Enjoy first-class table tennis action at the start of the championship
It was fast and furious. Tickets for the last three days of the LIEBHERR World Table Tennis Championships (3–5 June) are sold out. But don’t worry – you can still enjoy top-rate table tennis at the start of the tournament with the stars getting in on the action from Wednesday onwards. Check our seven great reasons why you should be at the Messe Düsseldorf right from the off.
Nonke Beyer / SH 20.01.2017

All tickets for the singles, doubles and mixed finals being played on the last three days of the tournament have now been sold. If you missed out on them, don’t worry. Here are seven great reasons why the first five days of the LIEBHERR World Table Tennis Championships at the Messe Düsseldorf are the place to be.

Reason 1: See the stars

The qualification is being played on Monday, 29 May, with the main draw matches starting on Tuesday evening. This means that Ma Long, Dima Ovtcharov, Ding Ning and friends will start their title campaigns on Wednesday, 31 May, at the latest. So if you want to see the stars in action, why not book your tickets for Wednesday now?

Reason 2: Players from around the globe

700 athletes from 130 nations are coming together in Düsseldorf. And some players from smaller nations reach the pinnacle of their careers at the world championships, so make sure you don’t miss it. Support your nation’s top players in the singles, doubles and mixed events – all taking place during the first four days of the tournament.

Reason 3: Get close to the action

Over the first two days, 32 tables in two halls will be in action. And you can still get your table tennis fix watching games taking place at 16 tables on Wednesday and eight on Thursday. Your ticket lets you pick who to watch and there are no allocated seats. And if you want to get really close, head for the second hall.

Reason 4: Table tennis from 10 till 10

Unable to get there during the day? Do you know that the last matches of the day are scheduled for 9.30pm on the first four days? So you’re guaranteed to catch some action until 10pm. And your ticket gets you home on regional public transport free of charge.

Reason 5: Affordable tickets – and under-18s get in free

Ticket prices start at €15 for Monday and Tuesday (concessions €10). On Wednesday and Thursday, they start at €25 for adults (concessions €15). Entry for all under-18s is free on the first four days, but under-16s need to be accompanied by an adult ticketholder. There is no limit on the number of under-16s an adult can take along. And don’t forget – there are no allocated seats so you can choose where to sit.

Reason 6: Travel free on the Rhein-Ruhr public transport system

Travel to and from the venue (2nd class only) is included in your ticket. The system covers more than 7,300 square kilometers and includes large towns and cities like Düsseldorf and Dortmund. So you don’t have to worry about getting home.

Reason 7: Shop and play

Track down that bargain from top table tennis brands and browse their full collection. And for those who want to grab a bat themselves, why not head over to the Fun-Park in Hall 7? Pit your prowess against the table-tennis robot or measure the speed of your serve and return. There are also a number of tables in different shapes and sizes ready for an impromptu game.

Want to know more? Check the latest information on the order of play  and how to book your tickets.

Note: Monday, 5 June, is a public holiday in Germany.

Ma Long is the king of Düsseldorf

He has done it: Ma Long is and remains the best table tennis player on the planet. The 28-year-old defended his world title spectated by 8000 people in the sold-out exhibition hall Düsseldorf. In the finals, he won against his countryman Fan Zhendong in thrilling seven sets.

Ding Ning defends title - local heroes out

Ding Ning made the triple: after her victory 2013 in Rotterdam and 2015 in Suzhou she added title number three to her collection. Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong are World Champs as well, while the local heroes Boll & Ovtcharov lost their matches.

A dream comes true

Today Petrissa Solja made the entry into the semi-finals in the mixed competition, thus securing a medal. With their Chinese partner Fang Bo, the left-hander won in the round of the last eight against Matilda Ekholm/Mattias Karlsson from Sweden within five sets.

Weikert elected for four more years as ITTF-president

He has done it! Thomas Weikert was elected bei the delegates of the ITTF for four more years as ITTF-President. It was a pretty close voting, with the better end for the german.

400 million spectactors expected

The regional broadcasters Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) and the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) provide the TV feed for the national ARD and ZDF. The ITTF is expecting the number of worldwide 400 millions of spectators. Social media via www.itTV.com also brings the World Championships to a worldwide audience.

The WTTC 2017 seeding lists

Following the issue of the World Rankings for May; top seeds two years ago in Suzhou and the eventual winners, China’s Ma Long and Ding Ning head the seeding for the forthcoming Liebherr 2017 World Championships. Japan’s Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima are named as the top seeds in the Men’s Doubles event at the forthcoming Liebherr 2017 World Championships which commence in Düsseldorf on Monday 29th May.

Home game for ARAG

At the LIEBHERR 2017 World Table Tennis Championships in Düsseldorf ARAG will be Major Sponsor again just like five years ago in Dortmund as well as in Bremen in 2006. We asked Connie Peters, Senior Director Marketing at ARAG SE, why the family entreprise in Düsseldorf supports the "home game" and what they wish from the World Championships

Der Zeitplan en detail

Die LIEBHERR Weltmeisterschaften werfen ihre Schatten voraus. Inzwischen wurde auch der detaillierte Zeitplan für die acht Turniertage zwischen dem Deutschen Tischtennis-Bund (DTTB) und der International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) abgestimmt.

LIEBHERR WM: DTTB-Teams im EVENT & FAIR Hotel Tulip Inn nur einen Katzensprung von den Centre Courts entfernt

Wenn am 29. Mai die LIEBHERR Weltmeisterschaften 2017 in Düsseldorf (29. Mai bis 5. Juni) beginnen, übernachten der komplette WM-Kader inklusive des Präsidiums des Deutschen Tischtennis Bundes (DTTB) sowie weitere internationale Top-Teams im EVENT & FAIR Hotel Tulip Inn in der Arena Düsseldorf. Alle 288 Zimmer des in die Arena integrierten Hotels sind von 28. Mai bis 6. Juni für das sportliche Großereignis belegt.
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