ITTF World Tour

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ITTF World Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2017 ITTF World Tour
Sport Table tennis
Founded 1996
Owner(s) International Table Tennis Federation
Sponsor(s) Seamaster
Related
competitions
ITTF World Tour Grand Finals

The ITTF World Tour, known as the ITTF Pro Tour until 2011, is an annual series of table tennis tournaments introduced by International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) in 1996. The tour includes events in six categories: Men's and Women's Singles, Men's and Women's Doubles, and Under-21 Men's and Women's Singles. The tour has its own points system, with players accumulating points based on their performances in the tournaments they enter.[1] The players who gain the most points in each of the six different categories will be invited to participate in the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals at the end of the year.

On 12 January 2017 it was announced that Chinese shipping company Seamaster had agreed a four-year sponsorship and strategic partnership deal with the ITTF World Tour.[2]

Overview[edit]

ITTF Pro Tour: 1996–2011[edit]

Number of tournaments in each year (Grand Finals not counted):

Year 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11
Number of Tournaments 10 14 11 12 9 12 13 10 16 14 16 17 14 14 13 16
Location of Grand Finals China Hong Kong France Australia Japan China Sweden China China China Hong Kong China Macau Macau South Korea England

ITTF World Tour: 2012–[edit]

Number of tournaments in each year (Grand Finals not counted):

Year 12 13 14 15 16 17
Number of Tournaments 21 19 20 22 20 12
Location of Grand Finals China United Arab Emirates Thailand Portugal Qatar TBA

Tournaments[edit]

This is a list of tournaments that have featured in the ITTF Pro Tour and ITTF World Tour since 1996, with "" indicating the years in which each tournament featured.[3] Please note that from 2004–09 and again from 2011–13 there were two China Open tournaments in each calendar year.

From 2017, the third-tier ITTF Challenge Series will run as a separate tour, reducing the number of tournaments on the main ITTF World Tour to twelve.[4]

Tournament / Year 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Total
Argentina Argentina Open 2
Australia Australian Open 8
Austria Austrian Open 12
Belarus Belarus Open 7
Belgium Belgium Open 4
Brazil Brazil Open 16
Bulgaria Bulgarian Open 3
Chile Chile Open 10
China China Open 31
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Open 3
Croatia Croatia Open 14
Czech Republic Czech Open 7
Denmark Danish Open 6
North Korea DPR Korea Open 2
Netherlands Dutch Open 2
Egypt Egypt Open 5
England English Open 6
France French Open 5
Germany German Open 18
Greece Greek Open 1
Hungary Hungarian Open 6
India India Open 4
Italy Italian Open 3
Japan Japan Open 22
South Korea Korea Open 17
Kuwait Kuwait Open 10
Lebanon Lebanon Open 2
Malaysia Malaysia Open 3
Morocco Morocco Open 5
Nigeria Nigeria Open 3
Philippines Philippines Open 2
Poland Polish Open 13
Qatar Qatar Open 19
Russia Russian Open 7
Serbia Serbian Open 1
Singapore Singapore Open 3
Slovenia Slovenia Open 9
Spain Spanish Open 5
Sweden Swedish Open 16
Thailand Thailand Open 0
United Arab Emirates UAE Open 2
United States U.S. Open 9
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Open 3
Tournament / Year 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Total
For more details on winners of the tournaments, see List of ITTF World Tour winners.

Grand Finals[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Points allocation for ITTF World Tour standings". ITTF. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "ITTF Secures World Tour Title Sponsorship & Strategic Partnership with Seamaster". ITTF. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "ITTF Statistics". ITTF. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "A motivating force, the Challenge tournaments". ITTF. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 

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