The first matches at the Liebherr 2017 World Championships commence tomorrow. There is a lot at stake, so make sure you know exactly what is going down in Düsseldorf by reading this quick, go to guide to the tournament.
There will be five events – Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles – held from Monday 29th May to Monday 5th June.
Men’s and Women’s Singles qualification begin with a group stage. Groups of three to four athletes play-off in a round robin format, competing for a spot in the preliminary rounds. The preliminary round knock-out will then see the field thin to 32 qualifiers, who will join the seeded players and direct entries in the last 128.
Meanwhile, the preliminary doubles rounds have pairs competing in a direct knockout for the 16 remaining spots in the main draw, with 16 direct entries having already secured their place.
All singles matches will be best of seven games, while doubles matches will be best of five games in the qualification rounds and best of seven games in the main draw.
The players will then compete over the next week until we have our medallists, with gold, silver and two bronze medals up for grabs in each event.