Men's World Cup 2020

The Men's World Cup 2020 takes place in Weihai, China from 13-15 November 2020. But who qualified for this prestigious table tennis event?

 By Martin Hughes
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The 2020 Men's World Cup is being played in Weihai, China at the Weihai Nanhai Olympic Sport Centre from 13-15 November 2020.

 

The Men's World Cup first started in 1980 as an invitational event for 16 players, and in 2009 it was extended to 19 players.

But from 2013, 20 players compete for the World Cup, with the World Champion automatically qualifying and at least 17 players qualifying through Continental Cups or equivalent types of tournaments. However, no more than two players per Association are allowed to take part.

The Women have their own World Cup competition from 8-10 November in China, but I'll be focusing on the Men's competition here.

 

Due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the Men's World Cup was rescheduled and has been changed from being played in Germany to being played in China.

In addition, the qualification criteria were also amended.

The Dishang Group is the Title Sponsor of both the Men's and Women's World Cups.

The Dishang Group is one of China's largest manufacturers and exporters of apparel, and is headquartered in Weihai (Shandong province), the host city for both events.

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How did players qualify for Dishang 2020 Men's World Cup

Due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, the qualification criteria was amended and became very complicated.

However, twenty-one players eventually qualified for the 2020 Men's World Cup as follows...

  • the current World champion
  • 19 players through Continental Cups, equivalent types of tournaments or their replacements
  • 1 "wild card" selected by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)

 

The rules also stated that not more than two players from any Association can participate.


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Which players qualified?

The following players will take part in the Dishang Men's World Cup 2020...

No. World
Ranking
as at
April 2020
Player
Family Name, Given Name (Association)
How Qualified
1 3 MA, Long (China) World Champion
2 78 SALEH, Ahmed (Egypt) African Cup winner
3 1 FAN, Zhendong (China) Highest WR from Asian Cup list
4 6 CALDERANO, Hugo (Brazil) Pan Am Cup Winner
5 44 TSUBOI, Gustavo (Brazil) Pan Am Cup (2nd player)
98 HU, Heming (Australia) Oceania Highest Ranked Player
10 BOLL, Timo (Germany) Europe Cup Winner
6 4 HARIMOTO, Tomokazu (Japan) 3rd Highest WR from Asian Cup list
7 7 LIN, Yun-Ju (Chinese Taipei) 4th Highest WR from Asian Cup list
8 34 JORGIC, Darko (Slovenia) Europe Cup 2nd place (2nd Qualifier)
9 28 GARDOS, Robert (Austria) Europe Cup 3rd place (3rd Qualifier)
10 13 NIWA, Koki (Japan) 5th Highest WR from Asian Cup list
11 14 JEOUNG, Youngsik (South Korea) 6th Highest WR from Asian Cup list
12 18 JANG Woojin (South Korea) 7th Highest WR from Asian Cup list
13 20 ARUNA, Quadri (Nigeria) Africa Cup 2nd place
14 21 WONG, Chun Ting (Hong Kong China) 8th Highest WR from Asian Cup list
15 27 JHA, Kanak (USA) Pan Am Cup 3rd place
16 30 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan (Chinese Taipei) 9th Highest WR from Asian Cup list
17 37 PUCAR, Tomislav (Croatia) Europe Cup 4th place
18 11 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij (Germany) ITTF wild card
19 9 FALCK, Mattias (Sweden) Replacement
20 15 PITCHFORD, Liam (England) Replacement
21 16 FRANZISKA, Patrick (Germany) Replacement

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Playing format for 2020

The tournament consists of two stages, with all matches being the best of seven games, but first, all the players taking part were ranked and seeded according to the latest available World Ranking list.

Stage 1

In the first stage, the players seeded from 9 to 21 (13 players) are divided into 3 groups of 3 players, and 1 group of 4 players, with all the members of a group playing each other (round-robin).

Players seeded 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th head each group A, B, C and D respectively.

Players seeded 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th are drawn randomly into the second position of each group.

The remaining players seeded 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st are drawn randomly into the third position in each preliminary group with the remaining player drawn randomly into the fourth position in the preliminary groups.

Players from the same Association are drawn into separate groups.

The top two finishers of each group then join the top 8 seeded players in the second stage of the competition.

Stage 2

The second stage of the competition consists of a knockout draw.

The player seeded 1 is placed in position 1.

The player seeded 2 is placed in position 16.

Seeds 3 and 4 are drawn between positions 8 and 9.

Seeds 5, 6, 7 and 8 are drawn randomly into positions 4, 5, 12 and 13.

Group winners from the first stage are drawn randomly into positions 3, 6, 11 and 14.

Group second place finishers from the first stage are drawn randomly into positions 2, 7, 10 and 15.

 

Group winners and second place finishers from the same group are drawn into opposite halves of the draw.

There will be no separation by Association.

Losers of the semi-finals play each other for third place.


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The World Cup prize money

The prize money for the men's table tennis 2020 World Cup is US$ 250,000

This was divided up as follows:

Winner US$ 55,000
Runner-up US$ 40,000
3rd Place US$ 20,000
4th Place US$ 14,000
Places 5-8 US$ 10,000
Places 9-16 US$ 7,000
Places 17-21 US$ 5,000

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Equipment used

Donic sponsors World Cup 2020

The German manufacturer DONIC was the table sponsor and supplier for the Men's World Cup 2020.

The balls being used were Double Happiness 3 star plastic DJ40+, and the red flooring was by Enlio.


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Seedings

The seedings were as follows...

Seed Player
Family Name, Given Name
World Ranking
(April 2020)
1 FAN, Zhendong 1
2 MA, Long 3
3 HARIMOTO, Tomokazu 4
4 CALDERANO, Hugo 6
5 LIN, Yun-Ju 7
6 FALCK, Mattias 9
7 OVTCHAROV, Dimitrij 11
8 NIWA, Koki 13
9 JEOUNG, Youngsik 14
10 PITCHFORD, Liam 15
11 FRANZISKA, Patrick 16
12 JANG, Woojin 18
13 ARUNA, Quadri 20
14 WONG, Chun Ting 21
15 JHA, Kanak 27
16 GARDOS, Robert 28
17 CHUANG, Chih-Yuan 30
18 JORGIC, Darko 34
19 PUCAR, Tomislav 37
20 TSUBOI, Gustavo 44
21 SALEH, Ahmed 78

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Stage 1

The draw for stage one is being made on Thursday 12 November 2020.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D


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Results for Stage 1 of the World Cup 2020

Friday 13 November 2020

Group A

WINNER Result LOSER
 
 
  • Group A winner =

  • Group A runner-up =


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Group B

WINNER Result LOSER
 
 
  • Group B winner =

  • Group B runner-up =


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Group C

WINNER Result LOSER
 
 
  • Group C winner =

  • Group C runner-up =


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Group D

WINNER Result LOSER
 
 
  • Group D winner =

  • Group D runner-up =


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Stage 2 Results of the World Cup 2020

The draw is being made on Friday 13 November 2020 for stage 2.

Last 16

Saturday 14 November 2020

WINNER Result LOSER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Quarter Finals

Saturday 14 November 2020

WINNER Result LOSER
 
 
 

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Semi Finals of the World Cup 2020

Sunday 15 November 2020

WINNER Result LOSER
 

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3rd / 4th Place Match

Sunday 15 November 2020

3rd PLACE Result 4th PLACE

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Final of World Cup 2020

Sunday 15 November 2020

WINNER Result RUNNER-UP

 


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