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Table Tennis: ITTF World Tour begins record-breaking year

The 2014 ITTF World Tour offers record prize money at 22 events in 22 countries. Photo: ITTF.

The 2014 ITTF World Tour offers record prize money at 22 events in 22 countries. Photo: ITTF.

January 29, 2014: The GAC Group 2014 ITTF World Tour, which starts this week with the Hungary Open, will offer record prize money and a record number of events, while organisers are also hoping it will feature a record number of players.

 

The 2014 World Tour offers a record US$2,739,700 of prize money, a record 22 events in 22 countries, and more TV exposure than ever.

 

The Qatar Open in Doha from February 18-23 will offer US$500,000, making it the highest prize money for a World Tour event in history outside the season-ending World Tour Grand Finals, which will again have a purse of US$1,000,000.

 

Judit Farago, CEO of the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation), said: “With the help of our title partner GAC Group, we are very happy to break our record for prize money in 2014. Our goal is to also beat the record of 1,392 players from 83 associations who played on the 2013 Tour.”

 

New stops included on this year’s World Tour include Chile, Australia, Nigeria, Argentina and the Philippines.

 

As in 2013, the World Tour will be split into three tiers, with six Super events offering the most prize money and ranking points, four middle-tier Major events and 11 Challenge events.

 

The top 16 singles and top eight doubles pairs from the World Tour will be invited to December’s US$1 million dollar World Tour Grand Finals, although the location has yet to be announced.

 

The ITTF has over 530,000 social media followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Sina and Tencent Weibo, while fans can watch the World Tour on ITTF.com/itTV.

 

GAC Group ITTF World Tour 2014

Jan 29-Feb 1: Hungarian Open (Challenge Series), Szombathely, Hungary

Feb 12-16:      Kuwait Open (Super Series), Kuwait City, Kuwait

Feb 18-23:      Qatar Open (Super Series), Doha, Qatar

Mar 26-30:       German Open (Super Series), Magdeburg, Germany

Apr 2-6:           Spanish Open (Major Series), Almeria, Spain

Apr 10-13:       Chile Open (Challenge Series), Santiago de Chile, Chile

May 15-18:     Philippines Open (Challenge Series), Manila, Philippines

May 21-24:     Zagreb (Croatian) Open (Challenge Series), Zagreb, Croatia

May 21-25:     Australian Open (Challenge Series), Sydney, Australia

Jun 11-15:       Korea Open (Super Series), TBC, Korea

Jun 18-22:       Japan Open (Super Series), Yokohama, Japan

Jun 23-26:       Lagos (Nigerian) Open (Challenge Series), Lagos, Nigeria

Aug 12-15:      Morocco Open (Challenge Series), Rabat, Morocco

Aug 21-24:      Belarus Open (Challenge Series), Minsk, Belarus

Aug 27-31:      Czech Open (Major Series), Olomouc, Czech Republic

Sep 4-7:          Argentina Open (Challenge Series), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sep 10-13:      Flanders (Belgium) Open (Challenge Series), De Haan, Belgium

Sep 11-14:      Brazil Open (Challenge Series), Santos, Brazil

Oct 29-Nov 2: Russian Open (Major Series), Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Nov 5-9:          China Open (Super Series), TBC, China

Nov 12-16:      Swedish Open (Major Series), Stockholm, Sweden

Dec 11-14:      GAC Group World Tour Grand Finals, TBD

 

Source: ITTF

 

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