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Danish nightmare

Last weekend in Belgium at the 25th King of Rackets, Patrick Lorenz and Benjamin Hampl destroyed the number one seeded Morten Jaksland and Kresten Hougaard’s hope of winning the Men A Elite Doubles. In a thrilling match, our underestimated, amazing Swiss won the gummiarm point in the semis! This led to a broken racket of the Danish Dynamite and the unexpected Swiss silver medal!

Hampl – the Dane killer ;) – also proved himself to be worthy of what’s written on paper. Our new international top ten player beat English Ray ‚Balou’ Jordan in the first round and then, after losing his second round match against rising star and ex-PSA player Dan Busby (UK) by a handful of points, went on to defeat Will Coley (another Brit!) in the consolation match to finish 7th.

Patrick Lorenz was a bit unlucky with the Men B draw, as his first round match was against 2012 Seniors World Champion Adolphe Fernandez-Diez from Belgium, who proved far too hot to handle for all of his opponents, easily winning gold. However, after his early exit, Lorenz lost no more, demonstrating he will soon be playing at Men Elite level. To compensate for this disappointment, he had another chance in Mixed B Doubles and took it! Together with Esther Dübendorfer he won bronze, only missing the finals by a whisker!

Only one medal wasn’t enough for Esther Dübendorfer - she also won silver in +45, after beating all of her opponents apart from the World No. 3 Barbara Capper!!!

Another bronze was won  in the Seniors +45 Doubles by our reliable medal winner Graham King (of Rackets) with Dany Lessard who came all the way from Canada. His Seniors singles events were less successful, also falling victim to Adolphe Fernandez-Diez in the +45, and to ex Russian national badminton player Maxim Levitim in the +50.

Our other elite player (Women A), Nicole Eisler, proved that she is still getting stronger. She had to face World No. 3 Amke Fischer in the quarters and in a closely contested match got her best result against her to date, only losing towards the end of tennis.

Together with Hampl she tested her mixed doubles skills! They were only outgunned by Seehofer/Windischberger from Austria, showing they are ready for the Doubles World Championships in Copenhagen this summer.

In Men C, Patrick Bürgi also exited in the first round, after narrowly losing, despite a very strong start in table tennis, by a mere 4 points against the experienced Erik Roelofsen from Holland.

The luck of the Irish wasn’t quite with Susan Rutschmann, who dropped in for a day while “in transit”. After being paired off in Mixed B Doubles with her partner from Limerick, she had to be content with having a lot of fun, instead of going home with any silverware.

Even though the weather wasn’t as nice as we normally come to expect at King of Rackets, it was another successful Racketlon weekend in Oudenaarde. As always, very well organised, experienced and friendly staff, professional squash referees and a great atmosphere! Definitively worth going again next year!

Swiss Open Vorbereitungsturnier in Uster

Einem letzten Formtest für das 10. Racketlon Swiss Open können sich die Racketlonspielerinnen und -spieler auch in diesem Jahr im Blue Point in Uster (Samstag, 11. Juni 2016) unterziehen. Bitte beachtet, dass das Turnier bereits um 12.30 Uhr beginnt, damit genügend Pausen eingeplant werden können, so dass jede Teilnehmerin und jeder Teilnehmer Teile des EM-Spiels Schweiz-Albanien live mitverfolgen kann.

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10. Racketlon Swiss Open / 24.-26. Juni 2016

Auch in diesem Jahr findet traditionell Ende Juni das Racketlon Swiss Open in Schlieren bei Zürich statt. Beim 10-jährigen Jubiläum des Events werden vom 24.-26. Juni Spieler aus dem In- und Ausland erwartet, dabei mischen sich die weltbesten Racketlonspielerinnen und -spieler mit der nationalen Racketlonszene. Bei 21 verschiedenen Kategorien finden sowohl Einsteiger als auch Fortgeschrittene ihre geeignete Kategorie.

Das Turnier startet am Freitag mit Doppelkategorien (erstmals mit Mixed-Doppel B), Seniorenkategorien (erstmals Herren O40) sowie den Junioren u21. Am Samstagmorgen beginnen die restlichen Einzelkategorien. Wie immer sind für Teilnehmer der Einzelkategorien 3 Spiele garantiert, zudem erhält jeder ein Welcome-Present und natürlich das Spaghetti-Dinner. Für Fussballbegeisterte werden EM-Spiele zudem live auf Leinwand übertragen. Anmeldungen sind noch bis am Montag, 13. Juni auf www.racketlonswissopen.ch möglich.

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Swiss success in Turkey

Many First Timers at Turkish Open

Not only did the Winner Events Turkish Open see a couple of First Timeres an own E draw, but it also saw a couple of other first time victories and medals. Benjamin Hampl won his first international World Tour title to become the second ever Swiss winner on the FIR World Tour. Third placed Alexander Barbunopulos took his first international medal in an elite draw and his first victory in men doubles together with Hans Sherpa. For Marcel Weigl it was his first mixed doubles title in his career thanks to Lilian Druve, who also won the women singles draw in the first ever final of Dolunay SoykanSeppo Raiski (+45), Mert Eran Halis (u16), Patrick Gredinger(u13) and Aynur Mutlu (Women B) all took their first victories on the FIR World Tour. The youngest first timer to participate in an World Tour event ever (u13), was the nearly 6-year-old Mattia Reich, son of Marcel Weigl. All results and winners are now online on tournamentsoftware.com.


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Topseeded Hampl and Druve with victories

In a very close men elite semifinal Christian Schäfer injured himself in the match against Marcel Weigl and had to retire with a lead during the Squash set. The Swiss could not play for Bronze the next day either. The final between Hampl and Weigl was practically over after a 21-5 for the Swiss in Tabletennis, but the Austrian fought back in Badminton 21-19, but then lost Squash. With only 2 points needed only the sudden rain could have prevented Hamplsfirst victory, but fortunately the points could be played and the match ended. Lilian Druve played her victory home safe before, ending the final against Dolunay before the Tennis. Sister Anneli became third.

Men Doubles draw changed in last second

After a mistake in the seeding was spotted before the draw started them men doubles draw was re-drawn and the Austrian youngsters Alex Barbunopulos and Hans Sherpa took the one time chance for their first World Tour victory beating Emre Ak and Benjamin Hampl in the final. In mixed doubles Marcel Weigl made his first victory perfect with Lilian Druve! Years after he reached his first mixed doubles final with Austrian Uli Steinwender 2004 in Prague. The two beat the tournament organisers Soykan and Korer before the Tennis set.

Best wishes to unlucky newcomer Keskiner

The unluckiest player of the tournament was Seyfi Keskiner, who played his first Racketlon tournament in the men advanced draw. The young turk had great fun, but unfortunately broke his arm in the playoff match with KimmoPennanen, when he tripped during the tennis match and fell so unfortunately. "All of us wish him a fast recovery and a comeback soon", Weigl sends wishes in the name of all participants. The other Fin in Antalya Seppo Raiski won his first Seniors (+45) tournament, with a victory over Nedim Akilveren, the Turkish Racketlon president. Thanks to Mert ErenHalis and Aynur Mutlu, there were also two home victories to celebrate for the Turks. The closest final of the weekend was men b, where Hungarian Andras Nemeth needed 11 points in Tennis for gummiarm, but German Andreas Escherwas able to finish the match at 21-10. Newcomer Patrick Gredinger, a football player, won the u13 draw in a final against the hotel presidents son Uygar Dayioglu.

Only but one Non-European World Tour event

The participants from 7 countries including over 10 completely new Turkish players saw improved court conditions compared to last year. The light at Tabletennis and Badminton was adequate this time and the Squash centre court was grinded before the event and not slippery at all this time. The tennis hard courts are one of the best on the FIR World Tour anyhow. “Although the conditions were still not perfect, I appreciate very much the concept with all-inclusive drinks and food the whole weekend. They should do that at other tournaments too”, says winner Hampl. Not to forget the gala dinner, the hospitality and friendliness of the organisation team around Tournament Director ErsoyKorer, Co-Director Emre Ak, Head Referee Dolunay Soykan and Hospitality Manager Bilgehan Bakircioglu was outstanding. “They made the best out of the possible conditions and not forgetting it is the only tournament except Canadian Open on the FIR World Tour not in Europe, I strongly recommend IWT status for 2017,” says FIR Delegate Marcel Weigl.

 

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SRF-Ranking 1. Mai 2017 (Herren)

1. Patrick Lorenz
2. Olaf Huber
3. Christian Schäfer
4. Benjamin Hampl

5. Nico Hobi
6. Cédric Junillon
7. Michael Strässle

8. André Band
9. Claude Näscher
10. Thomas Wegmann

SRF-Ranking 1. Mai 2017 (Damen)

1. Nicole Eisler
2. Adeline Kilchenmann

3. Esther Dübendorfer
4. Sara Guebey
5. Dara Ladner