Throwback: 2015 ITTF World Tour to Offer a Record Prize Money Of $3 Million

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he 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.

The GAC Group 2015 World Tour kicks off in Hungary on 28 January 2015. Check out the full World Tour calendar here and a breakdown of the prize money here..

 

Table Tennis: ITTF World Tour to offer record US$3m in prize money

This year’s ITTF World Tour will offer a record US$3 million in prize money across 23 events. Photo: ITTF.

This year’s ITTF World Tour will offer a record US$3 million in prize money across 23 events. Photo: ITTF.

January 21, 2015: This year’s GAC Group ITTF World Tour is set to be the most lucrative of all time, with the ITTF announcing that a record US$3 million in prize money will be on offer.

 

Kicking off in Hungary on January 28, the circuit will be made up of a record 23 events in 23 countries, with new stops in including North Korea and Bulgaria. The three most active players on the World Tour will share a bonus award of US$39,000 above the prize money they earn.

 

Judit Farago, CEO of ITTF, said: “With the support of our title sponsor GAC Group, the Tour offers more prize money than ever – exactly US$3 million, an increase of US$240,000.

 

“We are happy that again five continents are included in the series and are looking forward with great excitement to the start of the Tour next week in Hungary where last year’s event participation record will be broken immediately with 360 entries.”

 

This year’s 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.

 

Like last year, the events will be split into three tiers, from six Super events sitting above six Major events, supported by 11 Challenge events.

 

The top 16 singles and top eight doubles pairs on the World Tour points standing will be invited to the prestigious Grand Finals, with the venue and date to be confirmed.

 

Source: ITTF (www.ittf.com); Editing by SportAsia

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