European Racketlon Championships

The biggest tournament ever in the history of Racketlon is now in the past! European Racketlon players met in Vienna over 10 days in two different venues and fought for titles in the singles, doubles, mixed and team categories in the different age groups.

What a massive event, with an impressive centre court building for the elite players! The ORF+ channel even broadcasted the elite singles finals! Unfortunately, no Swiss player reached this final. But that doesn’t mean that Switzerland wasn’t successful!

Switzerland has won the first all-Swiss medal in an elite mixed draw ever: Nicole Eisler and Patrick Lorenz won bronze after a thrilling match against the pair from Great Britain Barbara Capper and Dan Busby.

Together with Zuzana Severinova from Czech Republic, Eisler even became vice champion in the elite Women’s A Doubles category after two really close matches!

Lorenz also almost won another medal in the Men’s A Doubles with Benjamin Hampl, missing bronze against the Austrian pair by only 4 points.

Swiss Racketlon Federation is also very proud of the two title winners Esther Dübendorfer and Graham King in the Doubles categories of their age groups!

The only two singles medal were won by our youngster Yannic Andrey in the U16 and Esther Dübendorfer in the +40 category.

Here the overview of our medals: 2x gold, 3x silver and 6x bronze medals!

 

Gold:

Esther Dübendorfer with Barbara Capper (GB), Women Doubles +40

Graham King with Julian Clapp (GB), Men Doubles +60

 

Silver:

Nicole Eisler with Zuzana Severinova (CZE), Women A Doubles

Adeline Kilchenmann and Esther Dübendorfer, Women B Doubles

Esther Dübendorfer, Women +40 (losing gold only by a gumiarm!)

 

Bronze:

Nicole Eisler and Patrick Lorenz, Mixed A Doubles

Yannic Andrey, Juniors U16

Adeline Kilchenmann and Danijel Batinic, Mixed B Doubles 

Yannic Andrey with Botond Francia (HUN), Juniors U16 Doubles

Esther Dübendorfer with Achim Berkemeier (GER), Mixed Doubles +45

Susan Rutschmann with Nicole Kamphues (GER), Women Doubles +40

 

Unfortunately, no Swiss team could win a medal but what strength and team-spirit they showed to fight against relegation!

In the Champions Division, Switzerland 1 (3rd of group B) and the Czech Republic (4th of group A) had to play the final deciding match. The winner would be safe, the loser faced a final match to decide its fate. With both teams incredibly evenly matched, each sport produced rubbers with only a couple of points between each player, Benjamin Hampl and Patrik Zak finishing with a 19-17 tennis rubber. Other extreme examples were Nicole Eisler who beat Zuzana Severinova by only 1 point and the doubles heroes Raphael Paglia and Christian Schäfer also winning by just 1 point. Ultimately, the entire match came down to a game of tennis between Patrick Lorenz and Marek Hruza, with 1 point separating the teams before they began. Patrick held his nerve and an 11-4 win handed Switzerland a 6-point victory in the whole match.

Switzerland 2 stood together in a thrilling last match against Austria 2. Congratulations to Adeline Kilchenmann, Esther Dübendorfer, Beat Ladner, Daniel Batinic, Marcel Fässler and Oliver Bühler for their effort to stay in the 1st division.

Switzerland 3 (with Dara Ladner, (injured) Tanja Omlin, Moreno Zulian, Patrick Bürgi, Philipp Dätwyler and Simon Zurschmiede) and Switzerland +45 (with Susan Rutschmann, Adi Waldis, Arno Graf, Graham King, Marc-André Rauber, Markus Furter and JD Andrey) won some individual matches to say it a nice way ;-)

Thank you all for the great team-spirit and also thanks to Aleksandra Milicevic (the team physio) for her help to get all the players quickly recovered after all these hard matches!

 

Impressions:

Juniors&Seniors

Doubles

Teams

 

Nicole Eisler



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1. Patrick Lorenz
2. Olaf Huber
3. Benjamin Hampl
4. Michael Strässle

5. Cédric Junillon
6. Christian Schäfer
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8. André Bandi
9. Magnus Ekstrand
10. Claude Näscher

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1. Nicole Eisler
2. Adeline Kilchenmann

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