Krenn and Zeoli win TV-Screens in Linden

World number one is getting in shape at the end of the season and wins his third World Tour tournament of the year: IWT ALTERNATE OPEN in Linden (30.9 - 2.10.). For German Nathalie Zeoli it is the first World Tour victory and the prizes - Large TV-screens for both winners by title sponsor ALTERNATE - are unique on the FIR World Tour. Danish dynamite proved doubles specialists once again with a victory by Ratzer/Jonsson and Zeoli/Ratzer in Mixed. Unbeatable once again Peter Sakovics to take the Seniors (+45) title. All results and end positions are now online on

Wildcard player Jonsson reaches final

The Germans used their home court advantage in the men elite draw to take places 3 to 7, but it was not the favourites like Alex Köpf or Lars Bosselmann who were on top. It was Christian Wiessner to take his first medal on the FIR World Tour with bronze in a play-off match victory with Thorsten Deck. The surprise of the tournament thus once again came from Denmark, but was not Jesper Ratzer who was out casted this time in the quarterfinal by Christoph Krenn already. It was his doubles partner Kasper Jonsson who landed impressing victories against one German after the other with Köppel, Bosselmann, Sültrüp and finally even favourite Thorsten Deck in the semis. On the top half Krenn made his way to the final slowly but with no serious problems with Zeoli, Ratzer or Wiessner either. The final nevertheless was then over fast, with everything going according to plan and Krenn winning all sets except Badminton against a tired Dane, who had one match more during the singles draw.


Record of 3 women elite cancellations

The women elite draw saw a record number of three no show players with Verena Fastenbauer, Sanita Vilistere and Heike Vogt. The reason cannot have been a difficult draw. The nine remaining women battled for a victory with only one seeded player reaching the semifinals. Belgian seeds Inge van den Herrewegen and Lieselot de Bleeckere (who won Girls u21 instead) disappointed in losing their first matches to Lucie Hlavacova and Jutta Schaub. So it was up to Nathalie Zeoli who after some close defeats this year, finally won her first World Tour event in an all-German final with Jutta Schaub, winning all sets except Tabletennis. Nicole Eisler was more than happy with her third place.


Nathalie Zeoli took mixed title too

Nathalie Zeoli was the player of the weekend, taking a second title in Mixed Doubles together with Jesper Ratzer with Köpf/Schaub being chanceless in the final. Köpf tried to take revenge in the Men Doubles together with Christoph Krenn, but once again was taught in the quarterfinals already that Danes Ratzer/Jonsson are currently the best Double players on the Tour and took their third title 2011 already. Other specialists Stolicki/Samonek won only the Tabletennis set in the final.


Top 6 from 6 countries

Top 6 players from 6 different countries, a case only possible in Seniors (+45), but right on the top as always World number one from Hungary Peter Sakovics, who even won Tabletennis in the final with Volker Sach. Highlander Shawn Doney landed on the third step of the podium, after a gummiarm victory in round one with Iftech Gesser. Seniors (+55) title was taken by favourite Zdenek Devaty. Men B – Advanced was dominated by Thomas Knaack with runners-up Alex Levin and former German national team player Oliver Kudicke and in Men C – Amateur Milan Stupavsky took the trophy. Youngster Natalie Paul was the best Amateur player, while Peterskovsky/Kim the best Amateur Double.


Champions League in Linden 2013?

Perfect playing conditions, an all-you-can eat players buffet on Saturday night, the cheap tournament hotel ETAP just next door and a shuttle service from the railway station to the sports centre. “Except for not quite enough referees in the first rounds, it was a perfect tournament, which could even be upgraded to Super World Tour in the coming years”, says FIR-Delegate Christoph Krenn not only because he took the title. “We want to stay small and family like and will host an IWT again in 2012”, says Tournament Director Florian Schwäble after the positive feedback by all players. Nevertheless ALTERNATE will consider applying for the Champions League in 2013.


All Results and End positions


Report: Marcel Weigl




Linden/Germany 30. Sept. – 2. Oct.

Men A – Elite

  1. Christoph Kren, Aut
  2. Kasper Jonsson, Den
  3. Christian Wiessner, Ger

Women A – Elite

  1. Nathalie Zeoli, Ger
  2. Jutta Schaub, Ger
  3. Nicole Eisler, Sui

Men A – Elite Doubles

  1. Kasper Jonsson/Jesper Ratzer, Den
  2. Krystof Samonek/Norbert Stolicki, Pol
  3. Lars Bosselmann/Christian Wiessner, Ger

Mixed Doubles

  1. Nathalie Zeoli/Jesper Ratzer, Ger/Den
  2. Jutta Schaub/Alex Köpf, Ger
  3. Svenja Kleb/Thorsten Deck, Ger

Girls (u21)

  1. Lieselot de Bleeckere, Bel
  2. Svenja Kleb, Ger
  3. Natalie Paul, Ger

Seniors (+45)

  1. Peter Sakovics, Hun
  2. Volker Sach, Ger
  3. Shawn Doney, Sco

Seniors (+55)

  1. Zdenek Devaty, Cze
  2. Hans van der Landen, Ned
  3. Dierk Rohwedder, Ger

Women B - Amateur

  1. Natalie Paul, Ger
  2. Nathalie Monnier, Bel
  3. Gabriele Zeoli, Ger

Men B – Advanced

  1. Thomas Knaack, Ger
  2. Alex Levin, Isr
  3. Oliver Kudicke, Ger

Men C – Amateur

  1. Milan Stupavsky, Cze
  2. Christian Bergold, Ger
  3. Bastian Holzhäuser, Ger

Men B – Amateur Doubles

  1. Steffen Peterskovsky/Sejune Andrew Kim, Ger
  2. Tom Branke/Jens Wieth, Ger
  3. Zoltan Albert/Balasz Francia, Hun