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World Championships 2022 in Vienna/Graz

This year's World Championships held in Vienna and Graz promised to be the biggest event in the history of Racketlon. Nearly 500 participants from 35 countries have competed in 12 team, 28 Doubles and 31 singles categories (total 71!) to achieve a place on the podium. The competition has lasted over ten intensive days including the juniors (from u10 to u21), the seniors (from +40 to +70) and the elite draws.  Therefore, this was a great challenge for the organization team, which was only possible with the help of many volunteers and sponsors. However, gaps in the schedule and delays were unavoidable.

First up were the juniors and the seniors in Vienna. The Swiss team participated with one u16 (Andreas Kotala and Lucas Mateo Moreno) and one +55 team (Manfred Grab, Giovanni Gentile, Graham King, Beat Ladner and Gregor Meyer). Despite their small numbers, they managed to win several medals and showed some good results. The juniors team finished 7th place after losing against the later winners from Czech Republic. The seniors felt similarly as they lost to a strong team from Great Britain by only five points and also ended up 7th. In singles the most successful swiss player was Graham. Together with the englishman Julian Clapp he won the +65 doubles and became 2nd in the +65 singles after a contested final against his double partner. Congrats also to Manfred and Giovanni who become 3rd in the +50 doubles and only lost by one point in the +55 doubles final. Also worth mentioning is the 7th place of Andreas and the 9th place of Lucas in the u16 as well as the 4th place of Manfred in the +55 singles.

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Andrea Kotala and Lucas Mateo Moreno                  

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Graham King, Giovanni Gentile, Gregor Meyer, Beat Ladner, Manfred Grab

 

After a one-day break the competition continued with the elite in the Racket Sport Center in Graz which sadly turned out to be way too small for such a big event. Nicole Eisler, Oliver Bühler, Nicolas Lenggenhager, Noah and Léon Mamié represented Switzerland in the team World Cup. The number four seeded faced a very strong team from Germany in their first round. After a tough fight and some spectacular ball exchanges they lost by 25 points in the end. Anyway, that turned out to be a good result as the Germans won both the semifinal and the final by only one point to become the winner of the World Cup for the first time. In the end, the Swiss delegation finished 7th after being beaten by the Czech Republic by two points and having defeated the Netherlands in their last game. It should also be mentioned that they developed a very good team spirit during the tournament. With the team shout "geile Schuss" they had lots of success and confused many opponents. ;)

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Léon Mamié, Noah Mamié, Oliver Bühler, Nicole Eisler, Nicolas Lenggenhager


In the singles and doubles most Swiss players unfortunately dropped out of the tournament in the first round. Noah and Léon Mamié were the only participants from Switzerland who got through the first round in the Men B draw. On the bottom half of the draw, Noah later lost to Jakub Svec in a competitive quarterfinal match. Jakub then went on to win the tournament in an impressive style. On the other side of the draw, his brother Léon managed to get to the semifinal, where he was defeated by a strong competitor from India. However, Léon beat Guidi Weijel in the bronze medal match to become 3rd without even having to use his tennis racket once!

As you probably have recognized from this report, this year's event was a bit too big. For that reason, the doubles and singles World Championships will be split next year. The singles competition will be held in Rotterdam and the doubles in London.

LM

World Championships have begun

The wait is over! Today the WC starts with the team competition for juniors and seniors. Switzerland will be at the start with a Juniors Team U16 and a Men Seniors Team +55.

The Swiss Racketlon Federation wishes all Swiss players good luck and of course a lot of fun.

We will keep our fingers crossed and follow the matches live on:

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IWT German Open

A small Swiss delegation found its way to the highly decorated German Open located in Nussloch. Even before the start of the tournament some participants were already challenged by finding their way to the center, seeing that it is located in the middle of nowhere.

Despite the small number of Swiss representatives, several medals were achieved and many more higher seeded players were challenged, if not even defeated. A noteworthy performance was managed by Esther Dübendorfer, who managed to remain unbeaten the whole weekend, winning not one but three different categories. Another gold medal was achieved by Giovanni Gentile who fended off a challenge from Swiss compatriot and tour veteran Graham King. On the Junior's side, Andreas Kotala was awarded a bronze medal for a great tournament including a win over the second seeded player Leon Steiner.

Also worth mentioning are the performances of all other Swiss players that, despite the hot weather, fought until the end, even if it resulted in an ungrateful fourth place. Especially close to a maiden Elite Doubles medal came the Swiss - New Zealand pairing of Noah Mamié and Sion Wiggin. Going into Squash with an even score a great start secured them a 16:2 lead in a matter of minutes, with former PSA professional Sion seeing to secure the pair a certain win with only a few points of tennis. Then, from one moment to the other cramps started to kick in, forcing Sion to take riskier shots than usual. In the end, the match was lost by only five points. The opponent, Koen Haagerats, then went on to win the Men's Singles with an impressive performance. The Women's Singles was won by Natalie Vogel, defeating the current world champion Stine Jacobsen in the final, thereby beating her 21:0 in Squash to secure the win.

For those who are still reading, let it be said that not only did the tournament organization provide a very professional and competitive atmosphere, a handful of players, including world number 1 Morten Jaksland, found themselves enjoying a set of "Tischbadminton", guaranteeing lots of fun on a Saturday afternoon.

NM

IWT London Open

A delegation of eleven Swiss players made the journey to the Roehampton Club in London to compete in the only racketlon tournament with lawn tennis. And with a total of nine medals won, the tournament was very successful for Switzerland. The two gold medals were won by Nicolas Lenggenhager and his Swedish partner René Lindberg in the elite doubles and Dara and Beat Ladner in the mixed B doubles. The four silver medals went to Nicolas Lenggenhager in the men's A, Patrick Bürgi with his Australian partner Leigh Sands in the men's B doubles, Esther Dübendorfer in the senior women's +40 and Beat Ladner/Giovanni Gentile in the senior men's +45 doubles. Congratulations!

But the London Open is not all about winning medals: Playing in a noble English sports club with top grass tennis courts must have been a super experience for everyone. As usual, the fun factor was not neglected either, which is worth a lot. So, at least from the author's point of view, it was a very successful weekend.

From an international point of view, the men's elite categories were won by Koen Hageraats from the Netherlands, who beat Lenggenhager in the final, and the women's elite categories were won by Anna-Klara Ahlmer from Sweden, who beat Myriam Enmer from France in the final.

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Aktuelle Rankings (1. September 2022)

Herren Einzel
1. Benjamin Gränicher
2. Nico Hobi
3. Oliver Bühler
4. Cédric Junillon
5. Christian Schäfer
6. Nicolas Lenggenhager
7. Patrick Casanova-Lorenz
8. André Bandi
9. Roland Langhart
10. Yannic Andrey

Damen Einzel
1. Nathalie Vogel
2. Nicole Eisler
3. Valeria Pelosini
4. Adeline Kilchenmann
5. Myriam Enmer

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