August 31, 2018

On behalf of USA Table Tennis (USATT), it is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 JOOLA LA Open table tennis tournament. Over the last eight years, the LA Open has grown into one of the premier tournaments in North America, attracting world-class athletes like Dimitrij Ovtcharov, Quadri Aruna, Joo Sae-hyuk, and Eugene Wang playing alongside the top players in North America. I am confident the 2018 edition will be the best-ever thanks in part to the new, state-of-the-art Next Level Sports Complex, where players and fans alike will enjoy the significantly improved conditions.

I am particularly excited that for the first time USATT will be partnering with the LA Open to host final National Ranking Tournament of the year, which will feature the best Olympic-eligible US players competing over three days for the opportunity to represent the United States in our National Team program.

Special thanks to LA Open Chairman Chuching Wang, Ph.D, Founder/Treasurer Yungtai Hsu, PhD, Honorary Chairman & COO Frank Yeh, and the entire LA Open Board of Directors and Organizing Committee for their warmth, hospitality, and generosity in hosting our prestigious National Ranking Tournament. I congratulate all of you for your unwavering commitment to build a lasting legacy for our great sport, signified in no small part by the overwhelming success of the LA Open, and look forward working together for many years to come.

I wish the competitors at the 2018 JOOLA LA Open and the National Ranking Tournament the best of luck and hope that everyone enjoys this amazing event.



Gordon Kaye


USA Table Tennis