2009 NEW YORK CITY OPEN
Presented by the American Youth Table Tennis Organization
April 11 and 12, 2009
Frances Levien Gymnasium, Dodge Fitness Center,
Broadway and West 119th Street, NYC, NY.
At last! Here we are, playing the world’s greatest sport in America’s greatest city! With the support and for the benefit of the American Youth Table Tennis Organization (AYTTO) NATT is operating this four-star sanctioned tournament on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
New York City! Home to the United Nations, the Empire State Building, Broadway and the Statue of Liberty, with the greatest museums, restaurants, shows and sporting tradition in America. Could there be a more fabulous place to put our sport on display or for you to enjoy a weekend?
Here we have a fine facility, with wooden floor and minimal outside light, the Frances Levien Gymnasium. Located in Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center at Morningside Heights, it’s convenient to players both in and outside of the ‘Big Apple’! Full travel directions by car, plane and subway are available from the facility’s website, http://www.gocolumbialions.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9600&KEY=&ATCLID=319179 . We’ll be retracting the bleachers to provide three full NCAA regulation size basketball courts of playing area. Orange balls will be used.
We’re out to make a splash, with VIP invitations to come see the competition for Open Singles Champion. We’re opening the doors to the kids of the American Youth Table Tennis Organization, to show them how their after-school program can lead to a National and International competitive stage. Join us in this stellar event, raise the profile of our sport and help us strengthen an excellent grass-roots organization at the same time. We expect this event to be the first edition of an annual, growing tournament, building a premier table tennis championship in the heart of New York City.
We’ll bring the JOOLA tables, the barriers and balls and provide the tournament operations. You bring your ‘A’ game and compete for cash and trophies in the first ever New York City Open! Together, we’ll show the world what we and this sport are all about.
Patrick Collins, CR
Richard Lee, Wendy Troy, Alan Williams, John Miller, Mary Palmar, Herb Hodges, and Tom Nguyen
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.
Columbia University, Frances Levien Gymnasium, Dodge Fitness Center. 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. Wood floors and good lighting.
Official Tournament Equipment:
JOOLA Tables, Barriers and White 40mm 3 star balls.
Entries must be postmarked by
FRIDAY, March 27, 2009.
Starts on Saturday, April 11, at 8AM.
After the entry deadline, no refunds.
Ratings from the March/April issue of the USATT Magazine will be used.
Players may not enter two events with identical start times. Events can be cancelled or combined at the discretion of the tournament committee. 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.
New York, NY – Kennedy (JFK)
New York, NY – La Guardia (LGA)
The Courtyard Marriott Manhattan, 410 East 92 Street, is extending their reservation deadline for a discounted room block until April 3rd! This is great news, you can book for $169/night in the block.
Reservations for the Event will be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (800) 321-2211 or (212) 410-6777.
You’ll need to reserve using a major credit card, and the price does not include tax, but it’s an outstanding value for Manhattan room! Here’s a link to the hotel’s website.