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ITTF launches tender for 2015 World Tour

The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has opened the bidding process for cities wishing to host events on its 2015 World Tour.

The ITTF World Tour is comprised of three tiers. The Super Series and Major Series both have six events available, while multiple meetings will take place on the Challenger Series. The deadline for bid submissions is April 1.

Established in 1996 and formally known as the Pro Tour, the World Tour staged 19 events in 2013 and featured 1,393 players from 83 countries. Players accumulate points throughout the tour – with points and prize money more numerous at the higher ranking events. The top 16 male and female players are then invited to the $1m (€737,000) World Tour Grand Finals.

ITTF marketing director Steve Dainton said: "We look forward to continue working with our long time organisers, newer organisers and welcoming new cities and countries to bid for these prestigious and commercially growing events.

"We believe this bid process will attract a growing number of larger cities around the world and ensure the ITTF World Tour events continue to grow and prosper as a commercially attractive sporting product, one that any city in the world should be actively looking to host."