First IWT in Latvia a massive success

Perfect playing conditions, livestream, players party downtown, shuttle service from airport, fastest serve competition, hotel on site, free food and water for the players, lots of volunteers and referees, nice trophies, event girls with free energy drinks and last, but not least a perfectly organised tournament - 2016 Latvian Open had it all. All results are now online on fir.tournamentsoftware.com

 

 

Busby wins first IWT

Upcoming Daniel Busby from Great Britain took his first ever World Tour tournament win after great performances on the final day of play. First he outlasted FIR President Kresten Hougaard in a two hour semifinal, before having the energy to fend off the likes of fellow countryman, Leon Griffiths in the final. Leon stands out as the youngest ever finalist in a World Tour men's final and is definitely one to watch for the future.

 

Tyrrell in an amazing comeback

Izzy Tyrrell (credit: Latvian Racketlon Federation) have been through a numerous of surgeries over the past year and have had a break from the World Tour. Izzy's last tournament win was in January of 2014 when she beat the current world number 1, Chrisi Seehofer in the final of the Vienna Classics. Coming back into shape, she is now back with a win on the World Tour making it a successful weekend for the Brits. Izzy beat world numbers 6, Anna-Klara Ahlmer, 8, Lieselot De Bleeckere and 12, Nicole Eisler to reach the title.

 

More wins for Great Britain in the doubles

The British players had a wonderful weekend in Riga. They also won the men's double through Leon Griffiths and James Silvester. The Brits beat the Latvian number one and two, Arturs Zaicevs and Uldis Dzirkalis in what was a very close doubles class from the first round. Izzy Tyrrell with Swedish Lilian Druve won a fourth olympic draws title for Britain. The veterans overcame their younger opponents on experience. Closest was the second placed De Bleeckere/Paul at -7 points. Only one point seperated 2nd and 3rd place with Ahlmer/Eisler losing out to get bronze. Only the mixed double did not have a British winner as Paul/Hougaard took the title after a very close semifinal and final. In the semifinal the winners was down 20-14 in table tennis to Tyrrell/Busby, but crucially came to win it 22-20 and the match overall by 4 points. In the final Frick/Zaicevs played great and were only 3 points from the win.

 

The host nation, Sweden and Belgium dominate the rest of the classes

The Latvian neighbors of Sweden brought a lot of players to Latvia and they did not go home empty-handed. Peter Niska and Frederik Björk was 1 and 2 in Men C and together runners up in Men B doubles. Niclas Lars Larsson was runner up in the prestigious +40 category and Magnus Edby the runner up in +50. The Belgian delegation took the win in Men B through Tobias Daneels and in Men B doubles through Daneels/Lathouwers. The hosts also took two titles with Uldis Dzirkalis taking the title in +40 and Sanita Vilistere the title in Women B. The Finnish neighbors also got a title with by winning the +50 category with Seppo Raiski.

 

Back for 2017?

The FIR and all the players from the 2016 Latvian Open hope to see this truly great tournament back on the World Tour in 2017. Big credit to Tournament Director, Zigmars Puikevics and his team for a job very well done.


Natalie Paul
General Secretary