I am new to table tennis and my objective is to be able to play in official competitions. I read the ITTF rules and the ranking system but it didn't make any sense to me, maybe because English is not my mother tongue.

I also read other posts but the explanation is done for the pre-2018 system. Could someone explain how the current ranking system works with examples?

Say I played with 4 different players who are ranked by ITTF and I won all the games. Is my ranking now going to be 4?

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See the ITTF ranking document here. The short answer is that you get a number of points for a win in an ITTF sanctioned event (an official tournament), and depending on the kind of event it awards more or less points. Page 8 shows the points; winning the Olympics gives you 2000 points, placing top 64 gives you 45 points. Winning an International Event gives you 75 points.

You take your top 8 finishes by points, and then everyone does the same, and sort by points - whomever has the most points in their top 8 events is #1, whomever is second most is #2, etc. These ranking points last for a year, so if you win an Olympic event in 2024, you will have 2000 points (plus your next 7 finishes!) for the next year, but in summer of 2025 it will expire and those points will go away (and be replaced by your next highest finish).

A player might have:

  1. Olympic win 7/28/2024 = 2000
  2. Continental Cup win 8/19/2024 = 500
  3. WTT Contender finalist 9/15/2024 = 280
  4. International Event win 8/12/2024 = 75
  5. International Event win 9/24/2024 = 75
  6. International Event finalist 7/15/2024 = 55
  7. International Event finalist 9/8/2024 = 55
  8. Continental Championship R16 11/4/2024 = 45
  9. Continental Championship R16 2/4/2025 = 45
  10. WTT Champions R32 5/16/2025 = 15

On 6/1/2025, their ranking score would be 2000+500+280+75+75+55+55+45 = 3085 points (leaving off the last two since they only keep the top 8 scores). On 8/1/2025, two events would fall of - the Olympics and the International Event finalist from 7/15 - so they'd have 500+280+75+75+55+45+45+15, or 1090 points, if they didn't have any additional results that scored in that time period.

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