US Open: New Location, New Format
Site Products
US Open: New Location, New Format

US Open: New Location, New Format

US Open: New Location, New Format
(by Steve Hopkins)

This year’s US Open will be at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  This Convention Center is one of the largest in North America, and its location on the Southwest side of Orlando places it a short drive from the Disney parks as well as Universal Orlando and other area attractions.
The new format of the event will separate players into two tracks: Elite and Performance.  The Performance track is intended for players of all levels.  The Performance track competitions are intended to provide a minimum of 12-15 competitive singles matches over the course of the tournament.  By design, players will face more competition in their skill and development level and this format should allow for players to have flexibility to enter doubles and classic events.
The Elite track is designed for the highest-level players and will have a stringent set of qualifications that must be met before being allowed to enter.  Those in these events will play ITTF-sanctioned events and matches may affect World Ranking as well as USATT Ratings.
The performance track includes TIERED, AGE, and CLASSIC TABLE TENNIS.  Unless a player opts out, all players will be entered into the featured event: Tiered Singles.  Tiered Singles begins on Monday at 9am.  Players will start in groups of six on Monday and will be seeded based upon rating.  The winner of each group will move to Division 1, the runner-up will proceed into Division 2, etc.  This is not unlike giant round-robin events that have become popular at major regional tournaments.  Each player will compete in three round robin groups – one to determine their division, and two additional round-robins within their division.  The result will be more matches, and more matches between evenly matched players.
A second tiered event is Tiered Doubles.  The event format is similar to the Tiered Singles event, only it will likely have fewer entries, so should be completed more quickly.
The other Performance Blocks are AGE and CLASSIC events.  Players may choose one of these two blocks only.  AGE events will be similar to past US Open tournaments and one can enter multiple singles and multiple doubles events.  CLASSIC events include 20 events for classic equipment and rules including hardbat, sandpaper and Liha.  For CLASSIC and AGE events, the format will be a traditional round-robin followed by single elimination.
USATT looks forward to providing players with a new and improved experience. 
For more information, visit USATT’s 2018 US Open Page:


Latest News

Butterfly Interview with Jörg Bitzigeio

November 25, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) Butterfly Interview with Jörg Bitzigeio.    Jörg and Steve chat about Kanak Jha’s 2022 successes… Read More

2023 Butterfly Spin & Smash Doubles & Hardbat Open

November 23, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) Unsanctioned Table Tennis Tournament with $2,550 in Cash Prizes! Saturday, January 14 – Sunday,… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Brian Pace – Foundational Training With Practice Partner

November 22, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) In this Butterfly Training Tips, Brian Pace is using the Practice Partner Robot to… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Changbo Lu – Forehand Flip

November 22, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) In this Butterfly Training Tips with Changbo Lu, he is demonstrating the Forehand Flip… Read More

Butterfly Training Tips With Huijing Wang – Physical Training For Juniors

November 20, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) In this Butterfly Training Tips, Huijing Wang explains what physical training developing juniors should… Read More

Ojo Onaolapo Dominates The LYTTC Nov Open – Farmer’s Insurance.

November 20, 2022
(By: Bowmar Sports Team) The LYTTC Nov Open , give another victory to Ojo Onaolapo, he won Under… Read More

About 16th Si & Patty Wasserman Junior & Open Championships

November 20, 2022
(By: Tawny Banh) The 16th Si and Patty Wasserman Junior & Open Championships were held on Veteran’s Day… Read More

WAB CLUB FEATURE: Los Angeles Table Tennis Association

November 20, 2022
(by Steve Hopkins) The Los Angeles Table Tennis Association (LATTA) is a non-profit organization established in 1998. The center… Read More
View All News

Get the latest from Butterfly

Stay “In The Loop” with Butterfly professional table tennis equipment, table tennis news, table tennis technology, tournament results, and We Are Butterfly players, coaches, clubs and more.