A Massive Table Tennis Tournament Is in Milwaukee This Weekend

Olympic-level players will be competing.

The 2022 Badger Open, a table tennis tournament with more than 250 players, will be held at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin Friday through Sunday.

“Wisconsin residents and spectators from around the Midwest will have the opportunity to see the best table tennis in the U.S.,” Badger Open Tournament Director Linda Leaf said. “Table tennis is an Olympic sport and you cannot really appreciate how fast and exciting the sport is until you watch some high-level matches in person.”

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Several Olympic-caliber players are expected to compete. Spectator admission is free.

This marks the 13th year of the Badger Open and the third year with new sponsor, JOOLA North America.

Top players from all over the United States will compete for $9,000 in prize money.

The events are designed for all ages and all levels of play. Events span from high level players to average recreational players.

First place in open singles will win $2,500 and second place will take home $1,500. In all, 30 events will take place on 50 tables.

“The Milwaukee County Sports Complex is a wonderful sports venue and it is always exciting to see and hear all the table tennis matches on 50 tables,” Leaf said.

Advanced registration for most events is required. However, interested players may sign up at the door for the recreational event at 6 p.m. Saturday. Sign up at the door by 5:30 p.m. Entry fee is $35 and is open to anyone who does not have a USA Table Tennis rating, meaning basement ping pong players are encouraged to come and show off their skills.

The Badger Open also includes a parent/child doubles event at 7 p.m. on Friday. Family doubles teams may sign up at the door by 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Entry fee is $40.

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Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.