25 Jun 2019

32 of the world’s best table tennis players will be competing at the first event of this year’s T2 Diamond series, taking place in Johor Bahru between 18-21 July 2019.

The Seamaster T2 Diamond 2019 series is gearing up for the start of its second season with a star-studded list of the world’s top 16 male and top 16 female players set to thrill, entertain and defy the play.

The first of three events this year is taking place at Pinewood Studios in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, between 18-21 July 2019, where 32 of the world’s best table tennis players will compete for a combined prize purse of USD1.5 million and bonus ITTF World Ranking points as they battle their way to 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualification.

Spectators will be able to feel the energy reverberate through the first-of-a-kind circular field of play at the T2 Cavern, allowing the audience to enjoy a 360° view of all the action as it unfolds.

A total of 32 matches will be played across the four-day event, in which the Men’s and Women’s Champions of the T2 Diamond 2019 series Timo Boll (GER) and Bernadette Szocs (ROU) will be out to defend their titles, but will face stiff competition from a whole host of world-class players, listed below (in order of ITTF World Tour points accumulated so far in 2019):

MEN WOMEN
Ma Long (CHN) Wang Manyu (CHN)
Lin Gaoyuan (CHN) Chen Meng (CHN)
Xu Xin (CHN) Liu Shiwen (CHN)
Tomokazu Harimoto (JPN) Zhu Yuling (CHN)
Mattias Falck (SWE) Ding Ning (CHN)
Liang Jingkun (CHN) Mima Ito (JPN)
Fan Zhendong (CHN) Sun Yingsha (CHN)
Jun Mizutani (JPN) Feng Tianwei (SGP)
Wong Chun Ting (HKG) Cheng I-Ching (TPE)
Lin Yun-Ju (TPE) Miu Hirano (JPN)
Wang Chuqin (CHN) Chen Szu-Yu (TPE)
Patrick Franziska (GER) Doo Hoi Kem (HKG)
Hugo Calderano (BRA) Sofia Polcanova (AUT)
Koki Niwa (JPN) Kasumi Ishikawa (JPN)
Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER) Miyu Kato (JPN)

 

HOST EXEMPTIONS
Timo Boll (GER) Bernadette Szocs (ROU)

 

The new and dynamic T2 Diamond series breaks away from the traditional table tennis match format with a fast-paced and exciting gameplay for players and spectators alike. With light, sound and action, table tennis is transformed into a truly entertaining spectator sport, while providing players with the ultimate environment in which to compete and excel.

Event Name Dates Venue
Event 1:
Seamaster T2 Diamond 2019 Malaysia
18 – 21 July 2019 Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Event 2:
T2 Diamond 2019 China
26 – 29 September 2019 Missions Hills Resort, Haikou, China
Event 3:
T2 Diamond 2019 Singapore
21 – 24 November 2019 Our Tampines Hub, Singapore

 

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