30 Jan 2020

A splendid setting on the Algarve; beaches, bars, restaurants and hotels, Lagos is the destination for the first tournament on the 2020 ITTF World Veteran Tour.

The Portugal Open will be staged from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th April.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

It is the start of the second year of a very successful initiative; in 2019 over 700 players competed in five tournaments, the destinations being China, Australia, the United States, Qatar and Wales.

The World Veteran Tour is a series of events focused on providing veteran players the opportunity to compete in a globally connected, professionally organized, managed series of events held under the direction of the International Table Tennis Federation.

Open to any player age 40 years and older, the initiative follows the well-established World Veteran Championships system of group play followed by main draw and consolation. Thus all entrants are guaranteed a high volume of matches.

Events

Based on age groups events comprise: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles. Selected tournaments will also feature mixed doubles; competitions without mixed doubles will also include an open singles competition.

An innovative feature of the World Veteran Tour is the “Champion of Champions”; an event in which the men’s singles and women’s singles winners in each age group compete in a single elimination, handicapped tournament to be crowned the “Champion of Champion.”

Entry dates

Entries for the Portugal Open commence on Saturday 1st February and close on Wednesday 1st April; for all other tournaments the entry system will be open beginning Monday, 17 February. The closing date is 30 days prior to the first day of the tournament.

2020 ITTF Veteran World Tour

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th April: Lagos, Portugal
Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September: Karlskrona, Sweden
Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October: Singapore
Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th November: Istanbul, Turkey
Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd November: Aalborg, Denmark
Wednesday 2nd – Sunday 6th December: Vancouver, Canada

Please note that further tournaments may be added shortly.

For further information

Contact: José Bentes Email [email protected]

2020 ITTF World Veterans Tour: Event Page 

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