Grand Prix weekends are very busy tournaments aimed at all ages and abilities.
About Grand Prix
With anywhere between 130 and 240 players entering, Grand Prix give players the opportunity to play lots of games throughout the weekend and the equal prize money attracts some of the country’s biggest names to enter.
Saturday is the banded day. Events are banded on ability level using the Table Tennis England ranking list. The men have 6 bands and the women 4. This gives amateurs and beginners a chance to experience a competitive tournament against players of a similar ability.
Sunday morning is the open events (men’s and women’s singles) and in the afternoon there are categorised events – Under-21s (both men and women), Veterans (mixed gender) and restricted 21-39 singles (mixed gender). Players umpire the majority of the matches, with umpires being drafted in to complete semi-finals and onwards.
Grand Prix Champions
In previous seasons, results at all the individual Grand Prix events were totted up to find an overall winner in each category. From 2018/19, the overall series standings and prize money were discontinued in order to increase prize money at the individual events.