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2018 WTT Process

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Release should be out shortly, but dates have been up on USAW schedule for a while now. http://usawevents.sportngin.com/events

 

Procedure is pretty much like every other year with the exception that finals for Men and Women FS will be held over 3 weekends in 3 cities.

 

6 or 7 wts per weekend/city.

 

They are calling it "Final X" (final 10)

 

Cities aren't locked in (as far as I know), but for example:

 

June 9th - Lincoln - 6 or 7 wts - just the 2 finalists - best of 3 series

June 16th - Iowa City - 6 or 7 wts - just the 2 finalists - best of 3 series

June 9th - State College - 6 or 7 wts - just the 2 finalists - best of 3 series

 

Greco Trials are in Tulsa - June 21/22

 

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2018-MFS-WTT.pdf

 

Thanks Willie. I saw those events on the schedule. Your explanation helped provide context, but I still have 3 questions.

1. I don’t see qualification criteria for the challenger tourney in Minn. Has that been set? If so, where can I find it?  (FOUND IT SEE BELOW)

2. I don’t see a “Last Chance” event on the schedule between the US Open and the Challenger Tourney. Will there be one? When? Where? (DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE ONE)

 

3. I see that the challenger tournament is scheduled over multiple days.  Will a given weight class be spread across 2 days or all in 1 day?  Same question for "Last Chance", if it even exists. (UNCLEAR FOR CHALLENGER TOURNEY -- DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A LAST CHANCE TOURNAMENT)

Thanks.

 

EDIT: I just found this (sorry if I am late to the party).

http://content.themat.com/forms/2018-MFS-WTT.pdf

 

It does not appear that there is any last chance qualifier next year.

Edited by Angry_Fish

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It seems the new system will have less potential for sudden surprises than the old one.  Like Gilman didn't look great at Last-Chance, but had 1 amazing day and went from afterthought to world teamer.  In this new system, that would not be possible.  He'd have to go against everyone at the US Open and at least finish top 7, then win a challenge tournament, then win 2 out of 3 big matches a month later.  Not saying he or Cox or Molinaro or anyone else who has been a surprise couldn't or wouldn't have done that, but it is a pretty big difference from the fan's perspective.  Additionally, I think this helps the big clubs because there is more opportunity to scout top competitors than there has been in the past.

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