The 2013 Arkansas State Championships in table tennis were held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 int the Donaghey Student Center (DSC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR).
The tournament, named the "Arkansas Closed", is an annual table tennis tournament held in Little Rock that decides the state champions in a number of events. It is designated as a "closed" tournament due to the requirement that eligible players must reside in Arkansas; the tournament is not open to non-residents. Classified with a "1-star" (out of 5 stars) tournament rating by USA Table Tennis (USATT) based on the amount of prize money, this year's Arkansas Closed offered a variety of events for players all ages and skill levels.
This year's tournament was originally scheduled to take place at the LRTTC's practice facility, the community center of the Islamic Center of Little Rock, the first time the event would have taken place outside of UALR in a number of years. Due to scheduling conflicts however, the event was moved back to UALR's DSC.
The top players in the state competed against each other for various titles, including the state champion in the Open division singles which is open to all players. Other events include doubles, mixed doubles, junior boys and girls, women's singles, and rated events based on official player ratings maintained by the USA Table Tennis (USATT), the national organizing body for table tennis in the United States.
Below is a message from tournament director Eugene Atha:
"Here are the results for all the events from the Closed Championships. It was the smoothest run & most on time tournament we have had in a long time – in fact I can’t remember a better one but since I’ve been doing this since 1989, my memory might be failing me!! Good job to everyone – hope you had fun (even if you lost points).
As usual, thanks go out to everyone who helped with the setup & takedown of the tournament – without the work of these folks tournaments don’t happen. If I forget anyone it is not intentional – so much goes on at the end of the day it is very easy for me to miss someone helping out. So be sure to thank – for setup – Allen/Glen/Paul/Scott/Jeff/Jim/Charlie; for takedown – Glen/Jeff/Scott/Shelby/Konnie/John/Angela/Viful/Mohan/Salman/Amresh. If you helped & aren’t listed – my apologies & your work is very much appreciated."
|Arkansas State Champions 2013||Held February 16, 2013 at University of Arkansas at Little Rock|
|EVENT||1ST PLACE||2ND PLACE|
|OPEN SINGLES||RUSS HAMILTON||BENTONVILLE||SCOTT BARONE||CABOT|
|A SINGLES||PARIMAL NILANGEKAR||LITTLE ROCK||TIC SEEDTIBOOD||JACKSONVILLE|
|B SINGLES||SHELBY BARONE||CABOT||DE XING XIE||LITTLE ROCK|
|C SINGLES||MOHAN REDDY||LITTLE ROCK||LOUIS MORROW||HEBER SPRINGS|
|U2300||SCOTT BARONE||CABOT||PARIMAL NILANGEKAR||LITTLE ROCK|
|U1800||PAUL HADFIELD||SHERWOOD||SALMAN SYED||LITTLE ROCK|
|U1200||MONTADAR AL-MUHANA||LITTLE ROCK||LOUIS MORROW||HEBER SPRINGS|
|U900||CONLEY HILLEGAS||AUSTIN||JUSTIN HINMAN||CABOT|
|JUNIOR BOYS||SHELBY BARONE||CABOT||CONLEY HILLEGAS||AUSTIN|
|JUNIOR GIRLS||SANA MHAPSEKAR||LITTLE ROCK||STUTI MHAPSEKAR||LITTLE ROCK|
|WOMENS||RANYA KASSEES||SHERWOOD||JOYCE HARTMANN||CLINTON|
|OPEN DOUBLES||SCOTT BARONE||CABOT||RUSS HAMILTON||BENTONVILLE|
|JOHN FALCO||BENTON||MOHAMMAD ISHAQ||BENTONVILLE|
|CLASS A DOUBLES||AARON GLAZIER||LITTLE ROCK||VIFUL MHAPSEKAR||LITTLE ROCK|
|JOSHUA KWEKEL||BRYANT||PARIMAL NILANGEKAR||LITTLE ROCK|
|MIXED DOUBLES||RUSS HAMILTON||BENTONVILLE||PAUL HADFIELD||SHERWOOD|
|YI-MEI HAMILTON||BENTONVILLE||HANAA MADANI||SHERWOOD|