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26/06/14

Some pictures of the 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 actors :)... taken during the third day of their Smrikva Bowl ... and the quarterfinalists were known...

... there is a say… coming from Africa… : “Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up and knows that it will have to outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed… And, every morning in Africa a lion wakes up and knows that it will have to outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death…

... Thus, in Africa, it doesn’t matter if you are the lion or the gazelle. When that sun comes up, you had better be running.” ;)

On the second day we already had the names of few girls quarterfinalist and by the end of the third day was the day when we get to know all the 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 quarterfinalists of the Main Draw:...

Linda Fruhvirtova from Czech Republic….

... who played for the quarterfinals with Florentine Dekkers from Holland on the court #1…

Lea Rupnjak from Serbia….

... who played for the quarterfinals with Patricija Paukstyte from Lituania on the court #2…

... the third match for the quarterfinals was played between Aliona Falei from Belarus and Irene Artigas from Spain…

Mili Poljicak from Croatia…

who played with Aejandro Pinilla Tome from Spain…

Patricie Kubikova from Czech Republic…

who played with Liza Krokihna from Russia…

Tea Lukic who lives in Germany…

played with Lara Bozunogullary from Turkey…

... Tea with Rio and Kyoka just after the match…

and the games at the “wimbledon” grass court is also always full with various age groups player ;)...

... on the court #1 Enrico Baldisserri from Italy…

played with Svetlin Keremedchiev from Bulgaria…

on the court #3 Lun Obrul from Slovenia….

played with Luis Utrilla from Spain…

on the court #2 Patrick Brady living in Thailand qualified to the quarterfinals too…

on the court #1 Dragomir Dianov Draganov from Bulgaria…

played with Noa Vukadin from Croatia…

on the court #2 Danil Soboliev from Ukraina…

played with Pedro Rodenas from Spain…

... and on the court #3 Ante Cikojevic from Germany played with Dan Vasile Duta from Romania…

games out of the courts are always of interest :)... here you see a sort of rugby… with Mili and Luis on the ground… and Carlos, Elias and Alejandro around ;)...

... and now… Carlos lead the game with Luis ;)...

Erika and Emma seems dancing “La Bella adormentata nel bosco*... :)

before the rain interrupted the game Elias Engquist from Sweeden…

played with Alberto Sanna from Italy… that was another great match of the day…

... we had two rain interruptions during the day…

and the rain will delay the IGRA game start for today…

but kids continue to enjoy Sarko company…

and not only… Neriya found a little bird…

Erika always ready for a big big smile :D…

boys do not forget that the World Championship in Brasil is going on ;)... and soccer is one of the great complementary sports to tennis in developing coordination skills we discussed later during the FORUM…

... o yes…

... this kind of skills should be developed at early age… coordination and balance… very important for tennis… ;)

the FORUM covered various subjects… mostly was related to the management of the pressure kids can receive in tennis at too early age..

but around the courts kids kept lowering the pressure they can feel on the court ;)...

... with sisters… like Petja...

or with friends like Noa and Luka

and the last I wish to share with many parents who assisted yesterday FORUM Jeremy Rifkin’s investigates of the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society… and maybe they find a bit of links with what was shared yesterday ;)...

Today it is expected to be another long day… a lot of matches are on the schedule… and the IGRA game should start this afternoon…

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.


25/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Third Day Results...the quarterfinalist of the 19th annual Main Draw are known...

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Draws and Third Day Results


25/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Order of Play for the fourth day, Tuesday 26th of June...

To view the Order of Play for the fourth day of this year Smrikva Bowl – 26th of June – please open the following PDF file link:

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Order of Play for the fourth day, Thursday 26th of June


25/06/14

Some pictures of the 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 actors... taken during the second day of their Smrikva Bowl... the day when they became AMBASSADORS... pictures with Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors Olive Trees story...

Yesterday a bit after 8:00 PM the Smrikva Bowl players of this year edition became Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors... the ceremony started at 6:00 PM…

I am pleased to repeat today the story of the Smrikva Bowl olive trees traditionally planted in Smrikve with some pictures taken during the second day :)...

In 2005, for the 10th Smrikva Bowl anniversary, we started a tradition of planting an Olive tree.

The Olive tree selected was at the beginning older than the oldest man living on the earth today. The tree that we planted for the 10th Smrikva Bowl was over 150 years old.

During the ceremony, every Ambassador put a tiny piece of land close to the root of the Olive tree and say his or her name. This way the tree gets the names...

During yesterday ceremony the 10th Smrikva Bowl olive tree was planted and dedicated with new names…

The Olive tree is a symbol of peace. The age of the tree is a 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…

The Lion King cartoon is an artwork and most of the life messages one can find in it are in line with the Smrikva Bowl founding ideas…

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 both: parents and family love, but also about the intergenerational responsability.

Timon, Pumbaa and Simba relationship reminds me about love between friends. Pumbaa also make me think abuout 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 these artworks.

You might be interested to know that most of the characters’s names in this cartoon have a particular meaning in Swahili language...

Simba means “lion”...

Nala means “gift”, and love is for me 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” :)...

These names with their meanings make me think of the American Indians and the way they used to give the names to their people.

As I wrote at the beginning of today’s article 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.

When Mufasa was explaining to Simba that is not easy to be the King… he tried to explain that 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…

It is true that every generation face new challenges but there are many examples in the past how the old generations managed and solved particular problems…

and this is why knowledge, human curiosity and will to learn are important.

It was another long Smrikva day… ended with a good ice cream for most of the players…

Today it is expected to be another long day… a lot of matches are on the schedule…

In the evening… at 6:30 PM the Smrikva Bowl FORUM is on schedule… and at 7:00 PM the funny doubles IGRA will start :)...

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.


24/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Second Day Results

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Draws and Second Day Results


24/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Order of Play for the third day, Wednesday 25th of June...

To view the Order of Play for the third day of this year Smrikva Bowl – 25th of June – please open the following PDF file link:

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Order of Play for the third day, Tuesday 25th of June


24/06/14

Some pictures of the 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 actors and stage assistants :)... taken during the second day of their Smrikva Bowl...

I like to repeat that when I think of Smrikva Bowl I try to imagine it as a theatre... ...year after year we work hard to set a stage where the world’s talents can gather…

All these different actors, great talents, very special kids, arriving from different cultures, have different dreams,...

... and today the reporting story starts with the picture of Tea looking at the Draws… and trying to get the feeling when she could be expected to show her skills on the court ;)...

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…

On the following picture both Aliona and Blacky closed their eyes… and seems they both are dreaming :)...

Main actors (players’) little brothers and sister find the way to have good time too :)...

... and also the main actors get surprised from time to time on their own ;)...

... a lot of nice matches to follow…and Guney under the shadow is following one of the matches on court #1…

... another talents under development… this time seems drawing :)

Daniela, Lea with friends… relaxing before the match…

Marko on his first Staff experience…

and here is Sampras taking notes on the paper…

... while kids know how to write on a leaf :)... o yes…

Neriya smile… :)

...Nera dreaming…

... and Nera’s son Blacky enjoy another new friend… :) walking side by side…

... one of the Central Park family islands you can spot during Smrikva Bowl in the garden…

and here we are ready for another day…

... Smrikva was always the informal moment to exchange ideas… and tomorrow night we will make a FORUM with a larger group of parents and coaches interested in sharing experiences…

and the new Smrikva day is starting… the AMBASSADOR’s NOMINATION DAY… :) ... the ceremony is scheduled for 6:00 PM… and today also some boys from the Main Draw will be hosted at the Smrikve theater while the Consolation Draw will taste the Surida courts…

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.


23/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 First Day Results

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Draws and First Day Results


23/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Order of Play for the second day, Tuesday 24th of June...

To view the Order of Play for the second day of this year Smrikva Bowl please open the following link:

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Order of Play for the second day, Tuesday 24th of June


23/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 started today at 8:20 AM with presentation of 126 tennis talents from 34 countries and all the continents...

Early this morning the talents started to gather for their Smrikva Bowl beginning…

With the new country Smrikva Bowl has reached 63 countries represented on the tournament since Smrikva Bowl foundation in 1996…

... and on the 19th annual there are 34 countries represented and many more nations because many Smrikva Bowl kids do have more than one passport :)

After introducing each player few short stories were shared with the “seeds of the Legends” :)...

Luis and his friend listen carefully ;)...

... always something funny there :))...

Marlena and friends listening too and welcoming new friends into Smrikva Bowl theatre – central court…

... tomorrow Jaquelyn will be nominated the first Smrikva Bowl Ambassador in Nigeria…

... this picture was taken during the Wilson story ;)...

... and here with Marlena helped to share with Smrikva Bowl generation the Grandmother Willow story ;)...

Grandmother Willow: Now then, there’s something I want to show you. Look.

[dips her vine in the water in which glowing ripples begin to form]

Pocahontas: The ripples.

John Smith: What about them?

Grandmother Willow: So small at first, then look how they grow. But someone has to start them.

... than players were ready to start to prepare for the game…

... some tips to share… :)

and trophies to look ;)...

Tomorrow at 6:00 PM 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 players will be nominated Ambassadors and will plant as per tradition an Olive Tree.

The creation of the Smrikva Bowl Library started last year and the Smrikva Bowl players brought new books representing the culture of the places they are coming from and tomorrow at 6:00 PM each book will be presented… and the century old olive tree of the 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 generation will be planted…

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.


22/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 players list - "seeds of the Legends"...

World in Smrikve ... Nigeria will be represented for the first time on this year Smrikva Bowl… thus Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors network will be spread in 64 countries after Tuesday…

The level of the players is expected to be very high again this year among 126 registered participants from 35 countries and all the continents… this year is one of the annuals with the highest concentration of top tennis talents in an annual since Smrikva Bow foundation in 1996…

The list of the names of the players that honored us with their arrival to Smrikve this year is the following:

Girls

Daniela Hunčak (CRO)
Erika Di Muzio (ITA)
Florentine Dekkers (NED)
Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE)
Valentina Kovačić (CRO)
Elena Micic (AUS)
Kyoka Kubo (JPN)
Petja Drame (SLO)
Denislava Glushkova (BGR)
Irene Cocero Lopez (ESP)
Hana Sokolović (CRO)
Anja Petković (SRB)
Charlotte Kempenaers Pocz (AUS)
Lea Rupnjak (SRB)
Veronica Sirci (ITA)
Divna Ratković (MNE)
Marlena Kasalo (CRO)
Patricija Paukstyte (LTU)
Kanita Selimanović (BIH)
Sarah Victoria Tatu (ROM)
Aliona Falei (BLR)
Laura Dukić (AUT)
Naomi Kuzmina (RUS)
Lucija Ćirić-Garagić (CRO)
Idil Ezgi Arslan (TUR)
Emina Hamamdžić (BIH)
Irene Artigas (ESP)
Tea Lukić (SRB)
Rio Osoegawa (JPN)
Sofia Suslova (RUS)
Lara Bozunogullari (TUR)
Laura Živković (CRO)
Leah Gonzales-Edwards (ENG)
Nina Mišić (BIH)
Neriya Yona (ISR)
Katsiaryna Kosikava (BLR)
Liv Habdija Šumak (CRO)
Jaquelyn Ogunwale (NGA)
Suana Tucaković (BIH)
Joelle Steur (NED)
Emma Valletta (ITA)
Carolina Gomez Alonso (ESP)
Teodora Nikolić (SRB)
Renata Hunčak (CRO)
Laura Loureiro-Pelc (POR)
Stela Peeva (BGR)
Patricie Kubikova (CZE)
Alexandra Đurović (AUS)
Emma Rizzetto (ITA)
Mirjana Jovanović (SRB)
Marina Škegro (CRO)
Erina Popova (MKD)
Liza Krokhina (RUS)

Boys

Mili Poljičak (CRO)
Jonas Ebel (GER)
Raffaele Mariani (SUI)
Bor Artnak (SLO)
Ognjen Dragosavljević (BIH)
Boris Mrkev (MKD)
Alejandro Pinilla (ESP)
Viktor Boban (CRO)
Vilius Gaubas (LTU)
Luka Novaković (NED)
Enrico Baldisserri (ITA)
Venedikt Tsirikidze (RUS)
Adam Kulig (POL)
Antonio Barić (CRO)
Krsta Petrović (SRB)
Luka Došen (CRO)
Javier Gonzales Paterna (ESP)
Herman Virtanen (FIN)
Svetlin Keremedchiev (BGR)
Patrick Brady (THA)
Alex de Gabriele (MLT)
Balazs Pesti (HUN)
Tressoldi Nicolo (ITA)
Dorian Vasung (CRO)
Carlos Guerrero Alvarez (ESP)
Dženan Baković (BIH)
Vasyl Yazaszhiev (USA)
Ahmed Hurtić (BIH)
Lun Obrul (SLO)
Filip Ferega (CRO)
Luka Rupnjak (SRB)
Aljaž Kirbiš (SLO)
Nicolas Kobelt (SUI)
Artem Maltsev (RUS)
Nicolo Paduano (ITA)
Tarik Bajrović (BIH)
Luis Utrilla (ESP)
Paxton Pritchard (USA)
Jansen William (ENG)
Kalin Ivanovski (MKD)
Noa Vukadin (CRO)
Rayan Damnati (NED)
Dragomir Dianov Draganov (BGR)
Guney Ege Cetin (TUR)
Tristan Flander (SLO)
Sora Matsuda (JPN)
Danil Soboliev (UKR)
Edoardo Lanza Cariccio (ITA)
Tomas Alam (ENG)
Mohammad Rabie (EGY)
Xavier Verwater (NED)
Ivan Šodan (CRO)
Pedro Rodenas (ESP)
Alexi Khamrotau (BLR)
Nikola Jovanović (SRB)
Duta Dan Vasile (ROM)
Lovro Majcan (CRO)
Nikola Zekić (BIH)
Daniel Merida Aguilar (ESP)
Mal Agushi (MKD)
Lasse Schumann (GER)
Maxi Šunjić (CRO)
Raphael Howard Yam (ENG)
Ante Cikojević (GER)
Elias Engquist (SWE)
Maj Premzl (SLO)
Mart-Jan Kaak (NED)
Arian Vucelić (CRO)
Aaron Purba (ENG)
Luka Mikrut (CRO)
Daniel Ivanov (POR)
Matija Samardžić (MNE)
Alberto Sanna (ITA)

The opening ceremony is scheduled for 8:20 AM this morning while, tomorrow at 6:00 PM 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 players will be nominated Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors that will be followed by the Olive Tree planting ceremony…

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.


18/06/14

Toru Matsushima and his Japanese team: Rio Osoegawa, Kyoka Kubo and Sora Matsuda are the first 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 players to reach Smrikve :)

Toru Matsushima has been for years sending the best Japanese kids to compete in the Smrikva Bowl… and few years ago Himari Sato was able to conquer the title…

... and this year his Japanese team is composed of: Rio Osoegawa, Kyoka Kubo and Sora Matsuda… and they are the first 19th Smrikva Bowl players to reach Smrikve :)

A very good boy under 12 came with the group as hitting partner… and after arrival they made their first training… and had opportunity to spend some time on the court…

... at the time they were playing it was 2 AM in Japan but it is good to get used to the new time zone ;)...

... and on the picture below you can see Rio performing one of her serves…

... after tennis and pizza… we made a little flies catching competition using western grip on some small and special rackets… developing relaxed wrist technique to try to be faster than flies :))...

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.


15/06/14

Luka Vidovic, 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 player, with his family and friends from Germany visited Smrikve...

Luka Vidovic played Smrikva Bowl last year… and with his father Zoran, his family and tennis friends from Germany they visited Smrikve for a week training…

It was a week of swimming, tennis and barbeque…

Luka’s friends are: Morris Boger, Laurin Boger, Carl Gierl, Lenny Selg and brothers Rimac…

On the following picture you can see Morris serving… while playing a training match with Luka…

Luka lives in Baden-Württemberg… and all his friends are from that Region… and the day before arriving to Smrikve Luka was able to reach the 3rd place at the Baden-Württemberg under 11 Championship… and right after Smrikve visit he went to Padova in Italy to play an ETA under 12…

Not only tennis… but also coordination… stretching… football… and after that swimming pool or the sea :)

... while kids were training also their mothers were taking lessons with Luka’s father friend Zoran Mitrovic… as you see: Carmen, Renata, Daniela and Jeanette decided to spend active vacation in Smrikve ;)...

... and here you see Luka’s parents: Renata and Zoki… they were in charge for the barbeque too… couple of nights we had pleasure to enjoy Renata and Zoki’s performances on the grill :)...

... and yesterday the team was ready to depart in front of their new “home away from home”...

with promise to return soon :)

bye bye…

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.


14/06/14

Top Smrikva Bowl and "Little Mo"/Smrikva Bowl players on ATP, WTA, ITF and European under 14 and 16 ranking lists (update June2014)

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:

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)
Belinda BENCIC – 2006 player – #77 WTA (Jun 2014)
Ivana LISJAK – 1997 winner – #95 WTA (Jun 2006)

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

Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #55 ATP (Jun 2014)
Javier MARTI – 2002 winner – #170 ATP (Apr 2012)

As of 14th of June 2014 the ranking summary of the very TOP former Smrikva Bowl boys and girls is the following:

• 16 players TOP 600 WTA

Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2003 semif.- # 51 WTA
Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #63 WTA
Belinda BENCIC – 2006 player – #77 WTA
Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #128 WTA
Ana KONJUH – 2007 runner up – #188 WTA
Tereza MRDEZA – 2000 winner – #305 WTA
Ema MIKULCIC – 2002 quarterfinalist – #360 WTA
Ivana LISJAK – 1997 winner – #377 WTA
Olga IANCHUK – 2005 runner up – #415 WTA
Martina CAREGARO – 2002 winner – #420 WTA
Iva MEKOVEC- 2005 player – #486 WTA
Irina Maria BARA – 2005 player – #490 WTA
Ivana JOROVIC – 2007 player – #494 on WTA.
Camilla ROSATELLO – 2005 player – #501 WTA
Angelica MORATELLI – 2004 player – #569 WTA
Silvia NJIRIC – 2003 runner up – #596 WTA

• 13 players TOP 600 ATP

Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #55 ATP
Borna CORIC – 2005 player – #245 ATP
Gianluigi QUINZI – 2006 winner – # 302 ATP
Matteo DONATI – 2005 winner – #329 ATP
Laslo DJERE – 2005 runner up – #382 ATP
Robin KERN – 2002 player – #385 ATP
Federico GAIO – 2002 player – #403 ATP
Miki JANKOVIC – 2004 runner up – #475 ATP
Nikola MILOJEVIC- 2005 CD winner – #485 ATP
Dino MARCAN – 2001 runner up – #495 ATP
Javier MARTI – 2002 winner – #528 ATP
Filip VEGER – 2004 semifinalist – #547 ATP
Nik RAZBORSEK – 2003 player – #557 ATP.

• 6 boys and 14 girls… in total 20 players are in TOP 100 ITF

BOYS:

#21 Nino SERDARUSIC

#27 Gianluigi QUINZI – Junior WIMBLEDON 2013 winner

#30 Borna CORIC – Junior US OPEN 2013 winner

#42 Andre BIRO

#82 Filip KRALJEVIC

#85 Lloyd George Muirhead HARRIS

GIRLS:

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

#7 Belinda BENCIC – Junior ROLAND GARROS 2013 and Junior WIMBLEDON 2013 winner

#15 Ana KONJUH – Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2013 winner and Junior US OPEN 2013 winner

#17 Olga FRIDMAN

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

#26 Jana FETT – Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014 runner up

#44 Katarina JOKIC

#46 Viktoria KUZMOVA

#64 Seone MENDEZ

#76 Katie SWAN

#78 Michaela GORDON

#83 Maia LUMSDEN

#90 Gabriella TAYLOR

#100 Nina POTOCNIK

1 gril is in TOP 10 ETA under 16 – (Olga FRIDMAN #9)

2 boys and 4 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 14 – (Yshai OLIEL #2, Nicola KUHN #6, Olga Danilovic #5, Andja KARANUSIC #6, Irina Cantos Siemers #9, Lucie KANKOVA #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; her current ranking is #377 on WTA list

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 #305 on WTA list.

Adelchi VIRGILI, 5th Smrikva Bowl 2000 winner, from Italy, is currently ranked #823 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 #38 on ATP double ranking list.
Dino MARCAN, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #495 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #128 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 #528 on ATP list.
Matej SABANOV, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 semifinalist, from Croatia, is currently ranked #873 on ATP list.
Ivan SABANOV, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 semifinalist, from Croatia, is currently ranked #969 on ATP list.
Federico GAIO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Italy, is currently ranked #403 on ATP list*.
Robin KERN, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Germany, is currently ranked #385 on ATP list*.
Luca MARGAROLI, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Switzerland, is currently ranked #1009 on ATP list*.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #51 on WTA list.
Martina CAREGARO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Italy, is ranked #420 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 #55 on ATP ranking list.
George MORGAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Great Britain, is ranked #1102 on ATP ranking list.
Ciprian PORUMB, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Romenia, is ranked #1272 on ATP ranking list.
Nik RAZBORSEK, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 player, from Slovenia, is ranked #557 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Croatia, is ranked #51 on WTA list*.
Silvia NJIRIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #596 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 #475 on ATP ranking list.
Filip VEGER, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Croatia, is ranked #547 on ATP ranking list.
Nerman FATIC, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #858 on ATP ranking list.
Danil ZELENKOV, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from FYR Macedonia, is not ranked 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 #569 on WTA ranking list.
Tjasa SRIMPF, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from Sovenia, is ranked #839 on WTA ranking list.
Francesca PALMIGIANO, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 quarterfinalist, from Italy, is ranked #744 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 #329 on ATP list.
Laslo DJERE, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked 382 on ATP list.
Gianluigi QUINZI, ranked 3rd on 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Italy, is ranked #302 on ATP list.
Nikola MILOJEVIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation tournament winner, from Serbia, is ranked #485 on ATP list.
Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #245 on ATP list.
Luka ILIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Serbia, is ranked #1006 on ATP ranking list.
Franko MIOCIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #1440 on ATP ranking list.
Nino SERDARUSIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #2079 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 #415 on WTA list.
Irina Maria BARA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Romania, is ranked #490 on WTA ranking list.
Donna VEKIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #63 on WTA list.
Iva MEKOVEC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #486 on WTA list.
Camilla ROSATELLO, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Italy, is ranked #501 on WTA list.
Vladica BABIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 quarterfinalist, from Montenegro, is ranked #900 on WTA ranking list.
Jana FETT, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Croatia, is ranked #950 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 #302 on ATP list.
Filip KRALJEVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #1424 on ATP list.
Andre BIRO, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalist, from Hungary, is ranked #2034 on ATP list.

GIRLS
Eleanor DEAN, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Great Britain, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Ilka CSOREGI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalists, from Romania, is ranked #1003 on WTA list.
Dea HERDZELAS, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 quarterfinalists, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #672 on WTA list.
Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #77 on WTA list
Giulia PAIRONE, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Italy, is ranked #1257 on WTA list.
Nina STOJANOVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Serbia, is ranked #694 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 #74 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF), and is ranked #625 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 #202 on ITF ranking list.
Bogdan BORZA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #154 on ITF ranking list.
Gonzalo MORELL RASCHIATORE, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Spain, is ranked #343 on ITF ranking list.
Sergiu BUCUR, ranked 4th on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Romania, is ranked #412 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked # 188 on WTA list.
Nina POTOCNIK, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Slovenia, is ranked #100 on ITF ranking list.
Ivana JOROVIC, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Serbia, is ranked #494 on WTA list.
Jazzi PLEWS, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from UK, is ranked #1902 on ITF ranking list
Bianka BEKEFI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Hungary, is ranked #151 on ITF ranking list
Anastasia MIKHEEVA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from UK, is ranked #217 on ITF ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Eduardo NAVA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #569 on ITF ranking list.
Tommy PAUL, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #192 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 #1756 on ITF ranking list.
Mihnea TURCU, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Romania, is not ranked in Europe in under 16 european ranking list.
Grega KOKALJ, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovenia, is ranked #415 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Andrea GUERRIERI, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Italy, is ranked #344 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.

GIRLS
Katarina JOKIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #44 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).
Maia LUMSDEN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Scotland, is ranked #83 on ITF ranking list.
Viktoria KUZMOVA, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovakia, is ranked #46 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).
Olga FRIDMAN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Ukraine, is ranked #17 on ITF ranking list.
Nikolina JOVIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Serbia, is ranked #211 on ITF ranking list.
Gabriella Patricia TAYLOR, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from UK, is ranked #90 on ITF ranking list.
Marija CURNIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #831 on ITF ranking list.
Petra GRANIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #368 on ITF 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 #136 on ITF ranking list.

Ingrid NEEL, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #430 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 ranked #620 in under 16 european ranking.
Samuele RAMAZZOTTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Italy, is ranked #403 on ITF ranking list.
Karlo SUEVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Slovenia, is ranked #11 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Spain, is not ranked in under 14 european ranking.
Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Serbia, is ranked #190 on ITF ranking list.
Alexei POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 Consolation Draw
winner, from Australia, is ranked #254 on ITF ranking list.
Max STEWART, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from UK, is ranked #354 on ITF ranking list.
Patrik RIKL, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Czech Republic, is ranked #407 on ITF ranking list.
Karlo DIVKOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Croatia, is ranked #1756 on ITF ranking list.
Andrej JOKIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Bosnia and
Herzegovina, is ranked #330 in under 16 european ranking.
Anthony POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Australia, is ranked #32 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Katie SWAN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from United Kingdom, is ranked #76 on ITF ranking list.
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #793 on ITF ranking list.
Inci OGUT, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Turkey, is ranked #914 on ITF ranking list.
Arianna CAPOGROSSO, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Italy, is ranked #926 on ITF ranking list.
Lucie KANKOVA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Czech Republic, is ranked #10 in under 14 european ranking.
Sina ZUGER, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Switzerland, is ranked #1685 on ITF ranking list.
Andrea Amalia ROSCA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Romania, is ranked #245 on ITF ranking list.
Alessia WELTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Switzerland, is ranked #512 on ITF ranking list.
Wiktoria KULIK, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Poland, is ranked #330 on ITF ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Noah SCHACHTER, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #1308 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 #78 on ITF ranking list.
Ashley LAHEY, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #1500 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 #2 in under 14 european ranking.
Karlo SUEVICH, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #11 in under 14 european ranking.
Yshai OLIEL, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Israel, is ranked #2 in under 14 european ranking.
Andrei Taica RADU, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #161 in under 14 european ranking.
Matic PODLIPNIK, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player, is ranked #123 in under 14 european ranking.
Tomas MACHAC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist, is ranked #15 in under 14 european ranking.
Filippo MORONI, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, is ranked #128 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #793 on ITF ranking list.
Paula ARIAS MANJON, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Spain, is ranked #170 in under 14 european ranking.
Neli SUNJIC, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #24 in under 14 european ranking.
Kristina NOVAK, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Slovenia, is ranked #113 in under 14 european ranking.
Andja KARANUSIC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #6 in under 14 european ranking.
Dalila SAID, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Egypt, is ranked #49 in under 14 european ranking.
Mihaela Lorena MARCULESCU, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #24 in under 14 european ranking.
Ania HERTEL, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Poland, is ranked #11 in under 14 european ranking.
Irina CANTOS SIEMERS, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist, from Belgium, is ranked #9 in under 14 european ranking.
Donia ABDEL-AZIZ, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Great Britain, is ranked #102 in under 14 european ranking.
Emma ZAKORDONIEC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Poland, is ranked #48 in under 14 european ranking.
Marija ELENOVA, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Macedonia, is ranked #59 in under 14 european ranking.

“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 #361 on ITF ranking list.
Alexa BUTERA, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the 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 #58 in under 14 european ranking.
Mihailo POPOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #61 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro SERRANO OSOBA, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Spain, is ranked #796 in under 14 european ranking.
Stipan MADZAR, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Croatia, is ranked #122 in under 14 european ranking.
Sergiu MANCIOC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 quarterfinalist, from Romania, is ranked #96 in under 14 european ranking.
Marco FURLANETTO, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Italy, is ranked #57 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Olga DANILOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #5 in under 14 european ranking.
Ksenija TMUSIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #557 in under 14 european ranking.
Emilija KOJCIC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Serbia, is ranked #257 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 #158 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 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012, from Turkey, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

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10/06/14

Smrikva Bowl players - Filippo MORA, Mattia BEDOLO reached the quarterfinals while Olga DANILOVIC reached semifinals of 50th Trophy Avvenire in Milan (Italy) - one of the most prestigious under 16 tournaments in the World

Smrikva Bowl players – Filippo Mora, Mattia Bedolo – reached the quarterfinals of 50th Trophy Avvenire in Milan (Italy) while Olga Danilovic reached the semifinals – one of the most prestigious under 16 tournaments in the World

Great result of the Smrikva Bowl players considering the fact that Torneo Avvenire is considered one of the most prestigious under 16 tennis tournaments in the World.

I am pleased to share the results of the players that reached the best results in Milan.

Olga Danilovic’s road to the finals at 50th edition of Torneo Avvenire played in Milan was the following:

1st round: Olga Danilovic – Anna TURCO (Ita) 6:3, 6:7, 6:2
2nd round: Olga Danilovic – Ilaria CRETTI (Ita) 6:1, 6:2
3rd round: O.Danilovic – E.GUERRERO ALVAREZ (Esp) 6:2,4:6,6:1
Quarterfinals: Olga Danilovic – D.YASTREMSKA (Ukr) 3:6,6:3,6:3
Semifinals: Olga Danilovic – Julia PAYOLA (Esp) 3:6, 4:6

The other top former Smrikva Bowl players in the Girls Draw reached the following results:

Tatiana PIERI (3rd round), Martina PRATESI (3rd round), Giulia TURCONI (2nd round), Inci OGUT (2nd round), Arianna CAPOGROSSO (2nd round), Sina ZUGER (1st round), Kristina MILETIC (1st round).

Filippo Mora’s road to the finals at 50th edition of Torneo Avvenire played in Milan was the following:

1st round: Filippo Mora – Genaro Alberto OLIVIERI (Arg) 6:4, 6:1
2nd round: Filippo Mora – Jacopo BERRETTINI (Ita) 7:5, 6:1
3rd round: Filippo Mora – Bruno BRITEZ (Par) 6:1, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Filippo Mora – KORChan-Yeong OH (Kor) 1:6, 6:7

Mattia Bedolo’s road to the finals at 50th edition of Torneo Avvenire played in Milan was the following:

1st round: Mattia Bedolo – Juan Bautista OTEGUI (Arg)
2nd round: Mattia Bedolo – Andrey CHEPELEV (Rus)
3rd round: Mattia Bedolo – Luigi SORRENTINO (Ita) 6:0, 7:5
Quarterfinals: Mattia Bedolo – Enrico DALLA VALLE (Ita) 4:6,5:7

In the boys Main Draw former Smrikva Bowl players reached the following:

Andrea GUERRIERI (3rd round), Jacopo BERRETTINI (2nd round), Karlo DIVKOVIC (2nd round), Remy BERTOLA (1st round), Roko SAVIN (1st round), Nicolas MERZETTI (1st round).

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31/05/14

7 Smrikva Bowl players were in the Main Draws of the Junior Roland Garros 2014... Ivana JOROVIC reached the finals...

The Junior Roland Garros 2014 have 6 Smrikva Bowl players in the Main Draws out of 128: 6 girls and 1 boy…

Several former Smrikva Bowl players who would be eligible to play also the Junior Roland Garros 2014 moved into professional tennis ATP and WTA:

Borna CORIC – 1996 – Junior US OPEN winner 2013

Gianluigi QUINZI – 1996 – Junior WIMBLEDON winner 2013

Donna VEKIC – 1996 – currently ranked TOP 100 WTA

Belinda BENCIC – 1997 – Junior ROLAND GARROS and Junior WIMBLEDON winner 2013 – currently ranked TOP 100 WTA

Ana KONJUH – 1997 – Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN and Junior US OPEN winner 2013

... and the following are the top Smrikva Bowl players on this year Junior Roland Garros:


GIRLS:

Ivana JOROVIC (Srb) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player
1st round: Ivana Jorovic – Jaqueline Adina Cristian (Rou) 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Ivana Jorovic – Usue Maitane Arconada (USA) 7:6,6:2
3rd round: Ivana Jorovic – Fiona Ferro (FRA) 6:4, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Ivana Jorovic – Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6:2, 6:2
Semifinals: Ivana Jorovic – Francoise Abanda (CAN) 6:4, 6:0
Finals: Ivana Jorovic – Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 7:6, 2:6, 3:6

Katie BOULTER (GBR) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Katie Boulter – Raveena Kingsley (USA) 6:1,3:6,6:3
2nd round: Katie Boulter – Ioana Loredana Rosca (ROU) 0:6,3:6

Katarina JOKIC (BiH) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner
1st round: Katarina Jokic – Xiao-Di You (CHN) 7:6, 4:6, 6:3
2nd round: Katarina Jokic – Margot Yerolymos (FRA) 6:2,5:7,4:6

Jana FETT (CRO) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
1st round: Jana Fett – Ioana Ducu (ROU) 2:6, 6:3, 6:1
2nd round: Jana Fett – Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 3:6,2:6

Olga FRIDMAN (Ukr) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player
1st round: Olga Fridman – Fiona Ferro (FRA) 2:6,3:6

Viktoria KUZMOVA (Svk) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 semifinalist
1st round: Viktoria Kuzmova – I.Shymanovich (BLR) 6:3,4:6,2:6


BOYS:

Nino SERDARUSIC (CRO) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
1st round: Nino Serdarusic – Nicolas Alvarez (PER) 4:6,6:3,7:5
2nd round: Nino Serdarusic – Petros Chrysochos (CYP) 4:6,2:6

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29/05/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 edition... "Smrikve theatre stage" for the "seeds of the Legends" is entering the phase of final preparations...

I am please to recall parts of an article written at the beginning of 2010… when I compared for the first time Smrikva Bowl to a theater stage…

... When I think of Smrikva Bowl I try to imagine it as a theatre where every year we work hard to set the stage where the world’s talents can gather… Every year we gather all this different actors, great talents, 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… inspiring stories in most different professional fields.

I also know that according to the statistics only few of the kids participating Smrikva Bowl will make it to 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 read Andre Agassi’s book and throught the whole book he was repeating to friends and people meeting… that he doesn’t like tennis thus it seems to me that he never had the option to choose, but in end he ended up being the Champion and according to Luke Jensen a person with big heart and very good friend.

I will never know how many kids playing Smrikva Bowl are playing it 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 require total dedication and a lot of sacrifice to reach the excellence.

When I think of Andre’s words of not loving what he was doing for most of the time of his life I start thinking of other 90% of people around the World that make for living doing jobs they do not like, but “La vita e’ bella” Roberto Benigni would say and tennis helped Andre to grow up.

There is one part in the book that I liked a lot… it is about inspiration, faith and what does it mean to be a good coach... to have the right word in the right moment… this part is related with Gil… and is about people that do believe in other people and help them to write their life stories and to write their own one…

Here are Gil’s words reported by Andre in his book when he accepted to coach him:

“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 festival would like to inspire its players and Ambassadors to believe in their dreams and work hard to reach them.

Sport and music are in general good educators and the vision of sport preferred in Smrikve is the one Nelson Mandela once said:

“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.”

Over the last few weeks there were many former Smrikva Bowl players making outstanding results…

Dominic THIEM played with Rafael Nadal on Roland Garros… and Ajla TOMLJANOVIC is in the third round of Roland Garros…

Nikola MILOJEVIC made his first ATP victory and jump for 100 places on ATP list…

Olga DANILOVIC (2001 age group) in the finals defeated Andja KARANUSIC (another Smrikva girl 2000 age group) at Bergant Memorial in Maribor (under 16 age group)... and I have to recall that Miomir KECMANOVIC (1999 age group and “La Bottega di Smrikve” summer visiting student for years) won his fourth ITF tournament in the row…

There are over thousands of stories written every week by Smrikva seeds in over 60 countries and all the continents… :) and very soon I will have the pleasure to meet over 100 actors of the 19th SMRIKVA BOWL 2014 edition…


23/05/14

5 Smrikva Bowl players in the Main Draw of Roland Garros: Dominic THIEM, Petra MARTIC, Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, Donna VEKIC and Belinda BENCIC... Domi played Rafa in the second round... and Ajla TOMLJANOVIC reached the fourth round...

Over the last years there were traditionally over 10 former Smrikva Bowl players at the beginning of the Junior Grand Slam Draws…

Last year… out of eight possible first places former Smrikva Bowl players collected six first places: Ana Konjuh (Junior Australian Open and Junior US Open), Belinda Bencic (Junior Roland Garros and Junior Wimbledon), Gianluigi Quinzi (Junior Wimbledon) and Borna Coric (Junior US Open)...

... and this time… for the first time in the Smrikva Bowl history there are five former Smrikva Bowl players in the Main Draws of a Grand Slam… Roland Garros: Dominic THIEM, Petra MARTIC, Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, Donna VEKIC and Belinda BENCIC...

The following are the results obtained:

Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 semifinalist, currently ranked #74 WTA, at Roland Garros 2014:

Main Draw:
1st round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6:3, 6:3
2nd round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Elena Vesnina (Rus) 7:6, 6:2
3rd round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 6:4, 6:4
4th round:Ajla Tomljanovic -C. Suarez Navarro (ESP) 3:6,3:6

Players ranking:
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) – #61 WTA
Elena Vesnina (Rus) – #32 WTA
Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) – #3 WTA

Dominic THIEM, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, currently ranked #57 ATP, at Roland Garros 2014:

Main Draw:
1st round: Dominic Thiem – Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 6:4, 7:6, 6:2
2nd round: Dominic Thiem – Rafael Nadal (ESP) 2:6, 2:6, 3:6

Players ranking:
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) – #82 ATP
Rafael Nadal (ESP) – #1 ATP

Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, currently ranked #104 WTA, at Roland Garros 2014:

Main Draw:
1st round: Petra Martic – Elina Svitolina (UKR) 0:5 ret.

Players ranking:
Elina Svitolina (UKR) – #38 WTA

Donna VEKIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, currently ranked #67 WTA, at Roland Garros 2014:

Main Draw:
1st round: Donna Vekic – Julia Glushko (ISR) 5:7, 6:2, 4:6

Players ranking:
Julia Glushko (ISR) – #97 WTA

Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player, currently ranked #96 WTA, at Roland Garros 2014:

Main Draw:
1st round: Belinda Bencic – Venus Williams (USA) 4:6, 1;6

Players ranking:
Venus Williams (USA)- #32 WTA

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.


20/05/14

„ISTRIA FROM SMRIKVE“ on LINKED IN (HD promo video)

Dear Smrikve and Smrikva Bowl friends,

I am pleased to share and present a promo video just made to present a Linked In Group named Discover Istria from Smrikve...

... if you are not already member, it is my pleasure to invite you to join the Group on Linked In…

Why each person who JOIN the GROUP make a difference?

... hm… hard question… with no exact answer… but let me share a moment from Pocahontas cartoon… when John Smith meet Grandmother Willow… and her wisdom may me to give an idea why is significant… ;)

Grandmother Willow: Now then, there’s something I want to show you. Look.
[dips her vine in the water in which glowing ripples begin to form]
Pocahontas: The ripples.
John Smith: What about them?
Grandmother Willow: So small at first, then look how they grow. But someone has to start them.

By simply joining the Group you will help me promote the cultural and heritage guide „Istria from Smrikve“... the idea that Slow Food, Slow Travel and Sustainable Living may have the same beauty of the nature and the sea in attracting new travelers…

... if you write „Discover Istria from Smrikve“ in the Linked In Group section you will find it… you can also press the following link

Discover ISTRIA from SMRIKVE

... one last little news for those who did not have the opportunity to see it yet… in the following picture gallery you may recognize a racket of a legend ;)...

TRS Photo Gallery

I hope you enjoy the new video and I give my welcome in advance to all who decide to JOIN the GROUP Discover Istria from Smrikve…

Mio

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.


18/05/14

Elvis Grgorinic and Vazmoslav Mirkovic - Paskvalin are the winners of the 8th 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…

16 Smrikve Tennis Club Recreational members and guests participated in this 8th 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 finals played four matches in just a day and it is not an easy experience… but 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 11:30 PM…

Let me walk you through the day via some pictures… and will start with cloudy morning and with the first couple of players on the court #1… Valter and Livio...

... the following couple on the court #1 were Mladen and Tomo...

...as you can see on the following picture… ;)

...towards lunch time the weather started to change… the colors turned into a nice blue sky during Patrik and Pero match on the court #2…

Dario was again the tournament Master Chef… managing the grill area :)... while Dr. Kreso... Hrelja... Livio... Zeljko...Pero are all in action on the following picture… deserved table action ;)...

.. the sky kept showing beautiful colors above Smrikve… and the matches continue followed by…

I am pleased to present with just few more word the winner of the Main Draw of the 8th Smrikva Rekreacija 2014 edition… Elvis...

The following pictures were taken during the semifinals he played with Dragan...

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…

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…

... but if you look at the following picture you can see that he plays on this picture with his right 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…

... and here is again playing forehand…

... an additional element he use in tennis from basketball is explosive first step… or first movement… this is also improtant 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 Main Draw semifinals he defeated Hrelja... his traditional sparing partner in the Club…

... and in the finals he had to play with Valter who defeated Marijan in the other semifinals…

In the Consolation Draw… the finalist were: Paskvalin and Pero... almost the same age and were the oldest players of the day… Paskvalin born in 1946 and Pero born in 1947…

Consolation Draw started before the Main Draw on the court #1…

... Paskvalin and Pero…

Because of the very equal game… and long match… the Main Draw finals started on the court #2… and we thought to move it later on to the court #1 but Paskvalin celebrated his victory…

... just couple of minutes before Elvis celebrated his victory…

I have to note that Valter is playing a very nice and classic tennis but it took him the whole set to try to understand what he could do against very unusual Elvis’s game… and in the 3rd set his legs stopped supporting him… and Elvis gained deserved victory of the day and the trophy…

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

here is again Paskvalin... Consolation Draw winner…

and Elvis... Main Draw winner…

... 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

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 Autumn… :)

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.

Cosmopolite book
Linked in Istria from Smrikve