Favourites take the titles at the WC

The 15th Single World Championships from 24th to 27th of November ended with the World number ones becoming World Champs in the Elite classes. Tournament director Michael Eubel and his team made the World Champs being a brilliant event with a smoothly running time schedule, a great venue with good conditions on more than enough courts and a great players dinner and party at the venue. The tournament ended with the prize giving ceremony on Sunday afternoon and for some players with a visit of the „Christkindlsmarkt“ in Nuremberg, Germany´s most famous Christmas market.

All results are now online on fir.tournamentsoftware.com

 

Open classes

Jesper Ratzer could win the gold medal and show his dominance without having to play tennis in all his matches. With winning the Single title in 2016 the Dane is the first player to take all four possible World Champs titles in the same year after winning also the doubles, mixed and team title in Copenhagen in July. The silver medal went to his countryman and second seeded Kasper Jonsson and unfortunately the final never got close. Third and fourth went to the Austrians Lukas Windischberger and Michi Dicker with Lukas coming out on top in the podium match.

In Women A Christine Seehofer finally won her first World Champs Single title after leading the World ranking since March 2015. In the final she beat German Amke Fischer who played a very good match, but came up short by a margin of 10 points. Also the third and fourth place went to Germany with former World Champion Nathalie Vogel and Astrid Reimer-Kern (credit: Inge Omey).

All elite main round matches were offered at a bookmaker for the first time since 2012. www.bethard.com is interested in Racketlon and in the future we should see more of this.

Another player that also almost won without playing tennis was Paul Sach. Only in the final of the Men B draw he needed one point in tennis to beat Georg Stoisser from Austria. Paul had a big advantage from being fresh, whereas Stoisser almost came directly off court from his final in U21. The German took one of the five titles for the hosting country.

The gold medal in Women B went to Zuzana Severinová from the Czech republic who prevailed over Anouk Dols from the Netherlands.

Winner of the biggest draw of the tournament, Men C, was Swedish Anders Svanberg after having two very close matches in the end. Svanberg won the Semifinal over German Florian Baumgartner with only one point and the final over Danish Philip Pawlowski Pedersen with only three points.

Titles number two and three for the hosting country went to Men D and E winners Andreas Mrazek and Manfred Grab.

 

Juniors

Three Junior classes were played during the four days. Christine Seehofer won the Girls U21 gold medal for the fourth, and also the last time, as 2016 was her last year as a junior. The U13 title went to Luke Griffiths from Great Britain who won his second World Champs title this year after winning the U16 doubles title in Copenhagen. Also in his last year as a junior was Georg Stoisser. He took his first World Champs title in a close final over Luke's brother, Leon Griffiths.

 

Seniors

The new +40 category generated a gold medal for second seeded Jason Granville from New Zealand in an exciting final against Duncan Stahl from Great Britain. The gold medal on the female side went to Anita Voelkel who thereby won the fourth title for Germany.

The +45 winners are Emil Bergander who won in an all Danish final over Jack Broe Larsen and Barbara Capper from Great Britain who defended her title from 2014.

Another title defense took place in the Women +50 draw. Swedish Lilian Druve stood on the top of the podium with a win over German Carola von Heimburg. The men draw was won by Richard Middleton from Great Britain in an exciting final against Thomas Knaack from Germany after overcoming a 6-15 start in tennis when needing 18. Richard came back and got 18-18 in the end.

The fifth title for Germany went to Joachim Gersdorf, who took gold in the +55 draw. This was also the Germans third World Champs title this year after winning the doubles and the team gold medal in July in the same age class.

The final in +60 saw the Grahams fight for the gold. Danish Graham Cain took the win over Switzerlands Graham King.

The oldest players of the tournament found their winner in Steve Rayson from the Netherlands in the +65 class.

 

World Tour Race

The World Champs was the last tournament of the year in 2016 and the winners of the World Tour Race were honoured by FIR president Kresten Hougaard at the prize giving ceremony. Tour Race winner of the open classes is Morten Jaksland from Denmark topping the World Champion Jesper Ratzer on being more active. Jakslands match for 5th-6th place against Christian Austaller from Austria was the decider for Morten. If he had lost that he would have been overtaken by Ratzer by just 7 points. Ratzer came in second and Lukas Windischberger crawled up to third after a good World Championship.

The ladies podium was filled by Natalie Paul from Germany in the third place, Christine Seehofer in second with Lilian Druve topping it. The updated World Tour Race can be found at fir.tournamentsoftware.com at December 1st.

The gold trophies in the Senior´s Tour Race both went to Switzerland with Esther Dübendorfer and Graham King on the top.

 

Congratulations to all winners!

The World Tour 2016 has come to an end and we wish you a relaxed Christmas time with family and friends. The 2017 World Tour kicks off with the Vienna Classics in January!

 

Natalie Paul
FIR General Secretary