ITTF World Tour

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ITTF World Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 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.

Overview[edit]

ITTF Pro Tour (1996–2011)[edit]

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

Year 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
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–present)[edit]

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

Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number of tournaments 21 19 20 22 20 12 12
Location of Grand Finals China United Arab Emirates Thailand Portugal Qatar Kazakhstan TBA

Winners of the tournaments[edit]

Grand Finals[edit]

Tournaments by year[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.[2] Please note that from 2004–09 and again from 2011–13 there were two China Open tournaments in each calendar year.

Since 2017, the ITTF Challenge Series has been run as a separate tour, reducing the number of tournaments on the main ITTF World Tour.[3]

Tournament 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Argentina Argentina Open 2
Australia Australian Open 9
Austria Austrian Open 13
Belarus Belarus Open 7
Belgium Belgium Open 4
Brazil Brazil Open 17
Bulgaria Bulgarian Open 4
Chile Chile Open 11
China China Open 32
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Open 3
Croatia Croatia Open 14
Czech Republic Czech Open 8
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 19
Greece Greek Open 1
Hong Kong Hong Kong Open 1
Hungary Hungarian Open 7
India India Open 4
Italy Italian Open 3
Japan Japan Open 23
South Korea Korea Open 18
Kuwait Kuwait Open 10
Lebanon Lebanon Open 2
Malaysia Malaysia Open 3
Morocco Morocco Open 5
Nigeria Nigeria Open 4
Philippines Philippines Open 2
Poland Polish Open 13
Qatar Qatar Open 20
Russia Russian Open 7
Serbia Serbian Open 1
Singapore Singapore Open 3
Slovenia Slovenia Open 10
Spain Spanish Open 5
Sweden Swedish Open 17
Thailand Thailand Open 1
United Arab Emirates UAE Open 2
United States U.S. Open 9
Serbia and Montenegro Yugoslavia Open 3
Tournament 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total

Business[edit]

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.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Points allocation for ITTF World Tour standings". ITTF. Archived from the original on 22 October 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "ITTF Statistics". ITTF. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "A motivating force, the Challenge tournaments". ITTF. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "ITTF Secures World Tour Title Sponsorship & Strategic Partnership with Seamaster". ITTF. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 

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