It was a rough night for me. Immediately out of the gate Matt won the first game 11-0. Fortunately I came back and won the next two. Then I dispatched Jon with ease (OK, not with so much ease) and met up with Chris in the final. I actually beat Chris in the first game but lost the second game badly. The rubber game was competitive but really never in doubt for Chris. Chris is the 2009 Ping Pong Champion. The photos above show the winner kissing the trophy and the winner and runner up exchanging pleasantries after the gruelling final.
On another note: Robert got killed in his first match and remains #11 in the overall rankings slightly beating out Jeff who is #12.
I'm mentally preparing for our 2ND annual (we skipped 2008) Masters Ping Pong tournament which will take place tonight. I've been awarded the number 2 seed even though I was bounced out in the first round in 2007 - I lost to Rallis who went on to win the tournament. In challenger play this year I am 2-0 with wins over Vandy and Robert. The win over Vandy was a gruelling 3 set match where I came from 9 points down to eek out the win.