ITTF World Tour

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ITTF World Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 ITTF World Tour
SportTable tennis
Founded1996
Owner(s)International Table Tennis Federation
Sponsor(s)Seamaster
Related
competitions
ITTF World Tour Grand Finals
ITTF Challenge Series

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 seven categories: Men's and Women's Singles, Men's, Women's, and Mixed 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]

Since 2017, the ITTF also announced that the World Tour would be split into two tiers, with six World Tour Platinum, the new top tier of World Tour, and six regular World Tour events. The players who gain the most points in each of the seven different categories will be invited to participate in the ITTF World Tour Grand Finals at the end of the year.

Overview[edit]

Tournaments −'15 2013−'16 2017−
Tiers I Super Series
II Major Series
III Challenge Series

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 2019
Number of tournaments 21 19 20 22 20 12 12 12
Location of Grand Finals China United Arab Emirates Thailand Portugal Qatar Kazakhstan South Korea China

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]

From 2004 to 2009, and again from 2011 to 2013, 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 19 Total
Argentina Argentina Open 2
Australia Australian Open 10
Austria Austrian Open 14
Belarus Belarus Open Part of Challenge Series 7
Belgium Belgium Open Part of Challenge Series 4
Brazil Brazil Open 17
Bulgaria Bulgarian Open 5
Chile Chile Open 10
China China Open 33
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Open 3
Croatia Croatia Open Part of Challenge Series 14
Czech Republic Czech Open 9
Denmark Danish Open 6
North Korea DPR Korea Open Part of Challenge Series 2
Netherlands Dutch Open 2
Egypt Egypt Open 5
England English Open 6
France French Open 5
Germany German Open 20
Greece Greek Open 1
Hong Kong Hong Kong Open 2
Hungary Hungarian Open 8
India India Open 4
Italy Italian Open 3
Japan Japan Open 24
South Korea Korea Open 19
Kuwait Kuwait Open 10
Lebanon Lebanon Open 2
Malaysia Malaysia Open 3
Morocco Morocco Open 5
Nigeria Nigeria Open Part of Challenge Series 3
Philippines Philippines Open 2
Poland Polish Open Part of Challenge Series 13
Qatar Qatar Open 21
Russia Russian Open 7
Serbia Serbian Open 1
Singapore Singapore Open 3
Slovenia Slovenia Open Part of Challenge Series 9
Spain Spanish Open Part of Challenge Series 5
Sweden Swedish Open 18
United Arab Emirates UAE Open 2
United States U.S. Open 9
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 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 19 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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