The 2018 Newark June Open took place at the Siliman Center last Saturday, June 16. This is the first of monthly tournaments we plan at the Siliman Center this year. I was happy to hear of compliments about the facility as participants said it was a nice place to play. There were events from Under 50 to Under 2500 along with age events. There were trophies given to the 1st and 2nd place finishers and medals to the 3rd and 4th place finishers in each event.
Due to space and time constraints at the Fremont Table Tennis Academy where tournaments have normally been run, age events were not possible. However, at the Siliman Center, we had more space and tables and had Juniors 14 Years & Under, Juniors 10 Years & Under, Juniors 8 Years & Under, and Seniors 50 Years & Over. Juniors 14 & Under was won by Juniors League Division 2 MVP Tejas Vaze. Juniors 10 & Under was won by Aanya Kulkarni who is a member of the Champions in Training Program. Juniors 8 & Under was one of my favorite events showing the future and was won by Alexis Law. The Seniors 50 & Over was won by my Dad who had his first tournament win against a long pips player and his first first-place trophy in a long time.