10 Teams fight for Champions League title

No less than 10 teams from 8 countries are seeking to win the 2nd FIR European Champions League title. The event is held together with Hungarian Open from 21st to 23rd October in Györ only 15 car minutes from the boarder of Austria. “Hungarian Open was about to be cancelled, so we decided to assist our neighbours and organise this event in cooperation of both federations”, says Tournament Director Christoph Krenn who together with his counterpart Vice-Tournament Director Zoltan Albert is very happy about 157 entries in singles from 19 nations, which is IWT record 2011. All draws and the time schedule for the first rounds are now online on www.resultreporter.com

 

CL Question mark behind Luzern and Bucharest

The format of the Champions League has changed slightly with a Mixed Doubles added. The five encounters now contain 1 Women Single, 2 Men Singles, 1 Men Double, 1 Mixed Double and all players may only play once. All sets to 11 points and the total score in the end is added. Defending Champion is Racketpoint Vienna from Austria around World No. 1 Christoph Krenn and Austrian Champion Michael Dickert. Biggest challenger is Union Racketlon Klosterneuburg with u21-World Champion Joey Schubert, Polish No. 1 Marta Jez and FIR-President Marcel Weigl. Czech Crown Prague will try to defend last years bronze medal, but faces strong Hungarian homecourt teams Matchpoint Budapest and Elektromos Györ. Big question marks about their strength are around the newcomers Swiss champion Rapid Luzern and Racketlon Club Bucharest.

 

Hungarian Open favourites from Austria

In Hungarian Open Men Singles it looks like an internal Austrian battle of Krenn (1), Schubert (2), Dickert (4) for the title. Only players who could intercept are Scotsman Calum Reid (who has a positive head-to-head against all Austrians) or Danish dynamite Ratzer and Jonsson. Wildcards went to the best Romanian Alexandru Rosca and local matador Zoltan Albert. A similar picture exists in Women Singles, with Austrians Kerstin Peckl and Simone Seitz topseeded.  Probably the strongest players in the draw though are polish girl Marta Jez and Zuzana Kubanova from the Czech Repbulic, who could end up meeting in the final.

 

BABOLAT Shop onsite

Many thanks goes to our partners and sponsors, such as the official Tournament Hotel Raba City Center with its Director Otto Horvath, a Racketlon player himself and furthermore Mr. Rigo, the owner of the venue Marcal Tenniszentrum who sponsored the costs of the courts for the whole weekend. In addition AUTOHÖFE 24, CROSSMEDIA WEIGL and the Ballsponsors BUTTERFLY and BABOLAT are in the boat. Thus a BABOLAT Shop will be onsite with sensational prices of some products of up to minus 33%, see offers Pdf-File.

 

Participants FIR Champions League 2011

1.   Sportunion Racketpoint Vienna (AUT)

2.   Union Racketlon Klosterneuburg (AUT)

3.   Czech Crown Prague (CZE)

4.   Body & Ball Neuburger (GER)

5.   Matchpoint Budapest (HUN)

6.   Elektromos Györ (HUN)

7.   Racketlon Club Bucharest (ROU)

8.   SloW Racket Club (SLO)

9.   Rapid Luzern (SUI)

10.        Racketlon Team Tectum Komarno (SVK)

 

Report: Marcel Weigl

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