(Colorado Springs, CO – April 7, 2020) – USA Table Tennis (“USATT”), the National Governing Body for the sport of table tennis, today announced the postponement of the 2020 US National Table Tennis Championships. The tournament was scheduled to be played at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 6 through July 10. The new tournament dates have not yet been determined.
“This decision was based on doing everything that USATT can to help ensure the health, safety and well-being of our society generally and the table tennis community more specifically,” stated USATT Chief Executive Officer Virginia Sung. “Although we are disappointed with having to postpone this historic event, it was really not a difficult decision in light of the developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. The world simply has much more pressing matters to focus our energy and attention upon at this moment. We are confident that the American table tennis community and the US National Championships will return stronger than ever once our great country and the world at large has this situation under better control.”
USA Table Tennis has hosted an elite table tennis championship in America since 1933, a tradition that continues annually with the US Open Table Tennis Championships, an event that is open to table tennis players throughout the world regardless of citizenship or residency. Since 1976, USATT has hosted separate the “closed” event, which is now known as the US Nationals, the championship events for which are open to US citizens only, while certain other events at the tournament are open to all persons living in the United States, regardless of citizenship.
At last year’s US Nationals in July of 2019, Kanak Jha, the number one male player in America, became the first person ever to win four consecutive US National Men’s Singles Championship titles. Current US National Team coach Gao Jun holds the longest consecutive singles championship streak in history, winning on the women’s side seven consecutive times from 1996 through 2002. In 2019, the Women’s Singles Championship title was captured by Lily Zhang, the number one female player in the US, who won the championship title for the fifth time in her playing career. Both Jha and Zhang have qualified for the US Olympic Team and will be part of Team USA when the Tokyo Games are held in the summer of 2021. When held, the next US Nationals are expected to host over 800 participants competing in some 106 events on 100 state of the art table tennis courts.
"And that success will belong to every one of us. We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return. We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again. But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all."
-Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, April 5, 2020
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Chad Knasinski - Director of Marketing and Communications - USA Table Tennis