Bank of Communications 2020 ITTF Finals (November 19-22)
COVID-19 pandemic put all international tournaments on hold and after eight months, the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) brought table tennis back to the eagerly waiting fans. The tournaments are supported by the Chinese Table Tennis Association. The series of tournaments taking place in November are:
- Dishang 2020 ITTF Women’s World Cup, November 8-10 in Weihai, China;
- Dishang 2020 ITTF Men’s World Cup, November 13-15 also in Weihai, China;
- Bank of Communications 2020 ITTF Finals scheduled for November 19-22 in Zhengzhou, China.
The 2020 ITTF finals are sponsored by Bank of Communications, hence the title. The Bank of Communications 2020 ITTF Finals is replacing the usual ITTF World Grand Tour Finals, which could not be held as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament is a combination of two major tournaments, Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles.
Sixteen men and women from 14 countries will be competing for the grand prize of $250,000.
Men’s Singles Finalists
- Fan Zhendong – China
- Xu Xin – China
- Ma Long – China
- Tomokazu Harimoto – Japan
- China – Lin Gaoyuan – China
- Hugo Calderano – Brazil
- Lin Yun-ju – Chinese Taipei
- Mattias Falck – Sweden
- Dimitrij Ovtcharov – Germany
- Koki Niwa – Japan
- Jeoung Young-sik – South Korea
- Liam Pitchford – England
- Patrick Franziska – Germany
- Jang Woo-jin – South Korea
- Simon Gauzy – France
- Quadri Aruna – Nigeria
The winner of the Dishang Men’s Singles, Fan Zhendong, is the top seed for the 2020 ITTF Finals. He is accompanied by his compatriots and competitors from other parts of the world.
Women’s Singles Finalists
- Chen Meng – China
- Mima Ito – Japan
- Sun Yingsha – China
- Wang Manyu – China
- Cheng I-ching – Chinese Taipei
- Feng Tianwei – Singapore
- Kasumi Ishikawa – Japan
- Wang Yidi – China
- Sofia Polcanova – Austria
- Doo Hoi Kem – Hong Kong
- Jeon Ji-hee – South Korea
- Hitomi Sato – Japan
- Adriana Díaz – Puerto Rico
- Petrissa Solja – Germany
- Miyu Kato – Japan
- Suh Hyo-won – South Korea
China’s Chen Meng, the first-time winner of the Women’s World Cup is the top seed. Japanese Mima Ito who won a bronze medal at the Dishang Women’s Singles is the second seed and is looking forward to getting a gold medal in the Finals.
How They Qualified
The ITTF gives detailed information on players’ qualifications in the playing system document.
Playing System for the 2020 ITTF Finals
The tournament will consist of 2 events, Men’s and Women’s Singles.
Top 16 men and women according to the 2020 April World Ranking, with a maximum of 4 players per National Association.
Seeding shall be done according to the latest available world ranking.
Men’s and Women’s Singles
- Will be conducted as knockout events
- Draw will be conducted according to the ITTF Regulations
- There will be no separation by Association
- All matches shall be the best of 7 games
The tournament will be played in accordance with the Laws of Table Tennis and Regulations for International Competitions.
After a long period without international games and the amazing gameplay seen at the Dishang Men’s and Women’s Singles, we look forward to experiencing even more fun at the ITTF Finals. You can place bets on your favourite players at 4rabet.com as we all can’t wait for the finals to enjoy the much-anticipated event.