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Team Switzerland

Team Switzerland is back from the Racketlon World Teams and Doubles Championships! The 22 players from 5 teams (elite, amateur, juniors U16 and U21 and seniors +45) had a lot of fun in Birkerød/Copenhagen! 

Congratulations to our medal winners:

  • Gold: Women B Doubles with Esther Dübendorfer and Adeline Kilchenmann
  • Silver: Team Switzerland U16 with Yannic Andrey, Leonard Ladner and Fabian Meierhans
  • Silver: Juniors U16 Doubles with Leonard Ladner and Botond Francia (HUN)
  • Bronze: Men B Doubles with Patrick Lorenz and Michael Strässle
  • Bronze: Girls U21 Doubles with Dara Ladner and Anna Wall (FIN)
  • Bronze: Mixed Seniors +45 with Esther Dübendorfer and Jason Granville (NZ)
  • Bronze: Seniors +55 Doubles with Graham King and Neil Rayner (UK)

And the elite team which managed to stay in the group of the top 8 nations in the world!

Check out the following films of the amazing Swiss atmosphere:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3&4

 

 

Gold for King and Hillman in Nussloch

A classic milestone in the FIR International Tour, the German Open took place once again in Nussloch Racket Center. Due to the upcoming Team & Doubles World Champs, the attendance was limited compared to previous years, but the quality of the event and its winners were not to be denied. Top players in Elite categories, a perfectly held schedule and a really pleasant environment (clay courts, places to camp, small pool...) make the German Open an event not to miss next year!

With Simon Engler, Benjamin Hampl, Graham King, Beat Ladner, Patrick Lorenz, Christian Schäfer, Lukas Spring and Michael Straessle we had a strong Swiss selection in Germany and a great team spirit.

Starting with doubles and mixed matches on Friday top seeded Hampl/Schäfer were overrun by the Danish team Larsen/Jaksland, the subsequent winner of the A draw. Straessle/Lorenz faced the strong Danish & Canadian combination Hougaard/Laplante in their first and Harris/Busby in their second match. Though lost both games at the end it’s remarkable that Straessle was able to catch 7 points in the second squash game playing the former squash pro Busby. After two victories in the loser’s draw Hampl/Schäfer finished 5th.

Engler/Ladner won 50% of their 4 matches in Men B doubles. One reason why Ladner thinks he was more successful in playing card games than in Racketlon this weekend was the fact that they lost their close quarterfinal match.

Nr. 4 seeded Hampl faced a tough cookie in the first round in Men A: Duncan Stahl, the current British champ and Nr. 9 in the world Ranking was ready for a big fight. It was probably one of the longest matches in the whole tournament. Especially in tennis they had incredible rallies. With 21:19 in tennis and +4 in total Hampl “the machine” was very happy after 2.5 hours.

Schaefer, the current Swiss Champ, swore the whole week like a trooper about the luck of the draw. Daniel Busby was for sure not his favorite first round opponent as they met two weeks ago in Riga where Busby was clearly the better player and finally won the match by a difference of 35 points before going on to celebrate his first victory of an IWT tournament. And again it started very similar when Busby won table tennis to 9. But the game is not over until the fat lady sings and Schaefer came back with a very strong performance in Badminton. The mission impossible was fulfilled after a 21:5 in Tennis.

Adamson for Hampl as well as Jaksland for Schaefer were both too strong in the quarter finals and avoided a Swiss appearance in the semi-final. With the 5th and 6th place both have to be happy as it was a strong Elite draw with many good players. For Schaefer it was unbelievable that he succeeded in getting his revenge over 3 players in one tournament.

As Lorenz lost all his double and mixed matches on Friday he destroyed his Men B first round opponent Klement with +37 on Saturday morning. Also in the second round “Päddy” won table tennis, Badminton and Squash and could have left his tennis racket at home. Unfortunately the Austrian Stoisser was too strong in the semi-final and Lorenz had to be satisfied with his 3rd place. Standing always on the podium at the end of a B tournament it’s hard to understand why Lorenz still has to wait for his first well-deserved Men A WC.

Straessle “our youngster” had a very close semi-final match in B and he was missing only a couple of points to reach the final. As he planned to go out the whole Saturday night he didn’t want to play the small Swiss final on Sunday morning which was probably the right decision.

After losing two matches in a row Ladner had a very successful rainy Sunday and beat number one seeded “happy face 2” Genzel and Klement.

In Men C Engler had a very intense last game facing Teuber, a Badminton god. Engler was very proud about his single point he made in the second discipline and of the end result of +3.

Last but not least David Hillman has won the Men D. The Scotsman who lives in Zürich had a great fight with Feller and won with 1 single point at the end.

In +55, the Round Robin saw the clear victory of Graham King in front of Lessard coming from Canada.

All results are online on fir.tournamentsoftware.com.

Additionally, King did everything to defend the Swiss title in beer pong. With his non beer drinking partner Fischer (“the sunshine”) he had to get rid of 2 liters of beer to come to the final. With Frick as substitute for Fischer the final was very tight. As there was only one cup left for both teams at the end they played something like the “Gummiarm” point. Unfortunately Hougaard/Paul made gold and not King/Frick. Maybe the beer pong masters Schürch/Hügli will come back next year to challenge the new champions. But still silver, very well done Mr. King!

Though there were many games in these three days there was enough time to enjoy the garden of the venue, having some delicious cold beers & pizza outside and some time for profound discussions. There was a common opinion that Schaefer needs to improve his card game skills dramatically. Engler, our piano teacher, has been punished the whole Friday evening in a nice Bavarian restaurant “Seppl” in Heidelberg where an old guy from last century tortured a detuned piano without making one single break. At least he has been partially compensated by the delicious meal.

Did I forget anyone? Ah of course, Lukas Spring: he arrived a little bit later on Friday evening as he didn’t play doubles this time. Though his navigation system didn’t want him to find the guesthouse he enjoyed the pretty lake and the near forest even more on the second day. After playing two great tournaments in a row Spring was less successful and could beat neither Schmutzer nor Laplante. Unfortunately he had to give up his Sunday matches due to an injury of his left foot. He solaced himself with a “Luki” shot in the famous shot bar “Shooter Stars” in Heidelberg while Schaefer found out that the Chuck Norris drink wasn’t tasty at all.

Sommerpause?

Von wegen! Viele Schweizer Spielerinnen und Spieler trainieren fleissig weiter und machen sich mich dem German Open ready für die Team und Doppel Weltmeisterschaften Ende Monat in Kopenhagen.

Wer nicht an internationale Turniere fliegt, hat ebenfalls ein Ziel auf dem Kurzzeitradar: Die Racketlon Schweizer Meisterschaften stehen kurz vor der Tür! Bei den Herren gibt es eine kleine Besonderheit: Das Turnier ist in 2 Spieltage aufgeteilt. Die besten 8 Herren werden gesetzt und sind direkt am Finale im Dezember mit von der Partie. Alle anderen werden die Qualifikationsrunde (am 13. August) bestreiten und die ersten 8 können dann die Gesetzten am Finaltag herausfordern. Bei den Frauen, Jungsenioren und den Junioren findet die Meisterschaft wie bis anhin an einem Spieltag statt. Also, nicht auf der faulen Haut rumliegen diesen Sommer, sondern immer den 13. August im Hinterkopf halten! Am besten gleich jetzt einen Startplatz sichern und anmelden!

2nd IWT Latvian Open

latvian open

Already at the arrival the players could feel the Latvian hospitality at the Enri Tenisa Club in Riga. The organizers were very welcoming and the organisation perfect, so all the players could fully focus on their matches (or/and to get to know the Baltic spirit).

Even though there were only 5 Swiss players taking part in this highly recommended tournament they brought home 3 medals!

Nicole Eisler managed to reach the finals of the Women Elite draw by having taken revenge on Natalie Paul in the semis to whom she had lost at the Swiss Open. Izzy Tyrrell was a number too big and celebrated a great comeback after many surgeries due to her several injuries. But Eisler was happy with silver and made a great performance, especially in squash.

She almost won another silver medal. Together with the Swede Anna-Klara Ahlmer, they were only missing one point against Natalie Paul/Lieselot De Bleeckere in the semis. With winning bronze they proved that this new pair is ready for the doubles World Champs at the end of this month.

The third medal was won by Roland Schmid. In the finals of the Men’s B competition he unfortunately lost to Tobias Daneels from Belgium. His final was a bit of a roller-coaster ride with several ups and downs in all of the sports, but after three closely contested sports, he had to finally admit defeat in tennis, just a few points missing for gold.

Graham King, playing 10 years below his age category, missed the bronze medal in the +50’s to the Russian badminton specialist, who is now living in Geneva, and will be joining the Swiss circuit later. Playing 20 years below in the +40’s was simply a bit too hard, losing to the 3-times Polish seniors champion in the first round, in which his shirt was ripped open in Clark Kent/Superman style!

Lukas Spring and Christian Schäfer had a tough draw against the local matador (gummi-arm!) and rising English stars in the Men’s Elite. Anyway, they could win a few matches in the draw.

Conclusion: Great tournament, great people, great city. And the Latvians have already requested another IWT for next year, so anyone who missed out this year should try to include this one in their 2017 agenda, if they want to experience Racketlon at its best!

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Racketlon Swiss Open 2017

Racketlon Swiss Open 2017
(23. bis 25. Juni 2017)

RSO 2017 First-Timer Event
(24. Juni 2017)

RSO 2017 Front

SRF-Ranking 1. Juni 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 Bandi
9. Claude Näscher
10. Thomas Wegmann

SRF-Ranking 1. Juni 2017 (Damen)

1. Nicole Eisler
2. Adeline Kilchenmann

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