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The ITTF Rankings will be known as the Table Tennis World Rankings from 2021

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.

The new Table Tennis World Rankings will play a crucial role in bringing WTT events to life while acknowledging the tradition and importance of ITTF events.

Grand Smashes will join the ITTF World Championships and the Olympic Games as the three events at the top of the rankings pyramid and will each award 2000 points for the winners.

With up to four Grand Smashes planned each year, performance at these events will become the most critical in determining a player's Table Tennis World Ranking.

Grand Smashes will debut in 2021 and grow into the pinnacle of Table Tennis. Since the announcement of our Grand Smash initiative, marquee cities around the world have shown their interest in securing the long-term hosting contracts. Announcements of the inaugural two Grand Smash cities for 2021 will be made shortly.

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:

EVENT

RANKINGS POINTS

GRAND SMASH

2000

WTTC

2000

OLYMPICS

2000

WTT CUP FINALS

1500

ITTF WORLD CUP

1500

WTT CHAMPIONS

1000

WTT STAR CONTENDER

600

CONTINENTAL CUP

500

CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP

500

WTT CONTENDER

400

MULTI SPORT GAMES

100

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

100

ITTF WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP

75

WTT FUTURE STARS CUP

75

WTT YOUTH STAR CONTENDER

60

WTT YOUTH CONTENDER

20

 

The structure also re-establishes the pathway from Youth to Senior with Table Tennis World rankings points offered for players participating in the U/19 age category of the WTT Youth Series and ensuring that the WTT journey for players is clearly mapped out from day one of their playing career. Separate WTT Youth Series rankings will be announced in early 2021.

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.

These include:

  •     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.

 

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