29. February 2012 19:17
Naperville had its annual table tennis tournament last month. It is a fun tournament and had a good turnout this year and is usually good grounds for some TTX PR work. The unique thing about the tournament is that it has a mix of club players and basement players. For some of the basement players, this is an eye-opening experience to see what real table tennis (as in sport) is. I managed to place 2nd in the Mens Open. The final was a tough one again Xiao, Yueming. He is an excellent blocker and plays well close to the table, and I had trouble dealing with the long-pips on his one side that he would often flip to. I lost 3-0, but every game was close. The semi-final against Wisniewski, Jacek was a good one too, and I won 3-1. Another local club player and TTX customer, Soltwisch, David, won the Masters Open. My son, Sid, won the under-11 and my wife won the Womens Open. It was quite a sweep for the family. Naperville TV has some video footage of the tournament - skip to 2:16 to see the action and my attempt at a technical explanation of long-pips, which I still have not figured out how to play against.
Yueming Xiao vs Arcot Naresh in the Naperville Open Final
Sid Naresh and Taher Dohadwala Naperville U-11 Boys
Men's Masters Winner Dave Soltwisch