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28/06/13

Some pictures of the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 actors :)... taken during the fourth day of their Smrikva Bowl... the day when "IGRA" game continued... :))... and the day when the semifinalists were known...

The quarterfinals day started as usual with very early warm up of the players… following the old Common Sense saying “why the early bird gets the worm..” :)...

... and let’s see through the pictures the major actors of the day…

On the court number one in Smrikve the first quarterfinals match was played between Noa Krznarić and Anđela Lopičić...

Anđela did her best running all around the court but today Noa played better and successfully qualified into the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 semifinals…

Above the court number three… the supporters of Remika and Erika who played for the Consolation Draw semifinals gathered to cheer for them… and in the group of Rio, Hibiki, Masaya... there is another rising tennis talent… Adriano Hunčak’s sister… very soon she will be joining the senior Hunčak team… :)

... and her brother Adriano and friend Dorijan will help her… and maybe in the following days she will have the opportunity to play with her new friends from Japan… Hibiki and Masaya :)...

Jaime from Portugal was enjoying the match on the court number two where Kornelia Hunčak was playing with Andrea Mrvić for the semifinals of the Main Draw…

... and Kornelia was better today than Andrea and the same as Noa in the upper part of the Draw she qualified into the semifinals…

On the court number one… the second girls quarterfinals match was played between Maria Iordache and Kyle Bilchev...

... and Kylie won today… showing such a nice technique and the feel for the game…

... at the same time on the court number two… Iva Divac was playing with Selin Lydia Sepken....

and Lydia... was more successful today…

The supporters Filip and Petar... enjoying the match with friend…

On the third court the Consolation Draw was played between Alena and Jovana...

... and of the courts… we find… here… Renata’s smile… :))

and couple of meters right… there are also Daniela’s and Noa’s smiling :))...

Renata and Daniela are twins and sister of Kornelia... and cousins of Adriano... all family Hunčak... Adriano has a sister that soon will join the team… and although not relative to them Dorijan is also part of their team :)... team from Kastav…

... just few instructions… before…

... Tarik Redžić can enter the court number one… and play with Alejandro Turriziani Alvarez...

Hamad was there attending his turn… taking time to concentrate for his match…

Nicki was there too… to enjoy the match…

... Tarik played hard but today Alejandro was more successful in making points… and he become another Smrikva Bowl semifinalist of the 18th annual…

Adriano and his new friend from Japan… Hibiki, Masaya, Erika, Remika and Rio found new friends in Istria… Hunčak family…

Renata Hunčak....

Kyle with her father… after the match…

Ahmed with smartphone :)....

Alejandro....

On the court number two… Daniel Rincon Yague was playing with Holger Rune for the place in the semifinals…

and windy day surprised more Holger than Daniel... thus Daniel with better game today was able to qualify into the semis…

Marko Jovanović with Stefan Popovic’s brother Nemanja attending the quarterfinals match of the boys Main Draw between Hamad Međedovic and Stefan Popović...

Stefan Popović played better the first set…

... but after loosing the second set… he did not find the way to take the Momentum on his side from Hamad who qualified into the semifinals…

The last quarterfinals match of the boys Main Draw was played between Danilo Raičević and… Carlos Garfia who played better today… and become the third semifinalist from Spain…

Jerome and Jovan... new Smrikva friends :)...

and it was already time for the “IGRA” game… at 3:00 PM the first matches started… and here are Marko and Stefan preparing for the action :)....

Just one player from Slovenia is missing on the picture… Gal, Aljaž, Gašper, Aleks... :)

Arista and Anna...

...focus… and concentration :)...

... a surprise is going to happen on the court number one… and Anđela is giving final instructions to Tea :)))

Tea is very talented girl… and a part of growing as a tennis player…

she is also one of the best street dancer in her age in her country where her family is living today…

and for the “IGRA” spectators… she honored us with her dance…

Andrew attending his turn…

Alejandro also :)...

it is easy to smile with Jaime... and Johnathon knows something about it… ;)

Daniel...

the girls :))

and boys ;))

Piotr and Adi played together :)...

Remika... very special on the court and off the court…

Kylie and Sophia...

Magdalena...

Fran’s supporting team… :)

Jovan ;)

Fran :)

Nađa... :))

with Kylie and Sophia we can close today’s article… great players on the court and great dancers outside the ;)

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


28/06/13

Some pictures of the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 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 semifinals day started with the rain… and instead of the usual with very early warm up of the players we had warm up with the tea at the Smrikva Bowl tennis room ;)...

The rain was heavy… and it stop at 11:00 AM…

... at 12:00 PM the courts were almost ready…

and at 12:30… Noa and Kornelia started their semifinals at the court number one… and Noa qualified into the finals of the 18th annual…

... soon after the court number two was ready… and Kylie played with Lydia... and Kylie qualified into the finals too…

On the court number three Remika played with Alena... and Alena became the first finalist of the Consolation Draw… while on the court number one the boys finals started between… Alejandro and Daniel... and Alejandro was better today and we’ve got the first Main Draw boys finalist…

... on the court number two a very tight match was played between Hamad and Carlos... and Carlos turned the match in the super tie break and qualified into the finals too…

... and yesterday was the day dedicated to BRIONI Excursion :)... the animals… the boat… the train… :))... nice day for kids…

the change in the schedule because of the rain made that various players that wished to visit the island stayed to play their semifinals… and the rest of the group went to visit the National Park…

Lucia and Arista... :)

... maybe some parts of the islands may look like part of South Africa to Arista ;)....

Himari Sato, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 winner, was in Trieste over the last week… and yesterday she joined her friends and… here you can see her on Brioni with Hibiki and Masaya...

girls from Australia, South Africa and Mauritius on Brioni… :))... Anđela, Arista and Sarah... ;)

Alina...

Rio... :)

Jovan’s brother ;)....

Safari…

Diana and Sofia...

Boškarin… Mate Balota… Tijesna Zemlja…

Monika and Sara...

Gal...

Friends from Slovenia…

Sarah… Anđela… and Arista :)... you’ve got a friend in me ;)...

...seagull made a show for the Smrikva kids from Brioni till Fazana…

...:)...

... ;) ... Jovan...

After we returned from the Brioni islands the IGRA was read to start… we had unexpected situation of 3 teams in the finals thus round robin was the system who helped us to determine the winners…

It was a long night and many kids played and watched…

Sofia...

Fran...

Lucia...

Alejandro and Daniel went till the end of the game…

...Noa, Fran, Kornelia and Dorian helped Alejandro and Daniel to make spectacle nice for the crowed…

and the trophies, together with t-shirts signed by Donna Vekic, were the gifts for the first and second team… while for the third team Ana Ivanovic’s gifts were given…

With Alejandro and Daniel’s picture we go into the finals day…

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

... it was another long and nice day… and it is hard to know what will remain as feeling in the seeds of today… but I hope they will learn growing that…

...Anyone who imagines that all fruits ripen at the same time as
the strawberries knows nothing about grapes…. ;)


27/06/13

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 Draws and Fourth Day Results... the semifinalist of the 18th annual are known...

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 Draws and Fourth Day Results


27/06/13

Some pictures of the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 actors :)... taken during the third day of their Smrikva Bowl... the day when they learned "IGRA" game... :))... 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.” ;)

The third day was the day when we get to know the 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 quarterfinalists:...

Maria Iordache Alexandru from Romania…. who played for the quarterfinals with Nađa Mrkić from Montenegro…

Kyle Bilchev from Great Britain… who qualified playing with Teodora Gutić from Serbia…

Selin Lidya Sepken from Turkey… who made it playing with Milena Jevtović from Serbia, living in Italy…

Alejandro Turriziani Alvarez from Spain… was better today than Vojta Veigert from Czech Republic… on the court number three…

Tarik Redžić from Bosnia and Herzegovina… defeated the best ranked Croatian player, Andriano Hunčak, to qualify into the quarterfinals…

...and Tarik had his friend supporting him nearby the fence :)... o yes… this is Ahmed :)...

In the area of the court number one several spectators gathered to watch Iva Divac and Sofia Matiushova match…

Adi and Alejandro...

... and Iva Divac from Serbia… was better today and qualified into the quarterfinals…

Teodora and Anđela... were in the first row :)

... in the second row… you can see… Tea ;)...

while… on the other side… Sofia’s friend Diana...

... and some supporters enjoyed the grass till their brothers or friends were attending for the match… and this is Luca’s sister :)...

... on the court number two Daniel Rincon Yague from Spain… defeated Alen Bill from Umag – Croatia…

while at the same time on the court number three Hamad Međedović from Serbia… was better today than Andrew Milovanov from Ukraine – Ireland…

... another picture of Daniel serving… to qualify into the quarterfinals…

while some players were on the court… some were taking rest for their turn… and here is… Luka...

Ahmed and Tarik... who was relaxing after his enter into the quarterfinals…

Sarah and Sophia...

Remiko and Erika... enjoying Blaki’s company :)... and I am sure Blaki would sing… “you’ve got a friend in me” ;)

on the court number three Carlos Alcaraz Garfia from Spain… was playing against Luca Nardi to enter his quarterfinals…

... although seems Pocahontas… this is Tea... very talented tennis player but also street dancing Champion… :)

Jovana....

Jovan Sinadinovic tried his best against Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune from Denmark… but Hoger was better today…

Jerome... watching… and enjoying the match…

Danilo Raičević from Montenegro still attending his turn… and he will be better today than Timofey from Belarus…

and here is one of Holger’s serves that helped him to qualify into the quarterfinals…

Stefan Popović from Serbia… was better today than Thomas Santaguida from Canada… and qualified into the quarterfinals too…

This was the last match of the Main Draw today and than the Consolation Draw continued…

I am pleased to recall that the day before already qualified Noa Krznarić from Croatia… Anđela Lopičić from Serbia… Andrea Mrvić from Serbia and Kornelia Hunčak from Croatia…

“Bleki I like you…” – Maja...

“I like you too Maja”- Bleki…

“You’ve got a friend in me”.... “You’ve got a friend in me” :))

Nađa taking care of her little sister… :)

Luka with her sister… :)

Jaimie Ribeiro de Faria... the first player ever on Smrikva Bowl from Portugal… he made smile a lot of people during his game igra match… nice memories for many people who were present :)...

Alen... Andrew... and Bartol... the game continues out of the court… ;)...

Gabriele... still not in Wimbledon…. but tasting countryside grass in Smrikve :)...

Maja starts to worm up for the match… on Smrikve running path… nearby the little zoo…

Ahmed... this time on the picture without his friend Tarik… but Tarik is not far away for sure… ;)...

Hibiki and Masaya...

Ena...

Tea and Lucia....

... and Adi played the last match of the singles of the day with Jerome...

and than… at 6:00 PM we started to choose the names for the GAME IGRA :)

Aleksa is here…

Luka is here…

Hamad is here…

Gabriele is here…

Suleyman Sarp and Jaime are here too…

and as promised to the parents and coaches at 6:30 PM the SMRIKVA BOWL FORUM was held… and the game “IGRA” started…

and you can see that four players are on the court… and kids’ lough made me think this was the GAME of the DAY... the real one :))...

...today after the single matches the game “IGRA” will continue :))....


26/06/13

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 Draws and Third Day Results... the quarterfinalist of the 18th annual are known...

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 Draws and Third Day Results


26/06/13

Some pictures of the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 actors :)... taken during the second day of their Smrikva Bowl... the day when they became AMBASSADORS...

Yesterday a bit after 7:50 PM the Smrikva Bowl became Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors... the ceremony started at 6:00 PM… and I would be pleased to walk you via pictures also today through the second day of the 18th annual…

The first match of the day on court number 1 started with Noa Krznaric and Diana Yanotovskaya...

... Adam and Niki early in the morning…

... the Main Draw was played in Smrikve and it was the day to enjoy the art of tennis of our little tennis talents… here is Noa in action…

and Diana serving…

... concentrating and preparing for the match…

On the court number 3 Daniela Huncak played with Andrea Mrvic... and here is Daniela in action…

... watching and attending their turn… Aleksa Krivokapic will soon be going on the court number one to play with Vojta Veigert... it is time to concentrate…

... and here is older Daniela Huncak’s sister Kornelia playing with…

Jovana Cvetkovic...

Himari Sato, last year Smrikva Bowl winner, is playing ETA under 12 tournament in Trieste and she came for couple of hours with her coach Toru to say hello :)....

Mateja with his family… enjoying the match…

and on the court number three… Abedallah Shelbyh was playing with…

Alejandro Turriziani Alvarez... both boys showed their extraordinary skills…

and just a bit later… on the court number one… Vojta Veigart...

... and Aleksa Krivokapic a very artistic match… and allowed the public to enjoy in their tennis art…

Carlos and Alejandro... cached on the bench among the lavenders that overview the courts number two and three… :)...

Stepanov Timofey still attending his turn with his brother… :)

while on the court number one Andrew Milovanov and…

Gasper Sitar were showing their tennis skills…

little brothers of the players always find the way to have fun too… outside the courts ;)...

... new friendships… family friendships can always happen…

“You take picture… and I can imagine taking picture”... is the name of the following ;)...

Andrew made it… and his coach Romano is proud to shake his hand… and encourage him for the next challenges…

capturing the moment…

of another tennis talent…Stepan Baum who was playing with Stepanov Timofey...

Teodora and Andjela... the hug… :)

Gasper Sitar is looking at the picture the family made during the match… a lot of nice strokes…

Magdalena Jukic and Andrew Milovanov... teaching Andrew’s little brother using orange balls ;)...

... and one of the last matches of the day on court number two were played between Patrick Brady and Carlos Alcaraz Garfia... both great boys…

At 6:00 PM everything was ready for the Ambassadors Nomination Ceremony… :)

... the books were there with certificates enclosed in each donated book to the Smrikva Bowl library…

... the picture to put the signiture was there too…

and the gift package where the little Ambassadors had an item to take into pocket for the end of the Ceremony ;)...

... Brady...

... Danilo...Aleksa... Niki still attending to hear their names… :)

...Milena...

...Iva...

...Arista...

...Mateja...

...Sarah...

...Sarah... the globe… the racket… and the names :)...

...Tea...

...Magdalena... and Gabriele... attending…

...the names…

...Gabriele...

...Anna...

... attending… and thinking :)...

... Remika... Rio...Masaya... Hibiki...Erika...

...Noa...

... :)...

Ready for the old olive tree story… :)...

... memory gift…

... of that moment…

planting an old olive tree…

Vojta and Stepan...

... Imagine…

... visualize…

... feel…

... the wind…

... the effort you put in you to prepare…

... and reach…

... go the distance…

... dream…

... no limits… when you imagine…

... you can…

... you do…

.... you are :)...

... it was a nice match ;)...

and TIME TO CELEBRATE WITH ice cream… :))

GOOOL… :)

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 :)...


25/06/13

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 Draws and Second Day Results

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 Draws and Second Day Results


25/06/13

Some pictures of the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 actors :)... taken during the first 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 Noa, Iva and Teodora...

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…

Their little brothers and sister find the way to have good time too :)... Lucia’s brother from the Netherland is having good time with Andjela’s brother from Australia… they remind me a bit Donna Vekic’s brother Bruno and Gianluigi Quinzi’s brother Gianluca during the 2005 edition :))...

Today at 7:00 PM they will become Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors and I would be pleased to walk you via pictures through the first day… thus you get to meet some of the actors playing in this year edition… :)

The world of the past year Champion Himari helped Smrikva to have her successor on this year Smrikva Bowl… Rio, Remika, Erika, Hibiki, Masaya :)...

Today girls played in Smrikve and boys were in another Club playing the first round… thus let’s meet first this year girls side :)...

Bruno Sampras, member of the Smrikva Bowl Staff, is helping Milena and Ivana to choose who is going to serve…

and the game can start with Milena’s serve...

...the Smrikva clay is ready for the new Smrikva Bowl generation…

and outside the courts is most of the time… smile, smile and smile… 3 smiles for you… from Iva, Noa and Andjela... :))

... if there was a music on…

... you could have imagine this dance with the rackets….

... yes… surprised… but with smile ;)... on the court serious… but outside always time with friends to have a little bit fun…

... I stile have to learn how to pronounce the name of Kylie and I promised to learn it before Saturday :)... it seems to be more easy name to pronounce for me the one of Sarah from Mauritius ;)...

... we can be serious too… it seems… ;)... but Helena and Andjela are smirking :))...

... and Iva is taking serious the idea to prepare for the song that we could sing together… and while the rain interrupted the last matches… here is Iva with me practicing in front of Luca Appino who was selected as tutor for our song performance ;)...

... 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 I am pleased to use Tea’s backhand to hit the ball in the new day…

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…


24/06/13

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 Draws and Results...

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 Draws amd Resičts


24/06/13

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 started today at 8:30 with presentation of 102 tennis talents from 36 countries and all the continents...

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

With the new countries Smrikva Bowl has reached 62 countries represented on the tournament over the years…

... and on the 18th annual there are 36 countries represented and many more nations because many Smrikva Bowl kids do have more than one passport :)

The draws were ready early this morning and the first matches started…

... and Luca Appino, Golden Honorary Smrikva Bowl Member, was present at the opening ceremony and welcomed the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 generation :)...

Tomorrow at 6:00 PM 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 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 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 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.


24/06/13

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 players list

World in Smrikve ... there are five new countries from which we expect to have new Ambassadors nominated this year: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ireland, Jordan and Portugal thus with the new countries Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors will be spread in 61 countries and all the continents after this year nomination.

The level of the players is expected very high again this year… there are many talented players among 102 registered participants... and probably this year we are again in the line with the highest concentration of tennis talents in an annual since 1996…

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

Girls

Noa Krznarić (CRO)
Ana Vilček (SRB)
Anna Kantor (HUN)
Antonia Ružić (CRO)
Diana Yanotovskaya (RUS)
Jelena Ristić (AUT)
Maja Radišić (SLO)
Mare Žunić (CRO)
Anamarija Kovačević (SRB)
Anđela Lopičić (SRB)
Ena Baltić (BIH)
Alisa Barmashyna (UKR)
Arista Siebrits (RSA)
Andrea Mrvić (SRB)
Daniela Hunčak (CRO)
Erika Matsuda (JPN)
Sophia Weiland (GER)
Monika Temkova (MKD)
Jovana Cvetković (SRB)
Lucia Hodanić (NED)
Kornelia Hunčak (CRO)
Sofia Cerezo (ESP)
Maria Turdache Alexandru (ROM)
Esma Berberović (BIH)
Jovana Živanović (SRB)
Anđela Micić (AUS)
Nađa Mrkić (MNE)
Kylie Bilchev (GBR)
Rio Osoegawa (JPN)
Renata Hunčak (CRO)
Teodora Gutić (SRB)
Lucia Millan (ESP)
Remika Ohashi (JPN)
Alina Gavrish (AZE)
Milena Jevtovic (SRB)
Ivana Stanković (BIH)
Alena Falei (BLR)
Selin Lidya Sepken (TUR)
Sarah Introcaso (MUS)
Sofia Matiushova (RUS)
Sara Sinadinovski (MKD)
Tea Lukić (SRB)
Magdalena Jukić (CRO)
Iva Divac (SRB)

Boys

Adriano Hunčak (CRO)
Filip Mandović (SRB)
Francesco Castellano (ITA)
Bartol Borse (CRO)
Tarik Redžić (BIH)
Jovan Bjelica (SRB)
Nikolaus Stoiber (AUT)
Andrey Chirkaev (RUS)
Abedallah Shelbyh (JOR)
Alejandro Turriziani Alvarez (ESP)
Aljaž Jeran (SLO)
Vojta Veigert (CZE)
Fran Mitrović (CRO)
Aleksa Krivokapić (MNE)
Lennart van Wimersma (NED)
Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune (DEN)
Masaya Tsuruoka (JPN)
Marko Jovanović (SRB)
Andrey Marshall (GBR)
Stjepan Majcan (CRO)
Suleyman Sar Pinar (TUR)
Jovan Sinadinović (BIH)
Gal Emeršič Potočnik (SLO)
Gabriele Brancatelli (USA)
Alen Bill (CRO)
Juan Pablo Perissutti (ARG)
Mateja Janičijević (SRB)
Jaime Ribeiro de Faria (POR)
Daniel Rincon Yague (ESP)
Hamad Međedović (SRB)
Lovro Majcan (CRO)
Vardhan Karkal (IND)
Gašper Sitar (SLO)
Adam Filagić (AUT)
Timofey Shchekachev (RUS)
Andrew Milovanov (IRL)
Adi Dagan (ISR)
Stefan Popović (SRB)
Piotr Kusiewicz (POL)
Ahmed Hurtić (BIH)
Max Šunjić (CRO)
Val Novak (SLO)
Thomas V Santaguida (CAN)
Jérôme Kym (SUI)
Petar Bašić Palković (SRB)
Dorijan Biondić (CRO)
Danilo Raičević (MNE)
Stepanov Timofey (BLR)
Luka Vidović (CRO)
Hibiki Arimoto (JPN)
Stepan Baum (CZE)
Johnathon Price (GBR)
Patrick Brady (THA)
Lovre Erceg (CRO)
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia (ESP)
Aleks Vincek (SLO)
Luka Došen (CRO)
Luca Nardi (ITA)

The opening ceremony is scheduled for 8:30 AM this morning while, tomorrow at 6:00 PM 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 players will be nominated Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors that will be followed by the Olive Tree planting ceremony…

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


23/06/13

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 players final registration process was concluded today...

Yesterday we started the registration process for the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 edition…

... and today the registration process was concluded in the afternoon…

... the trophies are ready… and the players arrived to Smrikve from 36 countries and all the continents for the 18th annual…

They reached the ancient Roman town… famous for its Arena… that at the time was the town of Hercules ;)...

it was another long day… and the first opportunity to meet this year Smrikva Bowl tennis talents…

... and as per tradition every player to register for the tournament has to bring a book representing the culture of the place he or she is coming from thus contribute to create the Smrikva Bowl Library.

This year is the year of biographies… and some great great books arrived with this year SMRIKVA BOWL generation…

During the Ambassadors nomination ceremony on Tuesday the book they brought will be exchanged with their Ambassadors’ certificates :)...

During the final registration process the players get the final instructions and tips that should help them in understanding the weekly program… to remember to wear the t-shirt and cap they get for the opening ceremony that is scheduled for tomorrow morning 8:30 AM…

... and not to forget the racket during the Ambassadors’ nomination ceremony when they will plant their Olive Tree… :)

Every book that they bring is signed… thus the special Smrikva Bowl library is the library with names… the little talent names that will have the opportunity to exchange ideas on talents on the Smrikva Bowl Forum that will be held on Wednesday evening before the Smrikva Bowl game IGRA starts :)

The courts were full of talents that were tasting Smrikva Bowl clay courts… for some of them coming from far away it is the first experience on clay thus something to remember… :)

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


20/06/13

Donna VEKIC's surprise gift to the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 generation reached Smrikve yesterday :)...

Donna Vekic, Smrikva Bowl player, from Croatia, born in 1996, reached her best ranking last week #64 on WTA list...

Over six months ago, by virtue of reaching 2012 Tashkent final, was the youngest player to reach a WTA final in six years… and people started to note Donna’s dedication towards her tennis talent development…

I am pleased to share just few Donna’s pictures from her Smrikva Bowl… because these days she made a special gift to this year Smrikva Bowl generation…

I still remember Donna as a cheerful child with radiant smile and a Ledo ice-cream T-shirt, always accompanied by her family, father Igor, mother Brankica and younger brother Bruno.

Donna played Smrikva Bowl various times and is remembered as one of the youngest Smrikva Bowl entrants... and her smile is still the same…

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

It was 28th of June 1996 when the first round of the Smrikva Cup was played… and on the same day Donna Vekic was born too… thus if you wish to imagine Smrikva Bowl event in terms of human age just „google“ Donna’s name ;)…

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.


16/06/13

In a week time the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 edition will start... and Alberto Orso, last year Smrikva Bowl player, with his father and many tennis friends is spending a week time in Smrikve...

Alberto Orso, 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012 player, his father Stefano, and many tennis friends from Italy are spending a vacation tennis week in Smrikve :)...

In a week time the 18th Smrikva Bowl annual will start I am pleased to recall the story of the Ambassadors’ old olive trees, the circle of life story… and to do that I am pleased to help me with the Lion King cartoon :)...

Few weeks ago I placed the stone inscription with the roman number XVIII nearby the 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 generation olive tree and the below story, as Rafiki would say, is worth saying again ;)....

The Lion King cartoon is an artwork to me, and most of the life messages that one can find in it are in line with the Smrikva story…

There are in line with the message of the Ambassadors’ Olive Tree; there are in line with the values of friendship and love; there 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 the intergenerational responsability.

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

The relationship between Simba and Nola reminds me again about the importance of love. Rafiki, the wise old baboo, with his many centuries old tree reminds me about the importance of knowledge and experience of the older.

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

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

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

Sarabi means “mirage”; Pumbaa means “dull-witted” or “stunned”; and Rafiki means “friend” :).

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

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

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

The intergenerational responsibility alone allows future generations to enjoy the beauty of life, the sunsets and the seasons of the earth…

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

“The future is always in a minority. Yet the history of the future is more important than the history of the past. It is for the old to remember the past. It is for the young to build the world of tomorrow…”

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.


14/06/13

Donna Vekic and Ajla Tomljanovic at AEGON CLASSIC 2013 USD 220,000 WTA Tournament in Birmingham: Donna Vekic reached the finals

Donna Vekic, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, born in 1996, currently ranked #89 on WTA list and, Ajla Tomljanovic, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 semifinalist, from Croatia, born in 1993, currently ranked #155 on WTA list were both on AEGON CLASSIC 2013 WTA Tournament in Birmingham and made important victories!

Donna’s and Ajla’s detailed results at AEGON CLASSIC 2013 are the following:

1st round: Donna Vekic – Camila Giorgi (Ita) 7:6, 6:3
2nd round: Donna Vekic – Urszula Radwanska (Pol) 6:3, 6:2
3rd round: Donna Vekic – Maria Sanchez (USA) 4:6, 6:2, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Donna Vekic – Sorana Cirstea (Rou) 6:2, 6:1
Semifinals: Donna Vekic – M. Rybarikova (Svk) 7:6,1:6,6:3
Finals: Donna Vekic – Daniela Hantuchova (Svk) 6:7, 4:6

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

Camila Giorgi (Ita) – # 92 WTA list
Urszula Radwanska (Pol) – # 38 WTA list
Maria Sanchez (Esp) – # 119 WTA list
Sorana Cirstea (Rou) – # 24 WTA list
Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk) – # 47 WTA list
Daniela Hantuchova (Svk) – # 60 WTA list

1st round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Melanie Oudin (USA) 6:3, 6:1
2nd round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) 6:4, 4:6, 5:7

Melanie Oudin (USA) – # 80 WTA list
Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) – # 20 WTA list

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


12/06/13

Daria Solovyeva - Dasha is back at "La Bottega" di Smrikve :)... ... last week she played the finals of an ETA under 14 tournament and won doubles...

La Bottega di Smrikve is a natural development of the story started in 1996 when the Smrikva Bowl tennis talents story began…

During the Renaissance period La Bottega (the art and craft workshop) was the nursery site for the formation of the artists… and was probably the source of the Renaissance itself…

Inside La Bottega we can imagine pupils, still children, that began to take their first steps into the world of art… growing their talent side by side with the greatest artists that later on made history…

... and the Renaissance workshop was not limited to being a fine school of design (the same as our tennis school is not a simple fine school of tennis) but has served as a cultural center in which the philosophy and scientific knowledge merged with the artistic technique…

Dasha opened this summer “La Bottega” season of the tennis Smrikve friends visits…

and I have to say that I enjoyed Dasha’s training this morning with my father and the conclusion of it…

Here below is Miro’s last week preparation match with Deni Zmak for the German and Croatian league he’s been playing this week… and this serve is just a bit over 200 km/h… and Dasha is getting closer and closer month after month… ;)...

Deni Zmak, 4th and 5th Smrikva Bowl runner up, former under 16 European Champion, just arrived from the USA few weeks ago where he is playing tennis and studying…

He did a great year in the US… their team won the season and his form is very good… it was a pleasure to enjoy that training match :)

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.


12/06/13

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

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

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

• 4 players TOP 200 WTA

Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #89 WTA
Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #147 WTA
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2002 runner up – 2003 semif.- # 155 WTA
Tereza MRDEZA – 2000 winner – #164 WTA

• 4 players TOP 500 ATP

Javier MARTI – 2002 winner – #219 ATP
Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #276 ATP
Dino MARCAN – 2001 runner up – #394 ATP
Gianluigi QUINZI – 2006 winner – # 401 ATP

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

BOYS:

#2 Nikola MILOJEVIC

#4 Laslo DJERE

#6 Borna CORIC

#7 Gianluigi QUINZI

#36 Franko MIOCIC

#62 Matteo DONATI

GIRLS:

#1 Belinda BENCIC

#2 Ana KONJUH

#16 Christina MAKAROVA

#17 Nina STOJANOVIC

#32 Katie BOULTER

#42 Ilka CSOREGI

#72 Giulia PAIRONE

#85 Jana FETT

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

3 boys and 1 girl are in TOP 10 ETA under 14 – (Samuele RAMAZZOTTI #2, Miomir KECMANOVIC #4, Alexei POPYRIN #10; Andreea Amalia ROSCA #8)

IN 1996 SMRIKVA BOWL GATHERED TOP PLAYERS FROM ISTRIA AND KVARNER (1st Smrikva Bowl)... IN 1997 TOP PLAYERS FROM CROATIA gathered on the 2nd Smrikva 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 #164 on WTA list.


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

BOYS
Marin DRAGANJA, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #562 on ATP ranking list.
Dino MARCAN, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #394 on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, from Croatia, is ranked #147 on WTA list. Petra’s best raning is #42 on WTA list as of June 2012.
Indire AKIKI, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #736 on WTA list.


IN 2002 SMRIKVA BOWL STARTED TO BE A EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

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

BOYS
Javier MARTI, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Spain, is currently ranked #219 on ATP list.
Federico GAIO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Italy, is currently ranked #594 on ATP list*.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #155 on WTA list; best ranking was #145 on WTA list in November 2011.
Martina CAREGARO, 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002 winner, from Italy, is ranked #705 on WTA ranking list; her best ranking was #370 on WTA list in October 2010.
Ema BURGIC, ranked 3rd on 7th Smrikva Bowl 2002, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, best ranking was #505 on WTA list in July 2010.


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

BOYS
Dominic THIEM, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, from Austria, is ranked #276 on ATP ranking list.
George MORGAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Great Britain, is ranked #948 on ATP ranking list.
Ciprian PORUMB, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Romenia, is not ranked on ATP ranking list.

GIRLS
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, ranked 3rd on 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, from Croatia, is ranked #155 on WTA list* best ranking was #145 on WTA list in November 2011.
Silvia NJIRIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #859 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 #761 on ATP ranking list.
Filip VEGER, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 semifinalist, from Croatia, is ranked #760 on ATP ranking list.
Danil ZELENKOV, 9th Smrikva Bowl 2004 player, from FYR Macedonia, is ranked #1698 on ATP ranking list.

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

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

Blair SHANKLE, played 3rd “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, is ranked #836 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 #982 on ATP list.
Laslo DJERE, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #4 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked 869 on ATP list.
Gianluigi QUINZI, ranked 3rd on 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Italy, is ranked #7 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #401 on ATP list.
Nikola MILOJEVIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 Consolation tournament winner, from Serbia, is ranked #2 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF).
Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #6 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #748 on ATP list.
Luka ILIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Serbia, is ranked #1253 on ATP ranking list.
Franko MIOCIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #36 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF).

GIRLS
Saska GAVRILOVSKA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner, from Serbia. Her best ranking was # 559 on WTA ranking list in June 2012.
Olga IANCHUK, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, from Ukraine, is ranked #426 on WTA list.
Irina Maria BARA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Romania, is ranked #964 on WTA ranking list.
Donna VEKIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #89 on WTA list.
Iva MEKOVEC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Croatia, is ranked #572 on WTA list.
Camilla ROSATELLO, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, from Italy, is ranked #764 on WTA list.
Jana FETT, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005, from Croatia, is ranked #85 on ITF ranking list.

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

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


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

BOYS
Gianluigi QUINZI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Italy, is ranked #7 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and is ranked #401 on ATP list.
Andre BIRO, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalist, from Hungary, is ranked #144 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Eleanor DEAN, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, from Great Britain, is ranked #334 on ITF ranking list.
Ilka CSOREGI, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalists, from Romania, is ranked #42 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)
Dea HERDZELAS, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 quarterfinalists, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #185 on ITF ranking list.
Belinda BENCIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Switzerland, is ranked #1 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF)
Giulia PAIRONE, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Italy, is ranked #72 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)
Nina STOJANOVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, from Serbia, is ranked #17 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF)

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

Christina MAKAROVA, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #16 on ITF ranking list (TOP 100 ITF), and is ranked #938 on WTA ranking list.
Gabriella UMOQUIT, played 5th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is not ranked #344 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 #320 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Bogdan BORZA, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #132 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and is ranked #492 on ITF ranking list.
Gonzalo MORELL, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Spain, is ranked #208 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Sergiu BUCUR, ranked 4th on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Romania, is ranked #827 on ITF ranking list.

GIRLS
Ana KONJUH, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #1 in Europe in under 16 cathegory and #2 on ITF ranking list (TOP 10 ITF) and # 550 on WTA list.
Nina POTOCNIK, ranked 3rd on 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, from Slovenia, is ranked #121 on ITF ranking list.
Ivana JOROVIC, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Serbia, is ranked # 714 on WTA list.
Jazzi PLEWS, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from UK, is ranked #127 on ITF ranking list
Bianka BEKEFI, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 player, from Hungary, is ranked #101 on ITF ranking list

“Little Mo” TEAM
Eduardo NAVA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #771 on ITF ranking list.
Tommy PAUL, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #152 on ITF ranking list.

Ndindi NDUNDA, played 6th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #620 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 #707 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Mihnea TURCU, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Romania, is ranked #1018 in Europe in under 16 european ranking list.
Grega KOKALJ, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovenia, is ranked #513 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.
Andrea GUERRIERI, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Italy, is ranked #427 in Europe in under 16 cathegory.

GIRLS
Katarina JOKIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 winner, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is ranked #291 on ITF ranking list.
Maia LUMSDEN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 runner up, from Scotland, is ranked #372 on ITF ranking list.
Viktoria KUZMOVA, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Slovakia, is ranked #200 on ITF ranking list.
Estela Perez-Somarriba, ranked 3rd on 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, from Spain, is ranked #1224 on under 16 european ranking list.
Olga FRIDMAN, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Ukraine, is ranked #135 on ITF 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 #201 on ITF ranking list.
Marija CURNIC, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008 player, from Croatia, is ranked #564 on ITF ranking list.

“Little Mo” TEAM
Justin LEE, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
William BLUMBERG, played 7th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is ranked #264 on ITF ranking list.

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


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

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

BOYS
Alvaro REGALADO PEDROL, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from Spain, is ranked #142 in under 14 european ranking.
Samuele RAMAZZOTTI, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Italy, is ranked #2 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA U14).
Karlo SUEVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Slovenia, is ranked #72 in under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Spain, is ranked #404 in under 14 european ranking.
Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 quarterfinalist, from Serbia, is ranked #4 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA U14).
Alexei POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 Consolation Draw
winner, from Australia, is ranked #10 in under 14 european ranking (TOP 10 ETA u14).
Max STEWART, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from UK, is ranked #12 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Katie SWAN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 winner, from United Kingdom, is ranked #44 in under 14 european ranking.
Jovana VUKOVIC – JOKA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 runner up, from Serbia, is ranked #33 in under 14 european ranking.
Inci OGUT, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Turkey, is ranked #43 in under 14 european ranking.
Arianna CAPOGROSSO, ranked 3rd on 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, from Italy, is ranked #23 in under 14 european ranking.

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

Michaela GORDON, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
Ashley LAHEY, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.


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

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

BOYS
Nicola KUHN, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Spain, is ranked #66 in under 14 european ranking.
Karlo SUEVICH, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Croatia, is ranked #72 in under 14 european ranking.
Yshai OLIEL, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Israel, is ranked #13 in under 14 european ranking.
Andrei Taica RADU, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Romania, is ranked #248 in under 14 european ranking.

GIRLS
Jovana VUKOVIC, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 winner, from Serbia, is ranked #33 in under 14 european ranking.
Paula ARIAS MANJON, 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 runner up, from Spain, is ranked #390 in under 14 european ranking.
Neli SUNJIC, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Croatia, is ranked #147 in under 14 european ranking.
Kristina NOVAK, ranked 3rd on 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010, from Slovenia, is ranked #373 in under 14 european ranking.

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

Claire LIU, played 9th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.
Alexa BUTERA, played 8th “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl, from the USA, is too young for the ITF ranking list.


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

2011 – 16th Smrikva Bowl

BOYS
Duje AJDUKOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 winner, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Mihailo POPOVIC, 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011 runner up, from Serbia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Alejandro SERRANO OSOBA, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Spain, is too young for under 14 european ranking.
Stipan MADZAR, ranked 3rd on 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011, from Croatia, is too young for under 14 european ranking.

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


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

2012 – 17th Smrikva Bowl

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

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

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


03/06/13

12 Smrikva Bowl players were in the Main Draws of the Junior Roland Garros 2013; Belinda BENCIC (1997) is the WINNER; Borna CORIC (1996), Nikola MILOJEVIC (1995) and Ana KONJUH (1997) reached semifinals while Gianluigi QUINZI (1996) quarterfinals...

There were several Smrikva Bowl players that I recognized competing in the Main Draw of this year Junior Roland Garros 2013… five boys and seven girls… :)...

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

In the second round there were 9 Smrikva Bowl players out of 64 (14%)

In the third round there were 7 Smrikva Bowl players out of 32 (21,9%):

In the quarterfinals there were 5 Smrikva Bowl players out of 16 (31,3%): Borna CORIC (1996 age group), Gianluigi QUINZI (1996 age group), Nikola MILOJEVIC (1995 age group), Ana KONJUH (1997 age group) and Belinda BENCIC (1997 age group).

In the semifinals there were 4 Smrikva Bowl players out of 8 (50%): Borna CORIC, Nikola MILOJEVIC, Ana KONJUH and Belinda BENCIC.

... and Belinda BENCIC qualified for the finals and obtained the VICTORY!

In January, in Australia, Ana KONJUH won her first Grand Slam too… Junior AUSTRALIAN OPEN…


Photo by Daniel Munoz

... and today Belinda BENCIC Junior ROLAND GARROS…

... both Belinda and Ana are 1997 age group…

In the following you can read more detailed results related to former Smrikva Bowl players on this year Junior Roland Garros 2013 played in Paris this week:


Girls:

Belinda Bencic(SUI) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Belinda Bencic – Alice Matteucci (ITA) 6:2, 7:5
2nd round: Belinda Bencic – Fiona Ferro (FRA) 6:3, 6:0
3rd round: Belinda Bencic -Beatriz H.Maia (BRA) 6:3, 4:6, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Belinda Bencic -Taylor Townsend (USA) 2:6,6:2,9:7
Semifinals: Belinda Bencic – Louisa Chirico (USA) 7:5, 3:6, 6:3
Finals: Belinda Bencic – Antonia Lottner (GER) 6:1, 6:3

Ana Konjuh (CRO) – 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007 runner up
1st round: Ana Konjuh – Katie Boulter (GBR) 6:2, 6:4
2nd round: Ana Konjuh – Jamie Loeb (USA) 7:5, 6:4
3rd round: Ana Konjuh – Petra Uberalova (SVK) 6:7, 6:4, 6:4
Quarterfinals: Ana Konjuh – Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 3:6, 7:6, 6:4
Semifinals: Ana Konjuh – Antonia Lottner (GER) 0:6, 1:6

Ilka Csoregi(ROU) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 semifinalists
1st round: Ilka Csoregi – Anett Kontaveit (EST) 6:4, 7:6
2nd round: Ilka Csoregi – Estelle Cascino (FRA) 7:6, 7:6
2nd round: Ilka Csoregi – Kristina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6:7,6:3,6:4

Jana Fett(CRO) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
1st round: Jana Fett – Sara Tomic (AUS) 7:5, 6:3
2nd round: Jana Fett – Taylor Townsend (USA) 5:6, 2:6

Katie Boulter (GBR) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Katie Boulter – Anna Konjuh (CRO) 2:6, 4:6

Nina Stojanovic (SRB) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player
1st round: Nina Stojanovic – Jamie Loeb (USA) 6:7, 3:6

Christina Makarova (USA) – “Little Mo”/Smrikva Bowl 2006
1st round: Christina Makarova – Chiara Grimm (SUI) 1:6, 3:6


Boys:

Borna Coric (CRO) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player
1st round: Borna Coric – Mazen Osama (EGY) 6:4, 6:0
2nd round: Borna Coric – Maximilian Marterer (GER) 6:3, 6:3
3rd round: Borna Coric – Johan Sebastien Tatlot (FRA) 5:7,6:0,8:6
Quarterfinals: Borna Coric – Guillermo Nunez (CHI) 6:2, 6:3
Semifinals: Borna Coric – Christian Garin (CHI) 5:7, 2:6

Nikola Milojevic (SRB) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 consolation draw winner
1st round: Nikola Milojevic – Omar Jasika (AUS) 6:1, 6:1
2nd round: Nikola Milojevic – Naoki Nakagawa (JPN) 6:4, 6:4
3rd round: Nikola Milojevic – Lucas Gomez (MEX) 6:1, 6:0
Quarterfinals: Nikola Milojevic – Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) 7:6, 6:2
Semifinals: Nikola Milojevic – A.Zverev (GER) 5:7, 1:6

Gianluigi Quinzi (ITA) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner
1st round: Gianluigi Quinzi – Alexandre Favrot (FRA) 1:6, 6:1, 6:4
2nd round: Gianluigi Quinzi – Stefan Kozlov (USA) 3:6, 6:1, 6:4
3rd round: Gianluigi Quinzi – Albert A.Ivorra (ESP) 6:2,3:6,6:2
Quarterfinals: Gianluigi Quinzi -Nikola Milojevic (SRB) 6:7,2:6

Laslo Djere (SRB) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up
1st round: Laslo Djere – Pedro Cachin (ARG) 6:4, 6:4
2nd round: Laslo Djere – Jorge Brian Panta (PER) 6:7, 6:2, 7:5
3rd round: Laslo Djere – Christian Garin (CHI) 6:3, 3:6, 2:6

Matteo Donati (ITA) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 winner
1st round: Matteo Donati – Seong Chan Hong (KOR) 6:0, 6:0
2nd round: Matteo Donati – Johan Sebastien Tatlot (FRA) 4:6, 4:6

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


31/05/13

18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 edition... "Smrikve theatre stage" is entering the phase of final preparations...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Smrikva Bowl festival would like to inspire its players and Ambassadors to beleive in their dreams and work hard to reach them.

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

“Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire and the power to unite people in a way little else can – it is an instrument of peace.”


27/05/13

Belinda Bencic, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player, won the prestigious 54th edition of TROFEO BONFIGLIO 2013 played in Milan, while Djere Laslo, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, reached the finals

Trofeo Bonfiglio is one of the most prestigious under 18 tournaments in the World played at Tennis Club Milano Alberto Bonacossa in Milan – Italy… and Belinda Bencic, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 player, won the 54th edition of TROFEO BONFIGLIO 2013 edition, while Djere Laslo, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, reached the finals…

Ivan Lendl, Guy Forget, Jim Courier, Goran Ivanisevic, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Gabriela Sabatini, Anna Kournikova are just some of the illustrious names on the honour role of the Italian Open, Trofeo Bonfiglio…

Last year, Gianluigi Quinzi, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner, won the 53rd edition…

There were several former Smrikva Bowl players in the Main Draws:

BOYS:
Nikola Milojevic (quarterfinals), Borna Coric (3rd round), Gianmarco Moroni (1st round), Matteo Donati (1st round)...

GIRLS:
Giulia PAIRONE (3rd round), Nina STOJANOVIC, (2nd round), Ilka CSOREGI (2nd round), Christina MAKAROVA (2nd round), Katie BOULTER (1st round), Silvia CHINELLATO (1st round), Jana FETT (1st round)...

The road of Belinda BENCIC towards the victory of the 54th edition of TROFEO BONFIGLIO 2013 is the following:

Belinda BENCIC (Sui) – 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006 winner
1st round: Belinda Bencic – Yan WANG (Chn) 6:1, 6:0
2nd round: Belinda Bencic – D GONZALEZ (Ecu) 6:1, 6:1
3rd round: Belinda Bencic – V RODRIGUEZ (Mex) 6:0, 6:2
Quarterfinals: Belinda Bencic-V KUDERMETOVA (Rus) 3:6,6:4,6:2
Semifinals: Belinda Bencic – E KULICHKOVA (Rus) ret
Finals: Belinda Bencic – D KASATKINA (Rus) 7:5, 6:0

The road of Djere LASLO towards the finals of the 54th edition of TROFEO BONFIGLIO 2013 is the following:

Djere LASLO (Srb) – 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up
1st round: Djere Laslo – Siyu LIU (Chn) 6:4, 6:4
2nd round: Djere Laslo – Antonio MASSARA (Ita ) 6:3, 6:1
3rd round: Djere Laslo – Hannes WAGNER (Ger) 5:7, 6:1, 6:1
Quarterfinals: Djere Laslo – Enzo COUAUCAUD (Fra) 6:2, 6:1
Semifinals: Djere Laslo – M HAMOU (Fra) 7:6, 6:1
Finals: Djere Laslo – A ZVEREV (Ger) 6:7, 7:5, 5:7

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

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