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      My understanding is the ratings for this tournament activity have not been updated yet..

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      Reflecting

      Both high seeds Kanak Jha and Jennifer Wu we're knocked out early by unkown Japanese players.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Takkyu_wa_inochi View Post
      its a pity the US Open cannot attract more world class TT players
      US Open match videos are full HD. Really loved watching. But prize money is pathetic . Sometime back it was like 5k $. No wonder why top players give it a miss.

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      US Open match videos are full HD. Really loved watching. But prize money is pathetic . Sometime back it was like 5k $. No wonder why top players give it a miss.
      If it was only $5K then it was not even worth the airfare ticket and lodging expenses. In 2018 LA open, the prize was $10K!

      Both high seeds Kanak Jha and Jennifer Wu we're knocked out early by unkown Japanese players.
      He was not well-known but we in the West Coast knew him well when he got into the semifinal and lost to Ma Jinbao in LA Open 2018. Then he got the revenge and beat Ma in this US Open. The new ranking system favors more frequent players so Kanak was probably over-rated quite a bit compared to the Japanese players.

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      I have to say the finals was entertaining. I would say the venue was more than adequate but the new Florida location has thrown off west coast participation. Matt and his crew did a very very good job of the video production. If only ITTF can hire Matt and his fine crew, we would not be left with substandard videos from great events such as the Grand Finals and World Championships. Congrats to Liu Juan and Eugene Wang. As i am from NYISC, i see Liu Juan all the time and she is a site to see when she is training. I do think they can improve on the event for next year, lets hope USATT is already planning ahead. 2 cents added.
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      Part of the problem with this year's attendance, the location change was not announced until June or July, maybe even later.

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      There were a lot of man made problems with the tournament.

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      The tournament probably would be better scheduled the 1st or 2nd week of January. Then no holiday conflicts, not much tournament activity on the world tour either. A new month for a player's financial budget.
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      Thanks for all the feedback guys. I was pretty happy with how things went from our side (within courts 1 and 2). I had a sinus and ear infection throughout the tournament, so there were plenty of challenges - especially from the commentary and courtside show part.

      Personally I feel the US Open being in July is a better time to attract international players, particularly the ones competing in Europe. Also the open singles prize money could certainly do with a bump up. I hope the event continues to improve, and while a few risks were taken to try new things this time, I would rather they take the risks and adapt from them than not take any risks at all

      Again, great to hear all the different angles on the event. Have a happy new year all!
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      July may be better for the Open but that is a better time slot for the Nationals.

      Early January does not conflict with winter league play either.

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      Jan 2019 World Rankings

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      Winner Juan Liu #528
      2nd Lily Zhang #95
      Yue Wu #46

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      Looking back in retrospect 551 entries

      The primary difference with past years, was California had only 77 entries this year, down 250-300 from previous years.

      California travel cost differential appears to be the major contributing factor, vehicle pooling to Las Vegas vs individual plane fares to Orlando Florida.

      Any other changes to playing format etc appears to have had a minimal effect.

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      California children have Disneyland in the LA Metro, therefore not motivated to go to Disneyworld in Florida.
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      Below 27 video's from 2018 US Open,

      https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...NrzGzdNS4r953c

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