Welcome to the 71st issue of the MDTTC News! As usual, there’s lots of news to report and new and ongoing programs, and we hope to see you at some of them. As usual a special thanks to MDTTC sponsors Butterfly and HW Global Foundation. Make sure to read my daily table tennis blog – I often write about MDTTC happenings there. And if you have a nice picture taken at MDTTC, email it to me and it might make the newsletter! -Editor and Coach Larry Hodges; Publisher Wen Hsu.
Butterfly MDTTC April Open
Our next tournament is April 14-15 – the $2700 3-star April Open! Events include Open, U2400, U2200, U2000, U1900, U1600, U1300, U1000, Over 50, Under 15, and Under 12. All events start with round robin, with the top two players advancing to single elimination. Hope to see you there!
MDTTC Summer Camps: June 18 – August 31
The MDTTC Summer Camps start June 18 and continue all summer, Mon-Fri, through Aug. 31. (The only exception is July 2-6, during the USA Nationals.) These camps are primarily for kids of all levels, but adults are welcome as well.
USATT Hopes Camp and Tournament: April 27-29
MDTTC will run one of the six regional Hopes camps and tournaments, on April 27-29. This is primarily for kids born in 2006 or 2007, but others under age 16 are also welcome in the camp and the rating events in the tournament. Here is the Camp and Tournament flyer. Here is the USATT Hopes Qualifier Page, with info on all six regional qualifiers and selection procedures for the 2018 USA Hopes Team. The camp is April 27-28 (Friday 4:30-6:30, 7:30-9:30, with a pizza party in between; Saturday 12:00-2:30 PM, 5:30-7:30PM), and the tournament on April 29 (Sunday). The camp will be run by USATT National Team Coach Pieke Franssen, assisted by USATT National Team Coach/MDTTC Coach Wang Qingliang. Coach Larry will run the tournament.
Regional Collegiate Championships Results
University of Maryland upset top-seeded Pillar College, 3-1 in the Final, to win the Regional College Championships, highlighted by Nathan Hsu’s 3-0 (6,7,9) win over 3-time USA Men’s Champion Timothy Wang. Maryland was represented by Nathan Hsu, Rui Xu, Rohith Jayarajan, and Ananth Hari. Nathan and Rui Xui both made it to the semifinals of Men’s Singles. The National Championships are in Round Rock, Texas, April 20-22. (Nathan and Timothy both represented Team USA last summer at the World University Games in Taipei.)