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04/11/14

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

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

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

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

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03/11/14

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

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

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

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

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02/11/14

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

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

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

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

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

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01/11/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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23/10/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

Still looking to learn how Borna lived match with Rafa…

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

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

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

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

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

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16/10/14

Top 100 ATP/WTA Smrikva Bowl Club

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

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

Top 100 ATP/WTA Smrikva Bowl Club Candidate

Borna CORIC



ATP

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

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


WTA

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

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

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

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

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

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


TOP 100 Candidate

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


13/10/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• 13 players TOP 700 ATP

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

• 1 player TOP 50 ATP doubles

Marin DRAGANJA – 2001 winner – #30 ATP

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

BOYS:

#37 Nino SERDARUSIC

#39 Andre BIRO

#65 Lloyd George Muirhead HARRIS

#99 Miomir KECMANOVIC

GIRLS:

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

#18 Olga FRIDMAN

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

#36 Seone MENDEZ

#37 Viktoria KUZMOVA

#54 Gabriella TAYLOR

#56 Katie SWAN

#66 Maia LUMSDEN

#71 Nina POTOCNIK

#76 Katarina JOKIC

#80 Jana FETT – Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014 runner up

#85 Michaela GORDON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


IN 2002 SMRIKVA BOWL STARTED TO BE A EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


IN 2005 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM 3 CONTINENTS

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

2011 – 16th Smrikva Bowl

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

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


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

2012 – 17th Smrikva Bowl

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

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

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

2013 – 18th Smrikva Bowl

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

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

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

2014 – 19th Smrikva Bowl

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

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

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


10/10/14

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


06/10/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... and than we finally reached Smrikve again…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


06/10/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


05/10/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAIN DRAWCONSOLATION DRAW

1st Smrikve Rekreacija 2009
• Tomislav Bozovic – Ariana Rabac

2nd Smrikve Rekreacija 2009
• Igor Dobranovic – Patrik Chiavalon

3rd Smrikve Rekreacija 2010
• Slaven Ferencic – Miodrag Bozovic

4th Smrikve Rekreacija 2010
• Deni Zmak – Tomislav Bozovic

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

6th Smrikve Rekreacija 2011
• Silvia Brgic – Neven Stok

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

8th Smrikve Rekreacija 2014

• Elvis Grgorinic – Vazmoslav Mirkovic Paskvalin

9th Smrikve Rekreacija 2014

• Elvis Grgorinic – Tomislav Bozovic

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

See you again in Spring… :)

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29/09/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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21/09/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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21/09/14

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

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

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

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

Borna’s road towards the victory was the following:

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

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

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.


21/09/14

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

Dear Smrikva Bowl and Smrikve friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you all for your help and attention,


Mio

18/09/14

Tea Lukic, 20th Smrikva Bowl 2015 winner, visited Mouratoglou Tennis Academy for a week with her coach Patty Schnider

I just received a note from Tea’s father Milan about Tea’s stay in Paris at the end of August…

Tea Lukic won Smrikva Bowl this year… and thanks to the Smrikva Bowl victory had the opportunity to train for a week at Mouratoglou Tennis Academy (MTA) in Paris.

Since 2008, one of the very prestigious Smrikva Bowl prizes for the winners is the training week at Mouratoglou Tennis Academy. MTA is considered one of the top tennis academies in the World and Tea sent me some photos few days ago that I am pleased to share with Smrikva Bowl community.

On the picture above you can see Tea, and her coach Patty Schnider, a former tennis star… they spent a week together living as tennis professionals at MTA.

They both enjoyed the professional attention received at the Academy during their stay…

... and I believe Tea was also inspired to live some days as professional among professionals… this is what Patty believe too ;)...

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


17/09/14

Today we finished to collect grapes and started the 20th Smrikva Bowl 2015 - SMRIKVE Malvazija wine production

We just collected grapes and started 2015 Smrikve wine production… the wine collection of limited 160-200 bottles will be made as per tradition… and it will be donated to the families participating the 20th Smrikva Bowl 2015 edition…

As per tradition we will do our best to make good wine…

Smrikve Malvazija is thanks to the Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors spread in 64 countries and all the continents. Last year we created a limited collection of 160 bottles and never above 200 bottles… it is always a gift of our family to the Smrikva Bowl families and to our friends.

Wine and gastronomy are part of a culture and wine bottle that we give to every Smrikva Bowl family is part of our cultural gift that every year we are pleased to make to our guests coming from all around the World.

The wine making is the tradition in Smrikve since 1957…

The wine production is a passion for many Istrian families and my grandfather Mate was a great lower of wine and wine making. The first thing he made in 1957 when he settled in Smrikve was planting the vineyard.

Probably not many Smrikva Bowl readers do know the story how my grandfather agreed to take out a row of vineyard to create the space for the court where today the Smrikva Bowl finals are played.

My father, me and my Uncle continue the wine making tradition in Smrikve…

Several years ago I bought a vineyard close to the vineyard planted by my grandfather and today my father and me are doing our best to get the best from what Malvasia grapes can give.

The first phase of the processing the grapes started today…

We collected the grapes but also separated the juice of the rest to obtain the golden color that usually our Istrian Malvazija (Malmsey) wine has. Now for two days the fermentation will be blocked to allow the wine to start its transformation process cleaner than it is today after the collection.

In Smrikve we produce Istrian Malvazija (Malmsey) and during the Smrikva Bowl we use to give a bottle of wine to every family as a memory to their Smrikva Bowl. Probably one day this bottles might be something special if our kids continue to love tennis game and continue to write the Smrikva Bowl story with their results.

Wine as part of the culture…

In the regions where the wine is produced the wine was always part of the culture of the particular site. Also the wine we produce is part of the Smrikve tradition and this is the reason why we are pleased to give a bottle to every family that come to visit us for the Smrikva Bowl.

There is an old Istrian saying: ”Vino od loze i mliko od koze” and “Kruh je za tilo a vino je za dušu”. The translation from Croatian is difficult because you loose the feel of the language. Goat is the symbol of Istria and the meaning of the first saying would be: ”Wine from the grapevine and milk from the goat” and the meaning of the second would be: “Bread is for the body, wine is for the soul”.

With todays collection as I said we started the process of transforming the grapes into wine for the 20th Smrikva Bowl 2015 edition of Malvazija.

The main Istrian wines are: Malvazija, Terran, Refosc and Muscatel.

The glory of the Istrian wine dates back to over 2000 years ago…

For those who are not familiar with Istrian wine I am pleased to remined the reader that Istrian wine was considered one of the best in the Roman Empire, around 20 centuries ago, and was preferred by Livia Drusilla, also known as Iulia Augusta, the wife of the first Roman Emperor Augustus.

Livia Drusilla’s preferred wine was the Istrian wine Pucinum. Livia is considered one of the most influent women in the beginning of the Roman Empire era. It is not know what wine it was because todays wines were brought in Istria mostly by Venitians.

Todays Istrian Malvazija’s story is related with Serenissima… the Venetian Republic

The story of Istrian Malvazija, cultivated in Istria since the end of the 16th century, is fascinating and it relates to the Venetians.

At the beginning of the 15th century the Venetians occupied Peloponnesus in Greece. In the Peloponnesus region there is a town Monemvassia, also named Malvasia. From this town the Venetians started to import the wine into Venice and the other areas controlled by the Venetian Republic.

This wine was so successful and became so famous all over Europe that Venetians decided to plant huge vineyards on the biggest Greek island, Crete.

Between the 16th and 18th century Malvasia become the most important wine in Europe. In 1570 the Turks conquered Crete and Venetians decided to plant Malvasia vineyards in other areas that had friendly relations with Venice which, at that time, also included Istria.

In end Malvasia is in Istria since the above mentioned period while it is not known the sort of the wine that was preferred by the wife of the Emperor Augustus, Livia Drusilla – Julia Augusta.

Giacomo Casanova in his diary talks about another Istrian sort and another great wine…

Giacomo Casanova visited Vrsar several times and in his diary he describes a good wine Refosc and nice women… That Refosc could be Terran too because if you look at the grapes you will hardly note the difference and today Refosc is mostly cultivated in the Slovenian part of Istria while in other areas the dominant sort is Malvasia.

Another excellent wine can be found around Momjan area made of Muscatel sort.

On Istria from Smrikve you can learn much more…

To learn more about Istrian gastronomy and wine please visit the E-book about Istrian cultural heritage on www.smrikve.com/istria/ named “Istria from Smrikve” or join Discover Istria from Smrikve group on Linked In.

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


17/09/14

Just attended Annual PTR Tennis Forum Meeting 2014 at Vavassori Tennis Academy - Palazzolo in ITALY

I participated last week end to the Annual PTR Tennis Forum at Vavassori Tennis Academy – Palazzolo, nearby Brescia in Italy… which was, as per tradition, full of interesting speakers…

Due to an extraordinary celebration event at Vavassori Academy we moved to a nearby indoor facility…

Let me give you just a brief overview…

This year at the Annual PTR Tennis Forum there were six new guest speakers to me Marc Blouin, Carolina Blouin, Pietro Maria Picotti, Simone Bertino, Eduardo Silva and Donato Campagnoli...

The day started with Marc Blouin presenting high performance drills… Marc is a very experienced coach… and for many years has worked with Dennis Van der Meer and this year was nominated PTR International Master Pro…

His wife Carolina Blouin continued with a very interesting presentation related with College Tennis in the United States…

It was a very interesting presentation… explaining the whole US NCCA Division system…

...while watching the presentation I recalled some kids who took their racket in Smrikve when they were five years old… and today some of them completed College or are still in the US… Sandra, Deni, Maja, Nikolina,...

Also some other Smrikva Bowl kids come to my mind who played for College in the US such as Zvonimir, Filip, Saska, Indire,...

After Carolina… Luciano Botti, Marco Vecchi, Luigi Bertino, Luigi Casale, Pepe Rigamonti and Herbert Schnaubelt presented some new courses that will be introduced next year…

It is always interesting to hear what is on the edge at the moment…

After each of them presented the subjects… it was turn of Doctor Pietro Maria Picotti...

Very interesting topic… how to prevent injuries via biomechanics and postural prevention…

... and as continuation… Doctor and Professor Luca Avagnina continued on the subject exposed by Pietro Maria Picotti…

... again early prevention… and searching to solve cause and not the effect of a problem…

A surprise was Eduardo Silva presentation of tennis for blind people…

People would think that this is impossible… and thanks to a passion of people started some decades ago in Japan it is becoming reality also in Italy thanks to Eduardo, a PTR coach from Argentina living in Italy…

In end Herbert Schnaubelt made a nice exposition on “Powerbrain”...

... Luciano Botti and his team, as per tradition, awarded several long term members present at the Forum…

Each PTR gathering is always a growing experiences and such an experience was also this year Annual Forum…

I am pleased to recall that in less than a week time the selection of the 20th Smrikva Bowl 2015 edition 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 and SMRIKVE LOUNGE, for your accommodation with swimming pool in Stinjan (Pula – Pola) if you decide to spent your holiday in Istria, Croatia.


09/09/14

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

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

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

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

Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #36 ATP (Aug 2014)
Javier MARTI – 2002 winner – #170 ATP (Apr 2012)
Borna CORIC – 2005 player – #176 ATP (Sep 2014)

As of 10th of September 2014 the ranking summary of the very TOP former Smrikva Bowl boys and girls is the following:

• 21 players TOP 700 WTA
Belinda BENCIC – 2006 player – #33 WTA
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2003 semif.- # 66 WTA
Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #92 WTA
Ana KONJUH – 2007 runner up – #112 WTA
Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #209 WTA
Ema MIKULCIC – 2002 quarterfinalist – #259 WTA
Tereza MRDEZA – 2000 winner – #280 WTA
Olga IANCHUK – 2005 runner up – #340 WTA
Iva MEKOVEC- 2005 player – #365 WTA
Katie BOULTER, 2006 player, – #414 WTA
Irina Maria BARA – 2005 player – #440 WTA
Martina CAREGARO – 2002 winner – #503 WTA
Ivana JOROVIC – 2007 player – #516 on WTA
Silvia NJIRIC – 2003 runner up – #544 WTA
Eleanor DEAN, 2006 winner, – #558 WTA
Camilla ROSATELLO – 2005 player – #578 WTA
Dea HERDZELAS, 2006 quarterfinalist – #585 WTA
Christina MAKAROVA, “LM”/SB 2006 – #587 WTA
Nina STOJANOVIC – 2006 player – #629 WTA
Katarina JOKIC – 2008 winner – #654 WTA
Jana FETT – 2005 player – #700 WTA

• 13 players TOP 700 ATP

Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #33 ATP
Borna CORIC – 2005 player – #176 ATP
Federico GAIO – 2002 player – #290 ATP
Gianluigi QUINZI – 2006 winner – # 311 ATP
Matteo DONATI – 2005 winner – #340 ATP
Nikola MILOJEVIC- 2005 CD winner – #361 ATP
Laslo DJERE – 2005 runner up – #400 ATP
Miki JANKOVIC – 2004 runner up – #406 ATP
Robin KERN – 2002 player – #447 ATP
Filip VEGER – 2004 semifinalist – #508 ATP
Dino MARCAN – 2001 runner up – #519 ATP
Nik RAZBORSEK – 2003 player – #633 ATP
Matej SABANOV – 2002 semifinalist – #672 ATP

• 1 player TOP 50 ATP doubles

Marin DRAGANJA – 2001 winner – #30 ATP

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

BOYS:

#29 Nino SERDARUSIC

#38 Andre BIRO

#66 Lloyd George Muirhead HARRIS

#96 Miomir KECMANOVIC

#100 Filip KRALJEVIC

GIRLS:

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

#19 Olga FRIDMAN

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

#36 Viktoria KUZMOVA

#52 Seone MENDEZ

#56 Gabriella TAYLOR

#58 Katie SWAN

#65 Maia LUMSDEN

#76 Katarina JOKIC

#80 Jana FETT – Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014 runner up

#84 Michaela GORDON

#89 Nina POTOCNIK

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

2 boys and 2 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 14 – (Yshai OLIEL #3, Nicola KUHN #9, Lucie KANKOVA #4, Ania HERTEL #9,)

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 #1263 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 #280 on WTA list.

Adelchi VIRGILI, 5th Smrikva Bowl 2000 winner, from Italy, is currently ranked #801 on ATP list.


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

BOYS
Marin DRAGANJA, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #30 on ATP double ranking list.
Dino MARCAN, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #519 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #209 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, best ranking #170 on ATP list (Apr 2002).
Matej SABANOV, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 semifinalist, from Croatia, is currently ranked #672 on ATP list.
Ivan SABANOV, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 semifinalist, from Croatia, is currently ranked #951 on ATP list.
Federico GAIO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Italy, is currently ranked #290 on ATP list*.
Robin KERN, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Germany, is currently ranked #447 on ATP list*.
Luca MARGAROLI, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Switzerland, is currently ranked #1007 on ATP list*.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #66 on WTA list.
Martina CAREGARO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Italy, is ranked #503 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 #36 on ATP ranking list.
George MORGAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Great Britain, is ranked #1129 on ATP ranking list.
Ciprian PORUMB, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Romenia, is ranked #1395 on ATP ranking list.
Nik RAZBORSEK, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 player, from Slovenia, is ranked #633 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Croatia, is ranked #66 on WTA list*.
Silvia NJIRIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #544 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 #406 on ATP ranking list.
Filip VEGER, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Croatia, is ranked #508 on ATP ranking list.
Nerman FATIC, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #808 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 #961 on WTA ranking list.
Tjasa SRIMPF, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from Sovenia, is not ranked on WTA ranking list.
Francesca PALMIGIANO, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 quarterfinalist, from Italy, is ranked #729 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 #340 on ATP list.
Laslo DJERE, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked 400 on ATP list.
Gianluigi QUINZI, ranked 3rd on 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Italy, is ranked #311 on ATP list.
Nikola MILOJEVIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation tournament winner, from Serbia, is ranked #361 on ATP list.
Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #176 on ATP list.
Luka ILIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Serbia, is ranked #1192 on ATP ranking list.
Franko MIOCIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #1123 on ATP ranking list.
Nino SERDARUSIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #2127 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 #340 on WTA list.
Irina Maria BARA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Romania, is ranked #440 on WTA ranking list.
Donna VEKIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #92 on WTA list.
Iva MEKOVEC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #365 on WTA list.
Camilla ROSATELLO, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Italy, is ranked #578 on WTA list.
Vladica BABIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 quarterfinalist, from Montenegro, is not ranked on WTA ranking list.
Jana FETT, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Croatia, is ranked #700 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 #311 on ATP list.
Filip KRALJEVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #1452 on ATP list.
Andre BIRO, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalist, from Hungary, is ranked #1974 on ATP list.

GIRLS
Eleanor DEAN, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Great Britain, is ranked #558 on WTA list.
Ilka CSOREGI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalists, from Romania, is ranked #955 on WTA list.
Dea HERDZELAS, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 quarterfinalists, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #585 on WTA list.
Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #33 on WTA list
Giulia PAIRONE, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Italy, is not ranked on WTA list.
Nina STOJANOVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Serbia, is ranked #629 on WTA list

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

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


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

BOYS
Sacha MERZETTI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 winner, from Italy, is ranked #215 on ITF ranking list.
Bogdan BORZA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #185 on ITF ranking list and is ranked #1653 on ATP list.
Gonzalo MORELL RASCHIATORE, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Spain, is ranked #236 on ITF ranking list.
Sergiu BUCUR, ranked 4th on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Romania, is ranked #656 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked # 112 on WTA list.
Nina POTOCNIK, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Slovenia, is ranked #89 on ITF ranking list.
Ivana JOROVIC, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Serbia, is ranked #516 on WTA list.
Jazzi PLEWS, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from UK, is not ranked on ITF ranking list
Bianka BEKEFI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Hungary, is ranked #140 on ITF ranking list
Anastasia MIKHEEVA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from UK, is ranked #188 on ITF ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Eduardo NAVA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #553 on ITF ranking list.
Tommy PAUL, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #156 on ITF ranking list.

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


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

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

BOYS
Luka PANIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Switzerland, is ranked #1925 on ITF ranking list.
Mihnea TURCU, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Romania, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Grega KOKALJ, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovenia, is ranked #983 on ITF ranking list.
Andrea GUERRIERI, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Italy, is ranked #602 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Katarina JOKIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #654 on WTA ranking list.
Maia LUMSDEN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Scotland, is ranked #65 on ITF ranking list.
Viktoria KUZMOVA, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovakia, is ranked #955 on WTA ranking list.
Olga FRIDMAN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Ukraine, is ranked #761 on WTA ranking list.
Nikolina JOVIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Serbia, is ranked #270 on ITF ranking list.
Gabriella Patricia TAYLOR, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from UK, is ranked #783 on WTA ranking list.
Marija CURNIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #1227 on WTA ranking list.
Petra GRANIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #984 on WTA ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Justin LEE, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
William BLUMBERG, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #141 on ITF ranking list.

Ingrid NEEL, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #203 on ITF ranking list.
Paulina FERRARI, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.


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

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

BOYS
Alvaro REGALADO PEDROL, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from Spain, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.
Samuele RAMAZZOTTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Italy, is ranked #285 on ITF ranking list.
Karlo SUEVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Slovenia, is ranked #12 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH FOKINA, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Spain, is not ranked in under 16 european ranking.
Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Serbia, is ranked #96 on ITF ranking list.
Alexei POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 Consolation Draw
winner, from Australia, is ranked #183 on ITF ranking list.
Max STEWART, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from UK, is ranked #368 on ITF ranking list.
Patrik RIKL, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Czech Republic, is ranked #268 on ITF ranking list.
Karlo DIVKOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Croatia, is ranked #1340 on ITF ranking list.
Andrej JOKIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Bosnia and
Herzegovina, is ranked #351 in under 16 european ranking.
Anthony POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Australia, is ranked #30 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Katie SWAN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from United Kingdom, is ranked #58 on ITF ranking list.
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #519 on ITF ranking list.
Inci OGUT, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Turkey, is ranked #628 on ITF ranking list.
Arianna CAPOGROSSO, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Italy, is ranked #842 on ITF ranking list.
Lucie KANKOVA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Czech Republic, is ranked #658 on ITF ranking list.
Sina ZUGER, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Switzerland, is ranked #1557 on ITF ranking list.
Andrea Amalia ROSCA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Romania, is ranked #141 on ITF ranking list.
Alessia WELTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Switzerland, is ranked #474 on ITF ranking list.
Wiktoria KULIK, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Poland, is ranked #329 on ITF ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Noah SCHACHTER, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #1287 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 #84 on ITF ranking list.
Ashley LAHEY, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #1601 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 #1094 on ITF ranking list.
Karlo SUEVICH, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #12 in under 14 european ranking.
Yshai OLIEL, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Israel, is ranked #303 on ITF ranking list.
Andrei Taica RADU, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #184 in under 14 european ranking.
Matic PODLIPNIK, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 player, is ranked #184 in under 14 european ranking.
Tomas MACHAC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist, is ranked #18 in under 14 european ranking.
Filippo MORONI, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, is ranked #160 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #519 on ITF ranking list.
Paula ARIAS MANJON, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Spain, is ranked #210 in under 14 european ranking.
Neli SUNJIC, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #2062 on ITF ranking list.
Kristina NOVAK, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Slovenia, is ranked #827 on ITF ranking list.
Andja KARANUSIC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #1046 on ITF ranking list.
Dalila SAID, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Egypt, is ranked #441 on ITF ranking list.
Mihaela Lorena MARCULESCU, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #758 on ITF ranking list.
Ania HERTEL, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Poland, is ranked #1373 on ITF ranking list.
Irina CANTOS SIEMERS, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 quarterfinalist, from Belgium, is ranked #15 in under 14 european ranking.
Emma ZAKORDONIEC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Poland, is ranked #1496 on ITF ranking list.
Marija ELENOVA, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Macedonia, is ranked #2196 on ITF ranking list.

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

Claire LIU, played 9th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #289 on ITF ranking list.
Alexa BUTERA, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked on ITF ranking list.


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

2011 – 16th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Duje AJDUKOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #92 in under 14 european ranking.
Mihailo POPOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #76 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro SERRANO OSOBA, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Spain, is not ranked on under 14 european ranking.
Stipan MADZAR, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Croatia, is ranked #318 in under 14 european ranking.
Sergiu MANCIOC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 quarterfinalist, from Romania, is ranked #156 in under 14 european ranking.
Marco FURLANETTO, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Italy, is ranked #154 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Olga DANILOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #12 in under 14 european ranking.
Ksenija TMUSIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #647 in under 14 european ranking.
Emilija KOJCIC, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Serbia, is ranked #448 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 #81 in under 14 european ranking.


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

2012 – 17th Smrikva Bowl

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

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

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

2013 – 18th Smrikva Bowl

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

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

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

2014 – 19th Smrikva Bowl

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

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

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09/09/14

Dominic THIEM and Belinda BENCIC, after US OPEN performance, reached the highest Smrikva Bowl player ranking on ATP and WTA list ever...

Dominic THIEM (8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner) and Belinda BENCIC (11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player), after US OPEN performance, reached the highest Smrikva Bowl player ranking on ATP and WTA list ever…

As of 9th of September 2014 their ranking is the following:

Dominic THIEM – #36 ATP
Belinda BENCIC – #33 WTA

Statistically there are less than 15 boys and 15 girls who during their lifetime tennis career reach TOP 50 ranking…

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