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03/07/14

11 Smrikva Bowl players were in the Main Draws of the Junior Wimbledon 2014... Michaela Gordon reached the quarterfinals

The Junior Wimbledon 2014 have 11 Smrikva Bowl players in the Main Draws out of 128: 10 girls and 1 boy…

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

Borna CORIC – 1996 – Junior US OPEN winner 2013

Gianluigi QUINZI – 1996 – Junior WIMBLEDON winner 2013

Donna VEKIC – 1996 – currently ranked TOP 100 WTA

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

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

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


GIRLS:

Michaela GORDON (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2009
1st round: Michaela Gordon – Sandra Samir (EGY) 6:1, 3:6, 6:0
2nd round: Michaela Gordon – Isabelle Wallace (GBR) 6:2, 5:7, 8:6
3rd round: Michaela Gordon – Maia Lumsden (GBR) 6.2, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Michaela Gordon – K.Schmiedlova (SVK) 3:6, 3:6

Gabriella TAYLOR (GBR) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player
1st round: Gabriella Taylor – Katherine Sebov (CAN) 7:5, 6:1
2nd round: Gabriella Taylor – Tami Grende (INA) 6:4, 6:4
3rd round: Gabriella Taylor – Paula Badosa Gibert (ESP) 6:7, 4:6

Katie BOULTER (GBR) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Katie Boulter – Priscilla Hon (AUS) 6:3, 6:3
2nd round: Katie Boulter – Margot Yerolymos (FRA) 6:3, 6:3
3rd round: Katie Boulter – Tornado Alicia Black (USA) 1:6, 2:6

Maia LUMSDEN (GBR) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up
1st round: Maia Lumsden – C.Bellis (USA) 6:7, 6:3, 6:4
2nd round: Maia Lumsden – Dalma Galfi (HUN) 7:5, 6:3
3rd round: Maia Lumsden – Michaela Gordon (USA) 2:6, 1:6

Ivana JOROVIC (Srb) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player
1st round: Ivana Jorovic – Kaitlyn McCarthy (USA) 6:1,4:6,6:3 2nd round: Ivana Jorovic – Paula Badosa Gibert (ESP) 2:6, 5:7

Viktoria KUZMOVA (SVK) – 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 semifinalist
1st round: Viktoria Kuzmova – K.Steffensen (USA) 6:4, 6:4
2nd round: Viktoria Kuzmova-Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 3:6,2:6

Seone Mendez (AUS) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 player
1st round: Seone Mendez – Holly Hutchinson (GBR) 6:3, 2:6, 8:6
2nd round: Seone Mendez – Francoise Abanda (CAN) 0:6, 4:6

Anastasia Mikheeva (GBR) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player
1st round: Anastasia Mikheeva – Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 4:6, 3:6

Katie SWAN (GBR) – 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner
1st round: Katie Swan – Ioana Loredana Rosca (ROU) 4:6; 4:6

Jana FETT (CRO) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
1st round: Jana Fett – Dalma Galfi (HUN) 5:7, 3:6


BOYS:

Nino SERDARUSIC (CRO) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
1st round: Nino Serdarusic – Marcelo Zormann (BRA) 7:6,1:6,7:9

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


29/06/14

Some pictures of the 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 actors :)... taken during the Sixth and Final day of their Smrikva Bowl... the AWARDING day... and the cake and swimming pool day :)

The Finals and Awarding ceremony day of the 19h annual started with the Staff gathering…

Smrikva Bowl finals are played since 1996 with linesman and ball boys… and at 8:30 AM everything was ready for the final act of this year 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Opera… :)

Tea Lukic from Germany and Aliona Falei from Belarus are ready for their Smrikva Bowl finals…

... entering the Smrikve Central court with their bag assistants…

... preparing for the game…

... ready to take sides…

Tea serving…

Aliona serving…

Today Tea played better than Aliona and crowned herself the 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 girls Main Draw winner… last year they both played Consolation draws at Smrikva :)...

In the boys Main Draws finals we see on the picture Ante Cikojevic from Germany and Patrick Brady from Thailand being ready for their Smrikva Bowl finals…

ready to choose who is going to serve…

Patrick serving…

Ante in action…

Tomas with Petja, Mili, Lovro, Ivan, Luka and Leah was part of the ball boys team…

... and here is Patrick after his today’s victory…

The awarding ceremony started by awarding again Ivan Sodan and Luka Mikrut for they Game IGRA victory…

and after recalling the players who already went home such as Divna Ratkovic, Matija Samardzic, Krsta Petrovic, Enrico Baldisserri and Danil Soboliev we started to award the remaining players…

Teodora Nikolic asked Emma Valletta to give her the trophy for her consolation draws semifinals…

Naomi Kuzmina asked her friend Liza to give her the runner up trophy…

... and here is Stela Peeva receiving her trophy for the victory of this year Consolation Draw…

Krsta and Matija who reached boys Consolation Draw semifinals were already on their way towards home…

and here is Nicolas Kobelt the runner up of the boys Consolation Draw…

... and Kalin Ivanovski the winner of the boys Consolation Draw has been awarded by Boris...

Linda Fruhvirtova was among the youngest players of this year edition and she reached the semifinals…

Emma Valletta was another semifinalist and she asked Tea Lukic to give her the awarding trophy… for her semifinals…

Aliona Falei went to change thus she was a bit late at the awarding ceremony… and here is the t-shirt donated by Ana Ivanovic – UNICEF Ambasador to the girls Main Draw winner…

Tea Lukic... last year Consolation Draw winner… and this year Main Draw winner…

... Tea choose Lasse to give her the trophy for her victory…

:)

... and the Main Draws boys finals started with awarding the runner up… and Ante choose Mili Poljicak to give him the trophy for his victory…

and Patrick choose his younger brother :)...

... almost ready to celebrate with the cake and the swimming pool… traditional dance group Balun from Vodnjan made a performance for the Group…

and after Aliona Falei took her trophy for the second place in the Main Draw…

the winners started the traditional signing of the ball…

Tea...

and… Patrick....

:)

the winners :)...

together with other awarded players…

and the famous bike ride of the Smrikve Central court… with Tea...

and Patrick with my dad who thought many pilots to fly supersonic jets and here is helping Patrick with bigger bike than he is used to…

the cake for everybody :)...

and promised pool with the winners for all the players ;)...

jump…

and jump… and jump :)...

time to go home… and time to conclude this year edition… the remained player were asked to describe with one word their Smrikva Bowl experience…

and Tea wrote… HVALA... meaning thank you…

while Patrick wrote… VERY FUN... :D…

... both Tea and Patrick as winners get the bicycle :)... one week training award at Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Paris... possibility to get international Wilson contract... and Main Draw wild card for the next year Porto San Giorgio edition and Kopar Open... two important European under 12 tournaments…

It was a very particular edition… and I hope most of the kids will get a little of inspiration to keep developing their tennis talent… another great week of tennis in Smrikve…

and THANKS to ALL the participants… FOR MAKING from the 19th ANNUAL… ANOTHER GOOD YEAR… :)

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


29/06/14

19th SMRIKVA BOWL 2014 Press Release

PULA, CROATIA 23 rd JUNE – 28 th JUNE 2014

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 – tennis tournament for boys and girls under 10 – gathered 126 boys and girls from 35 countries. It was another successful annual and Smrikva Bowl from this year counts its Ambassadors in 64 countries and all the continents.

The proof of the Smrikva Bowl importance is given by the names of the winners:
• Vilim Visak (CRO) -Natali Zuliani (CRO) 1996
• Zeljko Peric (CRO) -Ivana Lisjak (CRO) 1997
• Filip Kovacic (CRO) – Mateja Horvat (CRO) 1998
• Borko Mudronja (CRO) – Astrid Besser (I) 1999
• Adelchi Virgili (I) – Tereza Mrdeza (CRO) 2000
• Marin Draganja (CRO) – Petra Martic (CRO) 2001
• Javier Marti (ESP) – Martina Caregaro (I) 2002
• Dominic Thiem (A) – Jennifer Ren (UK) 2003
• Ivan Levar (CRO) – Saska Gavrilovska (SRB) 2004
• Matteo Donati (I) – Saska Gavrilovska (SRB) 2005
• Gianluigi Quinzi (I) – Eleonor Dean (UK) 2006
• Sacha Merzetti (I) – Virgina Pena (ESP) 2007
• Luka Panic (SUI) – Katarina Jokic (BiH) 2008
• Alvaro Regalado (ESP) – Katie Swan (UK) 2009
• Nicola Kuhn (ESP) – Jovana Vukovic (SRB)2010
• Duje Ajdukovic (CRO) – Olga Danilovic (SRB) 2011
• Goran Zivotic (SRB)- Himari Sato (JPN) 2012
• Turriziani Alvarez (ESP) – Noa Krznaric (CRO) 2013
• John Brady (UK) – Tea Lukic (SRB) 2014

John Brady from UK, living in Thailand, won the boys finals, while Tea Lukic from Serbia, living in Germany, won the girls finals.

The winners won, among other, the mountain bikes – the traditional Smrikva Bowl prize – a week stage at Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in Paris, and Wilson International contract.

19th SMRIKVA BOWL 2014 MAIN RESULTS

Boys:

Finals:
Patrick Brady (UK) – Ante Cikojevic (GER) (4:0, 4:0);

Semifinals:
Patrick Brady (UK) – Enrico Baldisserri (ITA) (4:2, 4:1);
Ante Cikojevic (GER) – Danil Soboliev (UKR) (5:4, 4:1);

Quarterfinals:
Patrick Brady (UK) – Lun Obrul (SLO) (5:3, 4:1);
Ante Cikojevic (GER) – Elias Engquist (SWE) (1:4, 4:0, 10:5);
Enrico Baldisserri (ITA) – Mili Poljicak (CRO) (5:3, 4:1);
Danil Soboliev (UKR) – Dragomir Draganov (BGR) (1:4, 4:2, 10:8).

Girls:

Finals:
Tea Lukic (SRB) – Aliona Falei (BLR) (5:3, 4:1);

Semifinals:
Tea Lukic (SRB) – Emma Valletta (ITA) (4:0, 4:2);
Aliona Falei (BLR) – Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE) (4:0, 4:2);

Quarterfinals:
Tea Lukic (SRB) – Joelle Steur (NED) (5:3, 4:2); Aliona Falei (BLR) – Lea Rupnjak (SRB) (4:0, 5:3);
E. Valletta (ITA)– Patricie Kubikova (CZE) (2:4,5:4,10:8)
L. Fruhvirtova (CZE) – Charlotte Kempenaers Pocz (AUS)
(2:4, 4:2, 13:11).

Thanks to the all Smrikva Bowl supporters and especially to the:
Smrikva Bowl Friends, Staff, Golden and Honorary Members!

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


28/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Draws and Sixth Day finals results... the winners of the 19th Annual are... Patrick BRADY and Tea LUKIC

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Draws and Results


28/06/14

Some pictures of the 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 actors :)... taken during the Fifth day of their Smrikva Bowl... the day when "IGRA" game winners were known... :))... and the day when the finalists of this year edition were known... the BRIONI day :)

The morning started with the Girls semifinals matches…

On the court #1 Aliona Falei, from Belarus, last year Consolation Draw finalist, was able to qualify for the finals…

…playing with one of the youngest Smrikva Bowl players on this year edition… Linda Fruhvirtova, from Czech Republic…

… on the court #1 Tea Lukic, Serbian living in Germany, last year Consolation Draw winner, was able to qualify for the finals…

playing with Emma Valletta, this year Lemon Bowl finalist, from Italy…

… in boys semifinals… Patrick Brady, Thailand, was able to qualify for the finals…

playing with Enrico Baldisseri from Italy…

on the court #2 Ante Cikojevic, from Germany, was able to qualify…

playing with Danil Soboliev from Ukraine…

and on the picture below you can see supporters of Kalin Ivanovski, Macedonian living in Austria, who qualified for this year Consolation Draw finals…

Matia Samardzic from Montenegro played with Kalin and before departing received his trophy for the semifinals reached…

… and her friend Divna Ratkovic also from Montenegro received her trophy for the Consolation Draw semifinals before departing…

…soon after the group started to organize for the transfer to Fazana to take the boat for Brioni Islands…

… and here are on the gateway to Brioni: amigos… Elias, Luis and Javier :)…

ready to go :)…

the boat is here… ;)

almost like in Jamaica ;)

the first stop for the kids was Safari bar where a goat became a new friend… :)

the beauty…

and the wise olive tree… big like a dinosaur… :)

Nerya and Liza… learning a new language :)…

and on our way back to Fazana there was a flight competition among seagulls who showed us their ability to catch some bread flying above us :)…

… somebody stayed at home in Smrikve to train for their finals matches… and here you see… Luka with todays finalist Tea and Patrick

Leah and Jaquelyn are ready to watch IGRA Game… :)

Enrico has to go home after he reached semifinals in the Main Draw and after he played various IGRA matches…

Nicolas and Raffaele are ready to play ;)…

Maj Premzl and Lun Obrul will be the runner up of this year edition…

Ivan, Leki and Marko from the Staff enjoying the game :)

… and here on the left side you see Luka Mikrut and Ivan Sodan who will win IGRA

IGRAIGRA.. IGRA.. :) ;)…

… and after Davis Cup support of the Croatian and Slovenian parents… Luka and Ivan reached the victory… and Maj and Lun second place…

… a good reason for all to jump together and celebrate! :)

Today is the day of the FINALS on the schedule… starting at 9:00 AM

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


27/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Fifth Day Results...the finalist of the 19th annual Draws are known...

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Draws and Fifth Day Results


27/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Order of Play for the sixth day, Saturday 28th of June...

To view the Order of Play for the sixth – finals – day of this year Smrikva Bowl – 28th of June – please open the following PDF file link:

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Order of Play for the sixth day, Saturday 28th of June


27/06/14

Some pictures of the 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 actors :)... taken during the fourth day of their Smrikva Bowl... the day when "IGRA" game started... :))... and the day when the semifinalists were known...

The quarterfinals day started with continuation of the matches delayed for the weather and as usual the courts were very early filled for the warm up of the players… following the old Common Sense saying “why the early bird gets the worm..” :)...

By the end of the fourth day we get to know all the 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 semifinalists of the Main Draw:...

Linda Fruhvirtova from Czech Republic…. although one of the youngest players on this year Smrikva Bowl… Linda is showing extraordinary tennis skills…

... and she played for the semifinals with another very talented and strong player from Austrlia, Charlotte Kempenaers Pocz on the court #1…

The other semifinals, followed by on the court #1, was played between Tea Lukic... last year Smrikva Bowl Consolation Draw winner… very talent modern dance dancer… and very talented tennis player…

... who played with Joelle Steur from Holland… another great player of this year edition…

On the court #2, the quarterfinals was played between, Aliona Falei from Belarus… last year Smrikva Bowl Consolation Draw finalist… another growing talent…

and she played with Lea Rupnjak from Serbia…

On the court #1 the boys quarterfinals was followed with Enrico Baldisseri from Italy… showing great mental skills during his Smrikva Bowl…

and he played with Mili Poljicak from Croatia…

... Enrico’s friends… Eduardo, Nicolo Padoano and Nicolo Tressoldi were watching the match…

... and after Enrico’s qualification into semifinals they run into the court to celebrate his victory with him…

another quarterfinals on the court #1 was played between Danil Soboliev from Ukraine…

... and Dragomir Dianov Draganov from Bulgaria… both developing talents…

... on the court #2… Emma Valletta from Italy…

played with Patricie Kubikova from Czech Republic…

Patrick Brady played also on the court #2…

... with Lun Obrul from Slovenia… as most of the players of the day both Patrick and Lun showed high level tennis and mental skills…

As it happen yesterday… with several rain interruptions… the last boys quarterfinals… were played with thunders…

and both players… Ante Cikojevic from Germany…

and Elias Enquist from Sweeden… showed a lot of power and talent in their strokes…

at the same time Smrikva kids around the courts find time to enjoy other games…

and here is the soccer group of the day :)...

... with Alberto defending…

and after the match… a supppper nice picture all together celebrating :)...

... as I wrote… Tea Lukic is not only developing her tennis talent… but also her dancing skills…

... and I pleased her if she could open the IGRA game with just a little gift for the players and parents… and she did it… with raindrops… thus IGRA started after an hour interruption to prepare the courts…

... but during the day Sun was most of the day with us… :)

and for the end of today’s article I will be pleased to share just few actors cached during the day… like here Bor and Maj...

Jaquelyne...

Teodora...

Divna and Luka...

Joelle... :) in “La Vita e’ bella” ;)...

... with her friend Florentine... another bike lover… ;)

Noa with friends… at the worm up area…

smile…

for another smile… Alexi...

Raffaele...

Nicolas...

Divna...

Sora...

Rio...

Kyoka...

Krsta...

... and IGRA... ;)...

Today the semifinals will start at 9:00 AM and after the Brioni Island excursion the “IGRA” game will continue :)...

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


27/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Fourth Day Results...the semifinalist of the 19th annual Draws are known...

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Draws and Fourth Day Results


27/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Order of Play for the fifth day, Friday 27th of June...

To view the Order of Play for the fifth day of this year Smrikva Bowl – 27th of June – please open the following PDF file link:

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Order of Play for the fifth day, Friday 27th of June


26/06/14

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

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

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

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

Linda Fruhvirtova from Czech Republic….

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

Lea Rupnjak from Serbia….

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

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

Mili Poljicak from Croatia…

who played with Aejandro Pinilla Tome from Spain…

Patricie Kubikova from Czech Republic…

who played with Liza Krokihna from Russia…

Tea Lukic who lives in Germany…

played with Lara Bozunogullary from Turkey…

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

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

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

played with Svetlin Keremedchiev from Bulgaria…

on the court #3 Lun Obrul from Slovenia….

played with Luis Utrilla from Spain…

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

on the court #1 Dragomir Dianov Draganov from Bulgaria…

played with Noa Vukadin from Croatia…

on the court #2 Danil Soboliev from Ukraina…

played with Pedro Rodenas from Spain…

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

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

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

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

before the rain interrupted the game Elias Engquist from Sweeden…

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

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

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

but kids continue to enjoy Sarko company…

and not only… Neriya found a little bird…

Erika always ready for a big big smile :D…

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

... o yes…

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

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

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

... with sisters… like Petja...

or with friends like Noa and Luka

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

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

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


25/06/14

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

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Draws and Third Day Results


25/06/14

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

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

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


25/06/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Olive tree is a symbol of peace. The age of the tree is a symbol of intergenerational responsibility...

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

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

They are in line with the message of the Ambassadors’ Olive Tree; they are in line with the values of friendship and love; they are in line with empathy…

Love, friendship and empathy are all Cosmopolitan values per excellence, as far as people and humanity are concerned…

The relationship between Mufasa, Sarabi and Simba reminds me of both: parents and family love, but also about the intergenerational responsability.

Timon, Pumbaa and Simba relationship reminds me about love between friends. Pumbaa also make me think abuout empathy, intuition and loyalty.

The relationship between Simba and Nola reminds me again about the importance of love...

Rafiki, the wise old baboo, with his many centuries old tree reminds me about the importance of knowledge and experience of the older...

There are many other particular moments that every person on its own, based on his or her own life experience, discover by watching these artworks.

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

Simba means “lion”...

Nala means “gift”, and love is for me one of the greatest gifts that people can receive and give during their life

Sarabi means “mirage”...

Pumbaa means “dull-witted” or “stunned”...

and Rafiki means “friend” :)...

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

As I wrote at the beginning of today’s article every person is born without knowing anything about life on this earth and it is the responsibility of every generation to understand and to learn, to preserve all that each of us is born with.

When Mufasa was explaining to Simba that is not easy to be the King… he tried to explain that a good King should know that everything around us lives in a delicate equilibrium and with intelligence we should try to understand it and respect it…

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

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

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

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

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

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


24/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Second Day Results

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Draws and Second Day Results


24/06/14

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

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

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


24/06/14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daniela, Lea with friends… relaxing before the match…

Marko on his first Staff experience…

and here is Sampras taking notes on the paper…

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

Neriya smile… :)

...Nera dreaming…

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

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

and here we are ready for another day…

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

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

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


23/06/14

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 First Day Results

19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 Draws and First Day Results


23/06/14

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

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

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


23/06/14

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

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

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

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

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

Luis and his friend listen carefully ;)...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pocahontas: The ripples.

John Smith: What about them?

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

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

... some tips to share… :)

and trophies to look ;)...

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

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

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

Cosmopolite book
Linked in Istria from Smrikve