For the third year in a row, Coach Jiri Hlava has again won both the U.S. 60+ Men's Singles and Doubles Titles at the U.S. National Table Tennis Championships that were recently held in Las Vegas December 16th-19th.
On Saturday morning Dec. 19, Jiri was able to defeat David Sakai(from Maryland) in the finals of the Men's 60+ Singles -10,7,4,8. Then Jiri and his doubles partner Richard Hicks(from Indiana) also defeated David Sakai and Arthur Sweeris( from Michigan) 4,7,-10,-7,11 for the Men's 60+ Doubles Title!
After losing the first game in the singles final, Jiri came on strong, winning the next three games straight for the win. In the doubles Jiri and Richard won the first two games but Sakai and Sweeris came back to tie the match at two games each. Jiri and Richard then took the final game for the championship!
You can view Jiri's path to the finals of each event, by clicking the link below showing this years U.S. Nationals results. http://www.usatt.org/tournaments/results.php
Jiri resides in Burlington MA, and provides table tennis lessons at the Nashua Table Tennis Club on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010
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