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13/05/13

Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, reached the finals at BOHEMIA CAFEX CUP - Cat 1 under 14 TE Tournament

Miomir Kecmanovic, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, is one of the best players in Europe in his age group… and this week he reached the finals at BOHEMIA CAFEX CUP just concluded in Czech Republic.

Miomir’s road towards the finals at BOHEMIA CAFEX CUP 2013 was the following:

1st round: Miomir Kecmanovic – Emil RUUSUVUORI (Fin) 6:1, 6:0
2nd round: Miomir Kecmanovic – Jakub PATYK (Cze) 7:5, 6:2
3rd round: Miomir Kecmanovic – Niklas SCHELL (Ger) 6:4, 6:2
Quarterfinals:Miomir Kecmanovic-Alexei POPYRIN (Aus) 6:3, 6:4
Semifinals:Miomir Kecmanovic – Ergi KIRKIN (Tur) 6:0, 6:0
Finals:Miomir Kecmanovic – Jurij RODIONOV (Blr) 4:6, 4:6

There were several other Smrikva Bowl players that I recognized in the boys Main Draw: Alexei POPYRIN (quarterfinals), Nicola KUHN (3rd round), Yshai OLIEL (3rd round), Tomas MACHAC (2nd round), Patrik RIKL (2nd round), Anthony POPYRIN (1st round), Karol PALUCH (1st round).

In the girls Main Draw there were two Smrikva Bowl girls: Lucie KANKOVA (quarterfinals) and Arianna CAPOGROSSO (quarterfinals).

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.


10/05/13

Top Smrikva Bowl and "Little Mo"/Smrikva Bowl players on ATP, WTA, ITF and European under 14 and 16 ranking lists (update May 2013)

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

As of 10th of April 2013 the ranking summary of the very TOP former Smrikva Bowl boys and girls is the following:

• 4 players TOP 200 WTA

Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #78 WTA
Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #110 WTA
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2002 runner up – 2003 semif.- # 149 WTA
Tereza MRDEZA – 2000 winner – #156 WTA

• 4 players TOP 500 ATP

Javier MARTI – 2002 winner – #211 ATP
Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #258 ATP
Dino MARCAN – 2001 runner up – #359 ATP
Gianluigi QUINZI – 2006 winner – # 460 ATP

• 6 boys and 8 girls… in total 14 players are in TOP 100 ITF

BOYS:

#2 Nikola MILOJEVIC (TOP 5)

#3 Gianluigi QUINZI (TOP 5)

#4 Laslo DJERE (TOP 5)

#5 Borna CORIC (TOP 5)

#23 Franko MIOCIC

#51 Matteo DONATI

GIRLS:

#1 Ana KONJUH (TOP 5)

#6 Belinda BENCIC

#11 Christina MAKAROVA

#17 Nina STOJANOVIC

#28 Katie BOULTER

#36 Ilka CSOREGI

#70 Giulia PAIRONE

#97 Jana FETT

3 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 16 – (Ana KONJUH #1, Belinda BENCIC #3, Olga FRIDMAN #9)

3 boys and 1 girl are in TOP 10 ETA under 14 – (Samuele RAMAZZOTTI #2, Miomir KECMANOVIC #2, Alexei POPYRIN #9; Andreea Amalia ROSCA #2)

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 #156 on WTA 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 #553 on ATP ranking list.
Dino MARCAN, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #359 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #110 on WTA list. Petra’s best raning is #42 on WTA list as of June 2012.
Indire AKIKI, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #725 on WTA list.


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 #211 on ATP list.
Federico GAIO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Italy, is currently ranked #598 on ATP list*.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #149 on WTA list; best ranking was #145 on WTA list in November 2011.
Martina CAREGARO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Italy, is ranked #878 on WTA ranking list; her best ranking was #370 on WTA list in October 2010.
Ema BURGIC, ranked 3rd on 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, best ranking was #505 on WTA list in July 2010.


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

BOYS
Dominic THIEM, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, from Austria, is ranked #258 on ATP ranking list.
George MORGAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Great Britain, is ranked #885 on ATP ranking list.
Ciprian PORUMB, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Romenia, is ranked #1768 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Croatia, is ranked #149 on WTA list* best ranking was #145 on WTA list in November 2011.
Silvia NJIRIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #856 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 #770 on ATP ranking list.
Filip VEGER, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Croatia, is ranked #752 on ATP ranking list.
Danil ZELENKOV, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from FYR Macedonia, is ranked #1671 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.

“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 ranked #835 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 #962 on ATP list.
Laslo DJERE, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #4 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked 913 on ATP list.
Gianluigi QUINZI, ranked 3rd on 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Italy, is ranked #3 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #460 on ATP list.
Nikola MILOJEVIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation tournament winner, from Serbia, is ranked #2 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF).
Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #5 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #762 on ATP list.
Luka ILIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Serbia, is ranked #1446 on ATP ranking list.
Franko MIOCIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #23 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).

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 #452 on WTA list.
Irina Maria BARA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Romania, is ranked #876 on WTA ranking list.
Donna VEKIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #78 on WTA list.
Iva MEKOVEC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #540 on WTA list.
Camilla ROSATELLO, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Italy, is ranked #1014 on WTA list.
Jana FETT, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Croatia, is ranked #97 on ITF 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 #3 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #460 on ATP list.
Andre BIRO, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalist, from Hungary, is ranked #129 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Eleanor DEAN, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Great Britain, is ranked #263 on ITF ranking list.
Ilka CSOREGI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalists, from Romania, is ranked #36 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)
Dea HERDZELAS, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 quarterfinalists, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #180 on ITF ranking list.
Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #6 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF)
Giulia PAIRONE, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Italy, is ranked #70 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)
Nina STOJANOVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Serbia, is ranked #17 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)

“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 #11 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF), and is ranked #865 on WTA ranking list.
Gabriella UMOQUIT, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked #331 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 #137 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Bogdan BORZA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #112 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #467 on ITF ranking list.
Gonzalo MORELL, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Spain, is ranked #146 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Sergiu BUCUR, ranked 4th on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Romania, is ranked #390 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #1003 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #1 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and #1 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and 862 on WTA list.
Nina POTOCNIK, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Slovenia, is ranked #146 on ITF ranking list.
Ivana JOROVIC, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Serbia, is ranked #127 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100) and 742 on WTA list.
Jazzi PLEWS, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from UK, is ranked #123 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100)
Bianka BEKEFI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Hungary, is ranked #148 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100)

“Little Mo” TEAM
Eduardo NAVA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #646 on ITF ranking list.
Tommy PAUL, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #239 on ITF ranking list.

Ndindi NDUNDA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #580 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 #656 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Mihnea TURCU, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #957 in Europe in under 16 european ranking list.
Grega KOKALJ, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovenia, is ranked #484 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Andrea GUERRIERI, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Italy, is ranked #613 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.

GIRLS
Katarina JOKIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #188 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #328 on ITF ranking list.
Maia LUMSDEN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Scotland, is ranked #36 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #354 on ITF ranking list.
Viktoria KUZMOVA, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovakia, is ranked #22 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #250 on ITF ranking list.
Estela Perez-Somarriba, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Spain, is ranked #1157 on under 16 european ranking list.
Olga FRIDMAN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Ukraine, is ranked #9 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #126 on ITF ranking list.
Nikolina JOVIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Serbia, is ranked #97 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #274 on ITF ranking list.
Gabriella Patricia TAYLOR, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from UK, is ranked #56 in Europe in under 16 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U14) and is ranked #196 on ITF ranking list.
Marija CURNIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #104 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #617 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 #258 on ITF ranking list.

Ingrid NEEL, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the 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 #116 in under 14 european ranking.
Samuele RAMAZZOTTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Italy, is ranked #2 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA U14).
Karlo SUEVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Slovenia, is ranked #66 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Spain, is ranked #318 in under 14 european ranking.
Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Serbia, is ranked #3 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA U14).
Alexei POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 Consolation Draw
winner, from Australia, is ranked #9 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA u14).
Max STEWART, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from UK, is ranked #11 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Katie SWAN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from United Kingdom, is ranked #31 in under 14 european ranking.
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #33 in under 14 european ranking.
Inci OGUT, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Turkey, is ranked #37 in under 14 european ranking.
Arianna CAPOGROSSO, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Italy, is ranked #38 in under 14 european ranking.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Noah SCHACHTER, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the 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 too young for the ITF ranking list.
Ashley LAHEY, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the 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 #57 in under 14 european ranking.
Karlo SUEVICH, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #66 in under 14 european ranking.
Yshai OLIEL, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Israel, is ranked #20 in under 14 european ranking.
Andrei Taica RADU, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #216 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Jovana VUKOVIC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #33 in under 14 european ranking.
Paula ARIAS MANJON, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Spain, is ranked #324 in under 14 european ranking.
Neli SUNJIC, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #116 in under 14 european ranking.
Kristina NOVAK, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Slovenia, is ranked #375 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 too young for the 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 too young for under 14 european ranking.
Mihailo POPOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro SERRANO OSOBA, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Stipan MADZAR, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Olga DANILOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Ksenija TMUSIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Emilija KOJCIC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Betina TOKAC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Turkey, is too young for 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.

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.


05/05/13

A nice working week at "La Bottega" di Smrikve with various visits: Nejc, Klemen, Veronika and Lara... various talents at different age groups......

As I already wrote various times La Bottega di Smrikve is a natural development of the story started in 1996 when the Smrikva Bowl tennis talents story began…

.. AND TALENTED PLAYERS THAT WE ENJOY HOSTING DURING THE YEAR FOR SHORTER PERIODS OF TIME AS GUESTS OF OUR SCHOOL ARE MOSTLY LINKED TO THE SMRIKVA BOWL NETWORK…

and this week was characterized by several visits, departures and new tennis talents visits… let’s start a short week overview :)...

Nejc and Klemen Gorjanec are two tennis talents from Ljubljana… Nejc turned 9 while Klemen is at the beginning stage of his tennis talents development…

... it was the first time for me to meet them and I enjoyed their attitude on the court… and, in addition to that, we were honored to celebrate Nejc’s birthday in Smrikve :)...

... and here is Nejc… after the afternoon tennis hour with his new Smrikve friend Leki...

... another girl who is training and growing in Ljubljana, currently #1 under 14 in Slovenia, spend few days on our courts with her coach Ales Filipcic… Veronika Erjavec, from Idria, is one of the most talented girls in her age group in the Country… and the Friday afternoon she spent training with Silvia and Ari...

... a nice afternoon with some very nice points for the tennis lovers…

... and a very young girl from Belgrade Lara Stojanovski is spending her family vacation in Smrikve…

... and Lara is another girl with incredible love towards tennis game… and her tennis over the last few years keeps growing strongly :)...

... but Smrikve try not to be only tennis ;)... as you can see from the picture below :)...

In Smrikve is always a pleasure to spend some time with rising tennis talents…

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.


28/04/13

Donna Vekic, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, born in 1996, is in the winner of 50.000 USD ITF worth tournament LALE CUP 2013 played in Istanbul...

Donna Vekic, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, born in 1996, currently ranked #82 on WTA list is in the winner of the LALE CUP 2013…

On the picture below you can Donna Vekic while planting the old olive tree during the Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors nomination cerimony in 2005 :)...

Donna Vekic by virtue of reaching 2012 Tashkent final, was youngest player to reach a WTA final in six years (at age 16 – youngest since Paszek won Portoroz title in September 2006 at age 15).

Her road towards the victory in Istanbul was the following:

1st round: Donna Vekic – Mayya Katsitadze (Rus) 6:2, 7:6
2nd round: Donna Vekic – Pemra Ozgen (Tur) 6:2, 3:6, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Donna Vekic – Kristina Kucova (Svk) 6:1, 6:0
Semifinals: Donna Vekic – Vera Dushevina (Rus) 6:4, 4:6, 6:3
Finals: Donna Vekic – Elizaveta Kulichkova (Rus) 6:4, 7:6

...while the ranking of the players is the following:

Mayya Katsidatze (Rus) – # 390 WTA list
Pemra Ozgen (Tur) – # 288 WTA list
Kristina Kucova (Svk) – # 301 WTA list
Vera Dushevina (Rus) – # 188 WTA list
Elizaveta Kulichkova (Rus) – # 445 WTA list

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.


27/04/13

Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, won Aegon GB Pro-Series Bournemouth 2013 ITF USD 10.000 worth tournament just concluded in Great Britain...

Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, starting from qualifications, won Aegon GB Pro-Series Bournemouth 2013 ITF USD 10.000 worth tournament…

It is his first victory of a USD 10.000 worth tournament…

Borna is currently ranked #4 on ITF ranking list and is # 1423 on ATP ranking list… with this week victory he could significantly jump on ATP list …

Coric’s road towards the victory was the following:

Qualifications:
1st round: Borna Coric – bye
2nd round: Borna Coric – David Hodgetts (Gbr) 6:0, 6:1
3rd round: Borna Coric – Joshua Page (Gbr) 6:0, 6:4

Main Draw:
1st round: Borna Coric – Albert Alcaraz Ivorra (Esp) 6:4, 7:6
2nd round: Borna Coric – Jack Carpenter (Gbr) 7:5, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Borna Coric – Alessandro Bega (Ita) 6:2, 4:1 ret.
Semifinals: Borna Coric – Ashley Hewitt (Gbr) 6:3, 6:1
Finals: Borna Coric – Daniel Cox (Gbr) 6:7, 6:4, 6:3

Ranking of the players defeated by Borna at Aegon GB Pro-Series Bournemouth 2013 is the following:

David Hodgetts (Gbr) – n.r. ATP
Joshua Page (Gbr) – n.r. ATP
Albert Alcaraz Ivorra (Esp) – #607 ATP
Jack Carpenter (Gbr) – #780 ATP
Alessandro Bega (Ita) – #464 ATP
Ashley Hewitt (Gbr) – #717 ATP
Daniel Cox (Gbr) – #554 ATP

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22/04/13

The Smrikve c Code story... is a story about virtue created by training and wish to learn... a story to celebrate 22nd of April - World Earth Day

Smrikve c Code was created a few years ago as a new section among the Smrikva Bowl Tournament sections…

The birth of this article was inspired by the Smrikva Bowl kids’ ability to use rackets and the Star Wars knights to use their lightsabers…

It is a kid’s story about virtue created by long hours spent in training and wish to learn… day after day… year after year… decade after decade…

Today is “Earth Day”... an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year… this date was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009… and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year… thus an opportunity to recall the story of the importance of training and learning to respect what we are born with…


Smrikve, October 2010

The Star Wars “Return of the Jedi” is the first film I remember seeing with my dad at the cinema… it was 1983 and I was 10… the cinema was named “Istra”… I was the same age as the Smrikva Bowl players we host every year in Smrikve :)…

In the introduction of this article I would just underline that I like the way Jedi use the lightsabers and I like the way Smrikva Bowl kids use their rackets :)... Smrikve c Code is a story about virtue created by training and wish to learn…

My dad was pilot and for me watching The Star Wars with him at the cinema was a particular experience … I had many questions and he, as usual, with smile and pleasure answered to each of my questions…

Dad used to take me with him on the airport when I was little… and I remember him entering the cockpit of the plane with pilot helmet watching towards me and giving me the sign that he was ready to fly… than he turned on the engine of the plane and watched towards me again with smile in his eyes…

I stayed about 100 meters from the airplane with his colleagues and watched him taking his plane towards runway…

From the place where I stayed only part of the runway was visible because of the wood and he took the plane in the area that was invisible to me to prepare for the takeoff… I was able to hear the force of the engine… and when the sound of the force started to increase I knew that my dad will be visible soon… his colleagues were telling me “be ready soon your dad will come”… and when he started to be visible on the back of the plane there was the fire… almost half length of the airplane had the fire extension formed by his engine and I just noticed his helmet in the cockpit and followed by my kids eyes his airplane reaching the sky…

The Jedi are characters in the Star Wars universe bound to a code of morality and justice and are trained in the use of the light side of the force. They learn to use the Force, and weapons, known as lightsabers, which emits a controlled energy flow in the shape of a sword, to serve and protect their Republic and the galaxy from conflicts or government instability…

Since long time ago I started to note the ability of Smrikva Bowl kids using the racket and thinking at the same time on Jedi’s ability to use the lightsaber :)…

Some of my students use Wilson’s ying & young damper… known as Tao sign… they like the symbol but are still too young to have an idea about it ;)… I will try to use this symbol to help me explain how little the difference could be in forming a balance in anything we do… every action has a reaction in our World… in the first classes of physics we learn Newton’s third law…

Tao is an abstract concept found in Taoism, Confucianism, and more generally in ancient Chinese philosophy and East Asian cultures.

While the word itself translates as “way”, “path”, or “route”… it is often used philosophically to signify the fundamental nature of the World we are used to living on Earth… it is often referred to as “the nameless”, because neither it nor its principles can ever be adequately expressed in words.

While the Tao cannot be expressed, Taoism holds that it can be known, and its principles can be followed. Much of Taoist writing focuses on the value of following the Tao – called Te (virtue) – and of the ultimate uselessness of trying to understand or control Tao outright. This is often expressed through yin and yang arguments, where every action creates a counter-action as a natural, unavoidable movement within manifestations of the Tao.

I used the above short explenation to introduce the Codes used in the Star Wars universe…

As in the Tao symbol there were knights trained to use the dark side of the force and the light side… this is the way how mankind functioned since the human written memory goes back…

For new ideas people have to go beyond… out of the known patterns by using their imagination… the kids are many times Master in this…

“Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.”... :)

DARK SIDE (The Sith Code)

• Peace is a lie. There is only passion.
• Through passion, I gain strength.
• Through strength, I gain power.
• Through power, I gain victory.
• Through victory, my chains are broken.
• The Force shall free me.

LIGHT SIDE (The Jedi Code)

• There is no emotion, there is peace.
• There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
• There is no passion, there is serenity.
• There is no death, there is the Force.

The Jedi Code was rewritten by Grand Master Luke Skywalker upon reestablishing the Jedi Order:

• Jedi are the guardians of peace in the galaxy.
• Jedi use their powers to defend and to protect.
• Jedi respect all life, in any form.
• Jedi serve others rather than ruling over them, for the good of the galaxy.
• Jedi seek to improve themselves through knowledge and training.

Smrikve c code is the code…

...and… just one more thing…

... “La guerra no le hace a uno grandioso.”... ;)

I am pleased to close this article with Dire Straits and their Brothers in Arms song… starting with the sound of the thunder… The concert was made in 1988 to honour Nelson Mandela…

BROTHERS IN ARMS

These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you’ll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you’ll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms

Through these fields of destruction
Baptism of fire
I’ve whittnessed your suffering
As the battles raged higher
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms

There’s so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones

Now the sun’s gone to hell
And the moon’s riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it’s written in the starlight
And every line on your palm
We’re fools to make war
On our brothers in arms

Miodrag Bozovic

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20/04/13

Ajla Tomljanovic - 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up - won the finals at DOTHAN PRO CLASSIC 2013 (USA) - USD 50.000 worth tournament

Ajla Tomljanovic played Smrikva Bowl twice. In 2002 she reached the finals when she was 9 years old… and ranked 3rd when she was 10 in 2003. Today with Petra Martic, Donna Vekic, Ana Konjuh and Tereza Mrdeza is among the best Smrikva Bowl girls…

Ajla will turn 20 in less than two weeks and is currently ranked #171 on WTA ranking list…

A month ago in Miami at USD 5,185,625 worth tournament she reached the fourth round…

... and this week at DOTHAN PRO CLASSIC 2013 (USA) her road towards the victory was the following:

1st round:A.Tomljanovic – M. LARCHER DE BRITO (Por) 6:1,6:0
2nd round: A.Tomljanovic – Allie KIICK (Usa) 7:6, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Ajla Tomljanovic – Shelby ROGERS (Usa) 6:2, 7:6
Semifinals: Ajla Tomljanovic – Alison RISKE (Usa) 2:6, 6:4, 7:6
Finals: Ajla Tomljanovic – Shuai ZHANG (Chn) 2:6, 6:4, 6:3

The ranking of the players Ajla played is the following:

Michelle LARCHER DE BRITO (Por) – #131 WTA
Allie KIICK (Usa) – #323 WTA
Shelby ROGERS (Usa) – #220 WTA
Alison RISKE (Usa) – #199 WTA
Shuai ZHANG (Chn) – #135 WTA

For those who still did not have the opportunity to see Ajla I am pleased to embed the following short video registered during a practice session in Miami at the end of March…

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15/04/13

35 Smrikva Bowl and La Bottega di Smrikve players were in the Main Draws at MLADOST GRILL 2013 ETA under 14 tournament played in Zagreb; reached semifinals: Andrej JOKIC , Lea BOSKOVIC and Andja KARANUSIC ; reached quarterfinals: Karlo DIVKOVIC

This week an ETA under 14 tournament is played in Zagreb – Mladost Grill Open and I recognized many SMRIKVA BOWL kids in the Main Draws…

Out of 128 players in both girls and boys Main Draws there were 35 former Smrikva Bowl and La Bottega di Smrikve players (12 girls and 23 boys)

In the second round there were 19 Smrikva Bowl and La Bottega di Smrikve players (8 girls and 11 boys) out of 64.

In the third round there were 10 Smrikva Bowl players (5 girls and 5 boys) out of 32.

In the quarterfinals there were 4 Smrikva Bowl players (2 girls and 2 boys) out of 16: Karlo DIVKOVIC, Andrej JOKIC, Lea BOSKOVIC and Andja KARANUSIC.

In the semifinals there were 3 Smrikva Bowl players (2 girls and 1 boy) out of 8: Andrej JOKIC, Lea BOSKOVIC and Andja KARANUSIC.


BOYS

Andrej JOKIC (BiH) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Andrej Jokic – Luka MRSIC (Aut)
2nd round: Andrej Jokic – Lukas VONTOBEL (Sui) 6:2, 6:1
3rd round: Andrej Jokic – Hrvoje PLUKAVEC (Cro) 6:3, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Andrej Jokic – Giacomo GIUNTA (Ita) 6:3, 6:2
Semifinals: Andrej Jokic – Gabriel CURRLIN (Sui) 5:7, 3:6

Karlo DIVKOVIC (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Karlo Divkovic – Gasper TOPCIC (Slo) 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Karlo Divkovic – Jakub PAUL (Sui) 6:2, 6:4
3rd round: Karlo Divkovic – Nicola VIDAL (Cro) 7:5,2:6, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Karlo Divkovic – Jerko BRKIC (Cro) 5:7, 6:2, 4:6

Renzo PARO (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Renzo Paro – Nico HORNITSCHEK (Ger) 6:3, 6:2
2nd round: Renzo Paro – Federico REBECCHINI (Ita) 6:3, 6:1
3rd round: Renzo Paro – Gabriel CURRLIN (Ita) 3:6, 2:6

Frane NINCEVIC (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Frane Nincevic – Yan BONDAREVSKIY (Rus) 6:2, 6:4
2nd round: Frane Nincevic – Jan VEHOVEC (Slo) 6:7, 7:5, 7:6
3rd round: Frane Nincevic – Jerko BRKIC (Cro) 5:7, 4:6

Karlo SUEVICH (Cro) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up
1st round: Karlo Suevich – Fabio SANTAROSSA (Sui) 6:7, 6:4, 6:4
2nd round: Karlo Suevich – Leon KAH (Ger) 6:4, 6:1
3rd round: Karlo Suevich – Giacomo GIUNTA (Cro) 2:6, 1:6

Luka MIKLAVCIC (Slo) – La Bottega di Smrikve
1st round: Luka Miklavcic – Stipan MADZAR (Cro) 6:2, 6:1
2nd round: Luka Miklavcic – GERRudolf MOLLEKER (Ger) 1:6, 2:6

Roko SAVIN (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Roko Savin – Alexandr MELNITSKIY (Rus) 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Roko Savin – Mattia FRINZI (Ita) 2:6, 4:6

Yannik STEINEGGER (Sui) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Yannik Steinegger – Marko ZALUKAR (Cro) 6:1, 6:0
2nd round: Yannik Steinegger – Gabriel HUBER (Aut) 2:6, 2:6

Jan VEHOVEC (Slo) – La Bottega di Smrikve
1st round: Jan Vehovec – Goran TUFEKCIC (Ger) 3:6, 6:2, 6:4
2nd round: Jan Vehovec – Frane NINCEVIC (Cro) 7:6, 5:7, 6:7

Andrej OMERAGIC (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Andrej Omeragic – Tobias WAGNER (Sui) 6:3, 6:4
2nd round: Andrej Omeragic – Giacomo GIUNTA (Ita) 4:6,6:4,4:6

Lukas VONTOBEL (Sui) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Lukas Vontobel – Matej-Vinko PRIMORAC (Cro) 6:1,6:0
2nd round: Lukas Vontobel – Andrej JOKIC (BiH) 2:6, 1:6

Duje AJDUKOVIC (Cro) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner
1st round: Duje Ajdukovic – Rudolf MOLLEKER (Ger) 0:6, 6:3, 0:6

Kosta PETROV (Srb) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist
1st round: Kosta Petrov – Mattia FRINZI (Ita) 3:6, 1:6

Karlo KRANIC (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Karlo Kranic – Andrej GRUBISIC (BiH) 1:6, 1:6

Borna SEATOVIC (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Borna Seatovic – Nicola VIDAL (Ita) 2:6, 2:6

Nemanja POPOVIC (Srb) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Nemanja Popovic – Jakub PAUL (Sui) 6:3, 3:6, 0:6

Gasper TOPCIC (Slo) – La Bottega di Smrikve
1st round: Gasper Topcic – Karlo DIVKOVIC (Cro) 0:6, 0:6

Filip MISOLIC (Aut) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011
1st round: Filip Misolic – Gabriel CURRLIN (Sui) 1:6, 1:6

Vito TONEJC (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Vito Tonejc – Pero CVJETINOVIC (Srb) 2:6, 2:6

Nico HORNITSCHEK (Ger) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Nico Hornitschek – Renzo PARO (Cro) 3:6, 2:6

Grgo DUJMOVIC (Cro) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011
1st round: Grgo Dujmovic – Luca STAEHELI (Sui) 1:6, 4:6

Stipan MADZAR (Cro) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 semifinalist
1st round: Stipan Madzar – Luka MIKLAVCIC (Slo) 2:6, 1:6

Matic PODLIPNIK (Slo) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Matic Podlipnik-Federico REBECCHINI (Ita) 0:6,6:4,0:6


GIRLS

Lea BOSKOVIC (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Lea Boskovic – Tina CVETKOVIC (Slo) 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Lea Boskovic – Nadine KELLER (Sui) 6:0, 6:0
3rd round: Lea Boskovic – Petra PUPIC (Cro) 6:0, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Lea Boskovic – Emma GENNARI (Ita) 6:0, 6:0
Semifinals: Lea Boskovic – Ylena IN-ALBON (Sui) 3:6, 5:7

Andja KARANUSIC (Cro) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Andja Karanusic – T. SCHWIENBACHER (Ita) 6:1, 6:0
2nd round: Andja Karanusic – Luna MILOVANOVIC (Sui) 6:4, 6:1
3rd round: Andja Karanusic – Emma LENE (Fra) 6:3, 2:6, 6:4
Quarterfinals: Andja Karanusic – Petra ROBIC (Cro) 6:3, 7:5
Semifinals: Andja Karanusic – O.ANDRIEIEVA (Ukr) 3:6, 2:6

Neli SUNJIC (Cro) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 semifinalist
1st round: Neli Sunjic – Maria KUEN (Ita) 6:0, 6:1
2nd round: Neli Sunjic – Sarah NIKOCEVIC (Ger) 6:3, 7:6
3rd round: Neli Sunjic – Klara MRCELA (Cro) 1:6, 3:6

Petra PUPIC (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Petra Pupic – Sophie MUNTEAN (Fra) 6:3, 6:3
2nd round: Petra Pupic – Eliz MALONEY (Uk) 7:6, 3:6, 6:1
3rd round: Petra Pupic – Lea BOSKOVIC (Cro) 0:6, 2:6

Ana BISKIC (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Ana Biskic – Varvara PARIYSKAYA (Rus) 6:1, 6:3
2nd round: Ana Biskic – Lara PROSENJAK (Slo) 6:3, 6:2
3rd round: Ana Biskic – Ylena IN-ALBON (Sui) 4:6, 3:6

Lorena GAVRIC (Cro) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Lorena Gavric – Elizaveta POPOVA (Rus)
2nd round: Lorena Gavric -Oleksandra ANDRIEIEVA (Ukr) 2:6,2:6

Lian BENEDEJCIC (Slo) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Lian Benedejcic – Dragana RADISIC (BiH) 6:3, 7:6
2nd round: Lian Benedejcic – Emma GENNARI (Ita) 2:6, 1:6

Anja GAL (Slo) – 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010
1st round: Anja Gal – Iva KRIVIC (Cro) 6:4, 6:2
2nd round: Anja Gal – Evelyne C.A. TIRON (Rou) 4:6, 5:7

Dragana RADISIC (BiH) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Dragana Radisic – Lian BENEDEJCIC (Slo) 3:6, 6:7

Martina BOKULIC (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Martina Bokulic – Lea ROMAIN (Fra) 4:6, 1:6

Tina CVETKOVIC (Slo) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Tina Cvetkovic – Lea BOSKOVIC (Cro) 2:6, 2:6

Dea LAKO (Cro) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Dea Lako – Judith VAN KESSEL (Fra) 4:6, 1:6

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12/04/13

Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, reached the quarterfinals at BNP Paribas Katowice in Poland

Petra Martic, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, currently ranked #91 on WTA list, reached the quarterfinals in Poland… BNP Paribas Katowice 235.000 USD WTA tournament…

Petra’s road towards the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Katowice 2013 was the following:

1st round: Petra Martic – Elina Svitolina (Ukr) 6:7, 6:3, 6:2
2nd round: Petra Martic – Anna Schmiedlova (Svk) 6:4, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Petra Martic – Petra Kvitova (Cze) 3:6, 2:6

The ranking of the players that Petra played is the following:

Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – #90 on WTA list
Anna Schmiedlova (Svk) – #186 on WTA list
Petra Kvitova (Cze) – #8 on WTA list

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10/04/13

Top Smrikva Bowl and "Little Mo"/Smrikva Bowl players on ATP, WTA, ITF and European under 14 and 16 ranking lists (update April 2013)

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

As of 10th of April 2013 the ranking summary of the very TOP former Smrikva Bowl boys and girls is the following:

• 4 players TOP 200 WTA

Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #83 WTA
Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #91 WTA
Tereza MRDEZA – 2000 winner – #151 WTA
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2002 runner up – 2003 semif.- # 171 WTA

• 2 players TOP 300 ATP

Javier MARTI – 2002 winner – #193 ATP
Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #268 ATP

• 6 boys and 10 girls… in total 16 players are in TOP 100 ITF

BOYS:

#2 Nikola MILOJEVIC (TOP 5)

#3 Gianluigi QUINZI (TOP 5)

#4 Laslo DJERE (TOP 5)

#5 Borna CORIC (TOP 5)

#15 Franko MIOCIC

#93 Andre BIRO

GIRLS:

#1 Ana KONJUH (TOP 5)

#4 Belinda BENCIC (TOP 5)

#12 Christina MAKAROVA

#28 Nina STOJANOVIC

#30 Ilka CSOREGI

#39 Katie BOULTER

#76 Giulia PAIRONE

#81 Camilla ROSATELLO

#92 Jana FETT

#94 Irina Maria BARA

2 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 16 – (Ana KONJUH #1, Belinda BENCIC #3)

4 boys and 1 girl are in TOP 10 ETA under 14 – (Miomir KECMANOVIC #2, Samuele RAMAZZOTTI #4, Max STEWART #9, Alexei POPYRIN #10; Andreea Amalia ROSCA #1)

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 #151 on WTA 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 #583 on ATP ranking list.
Dino MARCAN, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #408 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #91 on WTA list (TOP 100 WTA). Petra’s best raning is #42 on WTA list as of June 2012.
Indire AKIKI, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #628 on WTA list.


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 #193 on ATP list.
Federico GAIO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Italy, is currently ranked #537 on ATP list*.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #171 on WTA list; best ranking was #145 on WTA list in November 2011.
Martina CAREGARO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Italy, is ranked #899 on WTA ranking list; her best ranking was #370 on WTA list in October 2010.
Ema BURGIC, ranked 3rd on 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, best ranking was #505 on WTA list in July 2010.


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

BOYS
Dominic THIEM, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, from Austria, is ranked #268 on ATP ranking list.
George MORGAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Great Britain, is ranked #892 on ATP ranking list.
Ciprian PORUMB, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Romenia, is ranked #1764 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Croatia, is ranked #171 on WTA list* best ranking was #145 on WTA list in November 2011.
Jennifer REN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, from Great Britain, not currently ranked on WTA list.
Silvia NJIRIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #620 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
Ivan LEVAR, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 winner, from Croatia, is not ranked on ATP ranking list.
Miki JANKOVIC, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #777 on ATP ranking list.
Filip VEGER, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Croatia, is ranked #700 on ATP ranking list.
Danil ZELENKOV, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from FYR Macedonia, is ranked #1668 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #1009 on WTA ranking list. Her best ranking was # 559 on WTA ranking list in June 2012.

“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 ranked #844 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 #981 on ATP list.
Laslo DJERE, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #5 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked 914 on ATP list.
Gianluigi QUINZI, ranked 3rd on 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Italy, is ranked #2 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #499 on ATP list.
Nikola MILOJEVIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation tournament winner, from Serbia, is ranked #3 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF).
Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #4 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #1425 on ATP list.
Luka ILIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Serbia, is ranked #1438 on ATP ranking list.
Franko MIOCIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #15 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #1009 on WTA ranking list. Her best ranking was # 559 on WTA ranking list in June 2012.
Olga IANCHUK, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Ukraine, is ranked #445 on WTA list.
Irina Maria BARA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Romania, is ranked #94 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF) and is ranked #896 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 #541 on WTA list.
Camilla ROSATELLO, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Italy, is ranked #81 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF) and is ranked #1022 on WTA list.
Jana FETT, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Croatia, is ranked #92 on ITF 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 #4 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #449 on ATP list.
Andre BIRO, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalist, from Hungary, is ranked #93 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).

GIRLS
Eleanor DEAN, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Great Britain, is ranked #132 on ITF ranking list.
Ilka CSOREGI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalists, from Romania, is ranked #30 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)
Dea HERDZELAS, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 quarterfinalists, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #138 on ITF ranking list.
Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #4 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF)
Giulia PAIRONE, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Italy, is ranked #76 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)
Nina STOJANOVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Serbia, is ranked #28 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)

“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 #12 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF), and is ranked #866 on WTA ranking list.
Gabriella UMOQUIT, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked #337 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 #136 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Bogdan BORZA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #128 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #485 on ITF ranking list.
Gonzalo MORELL, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Spain, is ranked #129 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Sergiu BUCUR, ranked 4th on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Romania, is ranked #284 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #978 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #1 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and #1 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and 862 on WTA list.
Nina POTOCNIK, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Slovenia, is ranked #145 on ITF ranking list.
Ivana JOROVIC, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Serbia, is ranked #104 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100) and 746 on WTA list.
Jazzi PLEWS, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from UK, is ranked #121 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100)
Bianka BEKEFI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Hungary, is ranked #163 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100)

“Little Mo” TEAM
Eduardo NAVA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #598 on ITF ranking list.
Tommy PAUL, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #245 on ITF ranking list.

Ndindi NDUNDA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #559 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 #544 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Mihnea TURCU, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #918 in Europe in under 16 european ranking list.
Grega KOKALJ, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovenia, is ranked #385 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Andrea GUERRIERI, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Italy, is ranked #505 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.

GIRLS
Katarina JOKIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #154 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #313 on ITF ranking list.
Maia LUMSDEN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Scotland, is ranked #31 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #326 on ITF ranking list.
Viktoria KUZMOVA, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovakia, is ranked #17 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #272 on ITF ranking list.
Estela Perez-Somarriba, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Spain, is ranked #1130 on under 16 european ranking list.
Olga FRIDMAN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Ukraine, is ranked #11 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #125 on ITF ranking list.
Nikolina JOVIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Serbia, is ranked #38 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #295 on ITF ranking list.
Gabriella Patricia TAYLOR, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from UK, is ranked #67 in Europe in under 16 cathegory (TOP 10 TE U14) and is ranked #246 on ITF ranking list.
Marija CURNIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #74 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #718 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 #260 on ITF ranking list.

Ingrid NEEL, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the 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 #98 in under 14 european ranking.
Samuele RAMAZZOTTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Italy, is ranked #4 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA U14).
Karlo SUEVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Slovenia, is ranked #76 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Spain, is ranked #287 in under 14 european ranking.
Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Serbia, is ranked #2 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA U14).
Alexei POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 Consolation Draw
winner, from Australia, is ranked #10 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA u14).
Max STEWART, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from UK, is ranked #9 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA u14).

GIRLS
Katie SWAN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from United Kingdom, is ranked #28 in under 14 european ranking.
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #44 in under 14 european ranking.
Inci OGUT, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Turkey, is ranked #23 in under 14 european ranking.
Arianna CAPOGROSSO, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Italy, is ranked #72 in under 14 european ranking.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Noah SCHACHTER, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the 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 too young for the ITF ranking list.
Ashley LAHEY, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the 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 #107 in under 14 european ranking.
Karlo SUEVICH, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #76 in under 14 european ranking.
Yshai OLIEL, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Israel, is ranked #20 in under 14 european ranking.
Andrei Taica RADU, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #216 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Jovana VUKOVIC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #44 in under 14 european ranking.
Paula ARIAS MANJON, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Spain, is ranked #292 in under 14 european ranking.
Neli SUNJIC, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #100 in under 14 european ranking.
Kristina NOVAK, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Slovenia, is ranked #303 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 too young for the 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 too young for under 14 european ranking.
Mihailo POPOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro SERRANO OSOBA, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Stipan MADZAR, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Olga DANILOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Ksenija TMUSIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Emilija KOJCIC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Betina TOKAC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Turkey, is too young for 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.

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.


04/04/13

Dominic Thiem, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, played in Istria two ITF USD 10.000 tournaments - ISTARSKA RIVIJERA... in Rovinj he gave up in the finals while in Vrsar his oponent gave up in the finals... and this week he reached #292 ATP

Dominic Thiem, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, from Austria, cracked into TOP 300 ATP players with the last week victory in Vrsar and the finals played in Rovinj two weeks ago at USD 10.000 ITF tournaments.

The tournaments just concluded are traditionally played in Istria in spring and are famous in the tennis world as ISTARSKA RIVIJERA. The tournament has been played for already 40 years…

Dominic’s road towards the victory in Vrsar was the following:

Dominic Thiem (Aut) – 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner
1st round: Dominic Thiem – Matej Svjetlicic (Cro) 6:1, 6:0
2nd round: Dominic Thiem – Nikolaus Moser (Aut) 6:3, 6:3
Quarterfinals: Dominic Thiem – Borut Puc (Cro) 6:0, 7:6
Semifinals: Dominic Thiem – Martin Podzus (Aut) 6:4, 6:4
Finals: Dominic Thiem- Pere Riba (Esp) 2:6, 6:3, 3:1 ret.

...while his road to the finals in Rovinj as follows:

Dominic Thiem (Aut) – 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner
1st round: Dominic Thiem – Oliver Golding (Gbr) 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Dominic Thiem – Miljan Zekic (Srb) 6:3, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Dominic Thiem – Jaroslav Pospisil (Cze) 6:1, 7:6
Semifinals: Dominic Thiem – Josko Topic (Cro) 6:4, 4:6, 7:6
Finals: Dominic Thiem- Miloslav Mecir (Svk) 5:5 ret.

Before concluding the article I am pleased to recall one of the many important moments for Dominic, dated end of October 2011, when he had the opportunity to play with the Austrian tennis legend Thomas Muster at Stadthalle… and obtain the victory 6:2, 6:3…

Dominic is younger and belonging to a new generation but that victory was important…

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.


03/04/13

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR THE 18th SMRIKVA BOWL 2013 CANDIDATES... The confirmation e-mails have been sent to all the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 candidates.

All the candidates that have indicated correct e-mail address in their application forms should have received the confirmation e-mail of their acceptance or impossibility to invite them to play by 3rd of April 2013.

For the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 annual the application forms received exceeded by far the number of total places available envisaged for this year edition of 96 players in total (48 + 48 Draws)... thus the decision was taken to extend the number of accepted players to the maximum potential Smrikva Bowl number of 128 players… 64+64 Draws...

The accepted candidates are from 38 countries.

Smrikva Bowl historical limit keeps being 100 players and we accepted 28 players above our limit, thus there is no possibility to take into consideration other candidacies...

The players that have not received any confirmation e-mail but have sent the application form via fax please inform Smrikve Tennis Club via e-mail by writing to: miodrag_bozovic@yahoo.it.

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.


31/03/13

The possibility to candidate players for the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 edition is Closed on 30th of March 2013. The candidates that have applied please read the following...

Smrikva Bowl is traditionally limited to 100 players...

For the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 annual the application forms received exceeded by far the number of total places available of 96 players in total (48 + 48 Draws)...

The candidates are from 38 countries. There are six new countries that might be represented for the first time at the Smrikva Bowl: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ireland, Jordan, Peru and Portugal.

Total number of Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors countries may reach with this year the 63rd country…

As indicated in the application instructions top players from each country will be preferred. In addition, the preference will have players born in year 2003.

All the candidates will receive the confirmation e-mail of their acceptance or impossibility to invite them to play before April 8th, 2013.

The players that do not receive any information e-mail by the 8th of April please inform via e-mail: miodrag_bozovic@yahoo.it

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.


29/03/13

Smrikva Bowl Library story and the spring... JRL once said... "books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind..." ;)

The 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 generation will be known in less than a week time… and… while few days ago I recalled the story of circle of life that is linked to our little Ambassadors and the old olive trees we plant…

... today I would be pleased to recall another story that is linked to the books and the title of today… linked to the books but also to our players who bring them to their Smrikva Bowl… :)

...it is the story of heritage… but as written in the title… it is again a story related to the spring via pollen … but this time is a kind of mind pollen… ;)…

James Russell Lowell compared books to the bees and I like it… “books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind…”



In 2009 we started the building of the Smrikva Bowl Library… and since than each Smrikva Bowl player is requested to bring with him a cultural book that will remember his stay in Smrikve and will represent part of his culture of origin to be shared with other Smrikve friends…

Nowadays Smrikva Bowl Library consists of over 380 books from over 46 countries… :)

…Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors are today spread in 57 countries and all the continents… and historically their task was to help us in our search of talented kids in their countries of origin and invite them to play the Smrikva Bowl but from 26th of March 2009… since Istria from Smrikve was put on line… they are also ISTRIA Cultural Ambassadors’ seeds.

The old olive tree Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors plant every year is a symbol of friendship and intergenerational responsibility and Smrikva Bowl’s idea of children, sport, music and culture that are able to pass all frontiers are incorporated in the creation of the Smrikva Bowl Library too…

I used to write in my first book on European Union and Cosmopolitan Democracy that we are those who represent the current civilization…

I find it as an important concept. Today people live an average of about 80 years. What we call civilization is mostly made up of the human knowledge we have accumulated till today, which our institutions in part are able to pass onto future generations… sometimes this is not easy at all…

The books represent the greatest human memory that can help us understand what we see combined with cumulated personal experience of our daily lives. But given the fragility of the circle of life it is very easy for people to ignore these facts and lose sight of our human knowledge. It takes just a few generations to lose that great heritage…

We have gotten used to rapid technological progress, but social and civil progress is slower… more complex. Humans learn throughout the whole lifetime, from books… schools, but mostly from personal experiences…

Smrikva Bowl mission is to develop and spread cosmopolitan values. Love, friendship and empathy are cosmopolitan values per excellence for people and humanity…

Thanks in advance to all the 18th Smrikva Bowl players who will help this year with their visit to Smrikve to build another piece of the Smrikva Bowl World library :)


26/03/13

Spring is at the door... nature awakens... and soon the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 tennis talents generation will be known... :)

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

... in many countries the olive tree is a symbol of peace… while the age of the Smrikva Bowl olive 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 try to understand and to learn to preserve all that each of us is born with…

... the spring moment when nature wakes up… is the moment when the new Smrikva Bowl generation will be known… and to me it is a nice moment to recall the story of the circle of life… :)


Smrikve, March 2008

AMBASSADORS’ OLD OLIVE TREE AND THE CIRCLE OF LIFE…

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. 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 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 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.

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… 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 alone will allow future generations to enjoy the beauty of life, the sunsets and the seasons of the earth. Enjoy the circle of life.

I am pleased to repeat words of a Nobel Prize for Peace who was guest speaker to one of Ambrosetti’s Young Leader Group meetings. It is a tradition that every guest dedicate few words to the Group and he wrote down the following

“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.”

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.

Miodrag Bozovic


24/03/13

Ana Ivanovic, Golden Honorary Smrikva Bowl Member, donated again to the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 edition and "La Bottega" di Smrikve her signed dress, cup and tennis shoes collection :)...her sixth year donation

I’ve just received the gifts for this year Smrikva Bowl kids from our Golden Honorary Smrikva Bowl Member and Tennis Star Ana Ivanovic :)

Ana Ivanovic is among the best tennis players in the World and her funs are spread all over the World… I am very pleased that Ana accepted for the sixth year in the row to donate few items to the Smrikva Bowl kids.

Over the years Ana donated signed t-shirts, dresses, caps and several of her tennis shoes and for the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 edition she decided for the following combination :)... it is similar to the combination she used on Hopman Cup dress... also known as the ITF World Mixed Team Championships…

This year Smrikva Bowl kids will get her signed dress and signed tennis shoes… while at “La Bottega” di Smrikve library – classroom her cup will be permanently exposed…

I am sure that 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 kids will love Ana’s gift and I am also sure that this gift will inspire them to do better and better in tennis… step by step ;).

Ana Ivanovic gave few years ago an interview to Montenegro Family and I am pleased to post her words again because they are of interest for the Smrikva comunity, our Smrikva Bowl talents and the new talents we expect this summer in Smrikve…

When you were five your wish was to play tennis. Today, you are the main reason why many five-years-old kids want to play tennis. For the children you meet, often you’re seen as an idol. How do you feel while meeting them?

It’s one of the biggest honors, I can tell you that. It’s not something I ever thought about when I was trying to become a professional: you dream about winning tournaments and competing in big stadiums, but this is a whole different side to being a professional. I can see that many children look up to athletes and I take my responsibility very seriously. It’s a great honor for me to maybe inspire some kids to play tennis, and I love spending time with children.

Is it true that the dreams come true if you believe in them, considering the fact that you dreamed of winning a Grand Slam…. and the dream came true. Or is more needed for the fulfillment of a dream?

Believing in your goals is definitely the most important thing. If you don’t believe you will achieve them, you have no chance really. It’s also important to have a good support team around you, starting with your family. I have been lucky in that respect: my parents never pushed me into anything, they always understood me and supported me in the best way possible. My management has also done a great job for me. They help me to focus only on tennis.

What advice would you give to the parents whose children want to practise a sport?

The most important thing is that parents are supporting their children, and that children are playing tennis because they want to play it – not because their parents want them to play. If this is the case then I would encourage parents to support their children, never to push them, and to make sure that the child’s happiness is the overall priority.

Ana Ivanovic motto is also “Never stop smiling” :)... and in below video Nole is making her smile ;)...

An Ana Ivanovic supporter made a nice video named:”That’s Why She’s The One” but it is not any more available and in every part of that video Ana’s smile spread like the sunshine spread through the clouds :)... and when I watched that video for the first time it made me thinkg of Timon and Pumbaa’s motto: “Hakuna Matata” :)... not having that video available any more I found this one which ends with Ana’s moto :)... never stop :))...;)

In 2008 Ana Ivanovic started to donate signed t-shirts to the Smrikva Bowl finalists. Since than she won Roland Garros and reached also the ranking #1 in the World...

Katarina Jokic, Maia Lumsden, Katie Swan, Paula Arias Manon, Jovana Vukovic – JOKA, Olga Danilovic, Ksenija Tmusic, Himari Sato and Luisa Meyer Auf Der Heide received Ana’s gift and I hope that her gift will inspire them to keep doing their best in tennis…

On September 17th, 2007 Ana Ivanovic has been officially named the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ambassador. On that day, in relation with the nomination, Ana said “This is a great honor for me to be invited to be UNICEF Ambassador. I love children, and I relish this opportunity to help them in some small way.”

With her gifts Ana showed that she loves children and this way she also helps Smirkva Bowl development “in some small way”.

“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.” said Nelson Mandela.

Never Stop Smiling Ana and thank you again from Smrikve and this year kids! :)

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23/03/13

The Appino Tennis Academy (ATA) U10 & U12 Talent Detection International Championship will be held in Sanremo, Italy from April 15th to 21st, 2013.

Luca Appino is a long term Smrikva Bowl friend and Golden Honorary Member since this title was established. Luca was for many years Babolat Director Of Sports Marketing and contributed to built up Babolat from a string company to one of the largest racquet manufacturers in the World. He is also credited for signing contracts with players such as Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters, Carlos Moya, Dinara Safina, Nadia Petrova, Aravane Rezzai, etc.

In 2009 Luca Appino decided to start, in collaboration with Toni Nadal, to share his experience through TENNIS TALENT that over time evolved into ATA – APPINO TENNIS ACADEMY Path to Success Program. The main service is focused on helping junior talented players and their parents in building their professional tennis career.

The Appino Tennis Academy (ATA) U10 & U12 Talent Detection International Championship will be held in Sanremo, Italy from April 15th to 21st, 2013..

For more information and to register please visit:

www.appinotennis.com

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19/03/13

4 Smrikva Bowl players at Sony Open in Miami, Floridy (USD 4,195,765): Donna VEKIC, Belinda BENCIC, Ajla TOMLJANOVIC and Petra MARTIC... Ajla TOMLJANOVIC reached the fourth round and Donna VEKIC reached the second round of the Main Draw

There are four Smrikva Bowl players at Sony Open played in Miami, Floridy (USD 4,195,765) this week: Donna VEKIC, Belinda BENCIC, Ajla TOMLJANOVIC and Petra MARTIC...

Donna Vekic, from Croatia, born in 1996, and Belinda Bencic, from Switzerland, born in 1997 entered the qualification draw… while Ajla Tomljanovic, from Croatia, born in 1993, received a wild card for the main draw and Petra Martic, from Croatia, born in 1991, is in the Main Draw.

Their current ranking on WTA list is the following:
Petra MARTIC – # 91 WTA
Donna VEKIC – # 95 WTA
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC- 242 # WTA
Belinda BENCIC- # 502 WTA


MAIN DRAW

Ajla Tomljanovic (Cro) – 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 semifinals
1st round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Ksenia PERVAK (Kaz) 6:2, 6:2
2nd round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Julia GOERGES (Ger) 7:6, 6:2
3rd round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Andrea PETKOVIC (Ger) 0:6,6:4,7:6
4th round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Kirsten FLIPKENS (Bel) 7:6, 4:6, 3:6

Ksenia PERVAK (Kaz) – # 99 WTA
Julia GOERGES (Ger) – # 26 WTA
Andrea PETKOVIC (Ger) – # 162 WTA
Kirsten FLIPKENS (Bel) – # 28 WTA

Donna Vekic (Cro) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
1st round: Donna Vekic – Yulia PUTINTSEVA (Kaz) 7:6, 6:0
2nd round: Donna Vekic – Elena VESNINA (Rus) 4:6, 2:6

Yulia PUTINTSEVA (Kaz) – # 93 WTA
Elena VESNINA (Rus) – # 32 WTA

Petra Martic (Cro) – 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner
1st round: Petra Martic – Stefanie VOEGELE (Sui) 3:6, 3:6

Stefanie VOEGELE (Sui) – # 72 WTA


QUALIFICATION DRAW

Donna Vekic (Cro) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
1st round: Donna Vekic – Marta SIROTKINA (Rus) 6:2, 6:3
2nd round: Donna Vekic – Valeri SAVINYKH (Rus) 4:6, 6:3, 6:4

Marta SIROTKINA (Rus) – # 121 WTA
Valeri SAVINYKH (Rus) – # 132 WTA

Belinda Bencic (Sui) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Belinda Bencic – Coco VANDEWEGHE (Usa) 3:6, 6:7

Coco VANDEWEGHE (Usa) – # 98 WTA

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18/03/13

Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, won 21st Sarawak Chief Minister's Cup (I) - ITF Grade 1 tournament just concluded in Malaysia...

I just received a good news from Borna Coric’s Smrikva Bowl fun living in Thailand and he informed me that Borna did well on his tour in Far East and won both single and doubles at Grade 1 ITF tournament just concluded in Malaysia…

Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, won 21st Sarawak Chief Minister’s Cup (I) – ITF Grade 1 tournament… and after this victory Borna Coric jumped to #4 ranking on the ITF ranking list...

This week there are 6 SMRIKVA BOWL players in total among TOP 5 ITF ranked players:

Nikola MILOJEVIC – #2 ITF – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 C.winner
Gianluigi QUINZI – #3 ITF – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner
Borna CORIC – #4 ITF – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
Laslo DJERE – #5 ITF – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up

Ana KONJUH – #1 ITF – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up
Belind BENCIC – #4 ITF – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player

Borna Coric’s road towards the victory of 21st Sarawak Chief Minister’s Cup (I) was the following:

1st round: Borna Coric – bye
2nd round: Borna Coric – Dukyoung Kim (Kor) 6:4, 6:2
3rd round: Borna Coric – Evan Hoyt (Gbr) 6:2, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Borna Coric – Bradley Mousley (Aus) 6:2, 6:2
Semifinals: Borna Coric – Takashi Saito (Jpn) 6:1, 6:3
Finals: Borna Coric – Ku Keon Kang (Kor) 6:3, 5:7, 6:3

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14/03/13

Daria SOLOVYEVA - Dasha, "La Bottega" di Smrikve friend, is the winner of Cup der Nordverbaende, an ETA under 14 tournament played in Isernhagen, Germany

Daria SOLOVYEVA – Dasha, “La Bottega” di Smrikve 2011-2013 guest, from Moscow, won single and double finals at an ETA under 14 tournament played in Isernhagen, Germany…

Daria SOLOVYEVA (Rus) – La Bottega di Smrikve 2011-2013

1st round: Daria SOLOVYEVA – J.KRUEMPELMANN (Ger) 6:0, 6:1
2nd round: Daria SOLOVYEVA – Opheline DEPOILLY (Fra) 7:6, 6:4
Quarterfinals: Daria SOLOVYEVA -Simona WALTERT (Sui) 7:5,6:4
Semifinals: Daria SOLOVYEVA – Alisa DIERCKSEN (Ger) 6:3, 6:2
Finals: Daria SOLOVYEVA – Kristina KISLYAK (Rus) 4:6, 6:1, 6:1

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