The JOOLA North American Teams Table Tennis Championships is an annual competition, bringing together over 200 teams totaling nearly 1000 players from all around the world to compete for $20,000 in prize money. The event uses approximately 150 tables, 2,000 table tennis balls, and 150,000 square feet of the Baltimore Convention Center. It has been an annual event in Baltimore, Maryland since 1998 and is often referred to as the biggest table tennis tournament in the world!
2011 JOOLA North American Teams Table Tennis Championships
Date: November 25-27, 2011
Location: Baltimore Convention Center – One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
4:00 PM – 7:00PM – Registration & Practice
7:30AM – 9:00AM – Registration & Practice
9:00AM – 6:30PM – Teams Championships
9:00AM – 9:00PM – Teams Championships
9:00AM – 7:00PM – Conclusions of Teams Championships
The 2011 JOOLA North American Teams Table Tennis Championships is a teams based competition where each team consists of three to five players. The teams are separated into divisions based on their average rating and results during the preliminary rounds on the first day. On the second and third day, teams battle other teams in their division in an effort to be the champion of their respective divisions! Here is a visual guide to help you understand how the a team tie would work.
With entries from around the world, the JOOLA Teams Championship attracts a very competitive field . For some of our most skilled players, the Teams is their first American appearance. While we rely on information gathered from their International matches, trying to forecast their performance here can be difficult! Will they be able to reach the Championship? We play the matches to find the answer. Here are the known top contenders for the $10,000 first place prize in the Elite Division.
Alex Table Tennis – Elite
Fang Bo, Song Hongyuan, Zhang Chao
Sponsored by the online Table Tennis retailer, members of this elite squad are all making their first American appearances. Fang Bo, undefeated at the 2009 World Junior Championship, joins with Zhang Chao (7 wins/4 losses at the 2010 Chinese National Championship) and Team Captain Song, the most internationally experienced member of the trio. Young, well-conditioned and at the top of their games, this World-Class entry will be tough to beat!
Liu Song, Lin Ju, Lubomir Pistej
Manufacturer JOOLA sponsors this experienced team of Internationals. Liu, now of Argentina, has been a fixture in the French Super League for decades, still was 4-1 at August’s Pro Tour Chile, dropping only a tough 7 gamer to Chuang of Taiwan. Also, he just recently won the 2011 Pan American Games! Lin Ju, representing the Dominican Republic, had a short visit to the 2011 Worlds thanks to a tough draw, one match with Wang Hao. Pistej has played 11 ITTF events this year, most recently notching a win against Fillimon at The European Union Teams. Experienced and wily, this crew of veterans has come to win.
Wei Wang, Ting Sun, David Zhuang, Gao Yan Jun, Xun Zeng
New York Athletic Club again supports the entry of Team Captain and six-time US Men’s Singles Champion David Zhuang. Is there strength in numbers? California’s Wei Wang (undefeated here last year!) and New York’s Gao Yan Jun, hook up with Eastern Open Champion Xun Zeng and Ting Sun, now coaching in Maryland, to test the theory.
East China University 2
Li Ying Tang, Geng Ya Ning, YuFei Ma, Xinyun Xiong
These women are one of the finest University teams on
Wei Xia Ji, Zheng Jiaqi, Barney Reed, Wei M . Wong
Can the whole be greater than the sum of the parts? There couldn’t be a greater contrast in styles between the female at the table quick-hitter Zheng and her teammate, backcourt counter-looper Barney Reed. Joined by newcomer Wei Xia Ji and Captained by Californian Wei Wong, SUMMUS looks to capture a winning synergy.
Lily Yip TTC 1
Wang Yu Tian, Adam Hugh, Han Xiao
Lily Yip Table Tennis Center in New Jersey is an ITTF hotspot, so it’s appropriate their entry has an International flavor. Hugh and Xiao are both top US Men, joined here by Wang Yu Tian, given an estimated rating of 2700 for his first American appearance. Will these three be able to crack the upper echelon? That’s why we play the matches!