MIDDLE EAST HUB – MAJOR DATES IN DOHA BROUGHT FORWARD
The Middle East Hub will feature two tiers of the new WTT event structure. A WTT Contender event will get the 2021 calendar under way before players move to the first WTT Star Contender event the following week, providing the perfect setting for some of the world’s leading stars to be challenged by the best up-and-coming athletes in table tennis.
The confirmed dates of the individual events are:
WTT Contender – Wednesday 3 March – Saturday 6 March 2021
WTT Star Contender – Monday 8 March – Saturday 13 March 2021
Grand Smashes to take pride of place in new Table Tennis World Rankings
In a historic moment for World Table Tennis, Grand Smash events will sit at the top of the new Table Tennis World Rankings after the ITTF Executive Committee approved a new rankings structure for table tennis in 2021.
NEW RANKINGS STRUCTURE
The new ranking structure has been established to create a fairer, progressive and more dynamic system that will contribute to greater fluctuation for players, while making it clearer for fans, media broadcasters and sponsors to understand where each event fits and allow WTT to tell the story of each season.
The full Table Tennis World Ranking points for event champions is as follows:
NEW RANKINGS INITIATIVES
The proposal also introduces a number of new rankings initiatives to reinforce the ITTF and WTT’s desire to present a more player and fan friendly structure.
- Rankings used to determine automatic entry for players into events at the time of the entry deadline
- Event seeding to be determined by the ranking at the time of the respective draw
- Rankings published weekly, every Tuesday, instead of monthly
- Players to receive rankings points based on round performance
- Players to receive rankings points for both qualifying and main draw when a player advances from qualifying
- Ranking points to now expire after 12 months
- Only the best continental/international event to be included in best of eight count
- A rankings transition mechanism commencing on 1 January 2021 to transition rankings into the new structure
- A separate Olympic Ranking list where points earned at WTT events are converted based on the previous ITTF World Rankings
The full 2021 rankings structure, points allocations and final regulations will be published on the ITTF website commencing 29 December 2020.
Read https://www.ittf.com/2020/12/23/grand-smashes-take-pride-place-new-table-tennis-world-rankings/ for more details....
ITTF major events update
At the ITTF Executive Committee meeting on 4 June 2020, the ITTF announced that it remains hopeful of staging full open international events in the last quarter of 2020. The ITTF is also investigating the possibility of holding alternative, regionally based and invitational events in the third quarter of 2020.
The ITTF and Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the event regret to announce the cancellation of the ITTF World Tour ASAREL Bulgaria Open, set to be held between 1-6 September 2020 in Panagyurishte, due to local restrictions for hosting international events. The ITTF will explore opportunities for the possibility of an alternative event to be scheduled on the same dates.
Nevertheless, the ITTF is trying to keep its 2020 Event Calendar as updated as possible.
For detailed info https://www.ittf.com/2020/06/12/ittf-major-events-update/