..went to watch Day 1 actions. Some comments: - Well, for a start, this "Adult Nationals" has really lowered its qualification age as there were a few very young kids who participated against the "adults" (see following pics).. - Didn't notice much upsets, if any. - Quite a few close matches. - The tournament seems to be lacking in preparation esp. for the number of available line judges (or maybe just for Day 1??). In some instances, there weren't even 10 linejudges available to do all 5 courts. In most cases, they used 2 linejudges per court/match. One instance where i noticed where it turned out to be a problem was during one of the early MS matches. There were a few close line calls during that match that one of the players requested the Umpire to call the Referee and provide linejudges. And even with the linejudges, there were still a couple of controversial calls. - Howard Bach & Bob Malaythong won't be defending their MD titles and seek a 6th straight MD title. - Neither will Johanna Lee defend her WS title. - Neither will Howard defend his MS title. - However, Johanna Lee is back to defend her WD title but this time she's back with Grace Peng; as well as Howard and Eva who are back to defend their XD title. - Finally met illusionistpro (Elliot)....i thought he was going to bring his camera gear, but instead he brought his snowboarding gear.... So, who will be the winners this yr??..(pics & videos to follow): Misc. ...he was okay and was able to continue to play even til his Doubles matches (he later put somekind of a knee band).. Yes, someone broke the racket, right at the handle. I saw the guy swung the racket and it just snapped..