It’s a Wrap: 2022 with USA Table Tennis
by Barbara Wei
Membership growth, new initiatives and high-performance achievements round out a spectacular 2022 for USA Table Tennis
As the end of the 2022 approaches, many table tennis enthusiasts are already focused on training, competitions, and goals for 2023. Before we move on to next year, USATT would like to acknowledge our accomplishments from 2022 and thank all our members, players, clubs, officials, volunteers, and supporters.
In 2022, USATT hosted and participated in 6 events across the United States to celebrate friendship and community surrounding the historic 1971 & 1972 Ping Pong Diplomacy exchanges in China and the US. Each tour stop included a tournament hosted by a local club, followed by a banquet which highlighted the values of the historic exchange.
A big thank you to our host clubs, partner organizations and VIPs who made this tour possible.
- Houston: Houston International Table Tennis Club
- San Francisco: Table Tennis America
- New York: American Youth Table Tennis Foundation & NY Top Talent Foundation
- North Carolina: Triangle Badminton and Table Tennis
- Chicago: Experior Table Tennis Club
- Los Angeles: California Table Tennis
- Connie & Dell Sweeris – members of the US delegation in 1971/1972
- Richard Char – USATT Board Chair
- USATT Olympians for participating in the events
- USATT Foundation
- USATT Board
USATT is an organization built on its unique community and membership base. Our membership grew to nearly 12,000 in 2022. We increased participation at the US Open by 30% and US Nationals by ~45% over 2021.
USATT National Team members have been busy competing across the world and bringing home hardware for the stars and stripes. Team USA members have been especially successful at the Pan Am events, bringing home 46 medals, 21 gold in Senior and Junior events (U19, U15, U13, U11). Para athletes have exceeded expectations, winning silver at the World Championships and 27 medals overall in world events, including 8 gold.
USATT continues to bring WTT events to the US, allowing our players to gain international experience playing on home courts. This year, Westchester Table Tennis Center, Table Tennis America, and Broward Table Tennis Club hosted WTT Feeder events to great acclaim. These spectacular events have paved the way for more in 2023.
In 2021, Houston hosted the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in the US for the first time in history. All the best table tennis players, including eventual singles champions Fan Zhendong and Wang Manyu from China traveled to compete in this first ever event. ITTF recognized USATT’s outstanding organization this year. We look forward to hosting future international table tennis events on home soil.
The new year has much to offer. 2023 will mark the 90th anniversary of USATT and kick off a series of celebratory events across the US – more to come in the new year!