by Ian Marshall, Editor
Furthermore, it is a tournament with notable innovations; in the men’s singles and women’s singles events, ranking points being a most significant feature.
A player secures five points for a win at any stage of competition; in addition in the main draw bonus points are awarded last 32 (100 points), last 16 (200 points), quarter-final (300 points), semi-final (500 points), runner up (600 points), winner (750 points). In the consolation events it is lower, last 32 (30 points), last 16 (40 points), quarter-final (50 points), semi-final (70 points), runner up (80 points), winner (100 points).
Thus, if in an event the winner plays eight matches, he wins the event; he gains 750 points + (8 x 5 = 40 points) 790 points.
After a two year period, the player only keeps the best two bonus points but retains all the five points won at any stage of competition; when moving to the next age group category the points gained are carried forward.
Also, if for any reason a player competes in a more senior category; points are attributed to both the player’s own category and the one higher.
On the concluding day, the winners in each age group will compete in the “Champions of Champions”; play will be organised in a knock-out basis, matches best of three games, except for the final, best of five games.
Furthermore, if time permits and there are sufficient tables, extra events which combine age groups may be staged. There are no ranking points for doubles.