This past week was the US Open in Orlando Florida. There were nearly 600 players from all over the world that participated. One week of table tennis spanning dozens of events.
There were four Utah players that competed:
Wayne (Volunteer), Viorel, Adam, Ruslan, Gordon, Austin (Observer)
and myself (Gordon Gridley)
This was the first tournament where a majority of my events were hardbat events. The format for the tournament was different this time than years past. It made for fewer conflicts (double booked match times).
I played in the the following events:
Under 1800 Hardbat - Semifinalist
Under 2100 Hardbat - Finalist
Over 40 Hardbat - Semifinalist
Hardbat Doubles - Semifinalist
The hardbat play was dominated by a handful of players:
Dan Seemiller Jr who won the Under 2100 hardbat event and finalist in the Men's Hardbat Singles.
Ryan "The nightmare" Gibson - Champion of the Men's Hardbat singles. That match was awesome to witness.
Lidney Castro - This was his first hardbat tournament and based on his rating alone was the favorite. (2529) - He was a semifinalist in the Men's hardbat singles.
It was a fantastic week of play and it was great fun!