Dimitrij OVTCHAROV the no.1 seed in AustriaPhoto: Courtesy of ITTF
2015 ITTF World Tour Austrian Open started today in Wels
The GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Austrian Open started today in Wels. In Men's Singles Event Germany’s Dimitrij OVTCHAROV is the no.1 seed, with Jun Mizutani the no.2 seed. Jun MIZUTANI, like Dimitrij OVTCHAROV has made three appearances to date on this year’s ITTF World Tour.
There are also two previous champions and two runners up in action in 2015. Beaten in the final in 2004 in Wels, Belgium’s Jean-Michel SAIVE is on duty as is Chinese Taipei’s CHUANG Chih-Yuan, who was the silver medallist in 2008 in Salzburg; both were beaten by Germany’s Timo BOLL. Likewise, Portugal’s Tiago APOLONIA and Croatia’s Zoran PRIMORAC are present. Tiago Apolonia won in 2012, again when the event was held in Wels, beating Timo BOLL in the final; whilst in 1997 when the tournament was staged in Linz, Zoran PRIMORAC clinched the top prize at the expense of Sweden’s Peter KARLSSON.
In Wels in 2015 CHUANG Chih-Yuan is the no.5 seed behind Vladimir SAMSONOV and Japan’s Koki NIWA; Tiago APOLONIA is the no.8 seed; he follows Korea’s JUNG Youngsik and Hong Kong’s WONG Chun Ting. Both Zoran PRIMORAC and Jean-Michel SAIVE must compete in the qualification stage.