2015 World Tour to offer a record 3mln USD prize money
The GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour is set to be the most lucrative Tour of all time, with the ITTF announcing that a record US$3,000,000 prize money will be on offer for the world’s best table tennis players. In 2015, the GAC Group World Tour will b
The GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour is set to be the most lucrative Tour of all time, with the ITTF announcing that a record US$3,000,000 prize money will be on offer for the world’s best table tennis players.
In 2015, the GAC Group World Tour will be made up of 23 events in 23 countries, making it the biggest ever World Tour in ITTF history.
ITTF’s CEO Judit FARAGO stated: “With the support of our title sponsor GAC Group, the Tour offers more prize money than ever, exactly 3 million US dollars, an increase of US$240,000. A first in 2015, the 3 Most Active Players on the World Tour will share a bonus award of 39,000 US dollars above the prize money they earn.We are happy that again five continents are included in the series and we warmly welcome two new organisers. Looking forward with great excitement to the start of the Tour next week in Hungary where the last year’s event participation record will be broken immediately with 360 entries.”
New World Tour stops in 2015 include North Korea and Bulgaria, and the GAC Group 2015 World Tour will touch all corners of the globe in 2015, making it a truly international tour.
In addition to offering the highest prize money in history, the 2015 World Tour will also be the most viewed in history, with more events shown live throughout the world on television and all the events being shown live on ITTF’s live streaming platform, itTV.
As was the case in 2014, the GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour will be split up into three tiers (highest first): Super (6 events), Major (6 events), Challenge (11 events). The higher the series, the more prize money, World ranking points, World Tour ranking points and higher quality of competition on offer.
The top 16 singles and top 8 doubles pairs of the World Tour point standing will then be invited to the prestigious World Tour Grand Finals at the end of the year, a location to be announced later.
ITTF’s 970,000 social media followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, as well as Sina and Tencent Weibo will be in a prime position to receive exclusive content from what will be the most social #ITTFWorldTour in history.