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Are you interested in more background information about our Swiss racketlon players? On our social media accounts we've just started with our first interview. Today, we spoke with one of our youngest players: Cyril Hohl, the Men C winner at the King of Rackets in Belgium last weekend. Thank you for the interview and all the best for reaching your goals!

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There is no rösti barrier in Belgium

A hand full of German speaking Swiss and a hand full of French speaking Swiss went to belgium to fight together for Helvetian Doubles World Championships and King of Rackets medals. They even tried to speak to each other and improve their language skills. The longer the day, the easier it got and rumors say that they even had a delicious Belgium beer together on behalf of the rösti barrier.

 

Some could even raise their glass and celebrate a medal or even crown themselves World Champion or vice World Champion!!! What a big achievement!

 

WORLD CHAMPION! WD +40 Esther Dübendorfer with Stine Jacobsen (DEN)
WORLD CHAMPION! WD B Esther Dübendorfer with Anita Völkl (GER)
VICE WORLD CHAMPION! WD A Nicole Eisler with Zuzana Severinová (CZE)
VICE WORLD CHAMPION! MD A Cédric Junillon with Arnaud Genin (FRA)
BRONZE! +40 Esther Dübendorfer with Thomas Larson (DEN)

 

GOLD! Men C Cyril Hohl 

SILVER! Women +45 Esther Dübendorfer

 

If the players were not as sucessful on court as they wished they could focus on their language skills as mentioned before. The author itself learned that ending 4th is much better in the french speaking part of Switzerland. Whereas in the German speaking part you win a „leather medal“ you can win a „chocolate medal“ in the french speaking part. So Graham could be happy in the end having won two chocolate medals. Enjoy. Especially if they are Belgium chocolate ones.

 

On the other hand, playing consolation matches makes more fun in the German speaking part. Winning golden pinapples is far more delicious than winning little cigarettes. Which one did you choose, Emilie Roux, Susan Rutschmann, Mounir Benheddi, Patrick Bürgi, Daniel Kurmann, Nicolas Lenggenhager and Graham King? Next time it will be chocolate or a shiny one! 

 

Check out some videos and photos from Oudenaarde on Facebook and Instagram.

 

And don’t forget to sign up for the next international tournament – the legendary RACKETLON SWISS OPEN 21 – 23 June in Schlieren! Let’s win some medals and improve your language skills! ;-)

 

NE

Tournoi à Marin

Il faut une première fois pour tout, dit-on. Cette première fois, beaucoup l'ont vécu ce samedi 18 mai à Marin. Aussi, ces néo-racketloniens ne remarquèrent-ils pas le nouvel emplacement des tables de tennis de table ni celui des terrains de badminton. Cependant, demandez-leur s'ils ont reconnu le bruit d'une housse de raquette que l'on ouvre, le claquement d'une balle, le fouet du volant, les pieds qui trépignent d'impatience à l'aube d'un premier match indécis et déjà si important, demandez-leur et ils vous les décriront. Le tournoi se mettait en place, ils le savaient et dans l'air flottait comme un parfum d'excitation.

Et pourtant, au milieu de ce nuage de nouveaux venus, l'on reconnaissait le rire de deux anciens joueurs, déjà prêts à en découdre avec le sourire sur les quatre terrains. On entendait les conseils de l'expert en tennis, le méticuleux pongiste ou le connaisseur de volants, les visages n'étaient de loin pas tous inconnus, les gens s'étaient juste mélangés. La majorité était, il est vrai, romande et pourtant, quel plaisir de retrouver des Outre-Sarine-iers pour cette journée.

Parmi les romands, on retrouve notamment un Cyril Hohl tout feu tout flamme qui a su faire parler la poudre au badminton pour s'imposer dans la plus prestigieuse des catégories. Talonné par Léon Mamié qui a pris le dessus sur Danijel Batinic par 68-61 dans une poule relevée.

A leur suite, la catégorie B a souri aux Romands puisque le redoutable Julien Ming a su utiliser ses talents de pongiste pour vaincre un Valentin Henin prêt à tout après avoir franchi les demies-finale avec un différentiel de +2, chapeau! Troisième et faisant choir la tête de série numéro 1 du tableau B, Yoann Chevalier s'octroie la dernière marche du podium.

Les badistes étant bien représentés, on les retrouve en C sous la bannière de Benoit Roulet et Krzysztof Wojtowicz, respectivement 1er et 3e alors que le tout-terrain Frédéric Doan finit avec Brio second.

En populaire, qui avait des allures de tournoi D au vu du niveau proposé, le squash a été mis à l'honneur par Dani Eggmann qui a foudroyé ses adversaires dans le 3e sport. Beat Schneider et Cédric Hess viennent compléter un podium alléchant, dont on se réjouit de suivre le parcours de ses participants.

Quid des O45 ? La surprise nous vient de ce surprenant Giovanni Gentile qui a fait trébucher les deux têtes de séries! Aussi, est-il normal qu'il triomphe de cette catégorie, devançant Cédric Bosson et Yvan Barbafieri qui ont confirmé leur statut dans les autres matchs de ce groupe.

Last but not least, un immense merci au tableau féminin qui, une fois encore, a prouvé que le talent n'a aucune limite! Une qualité de jeu indéniable a permis à Viktoria Szendrei de s'imposer haut la main face à des adversaires d'un tel niveau que pas seulement la 2e Sonia Bornand et 3e Catherine Werlen mais l'entièreté du groupe, peut repartir la tête bien haute!

Après ces matchs, les jambes lourdes et le sourire aux lèvres, on entendait déjà les prochaines dates mentionnées dans les discussions avec la certitude que les joueurs comme les organisateurs seraient, une fois de plus, motivés par ce sport qui nous passionne!

Au plaisir de vous accueillir à nouveau! Y. Chevalier et le Racketlon Yverdon.

YC

Berlin Open: 5 Swiss Players, 4 Medals

Friday at the Berlin Open was, like all other FIR tournaments, doubles day, with all 4 Swiss in attendance in search of silverware. Esther Dübendorfer and Oli Bühler were at least sure of one victory, as they faced each other with different partners in the first round of XB, with Oli coming away 4 points the better and getting a ticket into the second round. Unfortunately, the Russian/Latvian pair (Maxim Levente, an earlier national badminton player, and Viktorija Ratakova) got the advantage, also by a narrow margin of only 5 points. This setback was later avenged in the bronze medal match where they squeezed home by an even slimmer margin of only 2 points, with our Oli covering pretty much the whole tennis court by himself to do so. Esther and partner, on the other hand, crushed all their other opponents to finish 5th.

A very different story for our other two Swiss doubles players, Julien Meister and Graham King, who cruised to gold, only needing their tennis rackets once for half a game in the MC Doubles class, with their personal coach constantly in tow to make sure they did not falter.

Unluckily, due to a last-minute withdrawal, the MC singles draw was shaken and stirred, meaning that Julien and Graham were forced to meet in the first round, rather than in the final (!), where Meister showed no gratitude for services rendered and thoroughly meistered the King in convincing style. Between the two of them, they then went on to beat Hungary, France, Germany and Poland (though not Sweden) in several very hard-fought tussles, with Julien potting another gold, single-handedly making up half of the Swiss total of 4, and Graham finishing 179th.

Another joker for Switzerland when it comes to the singles category is Esther. She comfortably won Women's Seniors +40gold and showes that she is undoubtedly world number 1 in the Women's Seniors class! 

Graham had a similar story in the Seniors +40, where he «played down» by well over a couple of decades. A nett result of +50 in his second and third matches, were a little neutralised by having to take on Frank Kleiber in the first round, where he was, despite a spirited start at table tennis, unable to repeat his victory over the evergreen Frankie at the Turkish Open a few decades ago (ed: well, it feels like it...).

Anyway, 4 players, 4 medals (3 gold), is a pretty fair bounty for our Swiss Racketlon globetrotters.

Next stop at the end of this month is the World Doubles Championships & King of Rackets at Oudenaarde, Belgium. Allez la Suisse!

Author’s embarassed Postscript, after he later realised he had penalised Nicolas Lenggenhager, just because he didn’t turn play any doubles matches . Even though Nicolas didn’t win any medals, he surely deserved to, winning 3 of his 4 MA Elite matches by a grand total of +113 points, and that against players who are not complete slouches on court either! It was just a shame his first round encounter was against the very strong Cornelius Radermacher, who made his way to the semi-finals which he had to forfait after being struck down with a virus, similar to around a dozen other players (and no, it was not «Players’ Party Hangover» syndrome). Nicolas does, however, clearly need to work on improving his badminton a bit. One of his opponents got infinitely more points against Nicolas, than he did against his first round conqueror. If you are now curious, check it out on fir.tournamentsoftware.com.

GK

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1. Benjamin Gränicher
2. Patrick Casanova-Lorenz
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4. Nico Hobi
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7. Michael Strässle
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