857 matches in 6 days, first class tennis and a smooth tournament organization - everything went well in the 8th edition of the popular seniors tournament from 28 September - 04 October in Bol / Croatia
The adidas Bol Senios Open took place for the eighth time on the island of Brac / Croatia. A lot of tennis players have the event marked in their schedules and some of them already celebrated their 8th participation. Despite the intimate and familial atmosphere, the ITF-Grade 2-Event became a little more international this year and the number of participants grew steadily throughout the years. Players from The United States, Canada, Costa Rica, South Africa and even Australia travelled to Croatia to be part of the tournament. This year players from 28 countries entered for the tournament. German was the “language of the tournament”, because a majority of more than 100 players came from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 20 players came from the host nation Croatia. The number of registrations was exceptionally high this year – 412 applications were filled out, at entry deadline there were even over 450 registrations.
The maximum of players for this tournament has been reached this year. In the future the events in the main draw will need to have a qualifying before the official start of the tournament if the maximum of participants is reached, which was the case this year in the mens 55+ category. The qualifying was scheduled as a 16 draw on Saturday.
For the tournament organization with head referee Thorsten Thiele and tournament director Sabine Schmitz and Eberhard Mensing, the record number of participants was no problem despite the rain on Monday: The matches of all 16 competitions were numbered, that way everybody could play without any major delays. More than 150 matches were played each day from Tuesday to Friday on 20 tournament courts. Matches started at 08:00 a.m. everyday and some were played late in the evening under floodlights. The match format was changed on referee’s decision for all doubles, mixed doubles, consolations and B-tournament matches to compensate the postponed events from Monday: no ad and match tie-break instead of the third set.
A lot of the guests arrived on Friday and Saturday to settle in and get ready for the week. To begin with the participants received a present at the tournament check- in desk: a red adidas event shirt and a Patricio present. After the first events on Sunday were over, it was time for music and fun. After a show act presented by the animation team from the Blueson hotel Bonaca, a performance by the typical Dalmatian folklore music followed on court 1 at the Opening Ceremony. Participants had a chance to get to know each other, talk about their experiences and speculate about possible tournament favorites. 120 matches were played on the first day of the tournament.
A total of 857 matches were played during the 6 days of the tournament and about 2100 tennis balls were used. This is about 200 matches more than in the previous year. For each match the tournament team prepared a basket with water, bananas and towels The high numbers of scheduled matches shows that each player could gain a lot of tournament experience while staying in Bol: in the main draw, in the consolation draw and in the B – tournament, which was offered for the losers of the main – and consolation draw. 140 players registered for the B – tournament, approximately one third of the players. With Doubles and Mixed, each guest could play at least 4 matches – unlike any other seniors tournament. The extensive tournament experience is one of the success factors of the Patricio ITF Seniors Events.
This year we have several players among the tournament participants who had a successful sports career in other disciplines. One of them is Zorica Djurkovic (SRB, W 55+). She won an Olympic bronze medal for Yugoslavia with her basketball team in Moscow in 1980. Milos Jakovljevic (SRB, M 40+) was a volleyball player in the national team and played in the first league. He won the Serbian Masters Cup and started playing tennis four years ago. Zivko Dmitrevic (CRO, M 65+) was a professional soccer player in the 1970s and played for 1860 Munich in Germany for several years. He discovered tennis in return for soccer more than 40 years ago. Walter Peintinger (AUT, M 65+) was also a professional soccer player. He played for SK Sturm Graz in Austria from 1967-1975 in the midfield. He was famous for his free kicks. It is remarkable that all these players come from different ball sports but discovered their love for tennis later.
The festive highlight of the week was the “Players Night” on Tuesday. At 7:30 p.m. the Grand Hotel Elaphusa invited everybody to a delicious Gala Dinner. The guests were greeted by tournament director Sabine Schmitz and the tournament team including player representatives Radomila Martinicova and Johannes Mühlenburg . A cake in form of a tennis court was made especially for the special evening. After dinner, the guests celebrated and they danced the night away with live music.
On Friday it was time for the finals of the 8th int. adidas Bol Seniors Open on 4 show courts with stands. One of the highlights was the match between Viljo Tanganelli (ITA), currently ranked no. 5 and Johny Goudenbour (LUX), no. 16 in the world in the mens 50+. The supporters on the crowded stands witnessed an exciting match on court 1. When the player from Luxembourg served, he also threw the racket with the ball. Tanganelli returned the serve. Goudenbour was unarmed and had no other choice than returning the ball with his forehead. Later, Goudenbour had to retire 5:6 due to an injury. When the two opponents were on a par and left the court, the crowed was ecstatic.
A round robin with four participants was played. The winner was Monika Biernat (POL), currently ranked no. 8 in the world.
Top seeded and no. 8 in the world Egle Jurkeviciene (LTU) reached the final without any problems but there she met her strong opponent Eva Peczely (GER)  and lost 6:4 and 6:3.
Natalia Harina-Beckmann (GER) , currently ranked no. 7 in the world, showed a strong performance in the tournament and lost only one game on her way to the final. Her opponent was unseeded player Bridget Laird from Australia. She participated in the tournament in Marbella the previous week. In the semi-final she won 6:2, 4:6 and 6:0 against second seeded Monika Rajska (POL). But she had no changes against the German player in the final. Harina-Beckmann won 6:1 and 6:0.
All seeded players reached the semi-finals. The final was between Reinhild Ferlemann (GER)  and Iwona Wojsyk (POL) . The Polish player defeated last year’s winner from Germany 6:2 and 7:6(6).
The two German ladies from last year’s final met again in 2013. Gundula Wieland , currently ranked no. 5 in the world and tournament director Sabine Schmitz , no. 8 in the world ranking list played on court 1. The winner was again Sabine Schmitz like last year. She won 6:4 and 6:0.
There was another repetition of last year’s final in this category. Player representative Radomila Martinicova (CZE), no. 5 in the world and Renate Haubner (AUT) were in the final, which was won again by the player from the Czech Republic 6:3 and 6:1.
This category was enhanced compared to last year. In 2012 only five participants played in a round robin. This year 11 players registered for a 16 main draw. After unseeded player Fiamma Cocco (ITA) defeated Wanda Narojek (POL)  in the semi-final 6:2 and 6:0, the final was played between Luise Moser (AUT)  and Christine Hameister (GER) . The Austrian player defeated the German player 6:4 and 6:1 on the Center Court.
Winner in the round robin of four participants was Christel Knapp (GER), no. 8 in the world ranking list. Runner-up was Anna Moretti de Paoli from Italy.
Kresimir Ritz (CRO) , currently ranked no. 9 left the court as winner of the final in his age category just like last year. He defeated unseeded Jan Duba (CZE), who was successful in his stron semi-final against no. 2 Vladimir Brnic (SRB) 6:1 und 6:0.
Ivan Herz (SVK)  was defeated by Kresimir Ritz in 2012 in an exciting tree set match in the mens 35. This year Herz played in the mens 40 for the first time. At the beginning of the tennis season he won the Grade 1 tournament Int. Wilson Seniors Open in Turkey this year. The crowning final was his victory against Sorin Donescu (ROU)  6:2 and 6:0 in Croatia. Thus, the two finalists of last year both celebrated the tournament victory in Bol in different age categories.
Robert Peszke (POL)  surprisingly lost the semi-final against no. 4 Volker Marzenell 2:6 and 4:6. So there were two German players in the final of the mens 45. Stefan Samweber , currently ranked no. 6 in the world won against Marzenell 6:1 and 6:3.
Joakim Berner (FIN) , number 4 in the world ranking list and winner in 2012, was successful in a big 48 main draw. He won the final in a close match 6:4 and 7:6 (8) against Milan Skonc (SVK) , currently ranked no. 16.
Thomas Emmrich (GER)  defeated top seeded player Vojislav Dzebic (SRB)  6:3 and 6:0 in the semi-final. But he lost the final against the strong Slovenian player Marjan Furlan  in a long three set match 6:4, 2:6 and 2:6.
Vladimir Lacina (CZE) , winner of last year’s final and currently no. 18 in the world, reached the final again this year. He was defeated in a tough tree set match by top seeded and no. 5 in the world ranking list Valentin Raus (ROU) 1:6, 6:3 und 6:7 (3).
The final was played between two participants from Hungaria for the first time. Levente Bakonyi , currently no. 9 in the world won against Zoltan Fabian  in two straight sets 6:2 and 6:0 on the Center Court.
To conclude the week, there was an award ceremony in the night club of the Bluesun Grand Hotel Elaphusa. The number 1 and number 2 of each age category received a tennis ball made of marble, gift certificates from Bluesun and price money. The winners of the doubles and mixed doubles also received valuable rewards.
The winner of the consolation draw and the B-tournament received vouchers from Patricio Travel. After the award ceremony, 3 winners were drawn from all players, who handed in their filled in questionnaire from their tournament brochure. They received vouchers for the tournament next year.
8th. Int. adidas Bol Seniors Open by Bluesun Hotels & Patricio Travel
Winners Doubles and Mixed Doubles:
Patricio Events 2013
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