United States Table Tennis National Team Trials in San Jose February 7 to 10, 2013
Harvey Gotliffe
(408) 970-5078
January 27, 2013 2:53 PM
United States Table Tennis National Team Trials in San Jose February 7 to 10, 2013
The Olympic sport of Table tennis is the second biggest participation sport in the world and one of the fastest growing sports in the USA. The Bay Area is the center of this growth, and the country’s best players will be coming to San Jose February 7 to 10 to participate in the trials for both the United States Men’s and Women’s National Teams.
The trials will take place at the Top Spin Club, with its twenty tournament quality Butterfly tables. It is the premium venue for playing and viewing table tennis on the West Coast, and is one of only twenty-three sites worldwide designated as a Hot Spot Training Center by the International Table Tennis Federation. Top Spin is one of eighteen table tennis clubs in the Bay Area where some of the nation’s top players live, train and compete.
Among locals competing for a place on the teams are 16-year-old Lily Zhang of Palo Alto, who defeated 17-year-old Ariel Hsing of San Jose to win the US National Women’s Single Championship last month in Las Vegas. Ariel, the 89th ranked woman in the world, won the singles title in both 2011 and 2010, and she and 96th ranked Lily were members of the US Olympic Table Tennis Team in London in 2012.
Fellow 2012 Olympians Erica Wu and Timothy Wang will also be vying for a spot on the team; Wang won the US Men’s Singles Championship in 2012 and 2010. San Jose’s Khoa Nguyen, a member of the US Olympic Team in 2000 and 2004, and Jim Butler an Olympian in 1992 and 1996, will also be competing.
There are several sensational, younger players aiming to make the team including members of the World Champions Table Tennis Academy (WCTTA), which is located inside the Tops Spin Table Tennis Center. Thirteen- year-old Kunal Chodri is ranked 39th in the world in players under 15-years-old, and is ninth seed in the Trials. Twelve-year-old year Kanak Jha who is the 13th seed, is ranked number 41. His 15-year-old sister Prachi Jha 4th seed is ranked as high as # 61 in the world for Girls Under 18.
There are thirty- three men and thirteen women entered trying to qualify for twelve spots on the important Saturday and Sunday elimination matches. The ten highest ranked men and women players automatically qualify for the top-12 giant round robin format.
Qualifying round matches for others begin at 9am on Thursday February 6th with the draw for the Qualifying Tournament taking place at 4pm. The draw for the Trials will take place on February 7.
On Friday the 8th at 10am, the first through fourth round of Men’s and Women’s singles matches take place; on Saturday the 9th the fifth through eighth round matches begin at 10am, and on Sunday the 10th rounds nine through eleven will begin at 10am and end with 1:45pm Men’s singles matches.
The top four men’s and women’s players in the trials will earn a spot on the team along with a 5h player who will be selected by the US National Team Coaches Doru Gheorghe and Stefan Feth.
A press conference will be held on Friday, February 1st at noon at Top Spin. There will be an opportunity to interview some top Bay Area players, local organizers, and the US Men’s National & Olympic Team Coach Stefan Feth.  Top Spin is located at 1150 Campbell Avenue, San Jose, California 95126.


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For further information, please contact: 
Director of Media Relations: Harvey Gotliffe at usattevent@gmail.com
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