2021 Edgeball Chicago International Table Tennis Open a big hit in Libertyville

Athletes of all ages and skill levels gathered on Saturday to take on some of the world’s best players at the 2021 Edgeball Chicago International Table Tennis Open at Libertyville Sports Complex.

Players ranging from 6 to 80-year-olds circled around a sea of ​​blue ping-pong tables as they continued their matches.

Nine-year-old Alina Wang came from Houston to participate in the tournament. Wang, who represented the HITTA club, has been playing for two years.

Chicago’s Quinton Smith has played in more than 10 tournaments since he started playing competitively in 2018 at his girlfriend’s request.

“You see a world class player playing a kid’s game with little kids,” said Englebert Solis, tournament sponsor owner Edgeball Table Tennis.

The tournament drew 321 players from more than two dozen countries, including the national champion of the Dominican Republic, several great Nigerian players and the remarkable teenage brothers Sid and Nandan Naresh from Lisle, who have garnered international attention since they are in elementary school.

The arena had 54 tables in action. The Open Singles champion will win $ 2,000 and a total of $ 8,500 in prizes will be distributed.

“You walk around and hear every language in the world spoken,” said Ed Hogshead, 68, tournament director and 2018 senior table tennis champion in Illinois. “That’s it, from rookies to Olympians.”

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