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2024 Austin Spring Tournament Recap: We have a new 2000!


It's official, this new generation of ATTC Cadets has its first over 2000 player: Swar Patel! He defeated several incredible opponents like Kelly Zhao, Jeff Nguyen, and Dat Nguyen on his way to get here. A lot of opponents (including myself) had a hard time with Swar's service and consistent attack. What I think is great about the ATTC community is that the rest of the juniors really celebrated Swar's new rating, with several kids effusing that "Swar is a genius!"

But I don't think that's the reason for his success here. Swar has been diligently practicing what he's learned from group classes while also just attending the ATTC spring break camp to reach his peak conditioning. I believe all of the juniors can potentially hit 2000 if they put in the work. And that shows in the list of juniors that gained points this tournament:

Name

Begin Rating

End Rating

+/-

Arnav Rao

1120

1368 (PR)

248

Maalolan Parthasarathi

1016

1262 (PR)

246

Swar Patel

1872

2058 (PR)

186

Vidyut Govindarajan

1290

1462 (PR)

172

Lekha Subbaiah

1194

1300 (PR)

106

JJ Zhao

847

937 (PR)

90

Shandra Qiu

1703

1749 (PR)

46

Aaryan Polisetty

1616

1643 (PR)

27

Sahaj Ramachandran

1673

1699

26

Disha Shubhashree Murali

1122

1143 (PR)

21

Ananya Singaraju

1726

1741

15

Aditya Chirayath

1860

1873 (PR)

13

Mohit Ganji

1449

1454

5

Neave Joy

1785

1788

3


Look at all of those Personal Records! ATTC Juniors are gaining points everywhere. To call out some individual wins, Shandra had a great 5 set win against Theo Stephens with the aid of Coach Jeff. Aaryan and Vidyut both had a great win over a 1700-level player. While Arnav and Maalolan made huge jumps over some 1300+ opponents. Arnav not only was the highest point gainer, but also won the U1300 event!


That said, while we celebrate these wins, we always should remember that circumstances can change next time. ATTC has the home club advantage against out of town players and the kids were fresh out of their Spring Break boot camp. Everyone has to keep training hard to keep their ratings and go even higher.


Moving on to the adult side:

Name

Begin Rating

End Rating

+/-

Sikander Aggarwal

1626

1788 (PR)

162

Jeremey D Lopez

1481

1583

102

Teddy Bricker

1687

1735

48

Olaf Westheider

1168

1208 (PR)

40

Amber Raza

1508

1539

31

Brian Doherty

1330

1349

19

Nicholas Mickowski

1554

1569 (PR)

15

Shreyas Sule

2108

2117

9

Brandon Babot

1440

1448

8

Erwin Josef Prinz

1412

1418

6

Zhen Chen

1707

1708 (PR)

1

Luke Kempen

1792

1793 (PR)

1

Biggest story here is Sikander changing from his pre-made paddle to a custom Luke Kempen ALC blade and almost instantly hitting his PR. He defeated several ATTC juniors and veterans to jump up 162 points, a fantastic tournament from Sikander. Also of note is Teddy beating a top junior from DFW rated over 2000. Everyone at ATTC knows Teddy's high ceiling is worth sharing on Zillow, and he showed it that match.


While 2000 is a huge deal, we all know it's just the beginning of being a good table tennis player. There's still so much room for growth for everyone at ATTC. We may never get to the level of the players in the finals, but it's a goal worth setting for ourselves.



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