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Inaugural Butterfly St. Louis Open to Begin Saturday with Highly Anticipated “Elite Event”

Wilson, NC, May 05, 2014 --( The 2014 Butterfly St. Louis Open kicks off Saturday morning with inaugural “Elite Event.” Restricted to only U.S. citizens, this event will feature some of today’s most dedicated American table tennis players. From up-and-coming juniors, USATT hall-of-famers, prominent coaches and table tennis fans, the “Elite Event” will feature all the best America has to offer in terms of variety, skill and table tennis background.

The “Elite Event” is led by 4 player-coaches, Mark Hazinski (2530), Samson Dubina (2490), Danny Seemiller (2448) and Joey Cochran (2399). Each of these players has made their mark on USA table tennis through their inspiring play, and their desire to share the sport with those around them. As players and as coaches, their dedication to the sport is obvious. Many of their proud fans and students will definitely be cheering them on from across the U.S. this weekend.

Other events taking place on Saturday include the Over-40 event, which features USATT hall of famer David Sakai (2139), and rating events ranging from the U-800 to the U2300. Sunday will feature the traditional Open Singles event, Open Doubles, Hardbat Singles, U18 & U15 age events and other rating events.

Continual coverage of the St. Louis Open and stories about the athletes will be available at, or via Butterfly North America’s Twitter at and Facebook at

Butterfly is the world leader in table tennis / ping pong equipment and gear. Butterfly will be the official table sponsor for the 2014 & 2016 World Table Tennis Championships as well as the official ball sponsor for the 2015 World Championships. Butterfly is also the official equipment sponsor of 2014 St. Louis Open and the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association 2013-2014 regular season as well as the 2014 College Table Tennis National Championships. Visit for more information.
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