USATT Opens Registration for 2023 US National Table Tennis Championships
by USA Table Tennis
112 Event National Championship Part of a Busy Mid-Summer Offering of Top Table Tennis Events in Fort Worth, Texas, Including the Parapan Am Games Team Trials and Para US Open
(Colorado Springs, CO – March 24, 2023) – USA Table Tennis (“USATT”) today opened registration for the 2023 US National Table Tennis Championships, which will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center from July 3 through July 7, 2022. For the second consecutive year, USATT will bring the main events of the forty-seventh annual US National Championships to the Arena floor directly adjacent to the convention center exhibition halls in Fort Worth, Texas, with this year’s set up boasting over 100 tables for the 112 events. The 2023 US Nationals will be part of a busy summer of top tier table tennis action in Texas that will include the 2023 Parapan Am Games Team Trials, which will be held at Texas Wesleyan University, and the prestigious 2023 Para US Open, where the top para players in the world will face-off in the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena.
The 2023 US National Table Tennis Championships Prospectus can be found at the 2023 US Nationals Homepage. Participants can register for the tournament at https://omnipong.com/Members.asp?ae=13917&h=3066. The Prospectuses for the 2023 US Parapan Am Games Team Trials and the 2023 Para US Open will be released in the near future.
“We’re so excited to be back in Fort Worth for what should be a great summer of table tennis action,” said USATT Chief Executive Officer Virginia Sung. “We’ve held two previous successful events at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and we’ll have the full set up for the Nationals this year offering 112 events on some 100 tables. Of course, as last year’s Nationals we learned how great the atmosphere could be on the Arena floor, and we intend to maximize this spectacular presentation not only for our important matches for Nationals, but also for the Para US Open, which will showcase some of the best para table tennis players in the world. We are also excited to host our 2023 Parapan Am Games Team Trials at Texas Wesleyan, so our US para athletes should be primed for action by the time they arrive at the Convention Center for the Open. All of which should make for a great summer of table tennis in Texas.”
The 2023 US Nationals will offer thirty-one open and age group championship singles events, including the Men’s and Women’s Singles presented by the Hsing Family Foundation. American Olympian Nikhil Kumar won his first Men’s Open Singles title in Fort Worth last year at age 18; and Olympian Lily Zhang won her sixth US National Title at last year’s event on the Women’s side. 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 2023 US Nationals will also offer thirty-eight doubles events, including the Women’s Open Doubles where the dynamic duo of Amy Wang and Rachel Sung are the reigning champs. On the Men’s side, Michael and Daniel Tran used their brotherly connection to take home the hardware last year.
The Nationals will once again offer the open ratings events for the top players in the tournament including the U-2600, U-2400 and U-2000. But there’s a little bit of something for everyone in this year’s Nationals as there will be ten adult ratings divisions and ten junior ratings events, ranging from U-2000 down to U-1000 for those just getting started in competition table tennis.
There is also a full slate of historic table tennis events with eleven hardbat events to be contested in the Wasserman Hardbat Championships and two sandpaper events. And, for the second year in a row, USATT will work closely with the good people at PingPongParkinson to offer seven different events for persons living with a Parkinson diagnosis.
The fifth largest city in Texas – and the thirteenth largest city in America – Fort Worth is known for embracing the area’s Old West heritage, particularly at nationally famous institutions such as the Stockyards, which were once the largest livestock markets in the United States, but are perhaps more famous nowadays 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, and, every four years, hosts the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – where Yunchan Lim of South Korea took home the top prize last year.
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, hockey and indoor football teams. The Convention Center has also hosted many major tournaments and events for sports in the Olympic movement, including gymnastics and volleyball.
As with last year, the floor plan for the 2023 US Nationals calls for a number of strategically placed courts – including the Show Courts - inside the Convention Center Arena, where up to 13,000 patrons will be able to watch the top able-bodied table tennis players in the United States – and the top para players in the World – compete to become a champion.