Table Tennis World Ranking

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

 By Martin Hughes
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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 series of events.

NB. The WTT series of events replaced the previous series of tournaments which made up the ITTF Pro/World Tour from 1996-2020.


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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 Brazil's Hugo Calderano, together with Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll from Germany are now riding high 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 (February 2024)
Ranking Player (FAMILY Name, Given Name) Association
1 FAN, Zhendong China
2 WANG, Chuqin China
3 MA, Long China
4 LIANG, Jingkun China
5 LIN, Gaoyuan China
6 LEBRUN, Felix France
7 CALDERANO, Hugo Brazil
8 LIN, Yun-Ju Chinese Taipei
9 HARIMOTO, Tomokazu Japan
10 LIN, Shidong China
11 QIU, Dang Germany
12 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij Germany
13 ARUNA, Quadri Nigeria
14 JANG, Woojin South Korea
15 JORGIC, Darko Slovenia
16 MOREGARD, Truls Sweden
17 KALLBERG, Anton Sweden
18 LIM, Jonghoon South Korea
19 FREITAS, Marcos Portugal
20 ASSAR, Omar Egypt
21 FALCK, Mattias Sweden

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WOMEN (February 2024)
Ranking Player (FAMILY Name, Given Name) Association
1 SUN, Yingsha China
2 WANG, Yidi China
3 CHEN, Meng China
4 WANG, Manyu China
5 HAYATA, Hina Japan
6 CHEN, Xingtong China
7 QIAN, Tianyi China
8 SHIN, Yubin South Korea
9 HAN, Ying Germany
10 ITO, Mima Japan
11 CHENG, I-Ching Chinese Taipei
12 DIAZ, Adriana Puerto Rica
13 SZOCS, Bernadette Romania
14 YANG, Xiaoxin Monaco
15 JOO, Cheonhui South Korea
16 HARIMOTO, Miwa Japan
17 MITTELHAM, Nina Germany
18 HIRANO, Miu Japan
19 YUAN, Jia Nan France
20 ZHANG, Rui China

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For more information about the major table tennis tournaments, take a look at my other articles...

Olympic Games

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2024 Olympic Games - Paris, France

2020 Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

2016 Olympic Games - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2012 Olympic Games - London, England

2008 Olympic Games - Beijing, China

2004 Olympic Games - Athens, Greece


World Championships

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2024 World Team Championships - Busan, South Korea

2023 World Championships - Durban, South Africa

2022 World Team Championships - Chengdu, China

2021 World Championships - Houston, USA

2020 World Team Championships - Busan, South Korea

2019 World Championships - Budapest, Hungary

2018 World Team Championships - Halmstad, Sweden

2017 World Championships - Dusseldorf, Germany

2016 World Team Championships - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2015 World Championships - Suzhou, China

2014 World Team Championships - Tokyo, Japan

2013 World Championships - Paris, France

2012 World Team Championships - Dortmund, Germany

2011 World Championships - Rotterdam, Netherlands

2010 World Team Championships - Moscow, Russia

2009 World Championships - Yokohama, Japan


ITTF World Tour

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World Cup

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European Championships

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2022 European Championships - Munich, Germany

2020/21 European Championships - Warsaw, Poland

2019 European Championships - Nantes, France

2018 European Championships - Alicante, Spain

2017 European Championships - Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2016 European Championships - Budapest, Hungary

2015 European Championships - Russia, Ekaterinburg

2014 European Championships - Lisbon, Portugal

2013 European Championships - Schwechat, Austria

2012 European Championships - Herning, Denmark

2011 European Championships - Gdansk/Sopot, Poland

2010 European Championships - Ostrava, Czech Republic

2009 European Championships - Stuttgart, Germany

2008 European Championships - St Petersburg, Russia


Commonwealth Games

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Table Tennis Events Calendars

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Table Tennis Officials


World Rankings


Competitions for Amateur Players

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