ning (Singapore)
16-20 May Korea Open (Incheon City) Zhang Jike (China)
23-27 May China Open ((Shanghai) Xu Xin (China)
6-10 June Japan Open (Kobe) Jun Mizutani (Japan)
13-17 June Brazil Open (Rio de Janeiro) Oh Sang Eun (South Korea)
22-26 Aug China Open (Suzhou) Hao Shuai (China)
29 Aug-2 Sept Czech Open (Plzen) Christian Suss (Germany)
12-16 Sept Russian Open (Ekaterinburg) Xu Xin (China)
31 Oct-4 Nov German Open (Bremen) Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany)
7-11 Nov Polish Open (Warsaw) Wang Hao (China)


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Euro-Africa Satellite Circuit 2012

DATES Euro-Africa Events MS WINNERS
17-20 May Belarus Open (Minsk) Vasily Lakeev (Russia)
24-27 May Croatian Open (Zagreb) Tan Ruiwu (Croatia)
7-10 June Swedish Open (Helsingborg) Hampus Nordberg (Sweden)
22-25 June Morocco Open (Rabat) Noshad Alamiyan (Iran)
26-29 Sept Belgium Open (Antwerpen) Yannick Vostes (Belgium)
4-7 Oct Egypt Open (Cairo) Vasily Lakeev (Russia)


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The Grand Finals

The best players in world table tennis gathered for the Grand Finals from 6-9 December 2012 in Hangzhou, China.

Here is the list of the 16 men who were invited to take part in the 2012 Grand Finals men's singles event.

Several players accumulated sufficient Grand Prix points but they didn't meet the additional qualifying criteria of competing in at least five tournaments.

So unfortunately they were not eligible to take part in the prestigious end of season grand finals (N/E).

Rank Elig Points Events Continents Player
1 60600 7 2 XU Xin China
2 41100 7 3 MIZUTANI Jun Japan
3 N/E 33000 1 1 HAO Shuai China
4 N/E 26500 4 2 ZHANG Jike China
5 24775 5 2 WANG Hao China
6 N/E 21200 4 2 OVTCHAROV Dimitrij Germany
7 20925 6 2 MA Lin China
8 20100 6 2 CHUANG Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
9 N/E 20000 2 1 WANG Liqin China
10 19700 6 3 JOO Saehyuk South Korea
11 N/E 18300 4 2 MA Long China
12 17294 12 3 GAO Ning Singapore
13 17000 6 2 OH Sangeun South Korea
14 14144 6 2 RYU Seungmin South Korea
15 13650 9 2 JIANG Tianyi Hong Kong China
16 12663 10 3 ZHAN Jian Singapore
17 N/E 10188 3 2 BOLL Timo Germany
18 N/E 10100 2 1 ZHOU Yu China
19 9750 8 2 LEE Jungwoo South Korea
20 9150 7 2 NIWA Koki Japan
21 9082 7 2 KIM Minseok South Korea
22 7882 8 2 CHEN Chien-An Chinese Taipei
23 N/E 7800 3 2 SAMSONOV Vladimir Belarus
24 7338 7 3 CHAN Kazuhiro Japan
25 7282 7 2 MATSUDAIRA Kenta Japan
26 7057 10 3 LI Hu Singapore
27 6582 8 2 JEONG Sangeun South Korea
28 6313 5 2 SUSS Christian Germany


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Four players qualified from the Euro Africa Circuit


Rank Points Events Player
1 5000 2 LAKEEV Vasily Russia
2= 3500 1 NORDBERG Hampus Sweden
2= 3500 1 TAN Ruiwu Croatia
4 2700 3 PAYKOV Mikhail Russia
5 2500 1 ALAMIYAN Noshad Iran
6 2000 2 AL-HASAN Ibrahem Kuwait

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2012 ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals

Challenge Round

Thursday 6 December 2012

Winner Result Loser
XU Xin (China) Bye
KIM Minseok (South Korea) 4-2 PAYKOV Mikhail (Russia)
TAN Ruiwu (Croatia) 4-0 CHAN Kazuhiro (Japan)
JOO Se Hyuk (South Korea) Bye
RYU Seung Min (South Korea) Bye
NORDBERG Hampus (Sweden) 4-3 MATSUDAIRA Kenta (Japan)
NIWA Koki (Japan) Bye
MA Lin (China) Bye
CHUANG Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) Bye
JIANG Tianyi (Hong Kong China) Bye
LEE Jungwoo (South Korea) Bye
GAO Ning (Singapore) Bye
OH Sang Eun (South Korea) Bye
ZHAN Jian (Singapore) Bye
CHEN Chien-An (Chinese Taipei) 4-3 LAKEEV Vasily (Russia)
WANG Hao (China) Bye


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Last 16

Thursday 6 December 2012

Winner Result Loser
XU Xin (China) 4-1 KIM Minseok (South Korea)
JOO Se Hyuk (South Korea) 4-3 TAN Ruiwu (Croatia)
RYU Seung Min (South Korea) 4-2 NORDBERG Hampus (Sweden)
MA Lin (China) 4-2 NIWA Koki (Japan)
CHUANG Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) 4-0 JIANG Tianyi (Hong Kong China)
GAO Ning (Singapore) 4-1 LEE Jungwoo (South Korea)
ZHAN Jian (Singapore) 4-3 OH Sang Eun (South Korea)
WANG Hao (China) 4-2 CHEN Chien-An (Chinese Taipei)


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Quarter Finals

Saturday 8 December 2012

Winner Result Loser
XU Xin (China) 4-0 JOO Se Hyuk (South Korea)
11-8, 12-10, 11-8, 13-11
MA Lin (China) 4-1 RYU Seung Min (South Korea)
11-2, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10
CHUANG Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) 4-3 GAO Ning (Singapore)
7-11, 10-12, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8
WANG Hao (China) 4-1 ZHAN Jian (Singapore)
10-12, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8, 16-14


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Semi Finals

Sunday 9 December 2012

Winner Result Loser
XU Xin (China) 4-1 MA Lin (China)
11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9
WANG Hao (China) 4-2 CHUANG Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei)
11-4, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11


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Sunday 9 December 2012

Winner Result Runner-up
XU Xin (China) 4-0 WANG Hao (China)
11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7



ITTF World Tour Finals 2012 - Xu Xin Xu Xin - Winner of 2012 ITTF World Tour Grand Final

ITTF World Tour Finals 2012 - Wang Hao Wang Hao - Runner-up 2012 ITTF World Tour Grand Final

ITTF World Tour Finals 2012 - Xu Xin Xu Xin and Wang Hao receiving their prizes

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