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10/12/14

12 Smrikva Bowl players were at Metropolia Orange Bowl International Championship 2014 - GRADE A under 18 ITF Tournament; Ingrid NEEL is in the finals and William BLOOMBERG reached quarterfinals

ORANGE BOWL 2014 – Junior Tennis Championships – Grade A – under 18

After Eddie Herr International most of the under 18 age group players who attended that tournament are playing the Grade A – U18 age group ORANGE BOWL 2014…

In the first round there were 12 Smrikva Bowl players out of 128 (9,4%)

In the second round there were 8 Smrikva Bowl players out of 64 (12,5%)

In the third round there were 4 Smrikva Bowl players out of 32 (12,5%)

In the quarterfinals there were 2 Smrikva Bowl players out of 16 (12,5%)

In the semifinals there was one Smrikva Bowl players out of 8 (12,5%)

In the finals there was one Smrikva Bowl player out of 4 (25%), Ingird NEEL


GIRLS UNDER 18

Ingrid Neel (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: I.Neel – Veronica MIROSHNICHENKO (Rus) 6:4, 6:3
2nd round: Ingrid Neel – Fernanda ASTETE (Chi) 7:5, 6:2
3rd round: Ingrid Neel – Sandra SAMIR (Egy) 7:6,1:6,7:6
Quarterfinals: Ingrid Neel – Katherine SEBOV (Can) 6:2,6:2
Semifinals: Ingrid Neel – M.KILNAROVA (Cze) 6:2,4:6,6:4
Finals: Ingrid Neel – Sofia KENIN (Usa) 3:6, 3:6

Michaela Gordon (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Michaela Gordon – Destanee AIAVA (Aus) 6:1, 7:5
2nd round: Michaela Gordon – Anna KALINSKAYA (Rus) 6:3, 6:2
3rd round: Michaela Gordon – Kayla DAY (Usa) 6:3,1:6,5:7

Katie Swan (UK) -14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner
1st round: K.Swan – M.VOUNDROUSOVA (Cze) 6:4,2:6,6:1
2nd round: Katie Swan – A.POSPELOVA (Rus) 2:6, 0:2, ret.

Seone Mendez (Aus) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Seone Mendez – Emma HIGUCHI (Usa) 6:2, 7:6
1st round: Seone Mendez – Maria SHISHKINA (Rus) 5:7, 2:6

Katarina Jokic (SRB) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner
1st round: Katarina Jokic – Tereza KOLAROVA (Cze) 6:2, 6:0
2nd round: Katarina Jokic – Sandra SAMIR (Egy) 0:6, 0:6

Anastasia Mikheeva (UK) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Anastasia Mikheeva – Mia HORVIT (USA) 2:6,2:6

Claire Liu (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Claire Liu – Monica KILNAROVA (Cze) 4:6,6:2,3:6

Maia Lumsden (UK) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up
1st round: Maia Lumsden – Caroline DOLEHIDE (Usa) 5:7, 2:6


BOYS UNDER 18

William Blumberg (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: W.Blumberg – N.MORENO DE ALBORAN (Esp) 6:4,6:3
2nd round: William Blumberg – Mikael YMER (Swe) 6:1, 4:6, 6:3
3rd round: William Blumberg – Domagoj BILJESKO (Cro) 6:2, 6:3
Quarterfinals: William Blumberg – S.KOZLOV (USA) 6:7, 4:6

Tommy Paul (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Tommy Paul – McClain KESSLER (Usa) 6:4, 6:4
2nd round: Tommy Paul – Seong KONG (Kor) 6:2, 6:4
3rd round: Tommy Paul – Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre) 5:7,6:7

Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Miomir Kecmanovic – Vitalii SCHERBA (Ukr) 6:4, 6:2
2nd round: Miomir Kecmanovic – Andrey RUBLEV (Rus) 6:7, 2:6

Lloyd Harris (RSA) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Lloyd Harris – Alfredo PEREZ (Usa) 6:7,6:7

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


01/12/14

39 Smrikva Bowl player at EDDIE HERR INTERNATIONAL 2014: Himari SATO (winner U12) and Helene PALLICANO (runner up U12), Luisa MEYER AUF DER HEIDE reached semifinals; Charlotte OWENSBY, Olga DANILOVIC, Katie SWAN, Miomir KECMANOVIC reached quarterfinals...

EDDIE HERR INTERNATIONAL 2014 – Junior Tennis Championships
IMG/Bollettieri Academies,
Bradenton, Florida USA

November 26th – December 7th, 2014.

This prestigious Junior International tournament was founded in 1987 by Eddie’s grandson (Glenn Feldman) to honor his grandfather for his life’s passion and success of bringing the world’s best junior tennis players together to compete. Eddie Herr was the founder of the Orange Bowl…

Over the past 20 years the Eddie Herr International Junior Tournament attracted players from over 136 nations and has served as a springboard to the professionals such as Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian, Anna Kournikova, Mardy Fish, Xavier Malisse, Marcelo Rios, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic – to name just a few.

There are various Smrikva Bowl players won won Eddie Herr International over the last year… Katarina Jokic (under 12 age group)… Dominic Thiem (under 18 age group)… Ana Konjuh (under 18 age group)… last year Miomir KECMANOVIC and Adam NEFF won respective under 14 and under 12 age groups…

… and this year in under 12 age group Himari SATO defeated Helene PELLICANO both Smrikva Bowl girls :)…

I was pleased to recognize many Smrikva Bowl names in the Main Draws of this year edition too… there are under 12, 14, 16 and under 18 age group… in total 512 players…

In the first round there were 39 Smrikva Bowl players out of 512 (7,6%)

In the second round there were 25 Smrikva Bowl players out of 256 (9,8%)

In the third round there were 16 Smrikva Bowl players out of 128 (12,5%)

In the quarterfinals there were 7 Smrikva Bowl players out of 64 (10,9%)

In the semifinals there were 3 Smrikva Bowl players out of 32 (9,4%)

In the finals there were 2 Smrikva Bowl players out of 16 (12,5%)… Himari SATO and Helene PELLICANO

Girls:

GIRLS UNDER 12

Himari Sato (JPN) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner
1st round: Himari Sato – Chloe Compson (UK) 6:0, 6:2
2nd round: Himari Sato – Emily De Oliveira (Fra) 6:2, 6:1
3rd round: Himari Sato – Whitney Osuigwe (USA) 6:4, 7:6
Quarterfinals: Himari Sato – Kim Seoyoung (KOR) 6:4, 6:2
Semifinals: Himari Sato – Qinwen Zheng (Chn) 5:7,7:5,6:4
Finals: Himari Sato – Helene Pellicano (MLT) 6:0,7:6

Helene Pellicano (MLT) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Helene Pellicano – Isabella Mandis 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Helene Pellicano – Weronika Baszak (POL) 6:4, 6:2
3rd round: Helene Pellicano – Ekaterina Vinnik 6:4, 7:6
Quarterfinals: Helene Pellicano – Victoria Hu (USA) 7:5, 6:2
Semifinals: Helene Pellicano – Luisa Meyer (GER) 7:5, 6:4
Finals: Helene Pellicano – Himari Sato (JPN) 0:6,6:7

Luisa Meyer auf der Heide (GER) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 runner up
1st round: Luisa Meyer – Yashna Yellayi (USA) 6:4, 6:1
2nd round: Luisa Meyer – Francesca Curmi (MLT) 6:3, 6:1
3rd round: Luisa Meyer – Gabriela Giraldo Saenz (Col) 6:3, 6:3
Quarterfinals: Luisa Meyer – Charlotte Owensby (USA) 7:6, 6:1
Semifinals: Luisa Meyer – Helene Pellicano (MLT) 5:7, 4:6

Charlotte Owensby (USA) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 semifinalist
1st round: Charlotte Owensby – Maria Barbosa de Menezes (BRA) 6:0,6:0
2nt round: Charlotte Owensby – Gianna Pielet (USA)
3rd round: Charlotte Owensby – Kristyna Lavickova (Cze) 6:3, 7:5
Quarterfinals: Charlotte Owensby – Luisa Meyer (GER) 6:7, 1:6

Kristyna Lavickova (CZE) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Kristyna Lavickova – Sapir Sela (USA) 6:0, 6:1
2nd round: Kristyna Lavickova – Yeonwoo Ku 6:1, 6:0
3rd round: Kristyna Lavickova – Charlotte Owensby (USA) 3:6,5:7

Noa Krznaric (CRO) – 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 winner
1st round: Noa Krznaric – Daniella Dimitrov (BGR) 7:6, 6:1
2nd round: Noa Krznaric – Tina Smith (CHE) 6:1, 6:1
3rd round: Noa Krznaric – Alina Charaeva (Rus) 2:6, 5:7

Francesca Curmi (MLT) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Francesca Curmi – Rachel Krzyzak (CAN) 6:4, 7:6
2nd round: Francesca Curmi – Luisa Meyer (GER) 3:6,1:6

Weronika Baszak (POL) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Weronika Baszak – Aleksandra Wierzbowska 7:6, 7:5
2nd round: Weronika Baszak – Helene Pellicano (MLT) 4:6, 2:6

Sophia Weiland (GER) – 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013
1st round: Sophia Weiland – Whitney Osuigwe (USA) 1:6, 1:6

Anastasia Dimitrijevic (AUT) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Anastasia Dimitrijevic – Yeonwoo Ku 1:6, 0:6


GIRLS UNDER 14

Olga Danilovic (SRB) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner
1st round: Olga Danilovic – Elli Mandlik (USA) 5:7, 6:3, 6:1
2nd round: Olga Danilovic – Lana Brezanin (CRO) 6:1, 6:0
3rd round: Olga Danilovic – Maria Manilova 6:1, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Olga Danilovic – Caty Mcnally (USA) 4:6, 0:6

Lana Brezanin – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011
1st round: Lana Brezanin – Gabriel Karatantcheva 6:2, 6:4
2nd round: Lana Brezanin – Olga Danilovic (SRB) 1:6, 0:6


GIRLS UNDER 16

Paola Maza (PRI) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Paola Maza – Tereza Koplova (CZE) 2:6, 3:6


GIRLS UNDER 18

Katie Swan (UK) -14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner
1st round: Katie Swan – Mia HORVIT (USA) 4:6, 6:3, 6:0
2nd round: Katie Swan – N. BAINS (Aus) 6:4, 6:4
3rd round: Katie Swan – Sofia KENIN (USA) 6:2, 6:3
Quarterfinals: Katie Swan – F. STOLLAR (HUN) 6:7, 2:6

Maia Lumsden (UK) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up
1st round: Maia Lumsden – Claudia WIKTORIN (USA) 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Maia Lumsden – Michaela Gordon (USA) 1:6,6:4,6:3
3rd round: Maia Lumsden – R. KINGSLEY (USA) 5:7, 2:6

Katarina Jokic (SRB) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner
1st round: Katarina Jokic – U. ARCONADA (USA) 7:6, 6:0
2nd round: Katarina Jokic – Kelly CHEN (USA) 6:0, 6:1
3rd round: Katarina Jokic – Dalma GALFI (HUN) 1:6, 0:6

Claire Liu (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Claire Liu – Katherine SEBOV (CAN) 7:5, 6:2
2nd round: Claire Liu – Marketa VONDROUSOVA (CZE)
3rd round: Claire Liu – E. LEVASHOVA (RUS) 1:6,6:0,2:6

Ingrid Neel (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Ingrid Neel – Lucie WARGNIER (FRA) 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Ingrid Neel – G. MINNEN (Bel) 6:4, 6:3
3rd round: Ingrid Neel – C. BELLIS (USA) 2:6, 5:7

Seone Mendez (Aus) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Seone Mendez – V.MIROSHNICHENKO (RUS) 6:3, 6:1
1st round: Seone Mendez – Caroline DOLEHIDE (USA) 4:6, 2:6

Michaela Gordon (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Michaela Gordon – S. SAMIR (EGY) 4:6, 6:2, 6:3
2nd round: Michaela Gordon – Maia Lumsden (UK) 6:1,4:6,3:6

Gabriella Taylor (UK) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: Gabriella Taylor – Destanee AIAVA (AUS) 4:6,6:4,2:6

Anastasia Mikheeva (UK) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Anastasia Mikheeva – Dalma GALFI (HUN) 2:6,1:6


Boys:

BOYS UNDER 12

Viktor Jovic (SRB) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 semifinalist
1st round: Viktor Jovic – Huag Haoyuan (Chn) 6:2, 6:4
2nd round: Viktor Jovic – Maximilian Bonte (Fra) 6:2, 6:4
3rd round: Viktor Jovic – Jungwon Park (Kor) 3:6, 2:6

Lovro Suevich (CRO) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Lovro Suevich – Jiri Krouzek (CZE) 6:1, 6:2
2nd round: Lovro Suevich – Alexander Gaponenko (Isr) 2:6,7:6,2:6

Michael Francis Eala (PHI) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Michael Eala – Zane Khan (USA) 1:6, 0:6

Patrick Brady (THA) – 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 winner
1st round: Patrick Brady – Pedro Dias (BRA) 2:6, 3:6

Milan Macura (SRB) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Milan Macura – Lucas Batista (BRA) 2:6,6:2,2:6

Mikolaj Lorens (POL) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Mikolaj Lorens – Dongju Kim 7:5, 0:6, 4:6

Ante Cikojevic (GER) – 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 runner up
1st round: Ante Cikojevic – Alvaro Guillen-Meza (ECU) 1:6, 1:6


BOYS UNDER 14

Karlo Suevich (USA) – 15th Smrikv Bowl 2010 runner up
1st round: Karlo Suevich – Fernandez Ricardo (MEX) 6:1, 6:4
2nd round: Karlo Suevich – Trey Hilderbrand (USA) 0:6, 0:6

Matic Podlipnik (SLO) – 15th Smrikv Bowl 2010
1st round: Matic Podlipnik – Sebastian Rodriguez (PER) 7:5, 6:2
2nd round: Matic Podlipnik – Jaycer Calleros (USA) 0:6, 1:6

Lancelot Carnello (SWE) – 15th Smrikv Bowl 2010
1st round: Lancelot Carnello – William Woodall (USA) 0:6, 1.6


BOYS UNDER 16

Amaury de Beer – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Amaury de Beer – Armando Lobo (BRA) 1:6, 3:6

Andrej Jokic – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Andrej Jokic – Vasil Kirkov (USA) 0:6, 5:7


BOYS UNDER 18

Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Miomir Kecmanovic – Vitalii HCHERBA (UKR) 6:1, 6:3
2nd round: Miomir Kecmanovic – Casper RUUD (NOR) 6:7,6:4,6:4
3rd round: Miomir Kecmanovic – C. ENOLLY (FRA) 6:3, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Miomir Kecmanovic – Reilly OPELKA (USA) 6:7, 0:6

William Blumberg (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2008
1st round: William Blumberg – Victor LI (HKG) 6:2, 6:1
2nd round: William Blumberg – Jack VAN SLYKE (CAN) 6:1, 6:1
3rd round: William Blumberg – S. HONG (KOR) 6:3,5:7,1:6

Tommy Paul (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Tommy Paul – Eero VASA (FIN) 6:1, 6:2
2nd round: Tommy Paul – Sami KIRBERG (USA) 6:2, 6:4
3rd round: Tommy Paul – M. MMOH (USA) 6:7,6:4,5:7

Yshai Oliel (SRB) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up
1st round: Yshai Oliel – David MITCHELL (USA) 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Yshai Oliel – C OH (Kor) 2:6, 6:3, 6:2

Lloyd Harris (RSA) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007
1st round: Lloyd Harris – Vit KOPRIVA (CZE) 3:6, 2:6

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


30/11/14

Chair and Lines Umpires Educational Course was held this week end at Smrikve by Croatian Tennis Umpires Registry Members: Mila Knežević and Mladen Tomšić

Over the last weekend we organized in Smrikve the Chair and Lines Umpire Course mainly for Smrikva Bowl Staff Members…

Croatian Tennis Umpires Registry Members Mila Knezevic and Mladen Tomsic run the Course…

There were 12 Smrikva Bowl Staff Members from Pula and 3 external guests who attended the course from Opatija and Zagreb…

Mila Knezevic and Mladen Tomsic have both very long on-court Umpire experience… and they both have long experience in training Chair and Lines Umpires in Croatia…

This was an opportunity for Smrikva Bowl Staff Members to update their knowledge and learn more from the long experience of Mila and Mladen…

The key objective was to go through the rules and procedures that are important to assure high quality match conditions on the court…

The gathering started on Friday… 28th of November… and that first day was dedicated to ITF Rules of Tennis…

We went through all the rules… one by one… and through a large number of case studies…

I am pleased to recall the examined Rules by using few course pictures just for the first day table of contents of the gathering:

Rule 1: The Court
Rule 2: Permanent Fixture
Rule 3: The Ball
Rule 4: The Racket
Rule 5: Score in a Game
Rule 6: Score in a Set
Rule 7: Score in a Match
Rule 8: Server & Receiver
Rule 9: Choice of Ends & Service
Rule 10: Change of Ends

Rule 11: Ball in Play
Rule 12: Ball touches a Line
Rule 13: Ball Touches a Permanent Fixture
Rule 14: Order of Service
Rule 15: Order of Receiving in Doubles
Rule 16: The Service
Rule 17: Serving
Rule 18: Foot Fault
Rule 19: Service Fault
Rule 20: Second Service

Rule 21: When to Serve & Receive
Rule 22: The Let During a Service
Rule 23: The Let
Rule 24: Player Loses Point
Rule 25: A Good Return
Rule 26: Hinderance
Rule 27: Correcting Errors
Rule 28: Role of Court Officials
Rule 29: Continuous Play
Rule 30: Coaching
Rule 31: Player Analysis Technology

We’ve also gone through the wheelchair tennis Rules and various appendixes: Appendix I: The Ball, Classification of Court Surface Pace; Appendix II: The Racket; Appendix III: Player Analysis Technology; Appendix IV: Advertising; Appendix V: Alternative Procedures and Scoring Methods; Appendix VI: Role of Court Officials; Appendix VII: 10 and under tennis competition; Appendix VIII: Plan of the Court…

The second day had more focus on Procedures (question of tennis law vs. question of tennis facts)… the Role of Court Officials (Referee, Chair Umpire, Line Umpire)… many practical cases were analyzed… and many real cases managed by Mila and Mladen were discussed…

During the Course both teachers were giving focus on analyzing situations, answering questions, asking questions… and making clear that we understand well the material received before the Course…

… and the third day… Sunday… was the exam day…

… and I am pleased to share that 12 members of the Staff successfully completed the Course…

It was a nice experience…and is always a pleasure to have the opportunity to learn something new…

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, SMRIKVE LOUNGE, Villa TASTE, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


18/11/14

Last week end the 16th International Tennis Symposium was held at Centro Pavesi in Milan (Italy) promoted by Pro Camp MGM Italia, UISP and GPTCA

I spent this week end at Centro Pavesi in Milan participating the 16th International Tennis Symposium… as per tradition the Symposium gathered many interesting speakers and it was again an opportunity to learn something new…

This year the event was promoted by Pro CAMP MGMG Italia in collaboration with Il TENIS ITALIANO Magazine and sponsored by UISP (Unione Italiana Sport per tutti) and GPTCA (Global Professional Tennis Coach Association)…

GPTCA is a quite a new fast growing tennis association of Profesional Coaches – certified by ATP – and chaired by Alberto CASTELLANI… Alberto CASTELLANI was also this year the main facilitator of the event because as last year also this year the Symposium was combined with GPTCA Certification Course…

After the welcome word of the Symposium president Mr. Massimo Rossi over the week end many speakers shared their experience with the group: Alberto CASTELLANI, Dragos Madalin LUSCAN, Alessandra PARRONI, Eduardo Luis SILVA, Fulvio CONSOLI, Patricio REMONDEGUI, Manuela BENZI, Stefano TAMORRI, Guglielmo SORCI, Fabrizio CALDARONE, Rainer SHUETTLER, Gorio MANDOZZI, Renato PALMA, Tiziano GAMBA

The main theme was “The Personal Coaching from competition of our tennis schools to high level: the steps that tennis school have to observe”… overall the mental part had a big impact on this year event…

The first topic presented was named “Creativity and fantasy as basis elements of motivation: difference between creative and non-creative trainings”… and was presented by Alberto CASTELLANI

As per tradition, Alberto was extraordinary to present the topic… no words were required to be creative ;)… Alberto used the music support and it is something we do for years at “La Bottega” di Smrikve… and his lessons remind me our tennis talents who join as at Smrikve for specific fine tuning weeks… it was a nice lesson…

The following topic was presented by Dragos Madalin LUSCAN… I had pleasure to meet him last year in relation with TRX opportunities… and also this time the topic shared was very interesting…

The title of the topic was “Healthy and myofascial release”… and the most interesting part was that most of the exercises you can simple do with a tennis ball…

After Dragos it was the first lesson related with Mental Training and was held by Alessandra PARRONI… the title was “Mindfulness, flow state and excellent performance: which correlation?”… Alessandra is part of Alberto Castellani’s staff and her lesson was a valuable introduction to all the other speakers who dedicated time to similar subject during symposium…

THe following topic was presented by Eduardo Luis SILVA… on PTR Annual forum at Vavassori Academy in September I had the opportunity to learn about his pilot project… and this time I learned a bit more… the title of the lesson was: “Tennis Program for blinds, Italy.”…

Very emotional presentation… and very interesting… giving importance to what also top tennis players have to give importance… developing sensations… and using sounds and other elements which help to reach the excellence… it was very interesting learning story…

After Eduardo… also Fulvio CONSOLI was invited to share his tennis teaching experience… with people having other difficulties…

Patricio REMONDEGUI followed with his presentation and he made some court exercises with the group of students… it was a real pleasure to watch at work the coach who helped Robin KERN in his tennis growth… and Robin played Smrikva Bowl in 2002 … Giulia LAMBIASE is another of his students and Giulia also played Smrikva…

The title of the topic presented by Patricio was: “Professional coaching: fantasy and creativity as basis of trainings for high level players”…

At the end of the first day there was another lesson dedicated to mental part… dedicated to Motor Imagery… the exact title presented was: “Anatomical bases of Motor Imagery and research of praxic Tennis shot: maximum efficacy with minimum effort.”…

There were four speakers: Guiglielmo SORCI… and he started with presenting the lesson…

… continued by… Manuela BENZI and Stefano TAMORRI

it was very interesting to see what science has to say about it… and at the end Alberto CASTELLANI made practice part on the court…

The second day started with Fabrizio CALDARONE…. title of his lesson was: “Life on tour-views on Tennis industry & player management”…

I had pleasure to listen Fabrizio in the past… and it was another interesting presentation…

Last year Toni NADAL shared his coaching experience… and this year it was Rainer SHUETTLER who shared his playing and coaching experience…. Rainer was #4 ATP player in the World… and currently is dedicating his time to coaching… and the presented case was dedicated to his student Bernakis…

Rainer did not only shared his experience… but he also played tennis… and performed some exercises run by Alberto Castellani… the title of his lessons were: “My professional coaching” and “Training and my job with R. Berankis, Junior World Champion and rising tennis star.”…

Last year uncle Tony NADAL… used few words to describe Rafa… and he used two words humble and simple… and this year Alberto Castellani used similar words to describe Rainer: humble and hard working

It was very nice life and growing story Rainer shared about his relation with his coach…

After Rainer… a big surprise was Gorio MANDOZZI

Gorio showed great knowledge of anathomy and body in general… title of his lesson was: “Bio-mechanics evolution to excel in sport performance”…

but his knowledge is broad and touch various fields… Osteopathic Tecniques, Physiotherapy, Posturology, Kinesiology, Matabolic Food… and he simply showed the excellence that can be reached by a Physiotherapeut if he loves and dedicate with passion to this subject…

The last two lessons were dedicated to Mental part again…

The first one was held by Renato PALMA with title… “The easy happiness”…

The second one, and the last one of this year symposiium, was held by Tiziano GAMBA with title… “Interventions on emotional interferences which interpose with an excellent performance”…

It was another Symposium “good year”… :)

Alberto CASTELLANI, a part of being a coach, is a great fun of culture, art and history thus his presentation are usually coloured with deep notes related with culture that I always enjoy…

… and he is, among other, the President of the ATP Global Professional Tennis Coach Association… and GPTCA can count on huge network of coaches around the World therfore the subjects elected to be shared are always of interest…

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, SMRIKVE LOUNGE, Villa TASTE, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


12/11/14

Top Smrikva Bowl and "Little Mo"/Smrikva Bowl players on ATP, WTA, ITF and European under 14 and 16 ranking lists (update November 2014)

Former top Smrikva Bowl players that reached certain results on the professional ranking list are mentioned below and the top Smrikva Bowl players ranking…

TOP 100 WTA Smrikva Bowl Players Club with their best historical ranking:
Belinda BENCIC – 2006 player – #32 WTA (Nov 2014)
Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #42 WTA (Jun 2012)
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2003 semif.- # 51 WTA (Jun 2014)
Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #62 WTA (Jul 2013)
Ana KONJUH – 2007 runner up – #84 WTA (Nov 2014)
Ivana LISJAK – 1997 winner – #95 WTA (Jun 2006)

TOP 100 ATP Smrikva Bowl Players Club with their best historical ranking:

Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #36 ATP (Aug 2014)
Borna CORIC – 2005 player – #89 ATP (Nov 2014)

As of 12th of November 2014 the ranking summary of the very TOP former Smrikva Bowl boys and girls is the following:

• 25 players TOP 700 WTA
Belinda BENCIC – 2006 player – #32 WTA
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2003 semif.- # 62 WTA
Ana KONJUH – 2007 runner up – #84 WTA
Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #85 WTA
Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #177 WTA
Tereza MRDEZA – 2000 winner – #239 WTA
Ema MIKULCIC – 2002 quarterfinalist – #266 WTA
Olga IANCHUK – 2005 runner up – #295 WTA
Iva MEKOVEC – 2005 player – #339 WTA
Katie BOULTER, 2006 player, – #371 WTA
Irina Maria BARA – 2005 player – #435 WTA
Ivana JOROVIC – 2007 player – #449 on WTA
Jana FETT – 2005 player – #453 WTA
Martina CAREGARO – 2002 winner – #468 WTA
Silvia NJIRIC – 2003 runner up – #487 WTA
Dea HERDZELAS, 2006 quarterfinalist – #519 WTA
Eleanor DEAN, 2006 winner, – #534 WTA
Nina STOJANOVIC – 2006 player – #542 WTA
Camilla ROSATELLO – 2005 player – #560 WTA
Ema BURGIC – 2002 semifinalist – #574 WTA
Martina TREVISAN – 2003 player – #585 WTA
Manisha FOSTER – 2003 player – #644 WTA
Olga FRIDMAN – 2008 player – #667 WTA
Michaela GORDON – 2009 “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl player – #697 WTA
Victoria KUZMOVA – 2008 semifinalist – #699 WTA

• 13 players TOP 700 ATP

Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #39 ATP
Borna CORIC – 2005 player – #89 ATP
Federico GAIO – 2002 player – #301 ATP
Laslo DJERE – 2005 runner up – #344 ATP
Gianluigi QUINZI – 2006 winner – # 371 ATP
Nikola MILOJEVIC – 2005 CD winner – #374 ATP
Miki JANKOVIC – 2004 runner up – #412 ATP
Matteo DONATI – 2005 winner – #426 ATP
Robin KERN – 2002 player – #449 ATP
Filip VEGER – 2004 semifinalist – #501 ATP
Dino MARCAN – 2001 runner up – #535 ATP
Adelchi VIRGILI – 1999 winner – #620 ATP
Matej SABANOV – 2002 semifinalist – #644 ATP

• 1 player TOP 50 ATP doubles

Marin DRAGANJA – 2001 winner – #25 ATP

• 5 boys and 12 girls… in total 17 players are in TOP 100 ITF

BOYS:

- #38 Andre BIRO
- #39 Nino SERDARUSIC
- #61 Lloyd George Muirhead HARRIS
- #77 Miomir KECMANOVIC
- #91 William BLUMBERG

GIRLS:

- #15 Ivana JOROVIC – Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014 doubles runner up, Junior ROLAND GARROS 2014 runner up
- #17 Olga FRIDMAN
- #27 Katie BOULTER – Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014 doubles runner up
- #33 Seone MENDEZ
- #36 Viktoria KUZMOVA
- #40 Katie SWAN
- #53 Gabriella TAYLOR
- #62 Michaela GORDON
- #65 Maia LUMSDEN
- #69 Nina POTOCNIK
- #74 Katarina JOKIC
- #98 Jana FETT – Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014 runner up

1 gril is in TOP 10 ETA under 16 – (Olga FRIDMAN #8)

2 boys and 2 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 14 – (Yshai OLIEL #4, Nicola KUHN #5, Lucie KANKOVA #5, Olga DANILOVIC #8)

IN 1996 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM ISTRIA AND KVARNER (1st Smrikva Bowl)IN 1997 TOP PLAYERS FROM CROATIA gathered on the 2nd Smrikva BowlIN 1998 3rd SMRIKVA BOWL STARTED TO GATHER FIRST FOREIGN PLAYERS

BOYS
Vilim VISAK, 1st Smrikva Bowl 1996 winner, from Croatia. Vilim’s best ranking was #612 in March 2006.

GIRLS
Ivana LISJAK, 2nd Smrikva Bowl 1997 winner, from Croatia. Ivana’s best ranking was #*95 on WTA list* in June 2006.

Astrid BESSER, 4th Smrikva Bowl 1999 winner, from Italy. Atrid’s best ranking was #*356 on WTA list* in March 2009.

Tereza MRDEZA, 5th Smrikva Bowl 2000 winner, from Croatia, is currently ranked #*239 on WTA list*. Tereza’s best ranking was # 151 on WTA list in April 2013.

Adelchi VIRGILI, 5th Smrikva Bowl 2000 winner, from Italy, is currently ranked #*620 on ATP list*.


2001 – 6th Smrikva Bowl was the last year with dominance of the top national players…

BOYS
Marin DRAGANJA, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #25 on ATP double ranking list.
Dino MARCAN, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #*535 on ATP ranking list*.

GIRLS
Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #*177 on WTA list*. Petra’s best raning is #*42 on WTA list* as of June 2012.


IN 2002 SMRIKVA BOWL STARTED TO BE A EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

2002 – 7th Smrikva Bowl and 1st“Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Javier MARTI, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Spain, is currently ranked #782 on ATP ranking list, best ranking #*170 on ATP list* (Apr 2002).
Matej SABANOV, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 semifinalist, from Croatia, is currently ranked #*644 on ATP list*.
Ivan SABANOV, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 semifinalist, from Croatia, is currently ranked #*963 on ATP list*.
Federico GAIO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Italy, is currently ranked #*301* on ATP list*.
Robin KERN, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Germany, is currently ranked #*449* on ATP list*.
Luca MARGAROLI, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Switzerland, is currently ranked #*909* on ATP list*.

GIRLS
Martina CAREGARO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Italy, is ranked #468 on WTA ranking list; her best ranking was #370 on WTA list in October 2010.
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #62 on WTA list.
Ema BURGIC – 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 semifinalist, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #574 on WTA list.


2003 – 8th Smrikva Bowl and 2nd“Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Dominic THIEM, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, from Austria, is ranked #*39 on ATP ranking list*.
George MORGAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Great Britain, is ranked #1282 on ATP ranking list.
Ciprian PORUMB, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Romenia, is ranked #1692 on ATP ranking list.
Nik RAZBORSEK, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 player, from Slovenia, is ranked #792 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Croatia, is ranked #62 on WTA list*.
Silvia NJIRIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #487 on WTA list.
Martina TREVISAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 player, from Italy, is ranked #585 on WTA list.
Manisha FOSTER, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 player, from UK, is ranked #644 WTA

“Little Mo” TEAM
Emmett EGGER, played 2nd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked yet on ATP list.


2004 – 9th Smrikva Bowl and 3rd“Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Miki JANKOVIC, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #412 on ATP ranking list.
Filip VEGER, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Croatia, is ranked #501 on ATP ranking list.
Nerman FATIC, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #830 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 winner, from Serbia. Her best ranking was # 559 on WTA ranking list in June 2012.
Angelica MORATELLI, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from Italy, is ranked #994 on WTA ranking list.
Tjasa SRIMPF, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from Sovenia, is not ranked on WTA ranking list.
Francesca PALMIGIANO, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 quarterfinalist, from Italy, is ranked #807 on WTA ranking list.
Anita HUSARIC, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #707 on WTA ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Mitchel POLNET, played 3rd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #1514 on ATP ranking list.

Blair SHANKLE, played 3rd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, is not ranked on WTA ranking list


IN 2005 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM 3 CONTINENTS

2005 – 10th Smrikva Bowl and 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Matteo DONATI, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner, from Italy, is ranked #426 on ATP list.
Laslo DJERE, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked 344 on ATP list.
Gianluigi QUINZI, ranked 3rd on 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Italy, is ranked #371 on ATP list.
Nikola MILOJEVIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation tournament winner, from Serbia, is ranked #374 on ATP list.
Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #89 on ATP list.
Luka ILIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Serbia, is ranked #1373 on ATP ranking list.
Franko MIOCIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #1065 on ATP ranking list.
Nino SERDARUSIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #1429 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner, from Serbia. Her best ranking was # 559 on WTA ranking list in June 2012.
Olga IANCHUK, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Ukraine, is ranked #295 on WTA list.
Irina Maria BARA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Romania, is ranked #435 on WTA ranking list.
Donna VEKIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #*85 on WTA list*.
Iva MEKOVEC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #339 on WTA list.
Camilla ROSATELLO, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Italy, is ranked #560 on WTA list.
Vladica BABIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 quarterfinalist, from Montenegro, is not ranked on WTA ranking list.
Jana FETT, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Croatia, is ranked #453 on WTA ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Jeffrey SCHORSCH, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Jose GRACIA, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Yale GOLDBERG, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.

Dorothy TANG, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


2006 – 11th Smrikva Bowl and 5th“Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Gianluigi QUINZI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Italy, is ranked #371 on ATP list.
Filip KRALJEVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #1248 on ATP list.
Andre BIRO, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalist, from Hungary, is ranked #1549 on ATP list.
Gabriele MOGHINI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #323 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Eleanor DEAN, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Great Britain, is ranked #534 on WTA list.
Ilka CSOREGI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalists, from Romania, is ranked #714 on WTA list.
Dea HERDZELAS, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 quarterfinalists, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #519 on WTA list.
Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #32 on WTA list
Giulia PAIRONE, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Italy, is not ranked on WTA list.
Nina STOJANOVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Serbia, is ranked #542 on WTA list

“Little Mo” TEAM
Daniel MAESE, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Aries WONG, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is still not ranked on ITF ranking list.

Christina MAKAROVA, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #896 on WTA ranking list.
Gabriella UMOQUIT, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


2007 – 12th Smrikva Bowl and 6th“Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Sacha MERZETTI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 winner, from Italy, is ranked #209 on ITF ranking list.
Bogdan BORZA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #184 on ITF ranking list and is ranked #1605 on ATP list.
Gonzalo MORELL RASCHIATORE, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Spain, is ranked #243 on ITF ranking list.
Sergiu BUCUR, ranked 4th on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Romania, is ranked #725 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked # 84 on WTA list.
Nina POTOCNIK, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Slovenia, is ranked #69 on ITF ranking list.
Ivana JOROVIC, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Serbia, is ranked #449 on WTA list.
Jazzi PLEWS, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from UK, is not ranked on ITF ranking list
Bianka BEKEFI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Hungary, is ranked #145 on ITF ranking list
Anastasia MIKHEEVA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from UK, is ranked #129 on ITF ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Eduardo NAVA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #1178 on ATP ranking list.
Tommy PAUL, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #1122 on ATP ranking list.

Ndindi NDUNDA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Domonique GARLEY, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


IN 2008 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM 5 CONTINENTS AND TURNED INTO A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2008 – 13th Smrikva Bowl and 7th“Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Luka PANIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Switzerland, is ranked #1748 on ITF ranking list.
Mihnea TURCU, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Romania, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Grega KOKALJ, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovenia, is ranked #1030 on ITF ranking list.
Andrea GUERRIERI, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Italy, is ranked #623 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Katarina JOKIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #740 on WTA ranking list.
Maia LUMSDEN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Scotland, is ranked #65 on ITF ranking list.
Viktoria KUZMOVA, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovakia, is ranked #699 on WTA ranking list.
Olga FRIDMAN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Ukraine, is ranked #667 on WTA ranking list.
Nikolina JOVIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Serbia, is ranked #263 on ITF ranking list.
Gabriella Patricia TAYLOR, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from UK, is ranked #754 on WTA ranking list.
Marija CURNIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #1209 on WTA ranking list.
Petra GRANIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #1073 on WTA ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Justin LEE, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
William BLUMBERG, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #91 on ITF ranking list.

Ingrid NEEL, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #250 on ITF ranking list.
Paulina FERRARI, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.


IN 2009 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 6 NEW COUNTRIES AND 1 NEW CONTINENT THUS REACHED THE TOTAL OF 40 COUNTRIES AND 6 CONTINENTS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2009 – 14th Smrikva Bowl and 8th“Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Alvaro REGALADO PEDROL, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from Spain, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Samuele RAMAZZOTTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Italy, is ranked #298 on ITF ranking list.
Karlo SUEVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Slovenia, is ranked #13 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH FOKINA, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Spain, is not ranked in under 16 european ranking.
Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Serbia, is ranked #77 on ITF ranking list.
Alexei POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 Consolation Draw
winner, from Australia, is ranked #155 on ITF ranking list.
Max STEWART, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from UK, is ranked #384 on ITF ranking list.
Patrik RIKL, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Czech Republic, is ranked #251 on ITF ranking list.
Karlo DIVKOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Croatia, is ranked #972 on ITF ranking list.
Andrej JOKIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #358 in under 16 european ranking.
Anthony POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Australia, is ranked #32 in under 14 european ranking.
Alex *DE MINAUR*14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Australia, is ranked #145 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Katie SWAN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from United Kingdom, is ranked #40 on ITF ranking list.
Jovana VUKOVICJOKA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #635 on ITF ranking list.
Inci OGUT, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Turkey, is ranked #474 on ITF ranking list.
Arianna CAPOGROSSO, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Italy, is ranked #857 on ITF ranking list.
Lucie KANKOVA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Czech Republic, is ranked #354 on ITF ranking list.
Sina ZUGER, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Switzerland, is ranked #1024 on ITF ranking list.
Andrea Amalia ROSCA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Romania, is ranked #164 on ITF ranking list.
Alessia WELTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Switzerland, is ranked #510 on ITF ranking list.
Wiktoria KULIK, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Poland, is ranked #323 on ITF ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Noah SCHACHTER, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #1123 on ITF ranking list.
Alex GEE, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.

Michaela GORDON, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #697 on WTA ranking list.
Ashley LAHEY, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #1649 on ITF ranking list.


IN 2010 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 9 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 49 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2010 – 15th Smrikva Bowl and 9th“Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Nicola KUHN, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Spain, is ranked #909 on ITF ranking list.
Karlo SUEVICH, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #13 in under 14 european ranking.
Yshai OLIEL, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Israel, is ranked #308 on ITF ranking list.
Andrei Taica RADU, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #242 in under 14 european ranking.
Matic PODLIPNIK, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player, is ranked #193 in under 14 european ranking.
Tomas MACHAC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist, is ranked #20 in under 14 european ranking.
Filippo MORONI, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, is ranked #162 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Jovana VUKOVICJOKA, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #635 on ITF ranking list.
Paula ARIAS MANJON, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Spain, is ranked #214 in under 14 european ranking.
Neli SUNJIC, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #150 in under 14 european ranking.
Kristina NOVAK, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Slovenia, is ranked #643 on ITF ranking list.
Andja KARANUSIC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #813 on ITF ranking list.
Dalila SAID, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Egypt, is ranked #143 on ITF ranking list.
Mihaela Lorena MARCULESCU, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #694 on ITF ranking list.
Ania HERTEL, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Poland, is ranked #1415 on ITF ranking list.
Irina CANTOS SIEMERS, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist, from Belgium, is ranked #15 in under 14 european ranking.
Emma ZAKORDONIEC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Poland, is ranked #678 on ITF ranking list.
Marija ELENOVA, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Macedonia, is ranked #1888 on ITF ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Max MOTLAGH, played 9th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.

Claire LIU, played 9th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #137 on ITF ranking list.
Alexa BUTERA, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


IN 2011 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 4 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 53 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2011 – 16th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Duje AJDUKOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #94 in under 14 european ranking.
Mihailo POPOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #68 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro SERRANO OSOBA, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Spain, is not ranked on under 14 european ranking.
Stipan MADZAR, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Croatia, is ranked #289 in under 14 european ranking.
Sergiu MANCIOC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 quarterfinalist, from Romania, is ranked #155 in under 14 european ranking.
Marco FURLANETTO, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Italy, is ranked #153 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Olga DANILOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #8 in under 14 european ranking.
Ksenija TMUSIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #655 in under 14 european ranking.
Emilija KOJCIC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Serbia, is ranked #414 in under 14 european ranking.
Betina TOKAC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Turkey, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Andjela SKROBONJA, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 player, from Serbia, is ranked #89 in under 14 european ranking.


IN 2012 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 4 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 57 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION… and for the first time in the quarterfinals there were still five continents represented: AFRICA, ASIA, AMERICA, OCENIA and EUROPE

2012 – 17th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Goran ZIVOTIC, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Sebastian GIMA, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 runner up, from Romania, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Viktor JOVIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, Serbian origin living in UAE, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Ajdin MUHAREMOVIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Himari SATO, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner, from Japan, is too young for ITF ranking.
Luisa MEYER AUF DER HEIDE, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 runner up, from Germany, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Pia LOVRIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Slovenia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Zoe KRUGER, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Republic of South Africa, is too young for ITF ranking.

IN 2013 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 5 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 62 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2013 – 18th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Alejandro TURRIZIANI ALVAREZ, 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 winner, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Carlos ALVAREZ GARFIA, 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 runner up, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Hamad MEDJEDOVIC, ranked 3rd on 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Daniel RINCON YAGUE, ranked 3rd on 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Noa KRZNARIC, 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 winner, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Kyle BILCHEV, 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 runner up, from UK, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Kornelia HUNCAK, ranked 3rd on 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Selin Lidya SEPKEN, ranked 3rd on 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013, from Turkey, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

IN 2014 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 2 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 64 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2014 – 19th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Patrick BRADY, 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 winner, from UK-Thailand, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Ante CIKOJEVIC, 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 runner up, from Germani, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Enrico BALDISSERRI, ranked 3rd on 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014, from Italy, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Danil SOBOLIEV, ranked 3rd on 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014, from Ukraine, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Tea LUKIC, 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 winner, from Serbia – Germany, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Aliona FALEI, 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 runner up, from Belarus, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Emma VALLETTA, ranked 3rd on 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014, from Italy, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Linda FRUHVIRTOVA, ranked 3rd on 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014, from Czech Republic, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

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04/11/14

Charlotte Owensby, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 quarterfinalist, won 17th annual "Little Mo" Nationals 2014 played in Austin - Texas

Charlotte Owensby confirmed with her fifth straight “Little Mo” Nationals title to be one of the most talented US players in her age group… and probably one of the top World players in her age group…

I just learned from Carol Weyman, “Little Mo” Tournament Director, that they just completed the 17th annual “Little Mo” Nationals in Austin, Texas.

Charlotte Owensby won a record 5th straight Nationals title. She won the 8’s as a 7 year old and then won 8’s the next year, 9’s, 10’s and now 11’s. Amazing feat! I learned Charlotte was actually never challenged until her final match against her biggest rival Bridget Stammel. They played each other for the last three finals… and this time they split sets but in end Charlotte did great in momentum management of the match.

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03/11/14

Borna Coric, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, wins ATP "Star of Tomorrow" award

17 years old Borna Coric, who beat former world number one Rafael Nadal last month at the Swiss Indoors, won the ATP ‘Star of Tomorrow’ award…

Borna is currently ranked # 92 ATP and is the youngest Top 100 ATP player. Previous winners include Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marat Safin and Patrick Rafter…

“It is an unbelievable feeling to win this award. Just looking at the list of previous winners is enough to realise how big it is” – Coric said.

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02/11/14

Nicolas ALVAREZ VARONA, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 quarterfinalist, is the winner of GRAN CANARIA YELLOW BOWL 2014 - category 3 ETA under 14 tournament

Nicolas ALVAREZ VARONA, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, is the winner of GRAN CANARIA YELLOW BOWL 2014 – category 3 ETA under 14 tournament

Nicolas ALVAREZ VARONA (Esp) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 quarterfinalist
1st round: N.Alvarez Varona – Oscar WEIGHTMAN (Gbr) 6:2, 6:4
2nd round: N.Alvarez Varona – M.A.HASENKOPF (Ger) 7:5, 6:0
Quarterfinals: N.Alvarez Varona – Tom ZEUCH (Ger) 6:4, 6:2
Semifinals: N.Alvarez Varona – Christian LERBY (Ned) 6.2, 6:0
Finals: N.Alvarez Varona – William GRANT (Usa) 7:5, 6:0

The other Smrikva Bowl player I recognized in the boys under 14 draw is: Lancelot CARNELLO (1st round),

In the under 12 age group – boys: Angel GUERRERO MELGAR (semifinals); and girls: Daniela ALVAREZ MENDOZA (1st round).

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01/11/14

Olga DANILOVIC (u14), 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, is the winner of Davos Junior Trophy 2014, while Mihailo POPOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, reached the semifinals

Olga DANILOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, won the under 14 age group category 2 tournament played in Switzerland – Davos Junior Trophy… while Mihailo POPOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, reached the semifinals.

Olga DANILOVIC (SRB) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner
1st round: Olga DANILOVIC- Liv DROLSHAMMER (Sui) 6:0, 6:1
2nd round: Olga DANILOVIC- Giulia MORLET (Fra) 6:1, 6:3
Quarterfinals: Olga DANILOVIC- Azaliya BADEGYEVA (Rus) 6:1, 6:4
Semifinals: Olga DANILOVIC- Mariam DALAKISHVILI (Geo) 6:1, 6:1
Finals: Olga DANILOVIC – Sabrina AVILYCHEVA (Rus) 6:2, 6:3

Another Smrikva Bowl player I recognized in the girls Draw is: Nina GEISSLER (1st round).

Mihailo POPOVIC (Srb) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up
1st round: Mihailo POPOVIC – Alex HAAGMANS (Sui) 6:3, 6:4
2nd round: Mihailo POPOVIC – Gauthier ONCLIN (Bel) 4:6, 6:4, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Mihailo POPOVIC – Baptiste ANSELMO (Fra) 7:5, 7:6
Semifinals: M.POPOVIC- H.Von Der SCHULENBURG (Sui) 6:7, 1:6

The other Smrikva Bowl players recognized in the boys Draw are: Mattia BELLUCCI (2nd round), Yannik STEINEGGER (2nd round), Nico HORNITSCHEK (1st round).

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23/10/14

It is a world tennis news: "17-Year-Old Borna Coric Notches First Top 3 Win in Basel"... in the quarterfinals was able to win Rafael Nadal...

Borna Coric, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, made the most of his wild card into the Swiss Indoors Basel by taking out 6th-seeded Ernests Gulbis for his first top 20 win, 7:6, 6:3… and only few days after in the quarterfinals 2nd-seeded Rafael Nadal for his first top 3 win, 6:2, 7:6

Borna won his maiden Grand Slam match this summer when he defeated Lukas Rosol at the US Open, was also a quarterfinalist in UMAG this July… I enjoyed his matches this summer… and at the tournament in UMAG he became the second youngest quarterfinalist in Umag history, and the youngest since Rafael Nadal in 2003.

At the beginning of the week Borna took advantage of an uninspired performance made by Ernest Gulbis, earning 14 break points against and converting three en route to his fifth tour level victory of the season.

… after Gulbis… Borna faced Andrey Golubev (#66 ATP) in the second round in Basel… and 6:4, 6:4 victory allowed him to play and win his childhood idol Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals…

Borna said after winning Glubis that this was his biggest win on the Tour but not the best match ever… the best match ever was the one he played against Janowicz in Davis Cup…

Still looking to learn how Borna lived match with Rafa…

Last week I made TOP 100 ATP/WTA list and included Borna’s profile on the list as the first future Candidate to reach TOP 100 ATP and after this quarterfinals victory over Nadal he may enter the Club…

Borna CORIC – 2005 SB player – #122 ATP (Oct 2014)
Junior US Open 2013 winner
Date of birth: 14th of November 1997

His performance on Swiss Indoors (ATP World Tour 500) played in Basel this week is the following:

1st round: Borna Coric – Ernest Gulbis (Lat) 7:6, 6:3
2nd round: Borna Coric – Andrey Golubev (Kaz) 6:4, 6:4
Quarterfinals: Borna Coric – Rafael Nadal (Esp) 6:2, 7:6
Semifinals: Borna Coric – David Goffin (Bel) 4:6,6:3,3;6

Ranking of the players:
Ernest Gulbis (Lat) – #13 ATP
Andrey Golubev (Kaz) – #66 ATP
Rafael Nadal (Esp) – #3 ATP
David Goffin (Bel) – #28 ATP

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16/10/14

Top 100 ATP/WTA Smrikva Bowl Club

Top 100 ATP/WTA Smrikva Bowl Club list former Smrikva Bowl players who reached TOP 100 ATP or WTA ranking during their career… as of October 2014 list is the following:

Belinda BENCIC Marin DRAGANJA Ana KONJUH Ivana LISJAK Petra MARTIC Dominic THIEM Ajla TOMLJANOVIC Donna VEKIC

Top 100 ATP/WTA Smrikva Bowl Club Candidate

Borna CORIC



ATP

Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #36 ATP (Aug 2014)
Junior Roland Garros 2011 runner up
Date of birth: 3rd of September 1993

Marin DRAGANJA – 2001 winner – #29 ATP doubles (Oct 2014)
Date of birth: 13th of May 1991


WTA

Belinda BENCIC – 2006 player – #33 WTA (Sep 2014)
Junior Roland Garros 2013 winner
Junior Wimbledon 2013 winner
Date of birth: 10th of March 1997

Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2003 semif.- # 51 WTA (Jun 2014)
Date of birth: 7th of May 1993

Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #62 WTA (Jul 2013)
Date of birth: 28th of June 1996

Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #42 WTA (Jun 2012)
Date of birth: 19th of January 1991

Ivana LISJAK – 1997 winner – #95 WTA (Jun 2006)
Date of birth: 19th of March 1987

Ana KONJUH – 2007 runner up – #99 WTA (Oct 2014)
Junior Australian Open 2013 winner
Junior US Open 2013 winner
Date of birth: 27th of December 1997


TOP 100 Candidate

Borna CORIC – 2005 player – #122 ATP (Oct 2014)
Junior US Open 2013 winner
Date of birth: 14th of November 1997


13/10/14

Top Smrikva Bowl and "Little Mo"/Smrikva Bowl players on ATP, WTA, ITF and European under 14 and 16 ranking lists (update October 2014)

Former top Smrikva Bowl players that reached certain results on the professional ranking list are mentioned below and the top Smrikva Bowl players ranking…

TOP 100 WTA Smrikva Bowl Players Club with their best historical ranking:
Belinda BENCIC – 2006 player – #33 WTA (Sep 2014)
Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #42 WTA (Jun 2012)
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2003 semif.- # 51 WTA (Jun 2014)
Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #62 WTA (Jul 2013)
Ivana LISJAK – 1997 winner – #95 WTA (Jun 2006)
Ana KONJUH – 2007 runner up – #100 WTA (Oct 2014)

TOP 200 ATP Smrikva Bowl Players Club with their best historical ranking:

Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #36 ATP (Aug 2014)
Borna CORIC – 2005 player – #122 ATP (Oct 2014)
Javier MARTI – 2002 winner – #170 ATP (Apr 2012)

As of 13th of October 2014 the ranking summary of the very TOP former Smrikva Bowl boys and girls is the following:

• 22 players TOP 700 WTA
Belinda BENCIC – 2006 player – #33 WTA
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2003 semif.- # 66 WTA
Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #83 WTA
Ana KONJUH – 2007 runner up – #100 WTA
Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #194 WTA
Ema MIKULCIC – 2002 quarterfinalist – #253 WTA
Tereza MRDEZA – 2000 winner – #290 WTA
Olga IANCHUK – 2005 runner up – #324 WTA
Iva MEKOVEC- 2005 player – #343 WTA
Katie BOULTER, 2006 player, – #431 WTA
Irina Maria BARA – 2005 player – #434 WTA
Ivana JOROVIC – 2007 player – #505 on WTA
Dea HERDZELAS, 2006 quarterfinalist – #521 WTA
Martina CAREGARO – 2002 winner – #532 WTA
Silvia NJIRIC – 2003 runner up – #528 WTA
Eleanor DEAN, 2006 winner, – #541 WTA
Camilla ROSATELLO – 2005 player – #580 WTA
Nina STOJANOVIC – 2006 player – #586 WTA
Martina TREVISAN – 2003 player – #604 WTA
Ema BURGIC – 2002 semifinalist – #605 WTA
Jana FETT – 2005 player – #615 WTA
Christina MAKAROVA, “LM”/SB 2006 – #687 WTA

• 13 players TOP 700 ATP

Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #33 ATP
Borna CORIC – 2005 player – #122 ATP
Federico GAIO – 2002 player – #315 ATP
Laslo DJERE – 2005 runner up – #359 ATP
Gianluigi QUINZI – 2006 winner – # 370 ATP
Nikola MILOJEVIC- 2005 CD winner – #391 ATP
Matteo DONATI – 2005 winner – #404 ATP
Miki JANKOVIC – 2004 runner up – #416 ATP
Robin KERN – 2002 player – #445 ATP
Dino MARCAN – 2001 runner up – #528 ATP
Filip VEGER – 2004 semifinalist – #543 ATP
Matej SABANOV – 2002 semifinalist – #647 ATP
Nik RAZBORSEK – 2003 player – #696 ATP

• 1 player TOP 50 ATP doubles

Marin DRAGANJA – 2001 winner – #30 ATP

• 4 boys and 12 girls… in total 17 players are in TOP 100 ITF

BOYS:

#37 Nino SERDARUSIC

#39 Andre BIRO

#65 Lloyd George Muirhead HARRIS

#99 Miomir KECMANOVIC

GIRLS:

#5 Ivana JOROVIC – Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014 doubles runner up, Junior ROLAND GARROS 2014 runner up

#18 Olga FRIDMAN

#26 Katie BOULTER – Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014 doubles runner up

#36 Seone MENDEZ

#37 Viktoria KUZMOVA

#54 Gabriella TAYLOR

#56 Katie SWAN

#66 Maia LUMSDEN

#71 Nina POTOCNIK

#76 Katarina JOKIC

#80 Jana FETT – Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014 runner up

#85 Michaela GORDON

1 gril is in TOP 10 ETA under 16 – (Olga FRIDMAN #8)

2 boys and 2 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 14 – (Yshai OLIEL #3, Nicola KUHN #5, Lucie KANKOVA #5, Ania HERTEL #10)

IN 1996 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM ISTRIA AND KVARNER (1st Smrikva Bowl)... IN 1997 TOP PLAYERS FROM CROATIA gathered on the 2nd Smrikva Bowl... IN 1998 3rd SMRIKVA BOWL STARTED TO GATHER FIRST FOREIGN PLAYERS...

BOYS
Vilim VISAK, 1st Smrikva Bowl 1996 winner, from Croatia. Vilim’s best ranking was #612 in March 2006.

GIRLS
Ivana LISJAK, 2nd Smrikva Bowl 1997 winner, from Croatia. Ivana’s best ranking was #95 on WTA list in June 2006.

Astrid BESSER, 4th Smrikva Bowl 1999 winner, from Italy. Atrid’s best ranking was #356 on WTA list in March 2009.

Tereza MRDEZA, 5th Smrikva Bowl 2000 winner, from Croatia, is currently ranked #290 on WTA list. Tereza’s best ranking was # 151 on WTA list in April 2013.

Adelchi VIRGILI, 5th Smrikva Bowl 2000 winner, from Italy, is currently ranked #789 on ATP list.


2001 – 6th Smrikva Bowl was the last year with dominance of the top national players…

BOYS
Marin DRAGANJA, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #30 on ATP double ranking list.
Dino MARCAN, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #528 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #194 on WTA list. Petra’s best raning is #42 on WTA list as of June 2012.


IN 2002 SMRIKVA BOWL STARTED TO BE A EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

2002 – 7th Smrikva Bowl and 1st”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Javier MARTI, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Spain, is currently ranked #787 on ATP ranking list, best ranking #170 on ATP list (Apr 2002).
Matej SABANOV, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 semifinalist, from Croatia, is currently ranked #647 on ATP list.
Ivan SABANOV, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 semifinalist, from Croatia, is currently ranked #944 on ATP list.
Federico GAIO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Italy, is currently ranked #315 on ATP list*.
Robin KERN, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Germany, is currently ranked #445 on ATP list*.
Luca MARGAROLI, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Switzerland, is currently ranked #947 on ATP list*.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #66 on WTA list.
Ema BURGIC – 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 semifinalist, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #605 on WTA list.
Martina CAREGARO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Italy, is ranked #532 on WTA ranking list; her best ranking was #370 on WTA list in October 2010.


2003 – 8th Smrikva Bowl and 2nd”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Dominic THIEM, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, from Austria, is ranked #38 on ATP ranking list.
George MORGAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Great Britain, is ranked #1116 on ATP ranking list.
Ciprian PORUMB, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Romenia, is ranked #1710 on ATP ranking list.
Nik RAZBORSEK, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 player, from Slovenia, is ranked #696 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Croatia, is ranked #66 on WTA list*.
Silvia NJIRIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #528 on WTA list.
Martina TREVISAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 player, from Italy, is ranked #604 on WTA list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Emmett EGGER, played 2nd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked yet on ATP list.


2004 – 9th Smrikva Bowl and 3rd”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Miki JANKOVIC, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #416 on ATP ranking list.
Filip VEGER, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Croatia, is ranked #543 on ATP ranking list.
Nerman FATIC, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #814 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 winner, from Serbia. Her best ranking was # 559 on WTA ranking list in June 2012.
Angelica MORATELLI, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from Italy, is ranked #988 on WTA ranking list.
Tjasa SRIMPF, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from Sovenia, is not ranked on WTA ranking list.
Francesca PALMIGIANO, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 quarterfinalist, from Italy, is ranked #826 on WTA ranking list.
Anita HUSARIC, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #714 on WTA ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Mitchel POLNET, played 3rd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, not ranked on ATP ranking list.

Blair SHANKLE, played 3rd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, is not ranked on WTA ranking list


IN 2005 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM 3 CONTINENTS

2005 – 10th Smrikva Bowl and 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Matteo DONATI, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner, from Italy, is ranked #404 on ATP list.
Laslo DJERE, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked 359 on ATP list.
Gianluigi QUINZI, ranked 3rd on 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Italy, is ranked #370 on ATP list.
Nikola MILOJEVIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation tournament winner, from Serbia, is ranked #391 on ATP list.
Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #122 on ATP list.
Luka ILIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Serbia, is ranked #1382 on ATP ranking list.
Franko MIOCIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #1084 on ATP ranking list.
Nino SERDARUSIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #1442 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner, from Serbia. Her best ranking was # 559 on WTA ranking list in June 2012.
Olga IANCHUK, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Ukraine, is ranked #324 on WTA list.
Irina Maria BARA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Romania, is ranked #434 on WTA ranking list.
Donna VEKIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #83 on WTA list.
Iva MEKOVEC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #343 on WTA list.
Camilla ROSATELLO, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Italy, is ranked #580 on WTA list.
Vladica BABIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 quarterfinalist, from Montenegro, is not ranked on WTA ranking list.
Jana FETT, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Croatia, is ranked #615 on WTA ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Jeffrey SCHORSCH, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Jose GRACIA, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Yale GOLDBERG, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.

Dorothy TANG, played 4th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


2006 – 11th Smrikva Bowl and 5th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Gianluigi QUINZI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Italy, is ranked #370 on ATP list.
Filip KRALJEVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #1206 on ATP list.
Andre BIRO, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalist, from Hungary, is ranked #1418 on ATP list.
Gabriele MOGHINI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #213 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Eleanor DEAN, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Great Britain, is ranked #541 on WTA list.
Ilka CSOREGI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalists, from Romania, is ranked #731 on WTA list.
Dea HERDZELAS, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 quarterfinalists, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #521 on WTA list.
Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #33 on WTA list
Giulia PAIRONE, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Italy, is not ranked on WTA list.
Nina STOJANOVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Serbia, is ranked #586 on WTA list

“Little Mo” TEAM
Daniel MAESE, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Aries WONG, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is still not ranked on ITF ranking list.

Christina MAKAROVA, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #587 on WTA ranking list.
Gabriella UMOQUIT, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


2007 – 12th Smrikva Bowl and 6th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Sacha MERZETTI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 winner, from Italy, is ranked #207 on ITF ranking list.
Bogdan BORZA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #185 on ITF ranking list and is ranked #1653 on ATP list.
Gonzalo MORELL RASCHIATORE, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Spain, is ranked #241 on ITF ranking list.
Sergiu BUCUR, ranked 4th on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Romania, is ranked #659 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked # 100 on WTA list.
Nina POTOCNIK, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Slovenia, is ranked #71 on ITF ranking list.
Ivana JOROVIC, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Serbia, is ranked #505 on WTA list.
Jazzi PLEWS, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from UK, is not ranked on ITF ranking list
Bianka BEKEFI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Hungary, is ranked #145 on ITF ranking list
Anastasia MIKHEEVA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from UK, is ranked #186 on ITF ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Eduardo NAVA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #552 on ITF ranking list.
Tommy PAUL, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #156 on ITF ranking list.

Ndindi NDUNDA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Domonique GARLEY, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


IN 2008 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM 5 CONTINENTS AND TURNED INTO A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2008 – 13th Smrikva Bowl and 7th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Luka PANIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Switzerland, is ranked #1694 on ITF ranking list.
Mihnea TURCU, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Romania, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Grega KOKALJ, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovenia, is ranked #1005 on ITF ranking list.
Andrea GUERRIERI, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Italy, is ranked #616 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Katarina JOKIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #758 on WTA ranking list.
Maia LUMSDEN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Scotland, is ranked #66 on ITF ranking list.
Viktoria KUZMOVA, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovakia, is ranked #946 on WTA ranking list.
Olga FRIDMAN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Ukraine, is ranked #743 on WTA ranking list.
Nikolina JOVIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Serbia, is ranked #253 on ITF ranking list.
Gabriella Patricia TAYLOR, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from UK, is ranked #774 on WTA ranking list.
Marija CURNIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #1222 on WTA ranking list.
Petra GRANIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #1093 on WTA ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Justin LEE, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
William BLUMBERG, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #144 on ITF ranking list.

Ingrid NEEL, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #245 on ITF ranking list.
Paulina FERRARI, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.


IN 2009 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 6 NEW COUNTRIES AND 1 NEW CONTINENT THUS REACHED THE TOTAL OF 40 COUNTRIES AND 6 CONTINENTS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2009 – 14th Smrikva Bowl and 8th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Alvaro REGALADO PEDROL, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from Spain, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Samuele RAMAZZOTTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Italy, is ranked #288 on ITF ranking list.
Karlo SUEVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Slovenia, is ranked #13 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH FOKINA, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Spain, is not ranked in under 16 european ranking.
Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Serbia, is ranked #99 on ITF ranking list.
Alexei POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 Consolation Draw
winner, from Australia, is ranked #222 on ITF ranking list.
Max STEWART, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from UK, is ranked #380 on ITF ranking list.
Patrik RIKL, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Czech Republic, is ranked #275 on ITF ranking list.
Karlo DIVKOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Croatia, is ranked #1222 on ITF ranking list.
Andrej JOKIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Bosnia and
Herzegovina, is ranked #351 in under 16 european ranking.
Anthony POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Australia, is ranked #32 in under 14 european ranking.
Alex *DE MINAUR*14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Australia, is ranked #190 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Katie SWAN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from United Kingdom, is ranked #56 on ITF ranking list.
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #630 on ITF ranking list.
Inci OGUT, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Turkey, is ranked #624 on ITF ranking list.
Arianna CAPOGROSSO, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Italy, is ranked #848 on ITF ranking list.
Lucie KANKOVA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Czech Republic, is ranked #664 on ITF ranking list.
Sina ZUGER, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Switzerland, is ranked #1404 on ITF ranking list.
Andrea Amalia ROSCA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Romania, is ranked #146 on ITF ranking list.
Alessia WELTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Switzerland, is ranked #480 on ITF ranking list.
Wiktoria KULIK, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Poland, is ranked #318 on ITF ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Noah SCHACHTER, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #1328 on ITF ranking list.
Alex GEE, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.

Michaela GORDON, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #85 on ITF ranking list.
Ashley LAHEY, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #1623 on ITF ranking list.


IN 2010 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 9 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 49 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2010 – 15th Smrikva Bowl and 9th”Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Nicola KUHN, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Spain, is ranked #1119 on ITF ranking list.
Karlo SUEVICH, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #13 in under 14 european ranking.
Yshai OLIEL, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Israel, is ranked #310 on ITF ranking list.
Andrei Taica RADU, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #191 in under 14 european ranking.
Matic PODLIPNIK, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player, is ranked #191 in under 14 european ranking.
Tomas MACHAC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist, is ranked #19 in under 14 european ranking.
Filippo MORONI, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, is ranked #163 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #630 on ITF ranking list.
Paula ARIAS MANJON, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Spain, is ranked #218 in under 14 european ranking.
Neli SUNJIC, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #2073 on ITF ranking list.
Kristina NOVAK, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Slovenia, is ranked #639 on ITF ranking list.
Andja KARANUSIC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #807 on ITF ranking list.
Dalila SAID, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Egypt, is ranked #166 on ITF ranking list.
Mihaela Lorena MARCULESCU, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #767 on ITF ranking list.
Ania HERTEL, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Poland, is ranked #1386 on ITF ranking list.
Irina CANTOS SIEMERS, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist, from Belgium, is ranked #15 in under 14 european ranking.
Emma ZAKORDONIEC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Poland, is ranked #932 on ITF ranking list.
Marija ELENOVA, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Macedonia, is ranked #1853 on ITF ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Max MOTLAGH, played 9th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.

Claire LIU, played 9th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #295 on ITF ranking list.
Alexa BUTERA, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


IN 2011 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 4 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 53 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION

2011 – 16th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Duje AJDUKOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #94 in under 14 european ranking.
Mihailo POPOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #77 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro SERRANO OSOBA, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Spain, is not ranked on under 14 european ranking.
Stipan MADZAR, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Croatia, is ranked #285 in under 14 european ranking.
Sergiu MANCIOC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 quarterfinalist, from Romania, is ranked #156 in under 14 european ranking.
Marco FURLANETTO, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Italy, is ranked #154 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Olga DANILOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #12 in under 14 european ranking.
Ksenija TMUSIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #652 in under 14 european ranking.
Emilija KOJCIC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Serbia, is ranked #415 in under 14 european ranking.
Betina TOKAC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Turkey, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Andjela SKROBONJA, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 player, from Serbia, is ranked #85 in under 14 european ranking.


IN 2012 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 4 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 57 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION... and for the first time in the quarterfinals there were still five continents represented: AFRICA, ASIA, AMERICA, OCENIA and EUROPE

2012 – 17th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Goran ZIVOTIC, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Sebastian GIMA, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 runner up, from Romania, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Viktor JOVIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, Serbian origin living in UAE, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Ajdin MUHAREMOVIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Himari SATO, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner, from Japan, is too young for ITF ranking.
Luisa MEYER AUF DER HEIDE, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 runner up, from Germany, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Pia LOVRIC, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Slovenia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Zoe KRUGER, ranked 3rd on 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Republic of South Africa, is too young for ITF ranking.

IN 2013 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 5 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 62 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION...

2013 – 18th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Alejandro TURRIZIANI ALVAREZ, 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 winner, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Carlos ALVAREZ GARFIA, 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 runner up, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Hamad MEDJEDOVIC, ranked 3rd on 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Daniel RINCON YAGUE, ranked 3rd on 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Noa KRZNARIC, 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 winner, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Kyle BILCHEV, 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 runner up, from UK, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Kornelia HUNCAK, ranked 3rd on 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Selin Lidya SEPKEN, ranked 3rd on 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013, from Turkey, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

IN 2014 SMRIKVA BOWL HAD 2 NEW COUNTRIES AND REACHED THE TOTAL OF 64 COUNTRIES THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE TOURNAMENT SINCE ITS FOUNDATION...

2014 – 19th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Patrick BRADY, 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 winner, from UK-Thailand, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Ante CIKOJEVIC, 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 runner up, from Germani, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Enrico BALDISSERRI, ranked 3rd on 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014, from Italy, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Danil SOBOLIEV, ranked 3rd on 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014, from Ukraine, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Tea LUKIC, 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 winner, from Serbia – Germany, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Aliona FALEI, 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 runner up, from Belarus, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Emma VALLETTA, ranked 3rd on 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014, from Italy, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Linda FRUHVIRTOVA, ranked 3rd on 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014, from Czech Republic, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


10/10/14

This week: Borna CORIC (reached semifinals in Tashkent), Belinda BENCIC (finals) Ajla TOMLJANOVIC (reached quarterfinals in Tianjin), Ana KONJUH (quarterfinals in Osaka), Dominic THIEM (2nd round in Shanghai)

Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, currently ranked 139 ATP, is in the semifinals in Tashkent, Uzbekistan – USD 125,000 ATP Challenger – made the following result:

1st round: Borna Coric – Sergey BETOV (Blr) 7:6, 6:0
2nd round: B.Coric – Alexander KUDRYAVTSEV (Rus) 4:6, 6:4, 6:3
Quarterfinals: Borna Coric – Dusan LAJOVIC (Srb) 7:5, 7:6
Semifinals: Borna Coric – Lukas LACKO (Svk) 5:7, 6:7

Players ranking:
Sergey BETOV (Blr) – #877 ATP
Alexander KUDRYAVTSEV (Rus) – #130 ATP
Dusan LAJOVIC (Srb) – #69 ATP
Lukas LACKO (Svk) – #83 ATP


Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player, currently ranked #34 WTA, at Tianjin (China) 2014 – USD 250,000 WTA – made the following result:

Main Draw:
1st round: Belinda Bencic – Lin ZHU (Chn) 7:5, 6:2
2nd round: Belinda Bencic – Romina OPRANDI (Sui) w.o.
Quarterfinals: Belinda Bencic -Su Wei HSIEH (Chn) 6:4,4:6,6:2
Semifinals: Belinda Bencic – Shuai PENG (Chn) 3:1, ret.
Finals: Belinda Bencic – Alison RISKE (USA) 3:6, 4:6

Players ranking:
Lin ZHU (Chn) – #144 WTA
Romina OPRANDI (Sui) – #132 WTA
Su Wei HSIEH (Chn) – #160 WTA
Shuai PENG (Chn) – #24 WTA
Alison RISKE (USA) – #60 WTA

Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 semifinalist, currently ranked #69 WTA, at Tianjin (China) 2014 – USD 250,000 WTA – made the following result:

Main Draw:
1st round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Nadia KICHENOK (Ukr) 5:7, 6:1, 6:2
2nd round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Ying-Ying DUAN (Chn) 6:4, 6:4
Quarterfinals: Ajla Tomljanovic – S.PENG (Chn) 6:7, 6:2, 5:7

Players ranking:
Nadia KICHENOK (Ukr) – #181 WTA
Ying-Ying DUAN (Chn) – #143 WTA
Shuai PENG (Chn) – #24 WTA


Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, currently ranked #113 WTA, at Osaka (Japan) 2014 – USD 250,000 WTA – made the following result:

Main Draw:
1st round: Ana Konjuh – Jie ZHENG (Chn) 4:6, 7:5, 6:2
2nd round: Ana Konjuh – Coco VANDEWEGHE (Usa) 6:2, 3:6, 6:3
Quarterfinals: Ana Konjuh – Zarina DIYAS (Kaz) 7:6,4:6,6:2

Players ranking:
Jie ZHENG (Chn) – #77 WTA
Coco VANDEWEGHE (Usa) – #38 WTA
Zarina DIYAS (Kaz) – #39 WTA


Dominic THIEM, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, currently ranked #44 ATP, at Shanghai (China) 2014 – ATP Master USD 6,521,695 – made the following result:

Main Draw:
1st round: Dominic Thiem – Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6:3, 6:3, 6:2
2nd round: Dominic Thiem – Novak Djokovic (Srb) 6:4, 7:6

Players ranking:
Lukas Rosol (Cze) – #26 ATP
Novak Djokovic (Srb) – #1 ATP

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


06/10/14

We collected olives and made olive oil that will end up in bottles for the 20th Smrikva Bowl 2015 Ambassadors - Istrian olive oil - one of the best in the World and Smrikva kids are "seeds of the legends"...

Yesterday was a very long day… 20th Smrikva Bowl 2015 Smrikva Bowl olive oil collection day…

... with over 20 friends we started to gather for the olive oil collection at 8:00 AM…

... and we returned home at 10:00 PM from the olive mill with anther golden green annual :)

It is the 2015 Smrikva Bowl olive oil production :)...

In Smrikve is considered 2014 production because the next year every new Smrikva Bowl Ambassador will receive a bottle of it.

We moved from Smrikve to Fazana to collect the first part of the day…

later on we moved from Fazana to Valbandon… Villa Taste to collect the second part of the day…

... and than we finally reached Smrikve again…

and continued to collect at SMRIKVE LOUNGE… and all around Smrikve…

from the olive trees which hold names over 1000 players who planted some of our trees from 64 countries and all the continents…

In Smrikve we produce Istrian olive oil that has over 2000 years old tradition in olive oil making and was considered among the best one in the Roman Empire and today is still considered among the best one in the World.

During the Smrikva Bowl we use to give to every Smrikva Bowl Ambasador a bottle of oil as a memory to their Smrikva Bowl.

We are already able to produce special and limited collections of the Smrikva Bowl olive oil from the Smrikva Bowl centuries old olive trees planted by some of the future tennis Champions… the long road full of sweat and tears… and in end smile :)

Last year Smrikva Bowl kids won six out of eight potential first places at the Junior GRAND SLAM Tournaments… and they are already generations who planted olive trees in Smrikve:

Ana KONJUH, 2007 Smrikva Bowl generation, is the winner of Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN and Junior US OPEN...

Belinda BENCIC, 2006 Smrikva Bowl generation, is the winner of Junior ROLAND GARROS, and Junior WIMBLEDON...

Gianluigi QUINZI, 2006 Smrikva Bowl generation, is the winner of Junior WIMBLEDON...

Borna CORIC, 2005 Smrikva Bowl generation, is the winner of Junior US OPEN...

and this year two players reached TOP 40 ATP and WTA ranking for the first time… Dominic THIEM and Belinda BENCIC

The tradition of the olive oil production started to develop in Istria during the time of the Emperor Augustus. Thanks to the olive oil Pula was for few centuries one of the richest towns in the Roman Empire and this is one of the main reasons why Pula got its magnificent Arena.

It is important to say that at the time olive oil was not used only as the salad dressing as we use it today but it was used also for lighting thus it was important as todays are important the sources of energy we use. It was the gold of its period. This explain the status and importance Pula had during the Roman Empire time.

Romans had deep knowledge of olive oil making and we do know that they had five different olive oils quality ranking:

1. Oleum ex albis ulivis: first quality olive oil made by green and white olives
(THIS IS WHAT WE DO FROM THE SMRIKVA BOWL OLIVES)
2. Viride: olive oil made by the olives that started to become black
3. Maturum: olive oil made by mature olives
4. Caducum: olive oil made by olives collected from the ground
5. Cibarium: olive oil made by rotten olives

In 2005, for the 10th Smrikva Bowl anniversary, we started the tradition of planting an old Olive tree. The Olive tree selected was older than the oldest man living on the earth today.

On Brioni island there is an olive tree from the beginning of the 4th century that is one of the oldest olive trees in Europe… and many Smrikva Bowl kids visit it every year…

Marcus Valerius Martialis, native from Cordoba, who lived in the 1st century AD, during the Roman Empire times, celebrated Istrian olive oil with the following verses: “Uncto Corduba Laetior Venafro Histra Nec Minus Absolute Testa”. The translation in English would be: “Cordoba, you being more fertile than the olive oil region of Venafro and so perfect as the oil (amphora) from Istria”.

To learn more about ISTRIAN OLIVE OIL and the Region where Smrikva Bowl is played please visit:

Istria from Smrikve ...CULTURAL E-BOOK Istria from Smrikve aims to provide Smrikva Bowl players and their families with useful information about the places that should be visited in the Istria region. Here you will find information about: architecture, history, people, music, museums, major cultural events, cuisine, top restaurants and the best olive oil and wine producers.

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve and SMRIKVE LOUNGE, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


06/10/14

Tennis Europe Junior Masters champions crowned: Kristina MILETIC (winner U16), Nicola KUHN (winner U14), Adela JOLDIC (runner up U14)

As I learn from TE Europe website the new champions have been crowned at the Tennis Europe Junior Masters competition at the season-ending event for the elite players of the Tennis Europe Junior Tour under 16 and under 14 age group…

I was so pleased to read 3 names reaching the TOP: Kristina MILETIC (under 16 winner), Nicola KUHN (under 14 winner) and Adela JOLDIC (under 14 runner up)

In the under 16 age group, Kristina MILETIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 player, of Serbia was the first player to secure victory, although the win came in a manner that she would not have wanted as opponent Eva Marie Voracek was forced to retire after losing the first four games…

Miletic was delighted though, and said it would take a couple of days to get used to being the new Junior Masters champion. She was particularly happy with her attitude during the weekend, commenting after that match that “Even though she retired, I felt I was playing very well. I almost had disasters in my other two matches; I even lost my first set here 0-6 on Friday, but getting out of those situations gave me a lot of confidence.”

In the under 14 age group, Nicola KUHN, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, was the next to join the winners’ circle, conceding just four games to Marko Miladinovic of Serbia in the Boys 14 & Under final on Court 1. Miladinovic had battled back from a set down in both of his previous matches, but Kuhn’s solid attacking style meant that the Serb had few chances to do so for a third match in a row. The Spanish-based German called it a perfect end to a Tennis Europe Junior Tour season in which he won his first Category 1 title in Bolton, and went on to play on the winning Winter Cup by HEAD and Summer Cups teams, as well as helping to secure the World Junior Tennis title for Germany.

“I’m especially pleased because I played better today than in the other matches,” he said. “I felt my level going up during the match, which was good. I wanted to show my best tennis today because it’s an important tournament and it’s important to end the year well, so I was very motivated.”

In the under 14 age group for girls, Adela JOLDIC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player, of Bosnia & Herzegovina played finals with Anastasia Potapova.

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


05/10/14

Elvis Grgorinic and Tomislav Bozovic - Tomo are the winners of the 9th Smrikva Rekreacija 2014 Tournament

In 2009 we established the Spring and Autumn Smrikve Tennis Club Tournament for the recreational players and this year we returned to its origins when only recreation players were invited to compete…

18 Smrikve Tennis Club Recreational members participated in this 9th Smrikve Rekreacija 2014 Tournament…

The day was both cloudy and sunny… simply ideal for tennis :)

There were a lot of nice and equal matches during the day… and those who reached the Main Draw final played five and four matches in just a day and it is not an easy experience… a lot of nice tennis combined with good food and funny moments happened during the day…

We started to gather at 8:30 AM… and finished late night at 11:00 PM…

... the sky was nice above Smrikve… and the matches continued till late night…

and this time, last Recreacija winner, Elvis Grgorinic played in the finals with Dragan Hrelja…

To reach the finals Elvis defeated four players: Damir, Slavisa, Matkovic and Neven… on the othre side of the Draw Dragan defeated three players: Tomo, Mirkovic and Nenad…

I am pleased to represent with just few more word the winner of the Main Draw of the 9th Smrikva Rekreacija 2014 edition…

Elvis is a very particular player… he played basketball before starting to play recreational tennis… and there are several elements he incorporated from basketball game into tennis game..

There are famous examples of pro players who had some other sports influence on their game such as: Roddick’s serv – basketball, Borg’s backhand – hockey… just to mention few…

... and Elvis in turn is a very difficult player to play at the recreation level…

In each stroke he change direction and speed of the ball… thus there is no way you can follow any rhythm during the game…

But let me share few other elements… you can see the stance he use…

... it is a typical stance that basket ball players use when they defend… and if you see the hand in which he holds the racket you would say that he is lefty…

It is partially true because he serve with his left hand…

... the truth is that he plays two forehands…

If you played basketball you know that basketball players use to play the ball with both hands… and this is what Elvis does…

From time to time when he play on the net… he can jump and transfer his racket from one hand into another… it is also something that basketball players do with the ball…

... an additional element he use in tennis from basketball is explosive first step… or first movement… this is also important in tennis… but his strokes are offensive only when he comes to the net… than he use again a basketball stroke that I would call “knock the net” like when you “knock the basket”... and the angles he get at the net are no return balls…

... and on top of the above on each ball he put 100% of his heart…

In the Consolation Draw… the finalist were: Tomo and Slavisa... but Slavisa did not have power to play after his semifinals thus Tomo got the trophy with w.o. in the finals…

... in Konoba… our tavern… we celebrated the winners with dry ham and cheese :)

... their names are now on the list of Smrikve Rekreacija winners:

MAIN DRAWCONSOLATION DRAW

1st Smrikve Rekreacija 2009
• Tomislav Bozovic – Ariana Rabac

2nd Smrikve Rekreacija 2009
• Igor Dobranovic – Patrik Chiavalon

3rd Smrikve Rekreacija 2010
• Slaven Ferencic – Miodrag Bozovic

4th Smrikve Rekreacija 2010
• Deni Zmak – Tomislav Bozovic

5th Smrikve Rekreacija 2011
• Deni Zmak – Damir Car – A Group
• Slaven Ferencic – Milan Granda – B Group
• Patricija Orlic – C Group

6th Smrikve Rekreacija 2011
• Silvia Brgic – Neven Stok

7th Smrikve Rekreacija 2012
• Daria Solovyeva – Ariana Rabac
• Damir Car – Milan Granda – doubles winners

8th Smrikve Rekreacija 2014

• Elvis Grgorinic – Vazmoslav Mirkovic Paskvalin

9th Smrikve Rekreacija 2014

• Elvis Grgorinic – Tomislav Bozovic

It was a very nice day… and in end, I am pleased to say thanks to the members who played for the nice tournament and special congratulations to the winners!...

See you again in Spring… :)

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


29/09/14

Just attended PTR Mental Coaching class run by Marco Vecchi - PTR Master Professional - at Marlengo (Merano - Italy)

I just returned from PTR Mental Coaching – Mental Toughness Training class run by Marco Vecchi at PTR European headquarter located in Marlengo (Merano)...

In 2009, Marco Vecchi run also my first PTR Certification class and it is always a pleasure to attend his classes…

Just few words to briefly describe Marco Vecchi... although few words are not sufficient to summarize his experience but it would be of help… Master Professional PTR, International Workshop Leader, International Tester PTR, speaker of the following courses, International Workshop Certification, Advanced Teaching, Mental Toughness…

He holds a Master degree in Sport Psychology… it is author of the book Senior Tennis… editor of the tennis magazine Il Tennis Italiano… and since more than 20 years he cooperates with the Dennis van der Meer Tennis University of Marlengo… and gained experiences, among others, at Vic Braden Tennis College and Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy…

I did not mention all of his experiences… but when Marco speaks he is all the above…

Teaching methods and mental strength are two fields that he is dedicating most of his current attention… I already followed his teaching methods class… and the course I followed last week end was focused on Mental Coaching and Mental Toughness Training…

... just to give a short idea about the subject and methods… I will mention that was followed Dr. Jim Loehr, among other PTR International Master Professional, findings…

Mental Toughness in short would be to maximize your potential and performance by creating constant relation between your objectives and your ability to control attention, thoughts, activation, visualization and anxiety…

It was a nice learning and sharing experience week end :)

Please visit www.smrikve.com to learn more about Smrikve, Istria from Smrikve, Smrikva Bowl, one of the most important under 10 tennis tournaments in the World, and Villa Smrikve and SMRIKVE LOUNGE, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


21/09/14

Andrej Te won the 2nd Smrikva Kids 2014 Autumn Tournament...

Yesterday we organized a tournament for the Club members… and Leki, Andrej, Marko, Ivan, Tara and Nina had the opportunity to measure their progress…

Last time Leki won over Andrej and this time, on the 2nd Smrikva Kids 2014, Andrej was better…

Taki was able to conquer the first place in the Consolation Draw… while progress was made by all the players since summer tournament…

... especially Marko who was able to take a set to almost all the players… but also Ivan who at the end was able to conquer the 3rd place…

... it was a nice Sunday in Smrikve :)...

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21/09/14

Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, win Euro 106,500 Izmir Cup Challenger in Turkey

Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, win his first Challenger… Euro 106,500 Izmir Cup Challenger played in Turkey…

After quarterfinals at ATP in UMAG this summer, Davis Cup victories, this is one of Borna’s greatest result…

From current #178 ATP he should reach TOP 150 ATP…

Borna’s road towards the victory was the following:

1st round: Borna Coric – Ilija BOZOLJAC (Srb) 6:2, 6:3
2nd round: Borna Coric – Yaraslav SHYLA (Blr) 6:0, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Borna Coric – Egor GERASIMOV (Blr) 6:2, 6:4
Semifinals: Borna Coric – Marsel ILHAN (Tur) 6:2, 3:6, 6:2
Finals: Borna Coric – Malek JAZIRI (Tun) 6:1, 6:7, 6:4

Players ranking:
Ilija BOZOLJAC (Srb) – #172 ATP
Yaraslav SHYLA (Blr) – #545 ATP
Egor GERASIMOV (Blr) – # 261 ATP
Marsel ILHAN (Tur) – # 141 ATP
Malek JAZIRI (Tun) – # 94 ATP

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21/09/14

20th SMRIKVA BOWL 2015 selection process starts today on Ambassadors Day... 21st of September...

Dear Smrikva Bowl and Smrikve friends!

I am aware that people today do not have time to read long letters ;)… and my letters are usually long :)… therefore I know that not everybody will reach the bottom of this letter… but I hope that those who do it will find it of interest and may enjoy recalling some moments spent together in Smrikve …

It is the 21st of September 2014… and it is the selection date start for the Smrikva Bowl 2015 edition…

Today is also celebrated the International Day of Peace, also known as the World Peace Day… and years ago this date was selected as the Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors Day (“SBA” Day)…

The SBA Day, although celebrated on the same day as the World Peace Day, is dedicated to intergenerational responsibility, civilization and tennis. Without civil society in a modern world there is no guarantee for peace… and both civil society and peace are the pillars for any talent development…

In 2005, for the 10th Smrikva Bowl anniversary, we started a tradition of planting an old Olive tree during Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors Nomination Ceremony. The Olive tree selected was older than the oldest man living on the earth today… during the ceremony, every Ambassador put a tiny piece of land close to the root and donated his/her name to the tree…

The Olive tree is a symbol of peace in various cultures… and his age is symbol of intergenerational responsibility. Every person is born without knowing anything about life on this earth and it is the responsibility of every generation to understand and to learn to preserve all that each of us is born with… this is the message SBA Olive trees transmit… intergenerational responsibility alone will allow future generations to enjoy the beauty of life, the sunsets and the seasons of the earth.

Smrikva Bowl is dedicated to children… and to find the proper way to communicate with them I learn to love cartoons… cartoons help me to speak with children and to be understood by them… The Lion King is nice one for the Old Olive Tree story that I am pleased to share today on the World Peace Day… the Circle of Life story…

This cartoon is full of life messages which are in line with the Smrikva Bowl dream. They are in line with the message of the Ambassadors’ Olive Tree; they are in line with the values of friendship and love; they are in line with empathy. Love, friendship and empathy are all Cosmopolitan values per excellence, as far as people and humanity are concerned.

The relationship between Mufasa, Sarabi and Simba reminds me of parents and family love, but also the intergenerational responsibility.

Timon, Pumbaa and Simba relationship reminds me about love between friends. Pumbaa also make me think about empathy, intuition and loyalty. The relationship between Simba and Nola reminds me again about the importance of love.

Rafiki, the wise old baboo, with his many centuries old tree reminds me about the importance of knowledge and experience of the older. There are many other particular moments that every person on its own, based on his or her own life experience, discover by watching cartoon artworks.

...most of the character’s names in this cartoon have a particular meaning in Swahili language: Simba means “lion”; Nala means “gift”, and love is in many cultures one of the greatest gifts that people can receive and give during their life; Sarabi means “mirage”; Pumbaa means “dull-witted” or “stunned”; and Rafiki means “friend” :)...

Every children is born without knowing anything about life on this earth and it is the responsibility of every generation to understand and to learn, to preserve all that each of us is born with.

When Mufasa was explaining to Simba that is not easy to be the King… a good King should know that everything around us lives in a delicate equilibrium and with intelligence we should try to understand it and respect it. The intergenerational responsibility is the key to allow future generations to enjoy the beauty of life, the sunsets and the seasons of the earth.

To end this introductory comment I am pleased to repeat words of a Nobal Prize for Peace – guest speaker to one of Ambrosetti’s Young Leader Group meetings: “The future is always in a minority. Yet the history of the future is more important than the history of the past. It is for the old to remember the past. It is for the young to build the world of tomorrow.

Do it! You can build a world without wars. You can build a new humanity.”

It is worth bearing in our minds that Peace is always a delicate equilibrium and with intelligence we should try to understand it and respect it. Knowledge, human curiosity and will to learn are important. They are all parts of the civilization path.

Our Nobel Prize guest used in his note the statement: “Do it!” thus reminded me Yoda’s wisdom words when he shares his knowledge with young Jedi: “There is no try. Do or do not ” ;)

Long time ago I learned when people believe in the future there is future…. and when people do not beleive in the future there is no future.

World Peace Day is a good day to start the research of the Smrikva Bowl talents for the 2015 edition… and with this e-mail the selection process for the 20th annual Smrikva Bowl 2015 starts.

20th Smrikva Bowl will be held in Pula-Istria, Croatia, from (20th) 22nd till 27th of June 2015. Smrikva Bowl, as most of you may know, gathers under 10 tennis talents from all over the World…

When I think of Smrikva Bowl I always imagine it as a theater where every year we work hard to set the stage where the world’s talents can gather… Every year we gather very special kids, arriving from different cultures, having different dreams,...

We set the stage and later on they are in charge with their will, dreams and hard work… they are the ones who write the most different stories…

Smrikva Bowl is still very young tournament but I would like to think that some of these kids will write nice and inspiring stories in most different professional fields.

Year after year seems more and more likely that more than one senior Grand Slam Tournament will be conquered by Smrikva children… they already won every junior Grand Slam Tournament… and my dream and wishes goes beyond Grand Slam dream… being the SBA Day celebrated on a World Peace Day… and having mentioned in my letter the inspiring words of the Nobel Prize for Peace I am pleased to extend Grand Slam dream to more than one Nobel Prize for Peace dream…

I know that according to the statistics only few of the kids participating Smrikva Bowl will become top professional tennis players, but I like to think that they will make it in other professional fields they choose in their lives.

I will never know how many kids playing Smrikva Bowl are playing tennis because their parents would like them to become professional tennis players and how much of them play it because they enjoy the game.

What I do know is that any kind of sport can help kids in their growth and I also know that people that do excel in any field need full dedication and a lot of sacrifice to reach and master the excellence.

There is one part in Andre Agassi’s book that I liked a lot and I like to share it… it is about inspiration, faith and what does it mean to be a good coach… to have the right word in the right moment… and is about people who believe in other people and help them to write their life stories and to write their own… the following are Gil’s words when he accepted to help Agassi to inscribe his name on the sky of the Tennis Stars…

“I’m not one of those people who expresses or articulates feelings very well, but from now on, just know this: It’s on, man. It is on.

You know what I’m saying? We’are in a fight, and you can count on me until the last man is standing. Somewhere up there is a star with your name on it. I might not be able to help you find it, but I’ve got pretty strong shoulders, and you can stand on my shoulders while you’re looking for that star. You hear? For as long as you want. Stand on my shoulders and reach, man. Reach.”

In every life there are people that influence what we do and how we do it.

The Smrikva Bowl tennis talent gathering aims to inspire its Ambassadors to believe in their dreams and work hard to reach them.

Many people come to Smrikve with different expectations… not understanding that the result is not the key for being part of the Smrikva Bowl… and I need Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors’ help in explaining that Smrikva Bowl is… FUN and GAME… and to have fun in tennis… common sense and respect always come first…

There is a detailed presentation of the 20th Smrikva Bowl 2015 edition with the application form and other relevant information on the main page of the Smrikva Bowl website:

http://www.smrikve.com/smrikva-bowl/

I am pleased to recall that 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 gathered top players from 35 countries and all the continents…

Since the tournament foundation in 1996, over 1470 top players from 64 countries played in the event… This year… was the first year that over 50% of participants accepted were ranked #1 in their countries…

Smrikva Bowl “more than tennis” idea… would not be explained… will always remain left to the interpretation of each Ambassador… of their feelings because in end they are the one who are writing the Smrikva Bowl story… my only wish is that huge percentage of the interpretation may match my dream too…

As I wrote above, in 2005 we started to plant old olive trees during the Ambassadors’ nomination ceremony… and there are 10 special olive trees in Smrikve with over 1000 names from all around the World…

In 2009 the cultural tourism guide “Istria from Smrikve” was published and this is a gift to the Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors and Smrikve friends… SBA are helping us in scouting talents around the world and our little Ambassadors also help us in spreading the word about Istria as cultural tourism destination worth visiting…

That same year, Smrikva Bowl participants started to bring a book about the culture of the place they are coming from thus we started to create Smrikva Bowl Library… from time to time we are also using the library as classroom for “La Bottega” di Smrikve students… donated book form a library of around 600 books from 54 countries…

Cosmopolite is another gift to Smrikve and our Ambassadors. It is dedicated to a book describing the importance of civilization for the talent development.

Many of you are our Ambassadors and I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that the number of the accepted players will be 96 players (48 girls and 48 boys) and your help will be precious.

If you know a good tennis player born in 2005 that deserves to play Smrikva Bowl please let us know… and you are more than welcome to participate in helping to spread the word about Smrikva Bowl idea in your community.

In 2013 Smrikva Bowl kids took six first places at Junior Grand Slam Tournaments out of the 8 possible first places: Ana Konjuh (Junior Australian Open), Belinda Bencic (Junior Roland Garros), Gianluigi Quinzi and Belinda Bencic (Junior Wimbledon), Ana Konjuh and Borna Coric (Junior US OPEN)... “seeds of Legends of tomorrow”...

I am pleased to recall that for the first time there are two Smrikva Bowl players among the TOP 40 ATP and WTA: Dominic Thiem and Belinda Bencic…

… and for the end… being today World Peace Day… I wish Smrikva kids to continue to inspire by example other children… and wish some of them may make true during their living and competing Nelson Mandela – Madiba’s words when he noted that “Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire and the power to unite people in a way little else can – it is an instrument of peace.”

Thank you all for your help and attention,


Mio
Cosmopolite book
Linked in Istria from Smrikve