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2019 WORLD RANKING

Summary of changes

1. Point Validity
In order to avoid issues that might arise from hosting the same type of event in different months
of the year, the point validity for the Men’s, Women’s and Team World Cup, World Tour Grand
Finals and continental championships should last from edition to edition instead of 12 months.
That will ensure that only one of the same event is counted and will also give the players the
possibility to defend the points during the next year edition.
The point validity for all the other events shall remain unchanged.

2. Multi-sport events
Due to the existence of various multi-sport events, especially at regional and territorial level, the
singles ranking shall count a maximum of one multi-sport event per player.
This will also encourage the participation at the ITTF own events.

3. Half point policy
In order to simplify the calculation process and no longer penalize the seeded players that lose in
the first round, it was decided to eliminate the half points policy. For compensatory reasons, the
point allocation was modified by reducing the gap between the qualifications rounds and the main
draw.

4. Point Table Review
The new tier of events, the ITTF Challenge Plus Series has been added to the ITTF Calendar and a
new point table has been allocated accordingly to the positioned level.
Modification of the point breakdown percentages based on the principle of differentiation for the
top positions.
• creating bigger gap between the point allocation for winner, runner-up, semifinalists,
• more compact point allocation for the middle range rounds.
• Lower points for individual points for team matches played in the 2nd and 3rd divisions.

5. Points for the Qualification stage
At the World Championships, World Tour and Challenge Series, ranking points will be allocated
based on positions also in the qualification stages.
The points earned during the round-robins qualifications system should not be included in the total
number of points awarded if the player reaches the main draw.

6. Special seeding for other age groups
Based on the experience gained during 2018, the special seeding rule for other age categories has
been revoked and new general rules have been established for each of the case.
Under 21, junior and cadet age group players might get special seeding positions for Youth
Olympic Games, World Title or certain major ITTF Sanctioned events, in case the player fulfils the
following:
• U21 aged player who does not have 4 events in the U21 ranking and the player is ranked
in top 40 on the senior ranking.
• Junior aged player who does not have 4 events in the junior ranking and the player is
ranked in top 30 on U21 or top 100 on senior ranking.
• Cadet aged player who does not have 4 events in the cadet ranking and the player is
ranked in top 30 on junior or U21 and top 100 on senior ranking.
The National Association of the player must send the written request to the ITTF Competition
Manager of the competition and to the ITTF Results and Ranking Manager latest 31 days before
the start of the event or before the entry deadline, whichever earlier. Requests for special
seeding for cases which do not fall under the criteria above are welcome but ITTF has the right to
approve/decline.
Special seeding can be applied by the Ranking Committee if deemed necessary, regardless if a
written request was received from one or more National Association(s).

7. Special seeding for injuries and pregnancy
The players can apply for special seeding in cases of injury and pregnancy.
When assigning the seeding position, it was decided to take into consideration the ranking points
at the time of the last activity, instead of calculating the average ranking position.

8. Penalty policy
Regulations of the penalties have been added to the ranking description instead of having a
separated document.

9. Other age groups
• For U21 - the World Tour categories had been removed; Challenge Plus got higher points than
the Continental Championships.
• For Juniors and Cadets - the World Junior Circuit Finals had been removed. Following the Junior
event Experts/Representatives recommendation the points for the WJC have been increased and
the ones for the Continental Championships have decreased.

10. WR Periodicity
Weekly World Ranking release once the automatic system is ready

11. Mixed Doubles
Mixed doubles seeding positions will be calculated using 100% mixed double results. In the past
we used a percentage of Men’s and Women’s doubles due to lack of mixed double events.
Results of the mixed doubles at Olympic Games will be counted with a 12-months period.

Edited by zeio - 11/26/2018 at 11:04am
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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2018
1st 100%, 2nd 90%, 3rd 80%, 4th 75%...

2019
1st 100%, 2nd 85%, 3rd 65%, 4th 60%...

https://d3mjm6zw6cr45s.cloudfront.net/2018/11/World-Ranking-description-2019.pdf


Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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Thank !
Some changes are rather curious ....
Cancel "Half", weekly ranking lists ....


Edited by VladCeller - 11/26/2018 at 11:16am
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I like the weekly ranking list Thumbs Up.  I believe this means we will know much sooner a player's ranking after a tournament rather than waiting until the next month.

I do NOT like canceling the half point policy for seeded players.  Right now, a seeded player only gets half the points if they lose in the 1st round of the main draw.  If that is no longer the case, a seeded player merely has to just show up and gets full points for just being a seeded player in the 1st round.  This makes it even harder for the unseeded player to move into the ranks of the seeded player.  He/She has to go through tough qualification rounds of multiple tournaments and get into the main draw many times (not easy); whereas a currently seeded player can just show up at every event and even lose quite a number of times.  I hope I'm mistaken, and if someone reads it differently, please fill me in.  Thanks.
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.......I do NOT like canceling the half point policy for seeded players.  Right now, a seeded player only gets half the points if they lose in the 1st round of the main draw.  If that is no longer the case, a seeded player merely has to just show up and gets full points for just being a seeded player in the 1st round.  This makes it even harder for the unseeded player to move into the ranks of the seeded player.  He/She has to go through tough qualification rounds of multiple tournaments and get into the main draw many times (not easy); whereas a currently seeded player can just show up at every event and even lose quite a number of times.  I hope I'm mistaken, and if someone reads it differently, please fill me in.  Thanks.

 Indeed ... Expressing earlier my personal opinion on the abolition of the halves, I did not think about it, to be honest ...
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Seeded players who lose in the 1st round will get roughly the same points in 2019 with the new point table, so it makes sense for them to remove the half-point rule.

Edited by zeio - 11/27/2018 at 9:53am
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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6.2 World Tour Update
The ITTF Competition Director provided an update on the 2018 ITTF World Tours situation, highlighting that the ITTF World Tour average number of entries compared to the maximum number of allowed entries is 110%, which means that most of the events have higher demand than the current capacity. This shows that the decision to change the qualification system to only K.O. from 2019 on was a correct decision because it will allow more entries and ensure top player participation.

6.3 Challenge Update
The ITTF Competition Director provided an update on the 2018 ITTF Challenge Series. She mentioned that as a result of the high demand, a new tier of events named Challenge Plus (top tier of the Challenge Series) had been created, which will offer higher prize money and WR points, and will require better playing conditions and improved marketing and media services.

Mrs. Eleftheriade also reported that the 2019 ITTF Challenge Series bidding process is closed, registering a maximum number of 20 bids and 17 confirmed events (6 Challenge Plus + 11 Challenge regular).

The ITTF CEO, Mr. Steve Dainton, mentioned that it was amazing to receive such a high number of bids, double if comparing to 2018. He also noted it was very positive to have new Local Organizers.

6.12 New World Ranking
6.12.1 World Ranking revision
The Executive Assistant and Athletes Manager, Ms. Iulia Necula, updated the EC on the positive impact that the new WR had over the events and general participation. Ms. Necula also informed that the WR working group was currently revising the basic principles and point tables, taking into consideration the analysis of the WR dynamic and the feedback of the stakeholders.

The WR working group’s recommendations will then be forwarded to the EC for approval by the end of September. If approved, all the proposed changes will be effective from 1st of January 2019 with no retroactive effects.

The AC representative, Mr. Zoran Primorac, warned about the importance of having a final version ready and clearly communicated as soon as possible to ensure no further changes will be done before Tokyo 2020.

6.12.2 World Team Ranking
The Executive Assistant and Athletes Manager, Ms. Iulia Necula, advised about the need of the World Team Ranking to be revised according to the agreed formula.

7.5 Sportsmaster x ITTF Agreement–2nd July Announcement
...

The ITTF CEO admitted that ITTF would need to take some tough formal decisions in the future but in the current situation, from a marketing perspective, the ITTF has very low prize money compared to other sports that have been blooming in the last years. He also explained that the Event structure is very confusing and hard to understand for all the stakeholders and a new structure that will bring more value is needed.

Following the examples of other successful sports and organizations such as ATP, FINA, IAAF, FIBA, it shows that this kind of professional platform and model is necessary because if we continue to use the current amateur model the risk of an external party doing it themselves increases with time.

The ITTF President, Mr. Thomas Weikert, highlighted the importance of increasing the prize money as the current ones are very low. In line with the financial statements the prize money should be increased by a minimum of 5% for the next year with further efforts in order to increase even more in the future.
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pongfugrasshopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/27/2018 at 11:28am
Originally posted by zeio zeio wrote:

Seeded players who lose in the 1st round will get roughly the same points in 2019 with the new point table, so it makes sense for them to remove the half-point rule.
I don't believe this to be the case.  Take for example a seeded player in a 2018 World Tour Tournament that loses the 1st round Main draw match.  The points for the player is 900/2 = 450.  This puts the player between a loser in the Qualification round of 64 (360 pts) and loser in the Qualification round of 32 (540 pts).  Now in 2019, that same seeded player who loses the 1st round match gets 540 points.  This is higher than any player that does not make it to the main draw and the same as a player who qualified (via multiple wins) to the main draw but loses 1st match.  So qualifiers will need to pretty much win the qualification rounds of every tournament they enter to have a chance of becoming a seeded player.  Whereas a currently seeded player can coast along and occasionally win a 1st round match.  This is all hypothetical and does not account for injuries or seeded players playing most/all tournaments.  But in any case, this favors the seeded player even more so than in 2018.  I think seeded players should need to defend their status imho.
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That's the reason behind the change, to stop penalizing the seeded players. It doesn't make sense for all the players who couldn't make it to the main draw to get more points than the seeded players. There are only 16 seeded players. The other 16 are qualifiers, so they are actually moving up. They also reduce the big gap of points between those who make the main draw and those who couldn't.

Under the new no-point-loss system, top-ranked players are actually having much more difficulty remaining as seeded players because the points they lose due to expiration are much more substantial.
Viscaria FL - 91g
+ Neo H3 2.15 Blk - 44.5g(55.3g uncut bare)
+ Hexer HD 2.1 Red - 49.3g(68.5g 〃 〃)
= 184.8g
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I just think this goes too far in protecting seeded players.  Even if an unseeded player makes it to the main draw 75% of the time, it's still very possible for them to remain unseeded vs. the last seeded player who loses the 1st round in every single tournament.  And the qualification rounds can be pretty brutal/tiring.  Even some of the very good CNT players sometimes don't make it out of qualifiers.  I'd rather see seeded players having to defend their position.  That competition will make for better players and better viewing in my opinion.
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Bump.  (zeio is the man.)

Scroll to the TOP.  You will see the important info that he provided.
(Hope zeio won't send me a bill.)
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