In 2020, ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) announced about WTT to bring fresh outlook to table tennis world. Most of the plans got affected due to COVID-19 and WTT postponed it’s plans to 2022. The first WTT singapore event would be the first-ever WTT Grand Smash. Table Tennis Fans around the world can expect world-class table tennis action at Singapore Sports Hub and this will be part of table tennis history.
WTT Grand Smashes form the foundation of the new WTT Series, and will see a grand new legacy begin as Singapore Smash becomes the first of the four pillars of professional table tennis. The world’s best stars will compete for a prize pool of USD2,000,000, the largest ever seen at an officially sanctioned table tennis event. Singapore Smash, like all WTT events, offers equal prize money, and the men’s and women’s singles champions will each walk away with a winner’s cheque of USD100,000, while players who lose in the opening rounds will share in more than 40% of the prize money on offer
“WTT is really coming to life this year,” said WTT Managing Director Matt Pound. “Grand Smashes are our most prestigious events. Winning one will become the dream of all table tennis players, and we are excited to see who will be crowned our first-ever Smash Champions. We are grateful for the support of Sport Singapore. Following the success of WTT Cup Finals last December, it proved to be the perfect inaugural host, and we are looking forward to delivering another world-class event.”
ITTF says that Grand Smashes will become the pillars of the WTT Series, the upper echelon of WTT’s pyramid of events, featuring the sport’s best and up-and-coming table tennis players.
Qualifying rounds will start from 7th March and the event main draw will take place from 11 to 20 March 2022 and will consist of a 64-player draw for the Singles events (men and women), a 24-pair draw for Men’s and Women’s Doubles, and a 16-pair draw for Mixed Doubles. The Singles events will be preceded by a 64-Draw qualifying competition from 7 to 9 March. All champions will receive 2,000 ITTF Table Tennis World Ranking Points.
And so table tennis events will begin on 7th March 2022!