2011 Eastern Open

A USATT SANCTIONED FOUR STAR EVENT!

The Eastern Open is the ‘Grand Old Lady’ of our sport, an event that has its roots back in the 1930’s. It’s an honor for NATT to hold this event and continue the fine tradition it represents.  After a one year change of venue we return to the Werblin Center at Rutgers University and on the holiday weekend, too!

Within easy driving distance of the NYC and Philadelphia areas, the Eastern Open attracts the finest club players of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions and many national and international elite players. Competition is always spirited and many long- standing rivalries are renewed here.

Rutgers University is a family oriented site, with well-lit parking, a very secure environment in a patrolled campus town. The Werblin Center gives us three basketball courts of playing space, wooden floors, a very high ceiling and comfortably holds 200 players. The lighting is not as bright as might be desired and ‘white or orange?’ does become a question here. Because of the deep russet color of the floor, the tournament uses white balls in this venue.

With a strong and loyal player base, good conditions and a no-worries setting, the Eastern Open is a highlight of the tournament year. Partisan rooting is normal and the atmosphere is electric for Championship matches. Your best chance to see Northeast club warriors and National/International level play!

 

Referee:
Roman Tinyszin, IU
Event Staff:
Richard Lee, Wendy Troy, Alan Williams, Mary Palmar, John Miller, Tom Nguyen, and Katherine Wu
Proof of Membership:
All participants must be able to show proof of current membership with USATT or an ITTF recognized body. Membership can be renewed or purchased at the event.

Venue: 
The Werblin Center
656 Bartholomew Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Parking Info:
Lots #60 and #64 at the end of Brett Road
Official Tournament Equipment:
JOOLA Tables, Nets, Barriers and White 40mm 3 star balls.
Entry Deadline:
Entries must be postmarked by FRIDAY, May 13, 2011
Check-in: 
Starts at 8AM on May 28, 2011
Refunds:
After the entry deadline, no refunds.
Ratings:
Ratings from the March/April issue of the USATT Magazine will be used for qualifications. Seedings based on most current ratings.
Policies:
Players may not enter two events with identical start times.  Events can be cancelled or combined at the discretion of the tournament committee. Events with insufficient entries may be cancelled and refunds issued. No prizes will be awarded for splits, dumps, default losses or no-shows. Play will be conducted under ITTF rules and NATT policies. USATT dress code will be enforced. All decisions of the referee are final.
Entries Received:
For entry confirmation, go here.
Transportation:
Airports:
Newark (EWR)
Discounted air travel is available on United Air Lines for this tournament using the following avenues:
 
1.Call the Olympic Help Desk at 1 – 800 841 0460 reference Table Tennis Event Code of 563 EH
2.Email to unitedolympichelpdesk@usoc.org and reference Table Tennis Event Code 563EH
3.Go on-line to united.com/usoc and through reservations at bottom of page under promotion, enter the Table Tennis Event Code of 563EH 
Nextbus:
Closest stop is Werblin Back Entrance, for more info check here.
Trains:

New Jersey Transit’s Northeast Corridor Line provides New Brunswick with both local and express service between New York and Newark’s Penn Stations and Trenton New Jersey. (For Information call 201-762-5100).
 
SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) provides service at Trenton to and from Philadelphia. (For Information call 215-580-7800).
 

Amtrak provides limited direct service to New Brunswick; however connections can easily be made via New Jersey Transit trains to principle Amtrak stations at MetroPark, New York and Trenton. (For Information call 1-800-USA-RAIL). 


Official Tournament Hotel:

We have a very attractive group discount but rooms are limited and must be booked 30 days before the tournament date!
Places to Eat:
Few options within walking distance. Plan to bring your own food or be ready to drive. Below are a couple of the closer options.
Fratelli’s Pizzeria & Restaurant – 5 miles yelp reviews
201 Stelton Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Pizza
Saladworks – 5 miles yelp reviews
1348 Centennial Ave
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Salad, soup, sandwich
Chand Palace – 5 miles yelp reviews
1296 Centennial Ave
Piscataway, NJ 08855
Vegetarian