14 Jan 2019

The first stop on the 2019 ITTF World Tour, the city of Budapest is the destination for the season opener with the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Hungarian Open set to take place from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th January and the capital will play another important role in April when the Liebherr 2019 World Table Tennis Championships come to town.

by Simon Daish

Hosting the Hungarian Open for a sixth occasion, Budapest is the country’s most populous city with an estimated population of over 1.7 million people.

Regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities and ranked seventh in Forbes’ list of “Europe’s most idyllic places to live”, Budapest is highly popular with tourists attracting approximately 4.4 million international visitors to the city every year.

One of the largest sports centres in Hungary, the Budapest Olympic Hall has been selected as the official venue for the Seamaster 2019 Hungarian Open. Opened in 2006 the multipurpose venue puts on over 100 events every year, ranging from concerts to sporting competitions.

Budapest will also play host to the biggest event on this year’s table tennis calendar with the Hungarian capital welcoming the world’s top players for the Liebherr 2019 World Championships at the Hungexpo from Monday 21st to Monday 28th April.

Located in the heart of the city and with strong public transport links the Hungexpo is largest event venue in the country with the establishment spanning an impressive 36 hectares and will provide the perfect stage for the spectacle of the 2019 World Championships.

Very much the dominant nation in the sport from the mid-1920s through to the mid-1930s, between 21-28 April of this year Hungary will stage the World Championships for the first time since 1950.

Watch the sport’s biggest names in person by grabbing your tickets for the Liebherr 2019 World Championships here!

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