ITTF World Tour 2019

The ITTF World Tour 2019.
Where the best players in the world compete for the biggest money prizes

 By Martin Hughes
 Owner and Editor

2019 ITTF World Tour logo

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.

And in 2017 a new format was introduced with more prize money and even better organised events.

The World Tour now consists of two tiers plus the end-of-year Grand Finals with the ITTF Challenge Series separate from the World Tour.


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New Format, Better Organisation

The 2019 World Tour consists of two tiers of competition together with the end-of-year Grand Finals.

The two tiers are the World Tour (maximum 6 events) and the World Tour Platinum (maximum 6 events) which feed into the end-of-year Grand Finals.

2019 ITTF World Tour logo 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum logo 2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals logo

The World Tour Platinum series events are allocated to the six best bids submitted by cities/affiliated Associations, whilst the World Tour events are allocated to the next six best bids.

The Platinum tier attract the best players and the highest media attention whilst the competitive ITTF World Tour features both top players and the up-and-coming future stars.

The World Tour Grand Finals will consist of the top 16 men and women players (singles & doubles) who earn enough points on the World Tour to qualify for the most important event of the tour - the exciting year-end finale.


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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 to earn grand prix points and prize money according to how well they performed.

The best performers (who also meet the qualifying criteria) are then invited to the end of year Grand Finals where a prize fund of US$1,001,000 is up for grabs.


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12 Tournaments around the World

In 2019 the ITTF World Tour is limited to 12 high quality events.

The top rated events are the World Tour Platinum series whilst the regular events are named - ITTF World Tour.

There are 6 Platinum series events and 6 regular events.

The minimum prize money offered at each Platinum event is US$ 120,000 whilst the minimum prize money offered at each regular event is US$ 70,000.


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The Format

The tournaments will hold the following events:

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

The men's and women's singles are limited to 32 players in the main draw, whilst the men's, women's and mixed doubles are limited to 16 pairs in the main draw.


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2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

The number of players at the 2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals will be as follows...

  • Men's and women's singles will each have 16 players.
  • Men's, women's and mixed doubles will each have 8 pairs.

And the qualifying criteria are...

SINGLES

  • The top 15 men and 15 women who accumulate the most grand prix points and compete in at least 5 tournaments.
  • The ITTF will also invite one man and one woman from the association hosting the 2019 World Tour Grand Finals if they have competed in at least 5 tournaments.

DOUBLES

  • The top 7 men's doubles pairs, the top 7 women's doubles pairs and the top 7 mixed doubles pairs who accumulated the most grand prix points, as a pair, and competed in at least 4 tournaments.
  • The ITTF will also invite one doubles pair per event from the association hosting the 2019 World Tour Grand Finals if they have competed in at least 4 tournaments.

Players or pairs who finished equal on points for the last positions to qualify will be decided by their position on the last available ITTF World Ranking list. If players or pairs are still equal, reference will be made to the previous World Ranking list and so on.

 

I'll be focussing here on the Men's Singles (MS) events only.


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ITTF World Tour 2019

DATES WORLD TOUR EVENTS 2019 MS WINNERS
  WORLD TOUR PLATINUM SERIES
26-31 March Qatar Open (Doha, Qatar)
28 May-2 June China Open (Shenzhen, China)
12-16 June Japan Open (Sapporo, Japan)
9-14 July Australian Open (Geelong, Australia)
8-13 Oct German Open (Bremen, Germany)
12-17 Nov Austrian Open (Linz, Austria)
   
WORLD TOUR
15-20 Jan Hungarian Open (Budapest, Hungary) Lin Gaoyuan (China)
4-9 June Hong Kong Open (Hong Kong)
2-7 July Korean Open (Busan, South Korea)
13-18 Aug Bulgaria Open (Panagyurishte, Bulgaria)
20-25 Aug Czech Open (Olomouc, Czech Republic)
1-6 Oct Swedish Open (Stockholm, Sweden)
   
12-15 Dec ITTF World Tour Grand Finals (TBD)

 


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The Grand Finals

The ITTF World Tour Grand Finals will be held from 12-15 December 2019. The location is yet to be announced.


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