Monthly Tournament - May 10, 2014

Update with Results:

We had 8 players entered in today's tournament and a few other players who came to practice...with 6 tables set up we had plenty of space and lots of fun.  Play kicked off with 2 round robin groups of 4:

  • Group 1: Mike, Siva, Pramod, and Mark
  • Group 2: Kedar, Manju, Charlie and Mohan

First and Second in each group advanced to "A" semifinal.  Third and Fourth in each group advanced to "B" semifinal.

Mike, Siva, Kedar, and Manju advanced to A bracket.  Pramod, Mark, Charlie and Mohan advanced to B bracket.

Mike and Kedar met in the A finals, with Mike winning 3-0.

Mohan and Charlie met in the B finals, which was a rematch of an earlier match in the Group 2 round robin in which Mohan won 11-4 in the 5th. But this time Charlie was victorious over Mohan by winning 3-1.

The match results have been processed at USATT league website, and here are the new league ratings for today's participants: (note - these are USATT "league" ratings, not USATT "touranment" ratings)

Read more: Monthly Tournament - May 10, 2014

Monthly Tournament - February 8, 2014

Update with Results and Photos:

Although we had 15+ people signed up for the tournament today, we had to deal with the late entries of Jack Frost and his doubles partner, Old Man Winter.  On Friday night, they blanketed the city and surrounding areas with inches of snow, making travel difficult.

However, we did have 6 players turn out for a Giant Round Robin.  The results mirrored the seedings, with Scott Barone taking the overall championship, Mike Lauro the runner-up, and William Hall third.

Congrats to the top 3 finishers (prize money)

  • 1st Place:  Scott Barone ($20)
  • 2nd Place: Mike Lauro ($10)
  • 3rd Place: William Hall

We finished the Giant Round Robin play at 11am.  By that time, we had 8 players total, so we quickly put together 4 double teams and held a 1 hour mini-tournament to prepare for Arkansas Closed.  The teams who participated in a semi-final, final, and consolation bracket were:

  1. William Hall / Mohan Reddy
  2. Pramod Nelluri / Shelby Barone
  3. Mike Lauro / Megha Nelluri
  4. Scott Barone / Mia Barone

Congrats to the champions Pramod and Shelby!  They defeated William and Mohan in the finals.  Scott and Mia won 3rd place by defeating Mike and Megha in the consolation bracket.

  • 1st Place:  Pramod / Shelby
  • 2nd Place:  William / Mohan
  • 3rd Place:  Scott / Mia
  • 4th Place:  Mike / Megha

The club took in $40 in entry fees, with $30 of it allocated to prize money.  Mike donated his prize money back to the club.  The club made a total of $20 from the tournament.

Next Saturday, February 15, is the Arkansas Closed / State Championships at UALR.

I recorded video of the singles final match between Scott and myself and saved a number of clips to YouTube for public viewing.  You might want to check out the Point of the Match clip, it was a blast!

Here is the embedded video, followed by photos of today's activity.


Tournament Photos, Sat February 8, 2014:

Read more: Monthly Tournament - February 8, 2014

Monthly Tournament - January 11, 2014

Update with Results and Photos:

Today we were able to play a format that we've never done before - a Giant Round Robin!  With 8 entries, we played a single stage giant round robin where each player got to play 7 matches.

With 4 tables set up, we played 7 rounds starting at 9:30 a.m.  All of the matches were played without delays and we were able to finish up around 12:00 p.m.

Congrats to the top 3 finishers (prize money):

  • 1st Place:  Mike Lauro ($15)
  • 2nd Place:  Scott Barone ($10)
  • 3rd Place:  Jeff Pratt ($5)

Special congratulations to Jeff Pratt who came in third place but was the 7th seed.  Way to go Jeff!

The club took in $50 in entry fees, with $30 of it allocated to prize money.  Mike and Jeff donated their prize money back to the club.  The club made a total of $40 from the tournament.

Tournament Photos, Sat January 11, 2014:


Welcome to the January 2014 monthly tournament hosted at LRTTC.

What:  LRTTC monthly Tournament

Where:  LRTTC playing facility at ICLR

When:  Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tournament web page:

DEADLINE TO ENTER:  Deadline to register is Friday January 10, 5:00 p.m.  No guarantees for entries received after this time. However we will try to accommodate all entry requests. 

Final Player Entries:

  Player Name Entry Fee Club Rating
1. Mike Lauro $5.00  1874
2. Charlie Brooks  $5.00   1416
3. Jeff Pratt $5.00  930 
4. Jim Miller $5.00  1589
5. Mohan Reddy $5.00  1184
6. Scott Barone $10.00  2009
7. Shelby Barone $10.00  1465
8. Mia Barone $5.00   


HOW TO ENTER: send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., reply to this email, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entry fee must be paid prior to or on the day of tournament.  Only cash or check will be accepted.  No debit/credit cards.  Alternatively, you may contact any of the LRTTC board:  Viful (President), Mohan (Vice President), Jeff (Secretary), Mike (Treasurer).

Player eligibility:  Arkansas residents only.

Entry Fee:  Entry fee is $5 for LRTTC current subscribers, $10 for everyone else.


  • Phase 1:  Round Robin.
  • Phase 2:  Either round robin, or single/double elimination (depends on time available)

Prizes: To be determined.

Official Tournament Balls:  Orange Nittaku 3-star Premium.  Players may play with other balls in a match if both payers agree.  LRTTC will not provide white balls.

Clothing:  Please wear shirts where the main color is not orange(ish). White shirts and/or shirts with distracting designs are discouraged.

League/Club Ratings:  AITTA league/club ratings will be used for seedings.  These ratings will be updated after the tournament.

Games: best 3 out of 5.

All USATT rules apply.

ICLR Code of Conduct applies to everyone using the facility. Please be familiar with these rules.

Certified Club Umpires:  Viful Mhapsekar, Mike Lauro

Entries will be updated in the website throughout the week. Results with player photos will be posted online after the tournament.

Registration and warm-up starts at 8:30 a.m.  Play will start promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end around 12:00 p.m.

The next monthly tournament will be the second Saturday in February in November, and is the weekend before the Arkansas Closed (State Championships).  The format of our monthly February tournament may be different from this month's tournament.