2001 NA Teams Championships

Baltimore, Maryland November 23-25, 2001 War, he sung, is toil and trouble; Honour but an empty bubble. Never ending, still beginning, Fighting still, and still destroying, If the world be worth thy winning, Think, oh think, it worth enjoying. -John Dryden, 17th Century Our great fear is that a tournament we slaved over for months,[…]

2002 Western Open

Balboa Park Activity Center San Diego, CA May 18-19, 2002 Why are we drawn to watch sporting events?  What is the source of the American fascination with great athletes and games?  I believe that sports give us, as spectators and participants, the opportunity to know what is possible.  Is it possible that Table Tennis will[…]

2002 Stiga Open

Newark, Delaware June 15-16, 2002 For the second time in less than 10 months, the STIGA North American Tour landed at the Bob Carpenter Sports Building at the University of Delaware in Newark.  Triangulating the Table Tennis hotbeds of Washington, Philadelphia and NY/NJ, and staffed by enthusiastic and helpful UD employees, the venue has been[…]

2002 NA Teams Championships

Baltimore, Maryland • Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2002 Table tennis turkey time in Baltimore – and, ohh, the preparations. It’s a weekend holiday, is it, for North American Teams President Richard Lee, his indispensable #1 Fong Hsu, and all their bonded, festival-minded helpers? Thankful for the 197 participating teams Richard no doubt is, but,[…]

2003 Quaker City Open

Philadelphia, PA March 29-30, 2003 291 players on 34 tables gathered for the Quaker City Open, efficiently run by North American Table Tennis. There were actually over 400 players for the weekend – the ACUI and NCTTA championships were held in conjunction with the Quaker City Open. (See write-ups in this issue.) Saturday play faced[…]

2003 California Open

Fremont, CA April 19-20, 2003 247 players competed on 29 tables in 30 events at the City Beach Fremont facility in this first stop in the 2003 Stiga North American Tour, run by North American Table Tennis (NATT). The facility is somewhat unique, with 42,000 square feet devoted to such activities as rock climbing (their[…]

2003 Stiga Open

Newark, DE June 14-15, 2003 Thomas Keinath won the Open, but the story of the tournament was the play of the country’s top two juniors, Adam Hugh (15) and Han Xiao (16). Adam made the final of the Open, upsetting Atanda Musa along the way; Han won Under 22 and Under 2500. The two played[…]

2003 U.S. Open

Day One:Jens Lundqvist, who had custom-made rackets stolen at the Brazil Open, went back to Sweden in an attempt to get a replacement, but it was not to be. He is still planning on returning, but it’ll mostly be for vacation purposes. He has withdrawn from Men’s Singles (and presumably Men’s Doubles). As a result[…]

2003 Eastern Open

Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ August 9-10, 2003 In the weeks before the tournament, the buzz was about Barney J. Reed.  Having served a two-year suspension from USATT competition, Barney would make his first East Coast appearance at this event, the third stop on the 2003 STIGA North American Tour.  Some claimed that he was rusty[…]