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2024 San Antonio March Madness Tournament Report



Held last Saturday on 3/9/24, the March Madness Giant Round Robin was a smaller tournament but a great one for the ATTC community, but first I have to acknowledge that I forgot to write up the point gainers from the 2024 HITTA President's Day Tournament. We have to give flowers to our three juniors who hit their personal best ratings at the tournament: Aditya, Shandra, and Lekha. Congratulations!

Name

Begin Rating

End Rating

+/-

Aditya Chirayath

1848

1860 (PB)

12

Shandra Qiu

1678

1708  (PB)

30

Lekha Subbaiah

1088

1110  (PB)

22

Now on to San Antonio ~ which saw a cornucopia of points gained by both the juniors attending and from our adult veterans.

Name

Begin Rating

End Rating

+/-

Leonid Odinokov

1216

1447 (PB)

231

Brandon Babot

1383

1440

57

Jeremey D Lopez

1405

1481

76

Shreyas Sule

2095

2108

13

Lekha Subbaiah

1110

1194 (PB)

84


While I don't know much about Lekha's game, watching her play, you can tell she's very good at moving to the right place and positioning herself for the right shot. I think we'll be seeing her hitting new personal bests for many more tournaments to come.


When Jeff, one of Leo's mentors, mentioned that he thought Leo would be 1600 by the end of this year, I really didn't think he'd be able to. But mathematically, he's now on track to achieve that and more. Looking at Leo's serve preparation and his follow-up forehand attacks, you can really tell he is taking his coaches advice to heart. While he naturally likes to smack the ball on the forehand, and lob on the backhand; every time he was reminded to play with spin, he executed it on next point. Congratulations to Leo, his mom Ana, and all of his coaches for a good tournament, ending with him winning the U1500 category.


From the adult side, we have Shreyas cleaning up on the U2100 side. Coming in just under the limit at 2095, Shreyas said this was his first tournament victory. The prize money funded his and his wife Shriya's dinner on the riverwalk afterwards. It was a return to form by Brandon and Jeremey, both managing to go deep into the bracket stage. Brandon "Bottleneck" Babot, played multiple back to back five-set games in a grueling gauntlet. I know that both players will definitely hit PBs later this year.

Event

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

3rd/4th

Carlos Hernandez

Viren Patel

Cyril Mayeux

3rd-Shreyas Sule

Shreyas Sule

Ryan Martin

Caleb Dye

3rd-Albert Felan

Caleb Dye

Sikander Aggarwal

Don Liu

3rd-Steven Nguyendon

Leonid Odinokov

Brandon Babot

Nathaniel Dilworth

3rd-Lekha Subbaiah

Sudhir Kumar

Coral Khieu

Jim Chase

3rd-Olaf Westheider

I want to end on appreciating this series of circus shots by Carlos Hernandez from HITTA, who strolled into town, and left with the fat check and trophy in under an hour. The levels to table tennis are insane and that's why we love it:



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