Nathalie Vogel, the ex World Champion and Morten Jaksland, the world number 5 are the first ever winners of a racketlon tournament in Spain. The Racketlon Denmark hosted tournament was held at the amazing Danish owned sports resort, Club La Santa, at the Canary island of Lanzarote. The days leading up to the tournament were windy with a few clouds, but the tournament days saw 20+ degrees, no wind and the strong equator sun from a clear sky. All results are online on fir.tournamentsoftware.com
Even Men Elite draw
Morten Jaksland won his first ever World Tour tournament by defeating wild card player, Markus Zeoli in the final. Morten has previously won two challenger tournaments and now the 25-year Dane has his first IWT win too. The ever improving youngster had to see off an amazing tennis from other wild card player, Joshua Zeoli in the second round, Mortens first match. Morten needed 9 points in tennis, which is Mortens favorite game, however Joshua is an incredible tennis player and made it to 19-7. Morten held his nerve and closed out the match at 9-19. In the semi Morten got through Benjamin Hampl while Markus upset world number 6, Kresten Hougaard in the other semi.
Nathalie Vogel back on the World Tour with a win
The ex Women's World Champion, Nathalie Vogel from Germany, played her first tournament for more than 2 years at the Single World Champs in Germany in November. Now she is back with a tournament win after dominating the Women's draw. Runner-up was the 1st seed, Kirsten Kaptein of Netherlands.
Zeoli brothers take the double
The Zeoli brothers did not only get both wild cards for the Men Elite Singles, they also got the only wild card for the Men Elite Doubles. The Zeolis made the best of it and after taking out the pre-tournament favorites, Morten Jaksland and Mikkel Bodzioch of Denmark in the first round, they got through Emriksson/Stenfelt of Sweden in the semi and Bühler/Hampl in the final. Benjamin Hampl got his title in the mixed instead teaming up with Esther Dübendorfer. Kirsten Kaptein and Guus Van De Burgt were runners up.
Titles for Sweden, Belgium and Germany
Erik Stenfelt that wasn't awarded a wild card for the Men Elite won the Men B instead. In the final he beat Morrocan surprise Mohammed Tarik Koubaa. Men C went to German Ulrich Schlepphorst, who had a dramatic +1-win in the semifinal over countryman Andreas Mrazek, decided by only 1 point in the end. Germany also took another title through Anita Voelkel in the Women +40. Stephane Goriely took the title in Men +45 while Uli Schlepphorst/Manfred Grab won the +45 doubles and Kim Ljungberg-Jensen and Juho Vuorinen won Men B doubles.
After the tournament, the big leisure pool quickly became venue for resting and a few beers and later in the evening, the on site El Lago restaurant was the venue of the players dinner and prize giving ceremony while the on site disco made for drinks and party until the early morning. Whether the tournament will be back in 2018 is still undecided, however the big amount of positive feedback on the tournament and on Club La Santa itself definitely increases the chances.