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Czech Open Prague

A small delegation of 5 Swiss players consisting of Andreas Kotala, Beat Ladner, Bruno Scherrer, Graham King and Dara Ladner made their way to Prague to take part in the IWT Czech Open. The 5 players managed to bring 4 medals back to Switzerland, proving that even though the year is coming to an end, these players are still in form and aiming for the upcoming Swiss Nationals.

The first medal I want to talk about is the one won by our junior player Andreas Kotala. In the U16 draw, it looked like he was going to win a medal as the runner-up and number 1 seed. His Austrian nemesis Leonhard Prager seemed to be the only player with a chance against Kotala. However, Prager's defeat in the semi-finals meant that the match between the two did not take place. This meant that Kotala won the gold medal fairly easily, without even having to pick up a tennis racket.

 

The second Swiss medal was won by our very own Graham King. Once again he proved that whenever he plays in an international tournament he is likely to bring home a medal. This time he won bronze in the Seniors +55 category. One thing that can be said about this medal is that it was well deserved as Graham showed his best fighting spirit on the court.

 

The other two medals were won by the same player, Dara Ladner (or this writer who prefers to write about other people's successes). In the women's elite doubles, she teamed up with Kirsten Kaptein of the Netherlands. In a tricky final, which they had hoped to win before the tennis, as their Czech opponents are great tennis players, the Swiss/Dutch combination ended up needing 4 tennis points. With the determination to get those 4 points and the nerves of the Czechs, Ladner/Kaptein won the title. In the women's A singles, the two doubles partners had to face each other in the gold medal match. Kaptein comfortably won her first ever gold medal in the elite singles, while Ladner had to settle for silver. Not a bad result considering it was Ladner's first podium finish in the elite singles and she was playing the tournament with a minor injury. 

 

For the rest of the Swiss participants, as well as for the other categories in which the medallists played, there were no more medals to be won. Nevertheless, all the Swiss players gave a great performance and sometimes came close to winning a medal, but were just unlucky.

Link to check the results.

These players showed that they are ready for the rest of the year with the IWT Indian Open and the IWT La Santa Open coming up on the international tour. But as Swiss players, they are all trying to be as ready as possible for the Swiss Nationals and the year-end tournament in Langnau in a few weeks time.
 
Dara

Tournoi du RC Léman

Ce week-end a eu lieu le tournoi d’automne du RC Léman au Green Club de Romanel-sur-Lausanne.

Plus d’une trentaine de joueurs ont participé à cette belle journée de sport dans une ambiance fair-play et sympathique ! Voici le résumé des résultats :

Tableau Féminin
Six joueuses nous ont fait le plaisir de leur présence au cours de ce tournoi ! Réparties en deux poules, Noémie Danthine & Léa Deuel en sont toutes les deux sorties facilement premières. C’est Noémie qui l’a emporté dans une finale très serrée (21-16 ; 21-11 ; 13-21 ; 15-14). Pour la troisième place les deux copines Joanna Jump & Alexia Dumas se sont affrontées et c’est la première citée qui en est sortie vainqueur en étant solide dans les trois premiers sports (21-18 ; 21-10 ; 21-18). Marie Crisinel & Sara Bussetti ont eu le plaisir de participer à leur premier tournoi en espérant les revoir sur les prochains !

Tableau A
De belles têtes d’affiches pour ce tableau A avec la présence du numéro 1 suisse Christian Schäfer accompagné par le talentueux Léon Mamié, l’expérimenté Magnus Ekstrand et le jeune Andreas Kotala en pleine progression. Après de beaux matchs c’est Christian qui termine 1er en gagnant ses 3 matchs, Léon 2ème & Magnus 3ème. Andreas a bien bataillé et reviendra encore plus fort l’année prochaine !

Tableau B
Dans un tableau B relevé, c’est Tristan Breuillé qui remporte le titre face à Anthony Levavasseur sans avoir besoin d’aller au tennis lors d’une finale à sens unique. (21-17 ; 21-9 ; 21-12).
Jordan Van Woerden arrache une belle troisième place amplement méritée grâce à un beau comeback après avoir perdu les 2 premiers sports contre Matteo Gross (3-21 ; 7-21 ; 21-1 ; 21-4). A noter la performance dans ce tableau de Léonard Gendre qui a joué que des matchs extrêmement serrés (58-60 ; 62-61 gummi gagné ! ; 66-67 gummi perdu !).

Tableau C
Un plaisir de voir de nouveaux joueurs sur le circuit avec des joueurs habitués des tournois !
Ce tableau a donc vu Yves Gerster prendre la première place en battant en finale Adrian Spillmann au terme d’un match ou chacun a exploité ses atouts ! C’est une excellente performance pour Adrian qui atteignait pour la première fois ce stade de la compétition. La troisième place revient à Cédric Besson qui l’a emporté face à Federico Quevedo au terme d’un match ou les deux joueurs ont dépensé le maximum d’énergie restant après un enchaînement de 4 matchs !


Merci à tous les joueurs et joueuses !

Toutes les news et photos du tournoi sur la page Facebook du RC Léman.
LINK : https://www.facebook.com/RacketlonClubLeman/

 

Anthony
RC Léman

Probleme mit Gmail-Adressen

Swiss Racketlon hat in der Vergangenheit vermehrt Probleme bei der Zustellung von E-Mails an Empfänger mit Gmail-Adressen festgestellt. Gestern wurden wir nun von Hostpoint, unserem Hosting-Provider, informiert, dass in den kommenden Wochen bei allen Domains ein neutraler SPF-Record hinzugefügt wird. Wie Hostpoint mitteilt, ist dies nötig, da das Senden von E-Mails an bestimmte weit verbreitete Mailserver wie bspw. Google/Gmail andernfalls nicht mehr gewährleistet werden kann. Damit dürften wir nun auch die Ursache für die Schwierigkeiten kennen. Wir bedauern die Umstände und hoffen, dass sich dieses Problem nach Hinzufügen eines SPF-Records erledigen wird. Um ganz sicher zu gehen, empfehlen wir, nach Möglichkeit bis auf Weiteres jeweils eine Telefonnummer zu hinterlassen oder eine andere E-Mail-Adresse zwecks Kommunikation mit Swiss Racketlon zu verwenden. Vielen Dank für Euer Verständnis. Karim Hanna, Präsident Swiss Racketlon

Doubles World Championship & IWT London Open

A total of 12 Swiss players made their way to Roehampton in London for playing the Doubles WC as well as the London Open, in the club where tennis is played on grass courts. The small delegation managed to come home with 9 medals won, from which 8 of them were won in the Doubles WC. 
 
Coming first to the Elite categories of the Doubles WC: In the Mixed A doubles, Nicolas Champod was the only Swiss player contesting with his French partner Flore Allègre. Unfortunately, they lost a close first match. In the Women’s A doubles, Gaëlle Wavre and Dara Ladner were faced with strong opponents that also led them to lose their first match. But there was one successful story from the Elite draws and responsible for that in the Men’s doubles was once again Nicolas Lenggenhager with his Dutch partner Koen Hageraats. The pair comfortably reached the semi-finals where they lost a close match against the Danish pair of Jaksland/Hougaard. The pair was then able to find their focus again to go on and secure the amazing bronze medal. 
 
In the Men’s B Doubles where Swiss players Patrick Bürgi, Bruno Scherrer, and Léon Mamié competed with partners from different countries. It was in the end Léon Mamié that could secure a bronze medal for Switzerland with his German partner Bastian Böhm. The Mixed C doubles might have been the category with the highest number of Swiss players competing with five players from Switzerland. In this draw, Julietta Dübendorfer alongside her partner Patrick Bürgi, while her older sister Victoria Dübendorfer teamed up with Léon Mamié. The fifth Swiss player was Gaëlle Wavre pair up with her French partner Bastien Vaubert.  In the semi-final, many suspected the preliminary final of the draw to happen in the encounter between Dübendorfer/Mamié and Wavre/Vaubert. The Swiss-French pair managed to come out on top and then safely secure the gold medal ahead of tennis, whereas Dübendorfer/Mamié had to settle for the bronze medal.
 
Coming to the age classes where Esther Dübendorfer did it once again and managed to win the gold medal in the Women Seniors 40+ doubles for a third time. This time she convincingly won it together with Kirsten Kaptein. In the 45+ Mixed doubles, Esther Dübendorfer managed to secure a second medal by reaching second place with her Danish partner Anders Fyrst. The Swiss Duo of Giovanni Gentile and Manfred Grab came close to the gold medal in the Seniors 55+ Doubles but unfortunately, they had to settle for silver. They for sure hope to come back stronger next year and go for gold again. Graham King is a Swiss player always good for a medal and he didn’t disappoint this time. Our King managed to defend his Seniors 65+ doubles title together with his British partner Julian Clapp. 
 
At the IWT London Open, the three guys competing in the Men A draw, Léon Mamié, Noah Mamié, and Nicolas Lenggenhager managed to win their first match. Unfortunately, all of them fell short in their second match. In the Men C draw Patrick Bürgi came close to a podium but in the end, it was only enough for fourth place. As above stated, one Swiss medal was won at the IWT London Open and this was won by none other than Nicolas Champod in the Men B draw. He managed to get the bronze medal in a highly contested B draw after having been less successful in the doubles categories.
 
Once again congratulations to all the medal winners. Medal pictures as well as other impressions of the Swiss players can be found on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, while the detailed results can be found under the following links:
 
 
DL 

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Aktuelle Rankings (1. April 2024)

Herren Einzel
1. Christian Schäfer
2. Noah Mamié
3. Oliver Bühler
4. Cédric Junillon
5. Nico Hobi
6. Nicolas Lenggenhager
7. Léon Mamié
8. Patrick Casanova
9. Yannic Andrey
10. Magnus Ekstrand

Damen Einzel
1. Nathalie Vogel
2. Nicole Eisler
3. Adeline Kilchenmann
4. Fabienne Dony
5. Gaëlle Wavre

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