Table Tennis World Ranking

The table tennis world ranking list is a computerised rating system.
So who are the best players? Find out here...

 By Martin Hughes
 Owner and Editor

Table Tennis World Rankings by ITTF

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) produces a world ranking list by entering the results of matches played in authorised events into a computerised database.

Using these results, the ITTF is able to produce a current list of the best table tennis players in the world.

Separate ranking lists are produced for the senior men and senior women together with separate ranking lists only for players under 19 years of age, under 17 years, under 15 years, under 13 years and under 11 years.

These ranking lists are used for determining seeding in all tournaments and for selecting players for certain competitions.

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2018 - A New System

With effect from 1 January 2018 the ITTF introduced a new system for calculating world rankings.

It's much simpler than the previous system and it's designed to encourage players to play in more World Ranking events.

Players now receive World Ranking Points based only on the final position they reach at tournaments. So, the better they perform, the more points they'll receive.

The number of World Ranking Points a player receives varies according to the competition being played, with the most prestigious events offering the most points.

These were amended again in 2021 with the formation of the WTT events.

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8 of the Best

Although players can enter many events throughout the year, only their best 8 results during the last 12 months are used (with a maximum of one continental event) to calculate their World Ranking.

The previous system also included losing points when they lost a match, but this no longer applies.

And separate ranking lists are now calculated for each age category by only using results achieved in the respective age category. In the previous system, only one list was compiled and rankings for the age categories were just a sub set of the main list.


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New players

Under the pre-2018 system, players entered the table tennis world ranking list as soon as they had at least two wins against players already ranked.

Players were given Starting Points and these starting points were re-calculated each time a new World Ranking was produced, up to the moment a player reached or passed the limit of five wins and five losses against already ranked players.

Then these "Starting Points" become final.

But under the new system, every player who has earned ITTF Ranking points in an eligible tournament during the ranking period is included in the ITTF World Rankings.


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Who dominates the world ranking lists?

Well, as you might expect, the Asian players, particularly the Chinese table tennis players, have dominated the table tennis world rankings for many years.

However, the new system has shaken up the rankings, and players such as Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll from Germany are now riding high, along with Egypt's Omar Assar and Brazil's Hugo Calderano in the top twenty.

Three of the best men in the World Ranking List - All Chinese!

Table Tennis World Rankings - Top Chinese men by courtesy of the ITTF


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Latest table tennis world rankings

Please check this page each month for an update.

MEN (September 2022)
Ranking Player (FAMILY Name, Given Name) Association
1 FAN, Zhendong China
2 MA, Long China
3 LIANG, Jingkun China
4 HARIMOTO, Tomokazu Japan
5 CALDERANO, Hugo Brazil
6 MOREGARD, Truls Sweden
7 LIN, Yun-Ju Chinese Taipei
8 JORGIC, Darko Slovenia
9 QIU, Dang Germany
10 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij Germany
11 WANG, Chuqin China
12 LIN, Gaoyuan China
13 FRANZISKA, Patrick Germany
14 BOLL, Timo Germany
15 ARUNA, Quadri Nigeria
16 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan Chinese Taipei
17 KARLSSON, Kristian Sweden
18 LIM, Jonghoon South Korea
19 KALLBERG, Anton Sweden
20 PITCHFORD, Liam England
21 ASSAR, Omar Egypt
more...

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WOMEN (September 2022)
Ranking Player (FAMILY Name, Given Name) Association
1 SUN, Yingsha China
2 CHEN, Meng China
3 WANG, Manyu China
4 WANG, Yidi China
5 ITO, Mima Japan
6 HAYATA, Hina Japan
7 DOO, Hoi Kem Hong Kong China
8 HAN, Ying Germany
9 ISHIKAWA, Kasumi Japan
10 POLCANOVA, Sofia Austria
11 DIAZ, Adriana Puerto Rica
12 YANG, Xiaoxin Monaco
13 MITTELHAM, Nina Germany
14 KIHARA, Miyuu Japan
15 JEON, Jihee South Korea
16 FENG, Tianwei Singapore
17 SHAN, Xiaona Germany
18 HIRANO, Miu Japan
19 TAKAHASHI, Bruna Brazil
20 CHEN, Xingtong China
21 FAN, Siqi China
more...

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To see the top 100 players on the latest table tennis world ranking lists, you can download the attached files below.

Please check this page each month for an update.

 

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Please note:

You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or Preview installed on your computer to view these world ranking lists.

Most Windows computers have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed already - it's FREE, but if you're one of the few who don't already have it installed, click on this link https://get.adobe.com/reader and follow the instructions on the Adobe web site to download it.

(Mac users can use Preview which is pre-installed on all Macs)

 

TABLE TENNIS WORLD RANKING LISTS (Top 100 players)
December 2020 - Men (opens in a new window)

December 2020 - Women (opens in a new window)

May to November 2020 - No rankings issued due to Coronavirus pandemic

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