ITTF World Tour 2014

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The ITTF World Tour 2014. Where the best players in the world compete for the biggest money prizes

 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.

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.

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The GAC Group (China-based car manufacturer Guangzhou Automobile Group) began sponsoring this event in 2012 and currently have an agreement to sponsor this event until the end of 2015.


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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) were then invited to the end of year Grand Finals where a prize fund of one million US dollars was up for grabs.

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Tournaments around the World

2014 saw 20 events within the ITTF World Tour.

The top rated events were called the Super Series, followed by the Major Series plus the challenger series in Euro-Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.

There were 6 Super Series events, 4 Major Series events plus 10 Challenger Series events.

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The Format

The Super Series tournaments held events for:

  • 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 Major Series tournaments held events for:

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


And the Challenger Series tournaments held events for:

  • Men's singles
  • Women's singles

    plus two events from...

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

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Prize Money

The prize money for the GAC ITTF World Tour 2014 was substantial.

The total prize fund was over $2,500,000 with the Grand Finals worth $1,000,000.

Each Super Series event must offer a minimum prize fund of $200,000, whilst in the Major Series it's a minimum prize fund of $100,000, and $30,000 for the Challenger Series.

Additionally, the points awarded to the best performers were also tiered.

The winner of an event in a Challenger Series gained 100 points, whilst in the Major Series it was 200 points and in the Super Series 300 points.

And the players with the most points at the end of the season were invited to compete in the lucrative Grand Finals.

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2014 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

The number of players at the 2014 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals was as follows...

  • Men's and women's singles - 16 players.
  • Men's and women's doubles - 8 pairs.
  • Under 21 men's and women's singles - 8 players.

And the qualifying criteria were...


  • The top 15 men and 15 women who accumulated the most grand prix points and competed in at least 5 tournaments.
  • The ITTF also invited one man and one woman from the association hosting the 2014 World Tour Grand Finals.


  • The top 8 men's doubles pairs and 8 women's doubles pairs who accumulated the most grand prix points, as a pair, and competed in at least 4 tournaments.
  • In the case that one player appeared in two or more double pairs, only the highest qualifying pair would be considered.


  • The top 8 U21 men and 8 U21 women who accumulated the largest number of grand prix points.

Players or pairs who finished equal on points for the last positions to qualify were decided by their position on the last available ITTF World Ranking list. If players or pairs were still equal, reference was 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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GAC ITTF World Tour 2014

12-16 Feb Kuwait Open (Kuwait City, Kuwait) Fan Zhendong (China)
18-23 Feb Qatar Open (Doha, Qatar) Xu Xin (China)
26-30 Mar German Open (Magdeburg, Germany) Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany)
4-8 June China Open (Chengdu, China) Ma Long (China)
11-15 June Korean Open (Incheon City, South Korea) Xu Xin (China)
18-22 June Japan Open (Yokohama, Japan) Yu Ziyang (China)
2-6 Apr Spanish Open (Almeria, Spain) Paul Drinkhall (England)
27-31 Aug Czech Open (Olomouc, Czech Republic) Marcos Freitas (Portugal)
5-9 Nov Russian Open (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) Koki Niwa (Japan)
12-16 Nov Swedish Open (Stockholm, Sweden) Fan Zhendong (China)
29 Jan-1 Feb Hungarian Open (Szombathely, Hungary) Daniel Habesohn (Austria)
21-24 May Zagreb Open (Zagreb, Croatia) Ricardo Walther (Germany)
23-26 Jun Lagos (Nigerian) Open (Lagos, Nigeria) Omar Assar (Egypt)
21-24 Aug Belarus Open (Minsk, Belarus) Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus)
10-13 Sep Flanders (Belgium) Open, De Haan (Belgium Coast) Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus)
10-13 Apr Chile Open (Santiago de Chile, Chile) Kohei Sambe (Japan)
4-7 Sep Argentina Open (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Zhu Cheng (China)
11-14 Sep Brazil Open (Santos, Brazil) Liu Dingshuo (China)
15-18 May Philippines Open (Manila, Philippines) Ho Kwan Kit (Hong Kong China)
21-25 May Australian Open (Sydney, Australia) Wu Zhikang (Singapore)
11-14 Dec ITTF World Tour Grand Finals (Bangkok, Thailand) Jun Mizutani (Japan)


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The Grand Finals

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The ITTF World Tour Grand Finals were held from 11-14 December 2014 in Thailand at the Indoor Stadium Huamark, 2088 Ramkamheang Road, Huamark, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240.

Here is the list of the men who accumulated sufficient Grand Prix points and met the additional qualifying criteria of competing in at least five events (tournaments) and were therefore invited to take part in the 2014 Grand Finals men's singles event.

Some players accumulated sufficient Grand Prix points but didn't compete in sufficient events to be eligible to take part in the prestigious end of season grand finals (NE).

The ITTF also invited Max Poungsri from the host association (Thailand).

Rank Elig Points Events Player (Family Name, Given Name) Assoc
  NE 800 4 XU, Xin China
  NE 594 4 FAN, Zhendong China
1 407 5 MIZUTANI, Jun Japan
2 407 5 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij Germany
  NE 338 3 YU, Ziyang China
  NE 319 2 MA, Long China
3 303 8 NIWA, Koki Japan
4 300 5 DRINKHALL, Paul England
5 293 5 FREITAS, Marcos Portugal
NE 250 2 FANG, Bo China
6 241 5 SAMSONOV, Vladimir Belarus
  NE 213 4 BAUM, Patrick Germany
  NE 213 4 YAN, An China
7 207 5 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
8 198 6 MENGEL, Steffen Germany
9 180 6 MURAMATSU, Yuto Japan
10 174 8 MORIZONO, Masataka Japan
11 171 6 TANG, Peng Hong Kong China
12 156 9 SAMBE, Kohei Japan
13 152 6 APOLONIA, Tiago Portugal
14 152 7 CHO, Eonrae South Korea
15 147 9 WONG, Chun Ting Hong Kong China
16 POUNGSRI, Max Thailand
17 141 8 WU, Zhikang Singapore
18 134 6 WALTHER, Ricardo Germany
19 119 6 ASSAR, Omar Egypt

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Playing format for the 2014 Grand Finals

The event was played on a knockout basis.

The seeding of the players was determined by the final order of the World Tour points standing.

All matches were the best of 7 games.

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Prize Money

The total prize money at the 2014 Grand Finals was $1,000,000

For the men's singles the breakdown was as follows:

Position Amount (US $)
Winner 100,000
Runner-up 60,000
Semi Finals 30,000
Quarter Finals 15,000
Last 16 8,000

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Equipment used

The equipment used for the Grand Finals was...

  • Tables - Double Fish
  • Balls - Double Happiness 40+ Three Star
  • Flooring - Tinsue (blue)

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Date of the draw

The draw was made on 9 December 2014 at 19:30 hours.


First Round

Friday 12 December 2014

Winner Result Loser
7-11, 7-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8
4-3 MORIZONO, Masataka
MENGEL, Steffen
11-4, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7
12-10, 14-12, 11-8, 11-6
4-0 WONG, Chun Ting
NIWA, Koki
7-11, 14-12, 10-12, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7
4-2 CHO, Eonrae
TANG, Peng
8-11, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-8
SAMSONOV, Vladimir
11-5, 6-11, 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7
4-2 SAMBE, Kohei
CHUANG, Chih-Yuan
11-7, 11-5, 11-8, 11-2
4-0 APOLONIA, Tiago
11-1, 11-9, 11-6, 11-4


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Quarter Finals

Saturday 13 December 2014

Winner Result Loser
11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-3
4-1 MENGEL, Steffen
11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 11-13, 11-9, 11-9
4-2 NIWA, Koki
TANG, Peng
11-9, 11-6, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8
4-1 SAMSONOV, Vladimir
11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7, 11-9
4-3 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan


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Semi Finals

Sunday 14 December 2014

Winner Result Loser
11-9, 11-7, 11-6, 4-11, 11-9
4-1 FREITAS, Marcos
11-6, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7
4-0 TANG, Peng



Sunday 14 December 2014

Winner Result Loser
14-12, 12-10, 8-11, 11-3, 6-11, 12-14, 11-6
4-3 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij

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