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) Ma Long (China)
28 May-2 June China Open (Shenzhen, China) Ma Long (China)
12-16 June Japan Open (Sapporo, Japan) Xu Xin (China)
9-14 July Australian Open (Geelong, Australia) Xu Xin (China)
8-13 Oct German Open (Bremen, Germany) Fan Zhendong (China)
12-17 Nov Austrian Open (Linz, Austria) Fan Zhendong (China)
   
WORLD TOUR
15-20 Jan Hungarian Open (Budapest, Hungary) Lin Gaoyuan (China)
4-9 June Hong Kong Open (Hong Kong) Lin Gaoyuan (China)
2-7 July Korean Open (Busan, South Korea) Xu Xin (China)
13-18 Aug Bulgaria Open (Panagyurishte, Bulgaria) Tomokazu Harimoto (Japan)
20-25 Aug Czech Open (Olomouc, Czech Republic) Lin Yun-Ju (Chinese Taipei)
1-6 Oct Swedish Open (Stockholm, Sweden) Wang Chuqin (China)
   
12-15 Dec ITTF World Tour Grand Finals (Zhengzhou, China) Fan Zhendong (China)

 


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The Grand Finals

The ITTF World Tour Grand Finals are being held in Zhengzhou, China from 12-15 December 2019.

Here's a 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 2019 Grand Finals men's singles event.

Rank Points Events Player (Family Name, Given Name) Association
1 2044 8 XU, Xin China
2 1507 8 FAN, Zhendong China
3 1475 9 LIN, Gaoyuan China
4 1425 5 MA, Long China
5 930 11 HARIMOTO, Tomokazu Japan
6 866 10 LIN, Yun-Ju Chinese Taipei
7 819 10 WANG, Chuqin China
8 773 10 LIANG, Jingkun China
9 619 8 CALDERANO, Hugo Brazil
10 544 6 BOLL, Timo Germany
11 512 9 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij Germany
12 496 9 FRANZISKA, Patrick Germany
13 489 8 ZHAO, Zihao China
14 438 8 FALCK, Mattias Sweden
15 404 9 JEOUNG, Youngsik South Korea
16 402 11 MIZUTANI, Jun Japan
R E S E R V E S
17 363 12 WONG, Chun Ting Hong Kong China
18 356 11 NIWA, Koki Japan
19 323 9 JANG, Woojin South Korea

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Playing format for the 2019 Grand Finals

The events are played on a knockout basis.

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

All matches are the best of 7 games.


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Prize Money

The total prize money at the 2019 Grand Finals is $1,001,000

For the men's singles, the breakdown is follows:

Position Amount (US $)
Winner 100,000
Runner-up 55,000
Losing Semi-Finalists 35,000
Losing Quarter Finalists 25,000
Last 16 15,000

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Equipment used

The equipment used for the Grand Finals will be...

  • Tables - Double Fish Volant King (Blue)
  • Balls - Double Happiness 40+ Three Star (White)
  • Flooring - Tinsue TLO 500R (red)

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Date of the draw

The draw was made on Wednesday 11 December 2019 at 11:00 hours.

 

First Round

Thursday/Friday
12/13 December 2019

Winner Result Loser
XU, Xin
5-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4
4-2 ZHAO, Zihao
HARIMOTO, Tomokazu
14-12, 11-4, 11-6, 11-4
4-0 FRANZISKA, Patrick
LIANG, Jingkun
11-4, 11-6, 11-8, 11-1
4-0 WONG, Chun Ting
MA, Long
8-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-2, 11-7, 11-3
4-2 JEOUNG, Youngsik
LIN, Gaoyuan
13-11, 11-9, 11-8, 4-11, 8-11, 11-4
4-2 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij
LIN, Yun-Ju
11-7, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9
4-0 FALCK, Mattias
CALDERANO, Hugo
11-6, 11-9, 12-14, 11-4, 11-6
4-1 MIZUTANI, Jun
FAN, Zhendong
11-5, 18-16, 12-10, 11-7
4-0 BOLL, Timo

 

2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Lin Gaoyuan v Dimitrij Ovtcharov Lin Gaoyuan v Dimitrij Ovtcharov

 

2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Ma Long v Jeoung Youngsik Ma Long v Jeoung Youngsik

 


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Quarter Finals

Friday/Saturday
13/14 December 2019

Winner Result Loser
XU, Xin
11-6, 13-15, 11-5, 3-11, 9-11, 13-11, 13-11
4-3 HARIMOTO, Tomokazu
MA, Long
9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8
4-3 LIANG, Jingkun
LIN, Gaoyuan
13-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7
4-0 LIN, Yun-Ju
FAN, Zhendong
12-10, 11-5, 11-7, 5-11, 11-9
4-1 CALDERANO, Hugo

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Semi Finals

Saturday 14 December 2019

Winner Result Loser
MA, Long
11-7, 16-14, 11-7, 4-11, 4-11, 11-6
4-2 XU, Xin
FAN, Zhendong
11-7, 11-13, 11-3, 11-3, 9-11, 11-3
4-2 LIN, Gaoyuan

 

2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Ma Long v Xu Xin Ma Long v Xu Xin

 

2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Fan Zhendong v Lin Gaoyuan Fan Zhendong v Lin Gaoyuan

 


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Final

Sunday 15 December 2019

Winner Result Loser
FAN, Zhendong
11-6, 12-10, 11-6, 6-11, 11-8
4-1 MA, Long

 

2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals Winner - Fan Zhendong 2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals Winner - Fan Zhendong

 

2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals Winner - Fan Zhendong 2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals Winner - Fan Zhendong

 

2019 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals - Runner-up Ma LongRunner-up - Ma Long

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