2018 Aurora Cup

The 5th Aurora Cup will be held on January 12, 13 & 14 2018 at Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora, IL.


We are pleased to announce that JOOLA has agreed again to be the official tournament’s equipment sponsor of the 2018 Aurora Cup.

Additional sponsors are

Infogix Inc.
Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
ITTAIllinois Table Tennis Association

Events and Prizes


Additional prize money for junior events was funded by the Illinois Table Tennis Association and will be distributed as follows:

Under 18 Youth – 1st place $100, 2nd place $70, 3rd place $40.

Under 14 Youth – 1st place $100, 2nd place $70, 3rd place $40.



Past Aurora Cup participants complained that they only got cash prizes after they saw the nice trophies lower level event winners were getting.  In a few instances they were willing to exchange the trophies for cash prize money.  This year we decided to offer trophies to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in ALL events.  Doubles events winners will get 2 trophies per team.  In Open Singles event trophies will be also offered for 4th, 5th – 8th places.  All events will have matches for 3rd and 4th place to decide who gets the trophy or cash and trophy.

The trophies that will be offered in 2018 have been redesigned in hopes of making them even more appealing. They are larger, use paint that closely matches Olympic medal colors: gold, silver, copper & white for 4th – 8th place. The trophies are made of solid crystal (not acrylic) and are pretty heavy. The paddle part has dimensions of a normal paddle. The whole trophy is 10 inches tall and 9 inches wide.  They will also come in a nice decorative box.

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Online registration will let you register and pay via PayPal using a credit card or PayPal account. The traditional mail-in registration blank entry form can be downloaded here. If this is the first time you are playing in a sanctioned tournament please read this page.

Note to Canadian and other foreign players. Please read if you want to avoid paying USATT membership fee.


Vaughan Athletic Center is located at 2121 West Indian Trail in Aurora, IL and was built in 2006. The Field House, where the tournament will take place is a 33,000 ft facility with non-slippery blue floor similar to Gerflor. To get a sense of the venue conditions please visit this page.



We will have 36 JOOLA 3000 SC and 2 JOOLA 2000 S tables and fully barriered courts as seen in the picture above.  Here is the gym layout  showing how tables will be setup and numbered.

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All tables will be available for sale after the tournament at prices shown above.  To reserve yours please contact Tournament Director Swavek Lorenc (630-251-8860) or Steven Chan at JOOLA (240-308-6522) directly.

We will use white 40 mm plastic JOOLA Flash balls – the seamless kind.

Driving and Parking

Vaughan Athletic Center is located just a mile south of the Orchard Rd. exit off of the I-88 tollway. It is about 40 miles west of downtown Chicago. The parking around the venue can accommodate about 260 cars. In the event the venue parking fills up, additional parking will be available offsite at the Party City parking lot just 1/2 mile west of the venue (2292 W. Indian Trail Rd). Please visit the venue page to see the parking arrangement.


There are several restaurants along the Orchard Rd near the venue but more restaurants are located in the vicinity of the Fox Valley Mall on the east side of Aurora. The maps of restaurants locations is here.


There are several hotels within 2 miles from the venue.  All properties charge a tax of 9% on top of the price.  These hotels confirmed a discount.

Holiday Inn Aurora North-Naperville – 2424 W Sullivan Rd, Aurora – (630) 806-7400$110 for King bed & $110 for 2 Queen beds room.  Discount (group code) 2018AC.  Discount expires January 2th, 2018.  Book directly via this link.

Candlewood Suites – 2625 W Sullivan Rd, Aurora – (630) 907-9977 – $75 for Studio Suite with Queen size bed, fully furnished. $85 for 2 Queen Size beds, fully furnished. Book directly via this link. Discount expires December 22nd, 2017. Discount group code is 2018AC.

Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora – 2423 Bushwood Dr, Aurora – (630) 907-2600 – $110.94 for king bed and $128.14 per night for 2 queen beds. Free breakfast included.  Discount expires December 24th, 2017. Discount group code is 2018AC.

These hotels have not offered the discount, but the rates listed below are last year’s rates so you can get an idea of the cost.

North Aurora Hotel – 201 Smoketree Ln, North Aurora (i.e. 3 miles from venue) – (331)-205-1700 – Double bed room for $65.00/night. King Bed $55 and Queen bed $50. More information at this link.

Baymont Inn & Suites Chicago/Aurora – 308 S Lincolnway St, North Aurora – (630)-897-7695 – no discount, $75 per night for 2 queen beds room

Further from the venue – 11 miles – but closer to Fox Valley Mall with more restaurant options is this hotel:

Staybridge Suites – 4320 Meridian Parkway, Aurora – (630)-978-2222 – a special rate of $84.00 for a one queen studio and $94.00 for a one king bedroom.

Air Travel

If you are flying in, the Chicago O’Hare International airport is 38 miles from the venue. Chicago Midway International Airport is 45 miles from the venue. Most of the travel from the airport to the venue is on tollways & freeways. For example I-294, I-355 and I-88 are all tollways.  Cash tolls are twice the amount of electronic toll.  E.g. 75 cents vs $1.50.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the tournament please contact Tournament Director Swavek Lorenc – 630-251-8860 – swaveklorenc@yahoo.com.

I hope you can join us for this great event.

Swavek Lorenc

Tournament Director