Homer Brown is the owner of BumperNets. His love for table tennis is what inspired the BumperNets concept. Before devoting his time to BumperNets, he was an avid competitor in many table tennis tournaments and championships, which started the journey to his yearly U.S. Open visits.
Homer started competing in the U.S. Open for table tennis in 1969 at 21 years old. He drove all the way to San Francisco from his hometown of St. Louis. Homer enjoyed being around many of the top players and the thrill of competing with others to prove himself. He was able to travel and meet many people each year he went to the U.S. Open which fueled his annual appearance. Before Homer knew it, he had made it to 25 U.S. Opens in a row and received a plaque to commemorate his record.
Homer’s favorite U.S. Open so far was in 1974 in Oklahoma. He remembers so many of the best players of the time being at this particular U.S. Open. Homer also won two US Open titles in doubles at this tournament, one in Men's A Doubles with Dick Hicks, one with Jean Varker in Mixed Doubles, and also took 3rd in the Men's Singles Consolation event. His second favorite was the year when he coached his son, Adam Brown, in the U.S. Open at Miami Beach to win the 10 and Under Boys and Girls event at only 8 years old.
Throughout the years, Homer’s only struggles have been to get away from his full-time job at BumperNets, and having the time to keep himself up to speed. Homer just finished his 48th U.S. Open and wants to continue his record to at least 50, which he is hoping will be at the Ft. Lauderdale location, one of his favorite places.