Contender WTT Series – Everything You Need To Know! – TBEN

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Overview

The WTT Contender Series, with its distinctive black and blue branding, includes two levels of events – WTT Star Contender and WTT Contender – which are set to deliver world-class competition. Players will compete for points in the ITTF World Table Tennis Ranking, as the sport’s rising stars seek to climb the ranks. Matches will be played in more traditional table tennis contexts, Contender WTT Series events will be the heartbeat of the WTT Series and provide a critical path for players to move up the leaderboards and the new structure to events. WTT Champions and Grand Smash.

The WTT Star Contender events will take place over six days and the WTT Contender events will offer four days of action, with each event featuring competitions in Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

WTT intends to host up to six Star Contender and up to 14 Contender events as part of the WTT Contender Series each calendar year, with fans having their first glimpse of the WTT Contender Series in the upcoming Middle East Hub. in Doha, Qatar.

Event size

WTT Star Contender events will feature a single main draw of 48 players per gender, 16 pairs of doubles per gender and 8 pairs of mixed doubles.

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WTT Contender events will feature a main singles draw of 32 players per gender, 16 pairs of doubles per gender and 8 pairs of mixed doubles.

Each WTT Star Contender event organizer will have the opportunity to determine the size of their singles qualifying draw from three predetermined draw sizes: 32, 48 or 64, while the doubles qualifier is set at 16 pairs.

Each WTT Contender event organizer will have the option of determining the size of their qualifying draw from the options of 48, 64 or 96 players, while the doubles qualifier is set at 16 or 32 pairs respectively.

Top 20 reading restrictions

The Top 20 Play Down Restriction (PDR) is a new rule introduced for 2021 and designed to ensure players ranked 21 and under have the opportunity to challenge their peers to advance in the ITTF World Table Tennis Rankings.

WTT Star Contender events will be limited to a maximum of four Top 20 players per event, while WTT Contender events will be limited to a maximum of two Top 20 players per event.

WTT Events will also be allowed to provide one of their allocated Event Wilds to an additional Top 20 player, giving fans the opportunity to see their favorite Top 20 players participate in WTT events and be challenged by the pretenders.

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For the upcoming Middle East Hub, WTT has chosen to increase the Top 20 Play Down restriction to eight top players for WTT Star Contender Doha and four Top 20 for WTT Contender Doha.

Top 20 play down restriction rules

Each WTT Star Contender event will be allowed to a maximum of four Top 20 players at the time of the registration deadline. These players will be accepted into an event based on the following criteria:

  1. The top 20 players from the host country of the event will be accepted first.
  2. The top 20 players who were not eligible to play a Champions or Grand Smash event within six weeks of the event registration deadline due to national registration restrictions.
  3. Top 20 players in order of ranking.

National entry restriction

Each WTT event will implement a National Entry Restriction (NER) designed to ensure that as many players as possible from as many National Associations have the opportunity to participate in events and earn Ranking Points and Prizes. in silver. It also allows fans to see more players from all over the world participating in WTT events.

For WTT Star Contender events, the national registration restrictions are as follows:

  • Singles: a maximum of 6 singles players are allowed through the main draw and the qualifying draw.
  • Doubles: a maximum of 8 players allowed through the main draw and the qualifying draw with a maximum of 3 pairs of national associations.
  • Mixed: a maximum of 4 players allowed in any combination of national association.
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For WTT Contender events, the national entry restrictions are as follows:

  • Singles: a maximum of 4 singles players is allowed through the main draw and the qualifying draw.
  • Doubles: a maximum of 8 players allowed through the main draw and the qualifying draw with a maximum of 3 pairs of national associations.
  • Mixed: a maximum of 4 players allowed in any combination of national association.

Host jokers and top 20 players do not count towards the national entry restriction.

Structural changes of WTT events introduced

WTT has made structural changes to the way WTT events will be implemented. These will reinvigorate competitions by making them fairer, more exciting, more competitive and give fans the chance to see more of their favorite players in action in the main draw.

A summary of the main changes is presented below:

Amid the ongoing pandemic, WTT is constantly assessing the global situation and may need to make adjustments as necessary.

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