ITTF ranking system

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Dan Levinsohn

Dan Levinsohn Asked 6 years ago

Hi guys,

Thanks so much for all the wonderful content!

I'm curious about the table tennis ranking system and, more specifically, how much each particular tournament will affect a player's ranking. For example, obviously the World Cup or World Table Tennis Championships will count more than an event like the Polish Open. But, for example, how about the difference between the Philippines Open and Kuwait Open (for example)? Is table tennis like tennis, in that events are divided into levels (1000, 500, 250)? The ITTF says there are three tiers of events, but their schedule doesn't indicate how much each tournament is worth.

Thanks for the clarification!

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario Answered 6 years ago

Hi Dan,

The best thing would be to read it all up on the ITTF website.

Here is an extract from one of the documents on the Basic Description


2.1.  Depending on the event, the basic points gained for each win are increased by multiplying them by a weighting factor.

2.2.  The ITTF’s Competition Department has classified all the events considered for Ratings into tiers. There are three (3) tiers of events, each with a specific weight ranging from the normal rate of 1, or 1.5 (points are multiplied by a factor of 1.5) or 2 (points are multiplied by a factor of 2).

2.3.  Weightings for losses are all calculated at half of the winners points.

2.4.  Values in the Rating points table are rounded so as to avoid fractions. 

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Dan Levinsohn

Dan Levinsohn Posted 6 years ago

Thanks so much! Really appreciate it. 

Alois Rosario

Alois Rosario from PingSkills Posted 6 years ago

Glad it helped.

Jeff Plumb

Jeff Plumb from PingSkills Posted 3 years ago

Hi Dan,

You may also be interested in this podcast where we had special guest Matt Solt explain the new ranking system.

Show #296 - The New ITTF Ranking System Explained

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