USATT Opens Registration for 2022 US National Table Tennis Championships
by USA Table Tennis
US National Championship Offers 112 Events, Including Historic Parkinson Events, and Over $50,000 in Prize Money Over Six Days in July at the Fort Worth Convention Center
(Colorado Springs, CO – March 16, 2022) – USA Table Tennis (“USATT”) today opened registration for the 2022 US National Table Tennis Championships, which will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center from July 2 through July 7, 2022. The forty-sixth rendition of the US National Championship in table tennis will arrive in Fort Worth, Texas, with a full slate of 112 events, including seven in a historic and unprecedented division for persons living with a Parkinson diagnosis. This is believed to be the first National Championship in any sport ever to offer such an opportunity for persons living with Parkinson.
“We’re excited to be returning to Fort Worth where we held the 2019 US Open, and we’re even more excited to be returning to our full slate of tournament events for the US Nationals,” said USATT Chief Executive Officer Virginia Sung. “USATT wants to express our sincere gratitude to the dedicated group of persons who served on the Major Event Task Force, which has been working with our staff over the last several months to help ensure that this tournament is worthy of the respect and honor that is due to America’s National Championship. We look forward to welcoming the participants to this year’s Nationals to a first class event.”
The 2022 US Nationals will offer thirty open and age group singles events, including the Men’s and Women’s Singles presented by the Hsing Family Foundation. American Olympian Zhou Xin is the reigning champion on the Men’s side, and nineteen-year-old Amy Wang of Turnersville, New Jersey, currently holds the trophy for the Women. In the top Singles Events this year, the Men and Women will compete for a $7000 first prize pay day in a tournament that offers over $50,000 in total prize money.
The 2022 US Nationals returns to doubles action – after last year’s Nationals where no doubles were played due to COVID-29 protocols – with thirty-two different events presenting the opportunity for two-person teams to grab the glory. There is also a full slate of historic table tennis events with no fewer than eleven hardbat events to be contested in the Si and Patty Wasserman Hardbat Championships and two sandpaper events. USATT is also proud to team up with Fort Worth-based Texas Wesleyan University to offer seven Para events, including the seated and standing Para doubles. Perhaps no action is more highly anticipated than the seven events for persons diagnosed with Parkinson presented by the non-profit organization PingPongParkinson, which based in Westchester, New York. It is currently expected that the championships for those unprecedented events will be presented in the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena center stage.
“We’re extremely pleased with the depth of events offered at this year’s Nationals,” said Tournament Director Michael Babuin. “Our goal is to return the US Nationals to level of participation, excitement and pageantry that American table tennis participants have grown accustomed to over the years. From a tournament management standpoint, our primary goal is to make sure that the tournament runs in a timely and orderly fashion, which we believe will add to the enjoyment of all who join us in Fort Worth.”
With respect to the tournament set-up, the 2022 US Nationals is expected to return to the full major event presentation, which will include as many as 110 tables and a full slate of vendors inside the Fort Worth Convention Center.
The fifth largest city in Texas, Fort Worth is known for embracing the area’s Old West heritage, particularly at nationally famous institutions such as the Stockyards, which was once the largest livestock markets in the United States and is perhaps currently more famous for its bars, restaurants, and music venues. The home of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, as well as the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Fort Worth also boasts several internally recognized museums and theatres.
Opened in 1968, the Fort Worth Convention Center has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment history, including Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and U2. With respect to sports, the Convention Center has been home to professional basketball and hockey teams and currently hosts an indoor football team in the American Arena League, the North Texas Bulls. The Convention Center has also hosted many major tournaments and events for sports in the Olympic movement, including gymnastics and volleyball.
Adding the excitement in this year’s event for the 2022 US Nationals, the premier show courts will be strategically placed in the Arena portion of the Convention Center, which for certain events is capable of seating over 13,000 patrons, allowing for considerable spectator attendance, and adding to the championship feel of the big matches in this year’s US Nationals.