I have always wondered why my National Players do not play in the WTT events. They were good and they have talent. Then this post came about and now I know that they are also good with accounting ( i.e., evaluating the cost-benefit ). So kudos to my National Players for being good in the game and in accounting too.Last year an African player talked about how bad WTT has become for him (compared to ITTF's World Tours/Pro Tours), how expensive it is to stay at the "official hotels" and that his family/partner can't join, as its double the cost for the 2nd person, while sharing his room (I travel a lot, sharing a room is not 2 times the price in these 5 star hotels).
Well, lots of forum members didn't take it seriously. Some said that the African player isn't a top player in the world..... (they obviously struggle to see through the person talking, rather than was caught stuck with player's levels)
However, through my circles, I have heard so many active player complaining, here is an European nation now complaining.
I do wish the world is fair, but it is reality that a complaint from Poland (Europe) will have more weight than a complaint from Senegal (Africa)
Ny struktur har gjort vejen til toppen dyr og besværlig – og helt umulig for de næstbedsteInternationale turneringer er blevet så dyre at deltage i, at de for hovedparten af bordtennisspillerne er en underskudsforretning.politiken.dk
It is true that if you are seeded 9, you could be placed against seed 1 in that first round, while 63 can be placed against 64.
Your price money is on progression, and there is no protection based on seeds other than top 8 seeds.
Also, lower world ranked players CANNOT play in high prize money tournaments. They need to build up the ranking points from feeders. But how many feeders win equates to a top 8 finish in terms of points and prize moneys?
Feeders is expensive to play in, while having almost zero prize money (and world ranking points).
IE: Feeder Dusseldorf winner is USD600.
Star Contender Goa R48 is USD900
Smash QR1 is USD 1300
It is true, the incentive for players out side top 50 is little to non-existent.
The Polish players called it even as high as top 20.
Ranking point is a ugly subject now, with winning an World Champ (2000 points) impossible to catch up with, or the world teams now have zero individual players point (so while bother taking part)
While fans enjoy your top 10s only, but top 21 to top 100 is equally important for the sport. So I hope people look beyond "playing levels", else the sport will have a bumping ride.
p/s On a side note, Malaysians have a natural affinity towards accounting. https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2023/02/19/msians-ace-acca-again