The premier table tennis club in New York and the Northeast

175 Tompkins Avenue, Pleasantville, NY [Directions]    (914) 741-0738

Open Thanksgiving, 7-9 pm • Back to regular hours all weekend

Video of the club's expansion in 2020 (2 minutes)

Introductory Video (3:44)

Main image WTTTC
Managed by Robert Roberts (right), owned by Will Shortz            [photo: Jayadas Chelur]
 

Open 7 days:
Monday-Saturday    10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Sunday   Noon-10:00 p.m.


  • Open to ping-pong/table tennis players of all skill levels
  • Over 21,000 square feet
  • 30 top-quality Double Happiness tables
  • High ceiling
  • Lounge
  • Lockers
  • Shower facilities for men and women
  • 3 1/2 blocks from the Pleasantville station on MetroNorth (55 minutes from Grand Central Terminal)
  • Over 100 parking spaces
  • Group training and one-on-one lessons available for kids and adults

Cost:

  • $12/day for adults; $10/day for kids under 20; seniors $6 on Thursday before 3:30 p.m.   [or …]
  • Membership for adults: 12 months, $600; 6 months, $325; 3 months, $175 • Under 20: 12 months, $450; 6 months, $250; 3 months, $140

All rates are for unlimited play. Paddles and balls are provided.


Tournaments

The Westchester TTC holds monthly USATT-rated 4-star tournaments, with $6,000 in prizes, drawing players from across North America and around the world. These are the largest monthly table tennis tournaments in the U.S.

Westchester Open Statistics: Full list of winners, runners-up, attendance + assorted facts (Oct. 2011 - September 2021)

Players profiled in 2019 spectator programs:  Olayinka AiyelumoAdar Alguetti, Gal Alguetti, Sharon Alguetti, Kokou Fanny, Robert Gardos, Makanjuola Kazeem, Jian LiJishan LiangJuan Liu, Boboye Oyeniyan, Eugene Wang, Kai Zhang
 
Players profiled in 2020 programs:  Derek Abrefa, Jeremy Hazin
 

League Night

Westchester TTC League Night takes place every Thursday starting at 7:30 pm. Groups of five players, organized by similar rating, compete in round robins. Results are posted, usually by midnight, here. Club ratings are updated every Monday here.


Handicap Tournament

The club holds a Handicap Tournament every Friday (except on nights before the club's monthly Opens) starting at 7:30 pm. The higher-rated player in each match is handicapped by 1 point per game for every 75-point rating difference over the lower-rated player, up to a maximum of 7 points. Unrated players are given estimated ratings to start. Play starts in round robins, so everyone gets multiple matches. The top two players in each group advance to a single-elimination playoff. Entry fee: $5. The winner gets half of the pot.


Free Group Training

For unrated players or players USATT-rated under 1600, pro Ben Nisbet provides free group training every Monday starting at 7:30 p.m. (For nonmembers, the regular day rate applies -- $12/adult, $10/child.)


Parkinson's Night

This special program for players with Parkinson's takes place every Wednesday starting at 7:30 pm. No charge. More info.


Club Videos:


For more information:

Will Shortz (914) 769-9128
Club Phone (914) 741-0738

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Sat., Dec. 4 (7:00-10:00 pm)

New! Word games, strategy games, party games -- dozens of varieties. All ages welcome.

Sat., Dec. 4 (9:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Nonsanctioned tournament raising money to buy an MRI machine for Egyptian Coptics • Competitive and noncompetitive events

Sun., Dec. 5 (afternoon)

Two 90-minute training sessions

Wed./Thu., Dec. 29-30

$6,000 in prizes • $2,000 first prize

Sat./Sun. Jan. 29-30

$6,000 in prizes • $2,000 first prize

Sat./Sun., Feb. 19-20

Collegiate table tennis championship for schools in New York and the Northeast • Spectators invited

Sat./Sun. Feb. 26-27

$6,000 in prizes • $2,000 first prize

Sat./Sun. March 26-27

$6,000 in prizes • $2,000 first prize

ANNOUNCEMENTS

November Open

134 players. In the final of the open, Finland's Benedek Oláh, world-ranked #78 by the ITTF, defeated Jishan Liang (2709) (7,8,9). Results and winners' photos.  • Action shots from Jay Chelur • Rich London.

October Open

10 years

182 players. In the final of the open, Jishan Liang (2704) defeated Zongqi Zhong (2503) (12,10,9) — for a record-setting fourth consecutive win. Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg • Glen Randmer • Rich London • Jay Chelur • Julian Archer.

September Open

173 players. In an exciting open final, Jishan Liang (2693) defeated Jian Li (2618) (-8,6,8,-8,4), notching his third consecutive win. Results and winners' photos • Video of the final • Action shots from Rich London • Jay Chelur • Julian Archer.

Two-Persons Teams Championships

56 teams competed in the 1st Westchester Two-Persons Teams Championships on Sept. 4-6. $14,000 in prizes. Match results • Winners' photos • Action shots from Rich London • Julian Archer.

August Open

163 players. In the final of the open, Jishan Liang (2675) defeated Jayden Zhou (2544) (8,5,5). Results and winners' photos. • Video of the final • Action shots from Glen RandmerJay Chelur • Rich London.

July Open

158 players, including six rated over 2500. In the final of the open, Jishan Liang (2659) defeated Kai Zhang (2649) (5,6,-4,9). Results and winners' photos • Video of the final • Action shots from Glen Randmer • Rich London.

Margie Alley on News 12

The WTTC's Margie Alley, a regular at the club's Ping Pong Parkinson group, is shown on News 12 Westchester (1:52).

Kokou Fanny on News 12

The WTTC's Kokou Fanny, on his way to the Olympics, is interviewed on News 12 Westchester (2:00).

World Record Set

On July 11, Eric Finkelstein, of Manhattan, set a Guinness world record for the longest table tennis serve -- 15.57 meters (51 feet 1 inch), achieved at the Westchester TTC. The previous record was 14.88 meters. News 12 Westchester story (1:53).

June Open

152 players. Return to 18 events. In the final of the open, Sharon Alguetti (USATT-rated 2719) defeated Kai Zhang (2676) (9,10,-7,9). Results and winners' photos  • Video of the final • Action shots by Rich London • Glen Randmer.

Michael J. Fox Foundation Rep at the WTTC

Fayga Brisman, associate director at the Michael J. Fox Foundation, spoke to the Ping Pong Parkinsons on June 9.

T2 Season 2 Finals

The Westchester TTC hosted the finals of the U.S.'s T2 Season 2 on June 8 and 9, featuring 16 of the country's top players. Matches from the quarterfinals on were filmed for later broadcast. Jay Chelur's photos.

WTTC on News Channel 12

The Westchester TTC was part of a News Channel 12 piece "Road Trip Close to Home" on June 3. (1:57)

Neurologist Speaks to Parkinson's Group

Dr. Leon Meytin, a neurologist with Hartford HealthCare, spoke at the June 2 Parkinson's meeting about new medication options for Parkinson's patients.

May Open

134 players. Eight events. In the final of the open, U.S. Olympian Juan Liu (USATT-rated 2597) came back from two games down to beat Canadian men's champion Jeremy Hazin (2651) (-5,-11,9,12,8). Results and winners' photos • Video of the finalJay Chelur's photos.

10th Anniversary

On May 6 the Westchester Table Tennis Center marked 10 years since opening.

April Little Open

93 players. Covid-19 restrictions still in effect. In the final of the open, Mishel Levinski (USATT-rated 2561) defeated Texas' Jimmy Butler (2542) (7,-7,4,6). Results and winners' photos. Video of the finals • Saturday action shots from Jay Chelur.

Westchester TTC on Univision

Westchester's Ping Pong Parkinson program, led by Nenad Bach, was featured on Univision on April 6 (3:49).

March 2021 Little Open

91 players. The club's first tournament in five months. Covid-19 restrictions still in effect. In the final of the open, Gal Alguetti (USATT-rated 2618) defeated his twin brother Sharon (2639) (-5,6,7,8). Results and winners' photos. • Video of the final • Jay Chelur's photos Day 1, Day 2.

T2 Regional Playoffs

On Feb. 21 Westchester hosted five regional matches in season two of the U.S. T2 Challenge. The filmed matches will be shown starting in March. Left to right: Jian Li, Sharon Alguetti, Kokou Fanny, Mishel Levinski, Matilda Ekholm, Juan Liu, Adar Alguetti, Jon Ebuen. (Not pictured: Massao Kohatsu.) Photos by Warren Rosenberg, Jay Chelur.

3,000 Days of Table Tennis

On Dec. 20, Will Shortz completed his 3,000th consecutive day of playing table tennis. Photos by Jay Chelur. Article about the streak for USA Table Tennis.

T2 Challenge (Second Season)

Westchester's candidates for the new USATT T2 Challenge, starting Feb. 2021, are Juan Liu (2662), Sharon Alguetti (2604), Matilda Ekholm (2590), Adar Alguetti (2574), Mishel Levinski (2570), Jian Li (2564), Jon Ebuen (2558), and Kokou Fanny (2482). Mishel won his spot by defeating Gal Alguetti (video here). Kokou Fanny advanced by defeating Felix Lartey (here).

George Braithwaite (1934-2020)

Westchester mourns the loss of our friend George Braithwaite, USATT Hall of Famer and one of the giants in table tennis history. Film appreciation by Jules Apatini (3:01) • ITTF announcementHall of Fame profile • Bio.

October Little Open

92 players, with all four events being full or close to full. Covid-19 restrictions in effect. In the final of the open event, Ernesto Ebuen (USATT-rated 2529) defeated Adar Alguetti (2577) (-5,7,-7,7,9). Results and winners' photos. • Video of the final • Photos by Jay Chelur.

September Little Open

The WTTC's 100th Open. 88 players, including six rated over 2500. Covid-19 rules and protocols. In the final of the open event, Sharon Alguetti (USATT-rated 2631) defeated Mishel Levinski (2552) (8,11,5). Results and winners' photos. • Video of the finals • Photos by Jay Chelur + Warren Rosenberg • MetroSports magazine writeup.

News 12 Feature

News 12 in Westchester included the WTTC in its Sept. 4 show "We're Open." See 5:02-6:58.

August Little Open

82 players, with attendance limited on account of pandemic rules. In the final of the open event, Adar Alguetti (USATT-rated 2581) defeated Kokou Fanny (2444) (7,9,3). Results and winners' photos • Video of the finals • Saturday action shots from Jay Chelur.

Thursday Night Live T2 Challenges

The WTTC hosted four live T2 Challenges — kicking off a national run — on July 30 (Tom Feng vs. Kai Zhang), Aug. 6 (Juan Liu vs. Sharon Alguetti), Aug. 13 (Amy Wang vs. Adar Alguetti), and Aug. 20 (Jennifer Wu vs. Tahl Liebovitz). Click links for reports and photos from MetroSports magazine.

Nenad Bach Short Film

The WTTC's Nenad Bach is the subject of a 5-1/2 minute film "Nenad Who Plays Ping-Pong," which is a 2020 Cannes Young Director Award Shortlist Selection. You can watch it here.

ITTF Magazine Article

The April 2020 Swaythling magazine, published by the ITTF, has articles about the Westchester TTC (pp. 24-25) and Ping Pong Parkinson's (pp. 18-23).

TT Parkinson's Film Released

The ITTF released this film (2:46) about the 1st Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships, held at Westchester in October 2019.

NCTTA Northeast Championships

Twelve schools -- Boston University, Brooklyn College, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, NJIT, Northeastern, NYU, St. John's, Stony Brook, Tufts, and UMass Amherst -- competed in the NCTTA Northeast Regional Championships on Feb. 29-Mar. 1. • Video of Day 1, Day 2 • Highlight reel • ResultsPhotos by Jay Chelur, Nancy Zhou.

February Open

192 players, tying the club record. In the final of the open event, two-time Canadian champion Jeremy Hazin (USATT-rated 2614) defeated Sharon Alguetti (2658) (9,-3,-4,7,7). Results and winners' photos • Video of the finalHighlights + interview with Jeremy • Action shots from Jay Chelur, Glen Randmer, Rich London • Spectator's program.

Report on Derek Abrefa's Visit

Derek Abrefa, 12-time national champion of Ghana, who won the U2500 event in January, trained at Westchester for seven weeks in January and February. He left this report.

January 2020 Open

153 players. In the final of the open event, Chinese Super League player Sheng Xi (USATT-rated 2780) defeated Kai Zhang (2630) (9,-14,3,11). Results and winners' photos • Video of the final • Action shots from Jay Chelur (Day 1, Day 2), Glen RandmerRich London • Articles about Ghana's Derek Abrefa here, here and here • Spectator's program.

December Open

184 players, with an "All-guetti" final — Sharon Alguetti (2652) beat his twin brother Gal (2625) (-9,4,10,7). The third Alguetti brother, Adar, lost in a semi to Sharon. Results and winners' photos. • Video of the final • Saturday/Sunday action shots from Rich London • Sunday from Glen Randmer • Spectator's program.

China/U.S. Friendship Cup

The WTTC hosted the 1st China/U.S. Table Tennis Friendship Cup on Dec. 21. Fifteen teams competed. Glen Randmer's photos.

November Open

154 players, including five rated over 2600. In the final of the open, Sharon Alguetti (2638) beat Kai Zhang (2677) (9,4,7). Results and winners' photos. • Video of the final • Action shots from Glen RandmerRich London • Spectator's program.

Kai Zhang Triumph

The WTTC's Kai Zhang helped the USA men reach the quarterfinal of the Team World Cup in Tokyo on Nov. 6-10. Leon Libin article (with photos) in MetroSports Magazine.

October Open

175 players, including a two-time Canadian champion, two leading players from Quebec, and a Nigerian (once ITTF-ranked #214) who now plays for a club in Portugal. In the final of the open, 42-year-old Yanjun Gao (rated 2502) beat Jiang Niu (2467) (13,8,3) to become the second-oldest Westchester Open champion ever. Results and winners' photosVideo of the final • Action shots from Glen Randmer • Jay ChelurRich London • Spectator's program.

World Parkinson's Championship


(Photo by Warren Rosenberg)
Westchester hosted the 1st ITTF World Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships on Oct. 11-13. Players and officials came from more than 20 countries. ITTF article #1#2 • Journal News articleMetroSports Magazine • KTVZ news feature • USATT article • Margie Alley article + link to film • Full results • Action shots from Glen Randmer • Jay Chelur • Leon Libin.

U.S. Youth National Ranking Tournament

Westchester hosted a USATT National Ranking Tournament for players 18 and under on Oct. 3-6. Almost 100 participated. Results. Photos by Jay Chelur.

September Open

155 players. In the final of the open event, Juan Liu beat Yijun Feng (6,9,-6,9) for her third win in a row. Results and winners' photos. Video of the final • Action shots from Warren RosenbergGlen Randmer • Rich London • Spectator's program.

National Ranking Tournament

The WTTC hosted a National Ranking Tournament for adults on Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Among the men the players with the best records were Xin Zhou (7-0), Yijun Feng (5-2), and Nikhil Kumar (5-2). The best records among the women were by Juan Liu (6-0), Amy Wang (4-2), and Lily Zhang (4-2). Saturday action shots from Glen Randmer • Sunday shots from Jay Chelur • Friday-Sunday shots by Rich London • USATT photos and videos.

August Open

177 players, including five rated over 2600. In the final, Juan Liu (USATT-rated 2654) came from behind and repeated her July win by beating Poland's Daniel Gorak (2619; former ITTF world-ranked #52) in five games (9,-3,-10,9,11). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final (Liu vs. Gorak) • Semifinal #1 Liu vs. Jiwei Xu) • #2 Gorak vs. Yijun Feng • Action shots by Glen Randmer • Rich London • Spectator's program (featuring Jian Li).

Will's 2,500-Day Streak

On August 8 Will Shortz celebrated 2,500 consecutive days of playing table tennis. Channel 12 News storyVideo of the party • Photos by Glen Randmer.

July Open

A record 192 players, including six rated over 2600. All of Sunday's events were full. The total of prize money awarded at the Westchester Open since 2011 passed half a million dollars. The tournament had its first female champion — Juan Liu (rated 2617), who defeated Jiwei Xu (2701) (5,-7,7,7). Results and winners' photos • Video of the final • Semi #1Semi #2 • Action shots from Warren Rosenberg • Glen RandmerRich London • Spectator's program • MetroSports article • USATT article.

Andreas Levenko Visit

Austrian table tennis phenom Andreas Levenko — world #1 under 21 years (second from left in photo) — visited the WTTC (with friends) on July 15 for a party and friendly play.

 

June Open

129 players, with many regulars away for the U.S. Nationals. In a nail-biting final of the open, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (USATT-rated 2644) upset China's Jiwei Xu (2716) in five games (11,-10,-4,6,10). Results and winners' photos • Video of the finalZhang vs. Bochao Li semifinal • Action shots from Rich London • Spectator's program.

Antoine Hachard Clinic

Hachard Clinic

France's Antoine Hachard (far right) (world-ranked #153 by the ITTF) and Valeria Petrova (second from right) (Estonia #1 female) conducted two 90-minute training sessions at Westchester on June 12.

Interclub Competition

The Westchester TTC welcomed the Hot Shots Table Tennis club from Jersey City, N.J., on Friday, May 31, for a friendly competition and party. Results.

Hotshots group

May Open

168 players. In the final of the open, reigning U.S. Open champion Eugene Wang (USATT-rated 2758) defeated Nigeria's Makanjuola Kazeem (2662) (9,5,3). Great five-game semifinal between Kazeem and Jian Li (2603). Results and winners' photos • Video of the final • Semifinal Kazeem vs. Li • Wang vs. Levinski • Behind-the-back Levinski shot (starting at 10:12) • Action shots from Jay ChelurGlen RandmerRich London • Spectator's program.

Interclub Competition

The Westchester TTC welcomed the Madison (N.J.) 'Y' TTC on Saturday, May 18, for a friendly competition and party.

Madison

April Open

153 players. In the final of the open, Kaden Xu (USATT-rated 2722) defeated Sharon Alguetti (2629) (6,-10,6,7). Results and winners' photos. Action shots by Glen Randmer • Jay Chelur, Day 1Day 2Rich London • Video of the final by Ben Nisbet • Interview with Kaden (2:27) • Spectator's program.

Kai Zhang Interview

The WTTC's Kai Zhang was interviewed in April about his life and table tennis goals on Sinovision TV (in Chinese; 10:23).

March Open

149 players. In the final of the open, Kaden Xu (USATT-rated 2713) defeated Kai Zhang (2654) (2,6,5). Results and winners' photos. Video of semifinal Qin vs. ZhangLi vs. Xu • Final Xu vs. Zhang • Action shots from Rich London • Glen RandmerJay Chelur • Ashoke Tewari Day 1, Day 2.

NCTTA Northeast Regional Championships

The NCTTA Northeast Regional Championships were held at the WTTC on March 9-10. More than a dozen schools took part in singles and team competition. Results • Report with photos in MetroSports Magazine • Action shots from Glen Randmer • Warren Rosenberg • Nancy Zhou.

February Open

167 players in an extraordinarily strong field — 15 rated over 2500. In an all-foreign final, Austria's Robert Gardos (ranked #52 by the ITTF) beat Korea's Tae Hoon Kim (USATT-rated 2666) (9,6,6). In the semifinals, Gardos beat Kai Zhang (2654) in five games; Kim beat Kaden Xu (2722) in four. Results and winners' photos. Video of the finalGardos/Zhang semifinalKim/Xu semifinal • Audio interview (4:07) with Gardos. • Program • Action shots from Rich London • Jay Chelur Day 1, Day 2 • Glen Randmer.

Hopes Camp and Tournament

More than 30 players 12 and under took part in the USATT Hopes Training Camp and Tournament on Feb. 8-10, under the direction of national coach Pieke Franssen, Judy Hugh, and the WTTC's Rawle Alleyne and Kokou Fanny. In the final of the Boys event, the MDTTC's Stanley Hsu (USATT-rated 2144) defeated Aryan Jha (1926) (4,8,6). In the Girls event, the best records were compiled by Ava Sun (1848) and Amoolya Menon (1325). Photos from Warren Rosenberg • Glen Randmer • Jay Chelur.

Benji, 1952-2019

Missing our dear friend and table tennis companion, Lloyd (Benji) Benjamin.

January 2019 Open

180 players, including nine rated over 2500. In the final, Kaden Xu (USATT-rated 2696) upset the reigning U.S. Open champion Eugene Wang (2806) (9,5,6). Results and winners' photos • Videos of the Xu/Hazin semifinal • Wang/Alguetti semifinal  • Wang/Xu final  • Audio interview with Kaden (3:22) • Another (1:06) • Program • Action shots from Jay Chelur • Glen Randmer • Rich London.

December Open

186 players, one less than the record. Players came from Finland, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Guyana, Hong Kong, Canada, and coast to coast in the U.S. In the final, Kaden Xu (USATT-rated 2691) defeated Zhiwen He (2671) (14,10,-11,7). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. • Action shots from Glen Randmer • Rich London.

2018 Holiday Camp a Success

HolidayClinic 2018
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Almost 70 players -- young and old, of all skill levels -- took part in the WTTC's annual Holiday Camp Dec. 27-28.

November Open

142 players, including a nine-member team from South Korea. In an all-Westchester final, Kai Zhang (USATT-rated 2633) defeated Sharon Alguetti (2590) (7,-6,7,9). Results and winners' photosVideo of the final. • Ben Nisbet's interview with Kai (2:55) • Photos by Jay Chelur • Glen Randmer • Henry Lee • Rich London.

October Open

149 players, including nine rated over 2500. In the final, two-time Canadian champion Jeremy Hazin (2571) defeated Jian Li (2564) (10,8,-7,-15,12). Results and winners' photos. • Program • Video of the final • Jay Chelur's photos Day 1Day 2 • Photos from Glen Randmer • Rich London • Henry Lee

Egyptian Table Tennis Stars

El-Sayed Lashin, former #76 in the world, and Ibrahim Hamato, who learned to play table tennis without his arms after a train accident at age 10, visited the club on Oct. 21 and played exhbiition matches. • MetroSports report and photos • Photos by Jay Chelur.

September Open

139 players. In the final, Jishan Liang (USATT-rated 2626) beat Kai Zhang (2642) (13,9,-4,-7,4). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Interview with Jishan (:50). Action pics from Warren Rosenberg • Jay Chelur • Glen Randmer.

August Open

179 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In the final, the WTTC's Sharon Alguetti (2681) beat Japan's Akifumi Hamakawa (2683) (11,-7,10,-8,9). Results and winners' photos. • Video of the final. • Game 5 of the final only (edited) • Interview with Sharon Alguetti (1:23) • Tournament program. • USATT report • Glen Randmer's action shots.

July Open

187 players, a new WTTC record. In the final, the WTTC's Sharon Alguetti (rated 2648) beat Jishan Liang (also 2648) (-6,7,7,9). First prize was newly raised to $2,000. Taipei's De-Yang Chih won U2500; Slovakia's Peter Turcek won U2350, Ghana's Courage Nanevie won U2200, and Jamaica's Curtis Dehaney was on a winning doubles team. Results and winners' photos. • Video of the final. • Semifinal #1 Sharon vs. Akifumi Hamakawa • Semifinal #2 Jishan vs. Gal Alguetti • Ben Nisbet's interview with Sharon (1:54). • USATT article. • Sunday action shots from Glen Randmer.

Stefan Kanfer, 1933-2018

Co-founder of the Rivertowns Table Tennis Club, the predecessor of the Westchester TTC, Stefan Kanfer was a longtime writer/editor for Time magazine and the author of best-selling biographies of Marlon Brando, Lucille Ball, Groucho Marx, and other celebrities. A wit, a raconteur, a good friend, and member #1 of the Westchester TTC. We miss him.

June Open

138 players, including 12 rated over 2500. In the final, Poland's Lucjan Blaszczyk (2758; former ITTF top 20 in the world) defeated Jishan Liang (2634) (7,5,-5,11). In a semifinal match, chopper/smasher Jian Li (2640) forced Lucjan to five games. Results and winners' photos. Video of the final • Blaszczyk/Li semfinal. Action shots from Jay Chelur • Henry Lee • Joel Hoffman • Glen Randmer.

May Open

A record 174 players, including four rated over 2600. In the final, Kaden Xu (2686) defeated Jishan Liang (2650) (7,5,6). The most spectacular match was the five-game semifinal Xu vs. Jian Li. Results and winners' photos. Video of the final • semifinal #1 (Xu vs. Jian Li). Jay Chelur's photos Day 1Day 2. Glen Randmer's Day 2 photos.

April Open

140 players. In the final, Marco Navas (2478) of the Venezuelan table tennis team fell to Sharon Alguetti (2639), defaulting while down 4-0 in the fourth game. In the semis, Marco beat Jian Li (2638) (-11,10,10,7), and Sharon beat Kai Zhang (2646) (11,7,11). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Glen Randmer's photos • Jay Chelur's photos Day 1Day 2.

March Open

147 players. In the final, Jian Li (2624) defaulted to Kai Zhang (2610) with a leg cramp, after being down (-10,10,4, and 4-2 in fourth). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Jay Chelur (Day 1, Day 2), Glen RandmerVideo of the final.

NCTTA Regional Championship

Twelve schools — Brandeis, Brooklyn, Brown, Columbia, FIT, MIT, Northeastern, NYU, Rutgers, SUNY Stonybrook, Tufts, and Yale — competed in the Northeast NCTTA Championship on March 10-11. As a team, NYU took first place. NYU's Adar Alguetti won men's singles. Erica Wu won women's singles. Photos from Glen Randmer. MetroSports Magazine writeup.

Interclub Competition

On Sunday, March 4, eight members of the Madison (NJ) 'Y' TTC came to Westchester for a friendly interclub competition. All players were rated 1700-2050. Each player played everyone on the opposing team -- 64 matches in all. Westchester won 33-31. Pizza, snacks, and soft drinks were served. Photos and More photos by Joe Wu.

February Open

169 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In the final, Junhan Wu (2698) defeated Jian Li (2614) (2,5,6). Nigeria's Hammed Adeyinka (world-ranked #577 by the ITTF) reached the quarterfinals. Results and winners' photos. Sunday action shots from Warren Rosenberg, Glen Randmer. Video of the final.

1st Parkinson's Table Tennis Championship

The world's first Parkinson's Table Tennis Championship was held at the club on Saturday, Feb. 17. The players included one from Denmark and six from the WTTC. Photo-essay by Bruce Ballard. Glen Randmer's photos. Channel 12 news piece (:53).

January 2018 Open

163 players. In the final, the WTTC's Sharon Alguetti (2615) defeated China's Nuo Xu (2533) (-8,4,10,3). Sharon is only the second U.S.-trained player to win the tournament, and Nuo is only the third female player to reach the final. Results and winners' photos. Glen Randmer's action shotsVideo of the final.

Club Featured on Voice of America

More publicity for the WTTC's Ping Pong for Parkinson's program ran on the Mandarin channel of Voice of America (3 minutes 26 seconds). Video.

December Open

152 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In the final, Croatia's Tomislav Pucar (2820; world-ranked #84 by the ITTF) defeated the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2606) (7,9,4). The tournament's highlight was Pucar's narrow semifinal win over chopper/smasher Jian Li (6,8,-5,-10,5). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Action shots from Jay Chelur (day 1) (day 2), Glen Randmer.

Club Featured on CBS News

The WTTC's innovative Ping Pong for Parkinson's program was featured on the CBS Evening News on Dec. 30. Video.

Book Launch Party

Rob Bernstein Book Launch Party
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Around 20 people attended a party for the launch of Rob Bernstein's new book, "Uniquely Normal." Rob discussed several of the book's 27 case studies on treating autism.

National Over-40 Tour Championship

Fifty players from as far away as Seattle, Austin, San Antonio, and Minneapolis took part in the championship of the National Over-40 Table Tennis Tour on Dec. 2-3. In the final, New York's Yanjun Gao (2619) beat Yu Shao (2528) (11,7,-8,8,12) to take home $3,000. Four-time U.S. men's singles champion Jimmy Butler finished third. Almost $12,000 was awarded altogether. The event was the culmination of 14 over-40 tournaments (the "Tour") held across the U.S. in 2016-17, as a prelude to the World Veterans Championship coming to Las Vegas in June 2018. Results and winners' photosMetroSports magazine writeup. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg, Jay Chelur, Glen Randmer.

November Open

137 players, including visitors from Indonesia, New Zealand, the U.K., Nigeria, Canada, and China. Five players were rated over 2600. In the final, China's Wei Wang (2754) defeated Jian Li (2671) (5,5,-12,9). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Jay Chelur, Glen Randmer, TJ Braley. Video of the final.

NCTTA Divisional Championship

More than 60 athletes from eight NYC-area colleges competed at the Westchester TTC on Saturday, Nov. 4, for their NCTTA divisional championship. The top finishers were NYU and Yale. Warren Rosenberg's photos and wrapup.

October Open

132 players, including seven rated over 2600. In the final, Jian Li (2682) beat Canada's Jeremy Hazin (2531) (8,7,7). Results and winners' photos. Glen Randmer's action shots. Video of the final.

Will Shortz's Five-Year Streak

On October 3 Will celebrated five years -- 1,826 days -- of playing table tennis every day. More than 75 players attended. Jayadas Chelur's photos.

September Open

158 players, including six rated over 2600. In the final, Slovenia's Bojan Tokic, world-ranked #62 by the ITTF, beat Jishan Liang (2686) (3,-5,4,1). In the final of Puzzle Pong, in which players answered brainteasers and trivia questions for points while playing, Rahul Acharya beat brother Rohan 21-19. Results and winners' photos. Sunday action and personality shots from Glen Randmer • Jayadas Chelur • Henry Lee • Joel Hoffman. Video of the finals.

2nd Over-40 Open — Sept. 2017

65 players from as far away as Ecuador, Alaska, and Montreal. In the final of the open event, Yanjun Gao (2632) defeated Yu Shao (2530) (3,7,8). Former World Veterans champion Yuxiang Li swept three age events — 50+, 55+, and 60+ — without losing a game. Results and winners' photos. Glen Randmer's action shots from 9/10.

August Open

134 players, including seven rated over 2600. In the final, Junhan Wu beat Jishan Liang (-2,8,-8,7,4). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen Randmer. Semifinal #1: Wu vs. Yanjun Gao. Semifinal #2: Liang vs. Jian Li. Final: Wu vs. Liang.

July Open

157 players, including visitors from Canada, France, Spain, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Dominican Republic. In the final, Junhan Wu (2777) defeated Jian Li (2650) (8,-8,7,9). Table tennis legend Zhiwen He, four-time Olympian, 2016 world champion for 50+, once ranked 10th in the world, lost in a semifinal match to Wu. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Warren RosenbergGlen Randmer, Joel Hoffman. MetroSports magazine writeup and photos. Video of the final. Semifinal video #1 He vs. Wu. Semifinal #2 Gao vs. Li.

June Open

140 players, including 12 rated over 2500. In the final, Junhan Wu (2754) defeated Kaden Xu (2690) (3,5,9). Nigeria's Kazeem Makanjuola, formerly world-ranked #346, lost in a quarterfinal match to Kaden. In the final of Puzzle Pong, an experimental event in which players answered word, logic, and trivia teasers while playing, Tom Lackaff (1606) defeated Rahul Acharya (2365) 21-18. Results and winners' photos. Glen Randmer's action shotsVideo of the finals • Semifinal.

Zoran Primorac Clinic & Party

Seven-time table tennis Olympian Zoran Primorac, from Croatia, led two 90-minute training clinics at the club on Sunday, June 18. Altogether 37 players took part, with many additional guests for a party. Croatian rock star and club member Nenad Bach arranged the visit. Report by Leon Libin. Photos from Glen Randmer, Joel HoffmanVideo highlights.

May Open

127 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In an all-WTTC final, Kai Zhang (2641) defeated Sharon Alguetti (2621) (7,5,4). The real action was in the semfinals. In a stunning upset Sharon defeated China's Junhan Wu (2787) (-7,9,11,-4,9), and Kai edged past Sharon's brother Adar (2640) (15,14,-6,11). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Action shots from Joel Hoffman, Glen Randmer.

April Open

122 players. The open final featured two recent arrivals from China -- Junhan Wu defeating Deng Pan (-9,6,-8,8,9). Results and winners' photos. Writeup and photos from MetroSports magazine. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg, Glen Randmer, and Joel Hoffman. Video of the final. Semifinal between Nigeria's Azeez Jamiu and Junhan Wu.

ChipandGus

The Westchester TTC hosted the ping-pong play "ChipandGus," written and performed by John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen, on Friday, April 28, to rave reviews. 75 people attended.

March Open

115 players. In the open final, Jishan Liang (USATT-rated 2669) defeated Kaden Xu (2700). Results and winners' photos. Sunday action shots from Glen Randmer, Henry LeeVideo of the final.

Northeast NCTTA Champions

Congratulations to all the winners of the NE Championships of the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association, held at the WTTC on March 4-5. Schools competing were Baruch, Brown, Columbia, UConn, UMass, MIT, NJ Institute of Technology, NY Institute of Technology, NYU, Northeastern, Princeton, Rutgers, SUNY Stonybrook, Tufts, Worcester Polytechnic, and Yale. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen RandmerAriel Chen.

Parkinson's Night

The Westchester TTC launched Parkinson's Night, for people with Parkinson's disease, on March 1. Channel 12 News covered it here.

February Open

153 players, including visitors from Russia, Nigeria, California, and Quebec. In the open final, Russia's Sergey Bratchenko defeated Zirui Zhao (2618) (-7,2,4,7). Results and winners' photos. Action shots by Henry Lee and Glen RandmerVideo of the final.

January 2017 Open

A record 170 players, with 11 rated over 2500. In the open final, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2659) overcame a severe leg cramp to defeat Sharon Alguetti (2631) (8,8,-11,9). In the semis, Sharon defeated the tournament's #1 seed, Jian Li (2661), and Kai sneaked past Nigeria's Azeez Jamiu (ITTF world-ranked #370). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Sunday action shots from Henry Lee, Glen Randmer.

December Open

116 players. In the open final, Junhan Wu, from China (2758), defeated the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2688) (2,-10,9,5). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen RandmerVideo of the final.

November Open

117 players, including 14 rated over 2500. In the open final, Junhan Wu, newly arrived from China (estimated 2800), defeated Bohan Zhang (2728) (4,-9,6,8). In the semis, Bohan defeated Wei Wang (2815), and Junhan defeated Sharon Alguetti (2619) in hard-fought matches. Results and winners' photosAction shots from Glen Randmer. Video of the final.

October Open

134 players, including 13 rated over 2500. In the open final, Kaden Xu (2649) defeated Jishan Liang (2660) (6,1,10). Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Saturday action shots from Warren Rosenberg; Sunday shots from Glen Randmer.

September Open

115 players. In the open final, Croatia's Andrej Gacina, ITTF-ranked #20 in the world, defeated the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2648) (8,-9,1,-11,5). Results and winners' photos. Semifinal video Andrej Gacina vs. Ye TianJian Li vs. Kai Zhang. Final Andrej Gacina vs. Kai Zhang. Action shots from Glen Randmer, Joel Hoffman/Eldin Medunjanin.

1st Over-40 Open

Over 40 Women
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50 players over two days. In the final of the giant snake ladder event, Westchester TTC's Robert Roberts (2520) defeated Anthony Valerio (2372) 12-10 in the fifth. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen Randmer, Warren Rosenberg. Writeup and photos in MetroSports Magazine. Women players shown above.

August Open

128 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In the open final, chopper/ smasher Jian Li (2661) defeated Nigeria's Olajide Omotayo (2566) (4,-9,6,9). Results and winners' photos. Ben Nisbet's video of the final. Action shots from Glen Randmer, Joel Hoffman/Eldin Medunjanin.

July Open

138 players, including ones from 10 foreign countries. In the open final, Ruichao Chen (2689) defeated Yutian Wang (2541) (-8,3,8,2). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen RandmerVideo of the final.

June Open

131 players, including Yadira Silva, the #1 female player in Mexico, and Olajide Omotayo, from Nigeria, ITTF-ranked #635 in the world. In the open final, Zi Rui Zhao (2643) defeated Kaden Xu (2659) (9,-6,-11,4,2). Results and winners' photos. Video of the finals. Action shots from Glen Randmer.

May Open

149 players, including five rated over 2600. In the open final, Jian Li (2630) defeated Kai Zhang (2629) (9,8,7). ESPN filmed Kai for a "SportsCenter" feature to air in June. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Joel HoffmanHenry LeeGlen Randmer. Video of semifinal Kai Zhang vs. Julian Mohr. Final Jian Li vs. Kai Zhang.

New York State Championships

86 players. The WTTC's Kai Zhang won both the Men's Open and 18 & Under. Results and winner's photos. Photos from Warren Rosenberg, Joel Hoffman, Glen RandmerVideo of the final. MetroSports magazine about the event.

"American Pong Challenge"

On April 25 the WTTC was the site of filming for a prospective weekly TV series in which people settle disputes and rivalries over a ping-pong table. Photos of the evening from Glen Randmer, Joel Hoffman.

April Open

136 players, including 14 rated over 2500. In the open final, Bohan Zhang (2714) outlasted Zi Rui Zhao (2681) (7,-8,9.-9,7). Cédric Oba of Côte d'Ivoire won the U2500. Table Tennis Hall-of-Famer Dell Sweeris won the U2050, U2000, and 60 & Over. Results and winner's photos. Video of the final. Sunday action shots from Glen Randmer, Henry Lee.

March Open

123 players. In the open final, Zi Rui Zhao (2580) beat a jet-lagged and sick Bohan Zhang (2710) (9,6,12), in what was still a fine match. Results and winners' photos. Sunday action shots from Glen Randmer. Video of the finals.

NCTTA NE Championships

Congratulations to the winners of the NCTTA's Northeast regional championship, held at the WTTC on Feb. 27-28: Coed team — 1st Baruch, 2nd NYU, 3rd Columbia. Women's team — NYU. Men's singles — Mishel Levinski, Baruch. Women's singles — Mandy Liu, NYU. Results. Round-by-round scores (click on Northeast Regional Championships "Results"). Photos and video. MetroSports magazine all about the tournament.

February Open

116 players. In the open final, Zi Rui Zhao (2617) beat Jian Li (2637) (6,9,9). Results and winners' photos. Video of the finals. Action shots from Glen Randmer (Sunday), Warren Rosenberg (Saturday).

U.S. Olympic Trials

Congratulations to the WTTC's Sharon Alguetti, 14, who won a spot on the U.S. Olympic table tennis team at the recent Olympic trials. He is the youngest male ever to make the team. The club celebrated his victory with a party on Feb. 13. Photos from Glen Randmer.

January 2016 Open

93 players — 12 rated over 2500 — in a rescheduled tournament from the snowed-out previous weekend. In a razor-tight final in the open playoffs, Kaden Xu (2699) beat Zi Rui Zhao (2587) (10,-9,6,-7,11). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Henry Lee, Glen RandmerVideo of the final by Ben Nisbet.

December Open

124 players — 11 rated over 2500. In the open playoffs, Jianho Sun (2545) dispatched Zi Rui Zhao (2668) in a quarterfinal, Kai Zhang (2692) in a semi, and Hao Li (2607) in the final (-14,9,9,5). In the U2500, Rajat Hubli defeated Togo champion Kokou Fanny and U.S. Nationals semifinalist Allen Wang to take first prize. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg, Glen Randmer, Richard Getler. Video of the final.

November Open

142 players, in the strongest Westchester field ever — 16 players rated over 2500, including five over 2700. In the final of the open event, Chinese chopper/smasher Wei Wang (2810) defeated Korea's Ojin Kwon (9,3,10). Complete round robin scores, playoffs, and summary compiled by Tej Singh. Winners' photos. Action shots from Henry Lee, Glen Randmer. Semifinal video Ruichao Chen vs. Wei Wang. Final Wang vs. Kwon.

Portuguese Junior Open

Congratulations to the WTTC's Kai Zhang for winning the Portuguese Junior Table Tennis Open, Nov. 18-19.

October Open

108 players, with 14 rated over 2500. In the final of the open, Kai Zhang defeated Jishan Liang (8,9,-8,6) to win the $2,500 first prize. The nail-biter of the weekend was Kai's stunning comeback in a quarterfinal over newcomer Hao Li, a player in China's elite Second League (11,-6,-11,13,8). Results and winners' photos. Henry Lee's action shots. Video of the final. Article, partly about the tournament, in The New Yorker.

September Open

A record 164 players — 14 rated over 2500. New players included Ange-Cédric Oba, table tennis champion of Côte d'Ivoire; Neha Aggarwal, 2012 table tennis Olympian from India; and Timothy Wang, 2015 North American Champion. In the final of the open event, Kai Zhang (rated 2707) defeated Zi Rui Zhao (2590) (-9,9,8,8). Results and winners' photos. Photos from Henry Lee, Glen Randmer. Video of the finals with Ben Nisbet.

North American Championships

The NA Championships were held at the WTTC on Sept. 5-7 -- men's and women's singles and teams, and the same for boys and girls. The U.S. took gold in every event. In the women's singles' final, the U.S.'s Lily Zhang came back from a 0-3 game deficit against Canada's Mo Zhang to win 4-3. Congratulations to men's singles champion Timothy Wang, who defeated Canada's Pierre-Luc Theriault 4-1 in the final. Results and videos. Highlights. Photos from Warren Rosenberg (click "Sports Events," then event name), Joel Hoffman, Glen Randmer, Henry Lee.

August Open

155 players — 10 rated over 2500. The final of the open event was a rematch of July's final between Kai Zhang (rated 2682) and Ruichao Chen (2676) This time Ruichao won (4,11,-7,9). Results and winners' photos. Video of the finals.

July Open

159 players, the second-biggest WTTC tournament ever. Players came from Bosnia, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Canada, and across the U.S. In the final of the open event, Kai Zhang (rated 2661) defeated Ruichao Chen (2664) (4,4,6). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Henry Lee / Glen RandmerVideo of the finals with Ben Nisbet.

Day 1,000 Celebration

Will Shortz celebrated playing table tennis for his 1,000th consecutive day on June 30. The filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman ("Catfish," "Paranormal Activity 3" and "4") presented a video on Will. Journal News article + video on the party. Vulture article + interview. MetroSports Magazine article (pp. 22-26). Photos from Warren RosenbergGlen Randmer / Joel Hoffman / Laurel Gollo.

June Open

134 players, including 12 rated over 2500. In the final of the open event, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (rated 2689) defeated Poland's Filip Szymanski (2700) (-11,9,4,10). Besides Poland, players came from Idaho, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, and all over the Northeast. Results and winners' photos. Action photos from Joel Hoffman ... and Glen Randmer. Video of the finals by Ben Nisbet.

May Open

142 players, including 12 rated over 2500. In the final of the open event, chopper/smasher Qing Feng Guang (rated 2689) defeated Jishan Liang (2665) (8,-10,8,6). Newcomer Rajat Hubli from France won the U-2500. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Henry Lee, Joel HoffmanVideo of the finals from Ben Nisbet.

Congratulations to Kai Zhang

... for winning the 2015 Canadian Junior Open on May 13-14! He went undefeated, including beating Kanak Jha, the defending champion from California.

Aid for Trevor Salmon

Trevor Salmon
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Thank you to Westchester TTC members for donating $6,395 to help Trevor Salmon (above center) after his stroke. Robert and Will delivered a check on May 10.

April Open

139 players, including nine rated over 2500, four rated over 2700. In the final of the open event, 2014 NA Cup champion Eugene Wang (rated 2816) defeated Jishan Liang (2645) (5,4,3). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen Randmer, Henry LeeVideo of the finals from Ben Nisbet.

March Open

132 players. In the final of the open, Kai Zhang (rated 2706) defeated Bochao Li (2666) (6,10,4). In a semifinal, Kai defeated his longtime rival Jishan Liang, after being down 2 games to 1. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen RandmerHenry LeeVideo of the final.

February Open

125 players, including four rated over 2600. In the final of the open, Jishan Liang (rated 2646) was defeated by his friend and nemesis Kai Zhang (2664) (10,9,-8,10). In the U2500 final, Nigeria's Yinka Olasoji defeated Kun Yang (2479) (7,9,-8,8). Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Glen Randmer, Henry LeeVideo of the final.

NA Tour Grand Final

In short ... wow! In the final, Canada's Eugene Wang (rated 2799) defeated California's Bob Chen (2730) in a sensational seven-game match (8,-5,7,-9,9,-4,3). Tournament wrap-up. Videos. Slide shows by Warren Rosenberg, Glen Randmer, Serge Migdal. Wang/Chen slow-mo point. Journal News article. Pre-tournament press release.

January 2015 Open

113 players. In a thrilling open final, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (rated 2664) defeated Gaoxiang Zhao (2679) (9,-10,7,-5,11). Results and winners' photos. Fantastic slo-mo point from the final (1:40) courtesy of Bob Mankoff. Full video. Sunday action shots from Glen Randmer.

2015 Winter Kids' Tournament

About 25 kids competed in four age categories. Results and photos.

Note ... For tournament summaries from before 2015, see here.