June 14, 2019

Ma Long is set to make his debut Down Under when the Australian Open returns to Geelong. (Photo: ITTF World)

World table tennis is set to return to the City of Greater Geelong, Victoria for the Seamaster 2019 ITTF World Tour Platinum Australian Open. The globe’s best athletes will compete for over 330,000USD in prize money from 9th-14th July at Geelong Arena. This comes off the back of Geelong successfully hosting the event in 2018.

“Geelong is excited to be welcoming the stars of world table tennis back to our city for the second year in a row,” said Peter Murrihy, City of Greater Geelong Acting Mayor. “This event is fantastic for our region, bringing thousands of spectators and exposure to a huge international TV audience. We look forward to showcasing Geelong as an outstanding event host and a beautiful and interesting place to visit.”

200 athletes will compete to qualify for the season-finale World Tour Grand Finals and gain valuable World Ranking points in the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“This year’s Australian Open has attracted record entries and will have the strongest field ever,” said Barry Griffiths, ITTF-Oceania General Manager. “This is a great opportunity to watch the best players from Oceania challenge the very best in the world.”

This year’s entries will include the world’s top ten ranked women, and nine of the world’s top ten men. But all eyes will be on reigning World Champion and Olympic gold medalist Ma Long, as he makes his Australian debut.

Tickets are available here.

 

For further information, please contact: Sophia Dong (Australian Open Media Officer) at sophiadong22@gmail.com or 0405447325.