Jan. 12+

Winter/Spring 2015 Kids' Training Camp

For kids in the 5th through 12th grades — beginner, intermediate or advanced

With coaches Robert Roberts and Rawle Alleyne

16 weekly sessions starting Jan. 12, 2015:
Mondays — 4:30-6:00 pm
Wednesdays — 4:30-6:00 pm
Saturdays* — 10:00 am - Noon
*11 weeks @ 2 hours (no sessions on tournament weekends)
Players' choice of days; train on one, two or three days a week

Learn:
Footwork
Service
Forehand
Backhand
Loop
Tactics

World-class table tennis instruction, with match play, physical workouts, and fun games

Cost**:
$195 for one class/week
$340 for two classes/week
$450 for three classes/week
Or: $15/day
**player's choice of days; no training on 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/28, 4/25 (tournament weekends);
member and sibling discounts available

Arrive early or stay late and play at no extra charge

Advanced Training (for players USATT-rated 1800+)
Jan. 17-May 2 (11 weeks)***
Hours: Sat., Noon-2:00 pm
Cost: $200. Or: $25/session
***no training on 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/28, 4/25 (tournament weekends);
member and sibling discounts available

To register, please fill out and return this form.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Mon.-Fri., Aug. 3-7 and 10-14 (2 weeks) (10am-3pm daily)

Intensive training with Robert, Rawle and Kai

Aug. 29-30

$5,400+ in prizes • $1,500 first prize

Sept. 26-27

$5,400+ in prizes • $1,500 first prize

Oct. 24-25

$7,000+ in prizes • $2,500 first prize

ANNOUNCEMENTS

July Open

159 players, the second-highest WTTC tournament registration 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.

Summer Camp

Thirty-three kids, including 12 from Trinidad & Tobago, participated in Week 2 of the WTTC's summer camp, with coaches Rawle Alleyne, Paul David, Kai Zhang, and Hanwei Wang.

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

Kai Zhang's photo.

... 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.

Winter Kids' Tournament

About 25 kids competed in four age categories in the WTTC's Winter 2015 Kids' Tournament. Results and photos.

December Open

141 players, including an unusual number of out-of-towners. In the final of the open, Ruichao Chen (rated 2606) defeated former U.S. Nationals champion Michael Landers (2512) (7,9,7). Results and winners' photosVideo of the finals. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg (under "Sports Events") Henry Lee, and Glen Randmer.

New Flooring

New rubberized flooring was installed throughout the main hall on Dec. 22-23. Players will now need to wear proper athletic shoes when playing on the surface. 

November Open

127 players, with six of the top eight coming from China. Seven players rated 2600+. In the final of the open, Wei Wang defeated Jie Te Zhang 5, 7, -11, 7. Results and winners' photos. Henry Lee's action shots. Glen Randmer's. Video of the Inclusion event. Video of the semifinal Jie Te Zhang vs Qing Feng Guang. Also Wei Wang vs. Jin Ze Cao. Final Wei Wang vs. Jie Te Zhang.

October Open

138 players, including five rated 2600+. In the final of the open, chopper Qing Feng Guang beat Kai Zhang 8, -10, 4, 9. Results and winners' photos. Quarterfinal video (Damien Provost vs. Bochao Li), semifinal (Provost vs. Qing Feng Guang), final (Guang vs. Kai Zhang). Saturday action shots from Warren Rosenberg. Sunday action shots from Henry Lee.

Inclusion

Marco Santini demonstrated his cool table tennis variation, Inclusion, at the WTTC on Oct. 4. Video.

September Open

129 players, including eight rated 2500+, In the final of the open event, teenaged Zi Rui Zhao, newly arrived from China, defeated Jishan Liang 10, 3, 8. Defending champion Qing Feng Guang lost to Jishan in a thrilling semifinal 10, 3, -10, -10, 8. Results and winners' photos. Action shots from Warren Rosenberg / Henry Lee. Video of the finals / semifinal.

August Open

112 players, including the #1 player in the country, Qing Feng Guang (rated 2776). In the finals of the open, Guang beat the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2666) 1, 4, -7, 8. Results and winners' photos. Video of the finalWarren Rosenberg's action shots from Sunday (click "Sports Events").

July Open

142 players. In the finals of the open, China's Qing Feng Guang (rated 2770) defeated four-time WTTC champion Damien Provost (2622) 9, 12, 9. Results and winners' photos. Video of the final. Another video, with different angles and slow-motion replays. Warren Rosenberg's action shots from Saturday (click "Sports Events").

June Open

115 players in the tournament's most competitive field ever -- 12 rated over 2500, seven over 2600. Players came from seven foreign countries and coast to coast in the U.S. to compete. In the final of the open, Slovenia's Bojan Tokic (ranked #46 in the world) beat Chinese chopper Qing Feng Guang -9, 5, 2, 6. Results and winners' photos. Warren Rosenberg's action shots (click "Sports Events"). Video of the finals.

Training with Bojan Tokic

 Class with Tokic
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Sixteen players from California to New York took training from Bojan Tokic (ITTF-ranked #46 in the world) on June 27. Members of the second training session are pictured above. Bojan is in the blue shirt in the second row.

May Open

123 players. In the final of the open, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2699) beat longtime rival Jishan Liang (2581) 3, -10, 5, 7. Results and Photos. Video of the finals.

April Open

149 players (six 2550+) -- our second-biggest tournament ever. In the final of the open, China's Bob Chen (2735) beat Kai Zhang (2704) 4, 8, -8, 4. They won $2,500 and $1,000, respectively. Results and Photos. Video of the finals.

Thursday TT for 50+

Starting April 24 the club will have bonus hours of 10am-3pm for players 50 years and over (and anyone else who wants to come). Cost: $5. (No charge for WTTC members.)

Indian Champion Here

Moonmoon
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Former #2 female player from India, Moonmoon Mukherjee -- now a coach for the Indian Railway team -- played at the club on April 19. She hopes to send young Indian players here for training.

Spring Kids' Tournament

22 players. Congratulations to Johannes Kantorczyk (10 & Under), Henry Nicklin (11 & 12) and Noah Landgarten (13 & 14). More results, winners' photos.

"60 Minutes" on Bob Mankoff

… is here. The WTTC scene starts at about 11:45.

March Open

122 players. In the final of the open event, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2685) upset China's Bob Chen (2740) 5, 9, -9, -8, 6. Bob had beaten Kai in straight games only the week before at F.I.T. Results and photos. Video of the finals.

February Open

142 players, 12 rated 2475+. Eugene Wang (2815), reigning U.S. Open champion, defeated Kai Zhang (2670) -11, 10, 3, 8 in the final. Results and photos. Also: Video of the finals. (The fourth game contained the most amazing rally of the weekend.)

"60 Minutes" at the Club

60 minutes
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Morley Safer and a film crew from "60 Minutes" were at the club on Feb. 19 to film Bob Mankoff and Will Shortz playing TT.

January 2014 Open

118 players. The WTTC's own Kai Zhang (2670, ranked #5 in the country) defeated XinXu Zhao (2535) -13, 5, 7, 9 -- for his 8th win at a WTTC Open. Results and photosVideo.

Winter Kids' Tournament

Congratulations to the winners of the WTTC's Winter Kids' Tournament: 10 & Under -- Shaye Kirman, 11-12 -- Abe Gold; 13-14 -- Amel Medunjanin. Winners' photos.

Holiday Clinic a Success

Holiday Clinic 2013
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An average of 25-30 players a day, representing all ages and skill levels, took part in the WTTC's four-day Holiday Clinic, Dec. 27-30. Robert and Rawle did drills and led games. The Dec. 28 group appears above.

December Open

55 players -- a low turnout due to a snowstorm and the holidays. In the finals of the open, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (ranked 10th in the country) upset Damien Provost (ranked 6th) and Kewei Li (ranked 2nd) to take home the $1,500 grand prize. Warren Rosenberg's action shots. Results and winners' photos.

High School Night

Congratulations to the winners of the Pleasantville HS table tennis tournament, held at the WTTC on Dec. 6: 1. Adam Bucheister 2. Josh Wallen 3. Paul French. Also to the winners of Horace Greeley HS: 1. Robbie Laidlaw 2. Richard Ma 3. Robert Sterian.

November Open

109 players, including 10 rated over 2500. In the final of the open event, Atlanta's Kewei Li (rated 2686) won for the second month in a row, defeating Wen Guo of China (3,15,12). Photos and Results. Video will be posted shortly.

October Open

143 players -- the highest number since Oct. 2011. Five of the country's top 11 players competed. In the final of the open event, chopper Kewei Li (rated 2662) defeated Kai Zhang (2661) (3,9,6). Results + winners' photos. Warren Rosenberg's action shots. Video of the finals. Best semifinal.

September Open

108 players this month. In the final of the open event, the WTTC's Kai Zhang (rated 2648) won in a mild upset over France's Damien Provost (2670). Photos and results.

August Open

109 players. The WTTC's Kai Zhang (rated 2644) defeated his onetime training partner Jing Yi Zhao (2461) in the final of the open event. Results and photos here.

Inclusion Demo

On Aug. 15 Marco Santini demonstrated his new table tennis invention, Inclusion, with side walls added to the table for a new dimension of play. More info here.

July Open

103 players. In the final of the open event, China's Bochao Li (2617) defeated Max Wang (2527) (7,8,9). Results and photos. Warren Rosenberg's photos from Sunday. Video of the finals. 

April-June 2013 League Night

Quarterly results are here. Note: A new Team League Night will start in September.

June Open

118 players. In the final of the open event, Eugene Wang (2810) defeated the WTTC's Kai Zhang (2659) by a hair's-breadth (8,-7,-8,10,3). Video of the final match. Results and photos.

May Open

113 players. In the final of the open event, Kai Zhang (2639) defeated Damien Provost (2686) (9,5,7). Best match of the weekend was a ferocious semifinal pitting Kai against Michael Landers (2567). Kai won (-9,8,-8,9,9). Results and photos.

ITTF Video on the NA Cup

The Westchester TTC is prominent in the ITTF's wrap-up of April events.

April Open

Florida Group April 2013

123 players -- 11 rated 2500+. In the final of the open event, Canada's Eugene Wang (2806) rallied from a two-game deficit to beat France's Damien Provost in a nail-biting deuce-in-the-fifth set (-10,-12,10,5,11). A big contingent from Florida's Broward TTC (above) took part. Results and photos.

North America Cup

Canada's Andre Ho upset the U.S.'s Timothy Wang in the men's final of the 2013 ITTF North America Cup, held April 20-21 at the WTTC. Lily Zhang beat fellow American Ariel Hsing in the women's final. Videos of the top matches can be found on the ITTF YouTube channel. Still shots can be found on Warren Rosenberg's site. The Journal News has an article and a slide show. Also: Newsday slide show. Newsday video. ITTF stories. Bruce Liu photos.

Jan.-Mar. 2013 League Night

Quarterly results are here. Congratulations to Victor Krupinski and all the winners!

March Open

115 players. In the final of the open event, France's Damien Provost (2667) upset Taiwan's Chia-sheng Lee (ITTF-ranked #194 in the world) in straight games (9,10,5). Results and photos.

February Open

108 players -- seven of them over 2400, four over 2500. In the open event, Kai Zhang (2603) upset Damien Provost (2670) in an exciting five-game final (1,11,-9,-10,6). The Costa Rican national table tennis team captured seven prizes over the weekend. Mexico's Yadira Silva made it to the quarters of the open and the semis of the U-2500. The Handicap event drew a record 29 players. Results and winners' photos are here. Warren Rosenberg's action shots are here; digital downloads and prints may be ordered from him.

January 2013 Open

111 players, five rated over 2500. In the open event Kai Zhang (2583) defeated YanJun Gao (2574) in a furious final (13,10,14). Results and photos.

Beer Pong!

Twenty-three players competed in our Beer Pong tournament on Jan. 19. Results and photos are here. Newsday pre-story and photo here and slide show of the event here. Journal News photos of the event (not looking our best!) here.

Winter Kids' Tournament Results

14 competed. Results and photos.

December Open

France's Damien Provost defeated Brooklyn's Mishel Levinski (6,6,-10,4) in the final of our December Open. Results and photos. Warren Rosenberg's action shots are here; digital downloads and prints may be ordered from him.

November Open

15-year-old Kai Zhang defeated Max Wang in the final of our November Open, which was part of New York Table Tennis Weekend. Results and photos.

October Open

Eugene Wang (USATT-rated 2783) of the Canadian national table tennis team defeated 15-year-old Chinese phenom Kai Zhang (2557) in straight games to win $2,500 in the finals of the WTTC's October Open. Results and photos.

September Open

Two recent arrivals from China battled it out in the finals of the WTTC's September Open. Kewei Li (USATT-rated 2418) upset Kai Zhang (2560)
7, -9, 6, 10. Altogether 123 players competed, including six rated over 2500. Results and photos here.

August Open

France's Damien Provost (USATT-rated 2695) defeated chopper Qing Liang Wang (2641) 10, 7, 6 in the final of our August Open. Altogether 136 players competed. Results and photos. Freelance photographer Warren Rosenberg's action shots appear here.

Coaching Clinic

Eleven students are taking Sydney Christophe's coaching clinic at the WTTC (Aug. 4, 5, 11, 12, and 25). At the end they'll receive ITTF Level 1 coaching certification. In the photo, Sydney is in the middle row, second from the left.
 

July Open

Kevin Wang (USATT-rated 2476) dispatched Max Wang (2556) 3-0 in the finals of the WTTC's July Open. It was the semifinal matches -- Kevin beating YanJun Gao and Max beating Peng Yin -- that were nail-biters. Each went to five games. Altogether 123 players competed. Photos and Results

June Open

For the first time at one of our Opens, YanJun Gao wasn't the champion or runner-up. France's Damien Provost (2651) beat Peng Yin (2544) in a hard-fought, four-game match. Photos and results

Seniors' Tournament Results

Congratulations to the winners of the club's first Seniors' Tournament on May 12. Photos and results.
 

Doubles Tournament Results

36 teams competed in five events for $2,500 in prizes in our first Doubles tournament on May 5. Photos and results.