Annual Friends of India Table Tennis Tournament, Saturday, October 8, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Annual Friends of India Table Tennis Tournament!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Registration for this tournament is closed.  Please see below for current player list and tournament details.

Tournament Update as of Thursday, October 6, 2016:

  • There will not be a Women's Singles due to lack of entries.
  • Junior Singles may be a 2-player final or a 3 player round robin.
  • Time Change:  Novice and Open Singles start time is 10:00am, all participants must report by 9:30am.
  • Open Singles format:  2-stage Round Robin.  4 Groups of 4 Players.  All players advance to either Championship Division, A, B, or C Division.
  • Novice Singles format:  2-stage Round Robin.  3 Groups of 3 Players.  All players advance to either Championship Division, A or B Division.
  • Doubles format:  To be determined

*Estimated* Schedule of the Day

7:00 am - 9:30 am:  Facility Opens; Player Practice; Control Desk Setup
9:30 am
  • Player registration at Control Desk
10:00 am
  • Start matches in Novice Singles (3 tables) and Open Singles (4 tables).
  • Start the Juniors event (1 table)
11:00 am
  • Novice Singles first stage round robin finishes.  Final round robin starts.
  • Open Singles matches continue.
  • Junior event complete; Awards Presentation.
12:00 pm
  • Open Singles first state is complete.
  • Novice Singles event is complete; Awards Presentation.
  • Lunch
  • Draws created for final stage of Open Singles
12:30 pm
  • Open Singles final stage starts.  4 Groups of 4 Players.  Each group gets 2 tables.
1:30 pm
  • Open Singles final stage complete; Awards Presentation.
1:45 pm
  • Draws created for Open Doubles
2:00 pm
  • Open Doubles event starts.
4:00 pm
  • Open Doubles event is complete; Award Presentation.
  • Take down and store equipment
4:30 pm
  • Done.
UPDATED PLAYER LIST:  Current Player Entries:  (#) denotes doubles teams 
 $ Player Rating RC/USATT Open Singles Open Doubles Women's Singles Junior Singles Novice Singles
 25  Bennuri, Sirish  Unrated  X 15        X
 10  Chittemsetty, Venu  Unrated           X
 10  Cordes, Don  Unrated          X
 20P   Criado, Ricky  2332  X 10  X (6)      
 30P  Gabhe, Ajinkya  Unrated   X 15  X (2)      X
 15  Jambhekar, Kedar  1685   X 10  X (5)      
 10   Jake, Jones  Unrated          X
 15   Kannan, Suresh  1459  X 10  X (5)      
 25  Karkala, Nitin   Unrated  X 10  X (4)      
 20  Kona, Sashi  Unrated  X 15        
 15   Lauro, Mike  2032  X 10  X (1)      
 25   Lewis, Carl  1528  X 15  X (7)      
 10   Mainali, Nishav   Unrated           X
 15   Manjanatha, Mugimane  1482  X 10  X (7)      
 20   Patil, Sachin  Unrated   X 15  X (4)      
 27P  Piech, Alex  532  X 15  X (1)    X  
 27P   Piech, Jason  599  X 15  X (6)    X  
   Pop  Unrated        X  X
 15  Pratt, Jeff  1520  X 10  X (3)      
 15   Reddy, Mohan  1150  X 10  X (3)      
 15   Salman, Hadi  Unrated    X (2)      X
 5   Sims, Anthony  Unrated          X
 20P  Vance, Louis  1558  X 15        
 23  Total Entries    16  14  0   3  9




Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center (JDFAC), 300 South Monroe St., Little Rock, 72204


Friends of India of Central Arkansas & LRTTC, both 501(c)(3) nonprofits


Mike Lauro; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; phone: 501-291-3142


Mike Lauro, USATT Certified Referee/Club Umpire; Jeff Pratt, Certified USATT Club Umpire

Equipment & Facility

6 ITTF ­approved tables (2 Donic Waldner Classic 25, 4 Giant Dragon K2008); Nittaku 3 ­Star Premium 40+ non­-celluloid plastic ball; wood flooring; high ceilings; fluorescent lighting.


Primary clothing color must not be white (the color of the ball).

Rules & Eligibility

All USA Table Tennis rules apply. Matches are best of 5 games. Games are played to 11 points. Players with ratings published by USATT or may enter all events except Novice Singles. Players without ratings may enter all events. Non­-members of JDFAC ust pay admission: Adults - $5.00; Seniors (62+) - $3.00; Juniors (Under 16) ­- $2.00; Spectators - $2.00. (FOI & LRTTC cover spectator fees for FOI & LRTTC members).

Events & Schedule

Women’s Singles Start Time: 10:00 am

Junior Singles Start Time: 10:30 am

Novice Singles Start Time: 11:00 am

Open Singles Start Time: 11:30 am

Lunch available after Singles

Open Doubles Start Time:  After lunch


Most events will be round robin followed by either round robin or single elimination, depending on number of players and time available.

Sign Up


Register by Wednesday, October 5, 2016 by signing up on the tournament registration sheet at the JDFAC front desk or contact Mike Lauro at the email or phone listed above.


Players must report to control desk 30 minutes before event start time or risk default.


Sandwiches for lunch and sports drinks provided to participants.


Trophies for 1st and 2nd  places in all events.


Event Entry Fees


Entry Fee

Start Time

Women's Singles


10:00 am

Junior Singles


10:30 am

Novice Singles*


11:00 am

Open Singles

$15, or $10 FOI/LRTTC members

11:30 am

Open Doubles

$10 per team

After Lunch

*Note: Novice Singles event is only open to players who do not have a rating published by USATT.


How Do I Register?

For convenience, you may register by any of the following methods:

  1. Sign up on the tournament registration form at the front desk of the Jim Dailey Fitness & Aquatic Center. Provide your name, email, phone number, and events to play.
  2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, email, phone, and events to play.
  3. Call Mike Lauro of LRTTC at 501-291-3142.

LRTTC will contact you with confirmation of your registration.


When Do I Pay?

You may pay on the day of the tournament when you check in at the control desk no later than 30 minutes prior to your first event start time.  You may also pay at LRTTC during any of our regular play times at JDFAC which are Tuesday/Thursday 6:00 ­ 8:45 pm, Saturday 9:00 am ­ 12:00 pm, Friday 5:00 ­ 8:45pm, or Sunday 1:00 ­ 3:00 pm.  We accept cash and checks. 

Tournament web page:

Not USATT Sanctioned:  This tournament is not sanctioned by USATT, so USATT ratings will be unaffected. 

Results and Photos of Monthly Tournament - August 13, 2016

We had a number of players compete in this the August 2016 LRTTC 30th Monthly tournament, but we misplaced the draw results.  When we find them, we will update this page.

Thanks to the following players who competed in this month's tournament:


Kedar, Siva, Mike, Mohan, Louis, Darius Ford, Suresh, and Jason Liem


Results and Photos of Monthly Tournament - June 11, 2016

Today we had our 29th monthly tournament at LRTTC.  The format was a giant round robin of 4 hardy and seasoned players: Kedar, Louis, Jeff, and Mohan.

Kedar, playing with a severely broken ankle, was able to keep the other challengers at bay, only dropping 2 games on his way to claiming the championship.  We all wish we could play like Kedar, aka Air KJ, when he's injured...his smash crushes 3 dollar balls like jelly beans!

Jeff, recent graduate and Long Pips Extraordinaire, clinched second place after dropping the first game to Louis at 3, and then rallying to win the next 3 games at 5, 9, and 9.  After the match, Jeff exclaimed, "Y'all cain't handle these Pips now that I got my Degree!"

Louis, aka The Mad Dog, unleashed all of his energy into quick-witted defensive and strategic offensive tactics to dispatch Mohan, aka The Highballer, in a grueling 4-game fight.  The Highballer snatched a game, but had no answer to the Mad Dog's frenzied and tenacious attacks and counterattacks.  After the bloody battle, dubbed "Thunderdome Throwdown," both players exchanged courteous and respectful handshakes.  Their sportsmanship is the stuff of legend.


  1. Gold Medal - Kedar
  2. Silver Medal - Jeff
  3. Bronze Medal - Louis
  4. Rusty Metal - Mohan

View the completed round robin score sheet

View photos on LRTTC Google Photo Album

Read more: Results and Photos of Monthly Tournament - June 11, 2016