ITF Seniors Tournament - Grade 2 » 26. September – 01. October 2016
"It’s show time" – this was not only the motto for the six tournament days of this year’s 11th International adidas Senior Open, which offered more high-quality tennis from round to round. Emilio Alvarez already demonstrated a first-class show during the opening ceremony. The Spaniard offered a show match in Bol’s tennis stadium, which inspired and amused the audience from the very beginning. Alvarez, who also entertained guests at the bar with his guitar the other nights, behaved as a tennis clown on court. It was a mixture of Henry Leconte and Mansour Bahrami. Nice conclusion: after the show match, five balls were tossed into the audience with and the ones who caught no. 1-3 won valuable travel vouchers from Patricio Travel. The audience was in tears of laughter when the Spaniard proofed that he knew his job also in tournament mode. He used his wild card in the men’s 40 and casually secured the final victory against the unseeded German Jens Gerlach, who actually didn’t want to participate due to an elbow injury.
Some results of the 33 singles events, double and mixed were surprising. There were high-class matches already in the first rounds. More than 500 matches were played during the tournament week, all of them under ideal conditions. While the courts had to be dried with sponges due to heavy rain last year, this year the sun shone on the stadium and the 26 courts throughout the whole week, and even the wind took a break to give the tennis players top conditions. The very good tournament organization enabled many participants to enjoy the program and to relax in the hotel’s leisure area, on the beach or in Bol during the match-free time. The holiday feeling was especially great in this eleventh edition of the international ITF tournament.
A total of 324 participant from 26 countries came to Bol - a new record! But also the quality of the draws was exceptionally high this year. A number of tournament players had traveled directly from the World Championships in Umag to gather more points at the adidas Seniors Open. Among them was the Austrian Peter Pokorny, who did not win the World Championship title in Umag this time, but dominated Bol’s oldest age category the men’s 75, and defeated Gordon Waywood from Down Under in the final. The Australian had previously been in the semi-final and played the longest match of the tournament which lasted for 3:50 hours.
Speaking of Australia, the delegation from Down Under, with eight participants from Australia and New Zealand, had certainly the longest journey, but obviously also the most fun. After the prize giving ceremony in the Elaphusa Nightclub, Julie Pratt, who had participated in the women’s 65, took over the microphone and thanked all responsibles “for this wonderful tournament”. She enjoyed the week together with her countrymen very much. Apart from tennis and the courts it also affected the associated trappings, the social program, which make the adidas Seniors Open a unique senior tournament with a special atmosphere.
The unique atmosphere was already felt during the welcome party, which was held in the tennis stadium for the first time. At the opening ceremony with the exhibition match and the welcome party, players from 26 different nations met.
The ceremonial highlight was once more the Players Night on Wednesday. From 7:00 pm the Grand Hotel Elaphusa invited to the splendid gala dinner. The guests were welcomed by tournament director Sabine Schmitz and the tournament team with a rose for the ladies. After the meal, the playere celebrated extensively danced to live music until late in the evening. During the gala dinner, the players who have already booked 10, 15 or 20 travels through Patricio Travel have been honored with honorary certificates and Patricio Travel travel vouchers. The social program of the week included a wine tasting in the historic wine cellar of Bol and, of course, the prize giving ceremony on Saturday evening, with medals, trophies, awards and travel vouchers for the winners and finalists.
This time there were not only well-known acquaintances, but also some players and players who had surprisingly won their competitions. In the men’s 35 top favorite Luca Serena from Italy unfortunately had to give up due to an old injury on the leg which broke up again. So Vanja Vidojkovic from Serbia could win the category. In the men’s 65, neither Andrew Rae from Australia, who was top seeded , nor number 2 seeded Quentin Maisey from New Zealand, both of whom had come from the World Championships from Umag, were successful. Marjan Furlan from Slovenia won the 64 main draw. There was a surprise in the men’s 70s: The top seeded player from Austria, Mühlenburg lost his semifinal and number 2 seeded player representative Maks Kosjek was defeated in his very first match against unseeded Vladimir Lacina from the Czech Republic, who finally won the age category. In the men’s 45, 60 and 75, the top seeded players Sorin Donescu from Romania, as well as the two Austrians Herbert Grimm and Peter Pokorny, won in their age categories.
In the women’s 50s, the top seeded players Constanza Greco from Italy and Anna Stanislawska from Poland lost their semi-finals. The finalists were number 8 seeded, Rozsa Balta from Hungary, who had to leave prematurely, and number 4, the Russian I. Varfalomeeva. In the other competitions, however, the favorites did not take the titles: Monika Biernat from Poland won the women’s 35/40, Egle Jurkeviciene from Lithuania in the women’s 45. Also the two Germans, Gundula Wieland and tournament director Sabine Schmitz, were successful as top seeded players in the women’s 55 and 60. There was a little surprise in the women’s 65: number 2 seeded, Reinhilde Adams from Germany won against top seeded and world champion Carol Campbell.
The resume after 6 tournaments: The Int. adidas Seniors Open are the top event of the senior scene at the end of the season: high quality matches, top organization and many opportunities to play for participants who dropped out of the main draws: consolation rounds in single and doubles plus B tournament for players who have booked through Patricio Travel, offer a holiday ambience and extensive match practice within a high-quality ITF seniors event.
PATRICIO EVENTS 2016
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