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26th Smrikva Bowl 2021 edition: one of the most particular tennis tournaments in the World... will be played from (19th) 21st till 26th of June 2021... "seeds of the Legends of tomorrow" story...

6th Smrikva Bowl Tennis Talents Family Week (SBTTFW) with Luca Appino & Mio (24/4-1/5, 2/5-9/5/2021) Presentation and Application Instructions (pdf ~0.9 MB)

26th SMRIKVA BOWL 2021 Presentation with Application Instructions (pdf ~1.73 MB)


Due to COVID-19 pandemic the 25th Smrikva Bowl 2020 edition was not held and we are expecting several challenges that may affect the 26th Smrikva Bowl 2021 edition. As of 21st of September 2020 the world is still not presenting safety conditions required for the Smrikva Bowl to be held. The pandemic evolution will be monitored with hope that the situation will significantly improve.

The application form – included in the above presentation – must be completed in full with Capital Letter’s and be sent by e-mail (in PDF or jpg format) indicated in the presentation. It is important to complete all the information requested in the forms and to provide all the other relevant information requested.

Due to pandemic the number of players have been preliminary reduced and is limited to 64 in total (32 boys + 32 girls) => there are few places available per country. Top players from each country will be preferred. 26th Smrikva Bowl 2021 is reserved for the players born in 2011 ONLY.

Deadline for applications: 30th March 2021 (we reserve the right to bring forward this deadline date if the number of applications received from qualifying TOP players exceed the total number of 32+32 players we can invite)

Each player will receive by e – mail confirmation that the application form has been received… Invited players and players from outside Europe ranked #1 in their country, which provide all the required information, may receive confirmation of their acceptance before the deadline date always subject to pandemic development. Other players will receive confirmation as to whether or not their application has been successful no later then 8th April 2021.

Accepted players are eligible to present their candidacy for the 6th Smrikva Bowl Tennis Talents Family Week 2021.

For any additional questions you may have regarding the Smrikva Bowl or your application, after reading with attention the presentation, please address those to: [email protected] yahoo.it

24th Smrikva Bowl 2019 Draws and Results

24th Smrikva Bowl 2019 Draws and Results

24th Smrikva Bowl 2019 Press Release

24th Smrikva Bowl 2019 Photo Gallery

Historical Smrikva Bowl Draws and Results (1996-2019)



Top Smrikva Bowl and "LM"/SB players on ATP, WTA, ITF and European under 14 and 16 ranking lists (update October 2020)

Former top Smrikva Bowl players that reached certain results on the professional ranking list and the top Smrikva Bowl players current ranking.

As of October 12th, 2020 their track record includes the following:
- 34 GRAND SLAM titles (including junior titles) conquered by 27 players
- 46 professional ATP/WTA titles (1 Grand Slam title)
- 50 players reached TOP 200 ATP/WTA ranking => 25 players reached TOP 100 ATP/WTA ranking => 8 players reached TOP 20 ATP/WTA => 2 players reached TOP 5 ATP/WTA ranking

- 210 + SB players (1996-2012) received scholarships to study in the US & play tennis… and the list of the players can be seen on the following link SB US University Club

- 330+ SB players (1996-2013) collected ATP/WTA points on the following link ATP/WTA SB Club

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

Belinda BENCIC – 2006 player – #4 WTA (Feb 2020)
Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #14 WTA (Jan 2020)
Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #19 WTA (Nov 2019)
Ana KONJUH – 2007 runner up – #20 WTA (Jul 2017)
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2003 semif.- # 39 WTA (Apr 2019)
Viktoria KUZMOVA – 2008 semifinalist – #43 WTA (Mar 2019)
Nina STOJANOVIC – 2006 player – #81 WTA (Mar 2020)
Martina TREVISAN – 2003 player – #83 WTA (Oct 2020)
Katie BOULTER – 2006 player – #83 WTA (Feb 2019)
Ivana JOROVIC – 2007 player – #86 on WTA (Jul 2019)

Ivana LISJAK – 1997 winner – #95 WTA (Jun 2006)
Olga DANILOVIC – 2011 winner – #96 WTA (Oct 2018)
Jana FETT – 2005 player – #97 WTA (Oct 2017)
Irina Maria BARA – 2005 player – #116 WTA (Oct 2020)
Clair LIU – 2010 “LM”/SB player -#137 WTA (Jan 2019)
Deborah CHIESA – 2006 player – #143 WTA (Jun 2018)
Tereza MRDEZA – 2000 winner – #150 WTA (Oct 2015)
Gabriela TAYLOR – 2008 player – #162 WTA (Dec 2018)
Katie SWAN – 2009 winner – #163 WTA (Oct 2018)
Lina GJORCHESKA – 2003 player – #170 WTA (Jun 2017)

Dejana RADANOVIC – 2006 player – #187 WTA (Jul 2018)

Nina STOJANOVIC – 2006 player – #50 WTA doubles (Feb 2018)
Irina Maria BARA – 2005 player – #56 WTA doubles (May 2019)
Ingrid NEEL – 2008 “LM”/SB player -#126 WTA doubles (Sep 2020)
Camilla ROSATELLO – 2005 player – #134 WTA doubles (Jan 2018)
Giorgia MARCHETTI – 2005 player – #143 WTA doubles (May 2019)
Ema BURGIC – 2002 semifinalist – #145 WTA doubles (Oct 2016)
Vladica BABIC – 2005 player – #164 WTA (Nov 2019)
Tereza MIHALIKOVA – 2008 player – #189 WTA doubles (May 2017)

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

Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #3 ATP (Mar 2020)
Borna CORIC – 2005 player – #12 ATP (Nov 2018)
Alex DE MINAUR – 2009 player – #18 ATP (Oct 2019)
Laslo DJERE – 2005 runner up – #27 ATP (Jun 2019)
Miomir KECMANOVIC – 2009 quarterf.- #39 ATP (Sep 2020)
Tommy PAUL – 2007 “LM”/SB player – #57 ATP (Mar 2020)
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH FOKINA – 2009 SF- #69 ATP (Sep 2020)
Lloyd HARRIS – 2007 player – #72 ATP (Jan 2020)
Alexei POPYRIN – 2009 CD winner – #87 ATP (Jul 2019)
Federico GAIO – 2002 player – #124 ATP (Feb 2020)

Nikola MILOJEVIC – 2005 CD winner – #133 ATP (Oct 2020)
Lorenzo MUSETTI – 2012 QF – #138 ATP (Sep 2020)
Gianluigi QUINZI – 2006 winner – # 142 ATP (Apr 2019)
Carlos ALCARAZ – 2013 runner up – #158 ATP (Oct 2020)
Matteo DONATI – 2005 winner – #159 ATP (Jul 2015)
Javier MARTI – 2002 winner – #170 ATP (Apr 2012)
Nicola KUHN – 2010 winner – #174 ATP (Oct 2019)
Nino SERDARUSIC – 2005 player – #192 ATP (Aug 2018)

Marin DRAGANJA – 2001 winner – #20 ATP doubles (Apr 2015)
Dino MARCAN – 2001 runner up – #87 ATP doubles (May 2017)
Luca MARGAROLI – 2002 – #128 ATP doubles (May 2019)
Ivan SABANOV – 2002 semi – #161 ATP doubles (Feb 2020)
Matej SABANOV – 2002 semi – #161 ATP doubles (Feb 2020)

As of 12th of October 2020 the ranking summary of the TOP 1000 ATP/WTA former Smrikva Bowl players is the following:

• 62 WTA players

Belinda BENCIC – 2006 player – #11 WTA
Petra MARTIC – 2001 winner – #18 WTA
Donna VEKIC – 2003-2005 player – #31 WTA
Ajla TOMLJANOVIC – 2003 semif.- #67 WTA
Martina TREVISAN – 2003 player – #83 WTA
Viktoria KUZMOVA – 2008 semifinalist – #97 WTA
Nina STOJANOVIC – 2006 player – #98 WTA
Irina Maria BARA – 2005 player – #116 WTA
Olga DANILOVIC – 2011 winner – #182 WTA
Ivana JOROVIC – 2007 player – #193 WTA

Tereza MRDEZA – 2000 winner – #230 WTA
Jana FETT – 2005 player – #237 WTA
Claire LIU – 2010 player – #245 WTA
Tena LUKAS – 2005 player – #260 WTA
Dejana RADANOVIC – 2006 player – #262 WTA
Katie SWAN – 2009 winner – #268 WTA
Seone MENDEZ – 2009 player – #275 WTA
Jessica PIERI – 2007 player – #292 WTA
Martina CAREGARO – 2002 winner – #303 WTA
Lea BOSKOVIC – 2009 player – #310 WTA

Lina GJORCHESKA – 2003 player – #347 WTA
Maia LUMSDEN – 2009 player – #348 WTA
Miriam BULGARU – 2008 player – #374 WTA
Haruna ARAKAWA – 2008 player – #381 WTA
Katie BOULTER – 2006 player – #383 WTA
Nina POTOCNIK – 2007 player – #394 WTA
Berfu CENGIZ – 2009 player – #400 WTA
Oana Georgeta SIMION – 2005 player – #408 WTA
Dea HERDZELAS – 2006 QF- #409 WTA
Deborah CHIESA – 2006 player – #412 WTA

Gabriela TAYLOR – 2008 player – #435 WTA
Camilla ROSATELLO – 2005 player – #438 WTA
Angelica MORATELLI – 2004 player – #471 WTA
Tatiana PIERI – 2007 player – #472 WTA
Karin KENNEL – 2005 player – #523 WTA
Maria GUTIERREZ CARRASCO – 2007 player – #528 WTA
Andreea ROSCA – 2009 player – #546 WTA
Tereza MIHALIKOVA – 2008 player – #554 WTA
Joanne ZUGER – 2010 player – #563 WTA
Vladica BABIC – 2005 player – #565 WTA

Silvia NJIRIC – 2003 runner up – #588 WTA
Ana KONJUH – 2007 runner up – #634 WTA
Maria TIMOFEEVA – 2012 player – #665 WTA
Iva PRIMORAC – 2006 player – #677 WTA
Pia CUK – 2006 player – #691 WTA
Olga IANCHUK – 2005 runner up – #699 WTA
Ingrid NEEL – 2008 player – #701 WTA
Angela FITA BOLUDA – 2009 player – #706 WTA
Himari SATO – 2012 winner – #758 WTA
Linda FRUHVIRTOVA – 2015 SF – #787 WTA

Ania HERTEL – 2010 player – #810 WTA
Anita HUSARIC – 2004 player – #843 WTA
Ashley LAHEY – 2009 LM/SB – #854 WTA
Estela PEREZ SOMARRIBA – 2008 SB player – #868 WTA
Zoe KRUGER – 2012 semif. – #877 WTA
Paula ARIAS MANJON – 2010 runner up – #888 WTA
Pia LOVRIC – 2012 player – #902 WTA
Katarina JOKIC – 2008 winner – #923 WTA
Aleksandra VECIC – 2011 player – #941 WTA
Tina CVETKOVIC – 2009 player – #947 WTA

Matilde PAOLETTI – 2012 player – #994 WTA
Ziva FALKNER – 2012 player – #997 WTA

• 42 ATP players

Dominic THIEM – 2003 winner – #3 ATP
Borna CORIC – 2005 player – #27 ATP
Alex DE MINAUR – 2009 player – #29 ATP
Miomir KECMANOVIC – 2009 player – #41 ATP
Tommy PAUL – 2007 player – #58 ATP
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH FOKINA – 2009 semi – #71 ATP
Laslo DJERE – 2005 runner up – #74 ATP
Lloyd HARRIS – 2007 player – #92 ATP
Alexei POPYRIN – 2009 cd winner – #108 ATP
Nikola MILOJEVIC – 2005 CD winner – #133 ATP

Federico GAIO – 2002 player – #136 ATP
Lorenzo MUSETTI – 2012 quarterfinalist – #143 ATP
Carlos ALCARAZ GARFIA – 2013 runner up – #158 ATP
Tomas MACHAC – 2010 quarterfinalist – #218 ATP
Gian Marco MORONI – 2008 player – #224 ATP
Nicola KUHN – 2010 winner – #246 ATP
Nino SERDARUSIC – 2005 player – #308 ATP
Nerman FATIC – 2004 player – #380 ATP
Duje AJDUKOVIC – 2011 winner – #387 ATP
Yshai OLIEL – 2010 runner up – #402 ATP

Gianluigi QUINZI – 2006 winner – #409 ATP
Jacopo BERRETTINI, 2008 player, #483 ATP
Holger RUNE – 2013 QF – #551 ATP
Nicolas ALVAREZ VARONA – 2011 QF – #566 ATP
Patrik RIKL – 2009 player – #650 ATP
Nik RAZBORSEK – 2003 player – #713 ATP
Andrea GUERRIERI – 2008 SF – #740 ATP
Remy BERTOLA – 2008 player – #741 ATP
Eric VANSHELBOIM – 2011 player – #743 ATP
Aziz KIJAMETOVIC – 2006 player – #782 ATP

Matteo DONATI – 2005 winner – #793 ATP
Javier MARTI – 2002 winner – #794 ATP
Damian WENGER – 2010 player – #804 ATP
Cezar CRETU – 2011 player – #878 ATP
Alibek KACHMAZOV – 2012 player – #880 ATP
Matej SABANOV – 2002 SF – #894 ATP
Luca NARDI – 2013 player – #917 ATP
Flavio COBOLLI – 2012 player – #940 ATP
Samuele RAMAZZOTTI – 2009 runner up – #966 ATP
Rimpei KAWAKAMI – 2010 player – #972 ATP

Luciano DARDERI – 2012 player – #991 ATP
Filip KOLASINSKI – 2010 player – #996 ATP


Miomir KECMANOVIC – 2009 player – #4 ATP
Alex DE MINAUR – 2009 player – #5 ATP
Lorenzo MUSETTI – 2012 player – #7 ATP
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH FOKINA – 2009 player – #9 ATP
Carlos ALCARAZ – 2013 player – #10 ATP
Alexei POPYRIN – 2009 player – #16 ATP
Tomas MACHAC – 2010 player – #17 ATP
Duje AJDUKOVIC – 2011 winner – #22 ATP
Holger RUNE – 2013 player – #29 ATP
Nicola KUHN – 2010 winner – #40 ATP
Nicolas ALVAREZ VARONA – 2011 QF – #47 ATP
Luca NARDI – 2013 player – #68 ATP
Yshai OLIEL – 2010 runner up – #70 ATP
Cezar CRETU – 2011 player – #73 ATP
Luciano DARDERI – 2012 player – #79 ATP
Eric VANSHELBOIM – 2011 player – #99 ATP

2017: Borna CORIC and Gianluigi QUINZI (WC)
2018: Alex DE MINAUR (runner up) and Lloyd HARRIS (invited)
2019: Alex DE MINAUR (runner up), Miomir KECMANOVIC (semifinals), Alejandro DAVIDOVICH FOKINA (round robin)

• 8 boys and 10 girls… in total 18 players are in TOP 100 ITF

- #2 Holger Vitus Nodskov RUNE Junior RG 2019 winner
- #10 Luciano DARDERI
- #18 Flavio COBOLLI
- #32 Hamad MEDJEDOVIC
- #33 Jerome KYM
- #42 Mikolaj LORENS
- #45 Luca NARDI
- #57 Sebastian GIMA

- #2 Alexandra EALA
- #8 Alexandra VECIC
- #12 Weronika BASZAK
- #28 Matilde PAOLETTI
- #35 Aliona FALEI
- #42 Ziva FALKNER
- #63 Julie BELGRAVER
- #83 Pia LOVRIC
- #84 Erika MATSUDA

1 boy and 4 girls are in TOP 10 ETA under 16 – (Vilius GAUBAS #10; Alexandra EALA #3, Linda FRUHVIRTOVA #5, Aliona FALEI #7, Petra MARCINKO #10)

3 boys a are in TOP 10 ETA under 14 – (Martin LANDALUCE #2, Petr BRUNCLIK #4, Tomas BERKIETA #6)

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 BowlIN 1998 3rd SMRIKVA BOWL STARTED TO GATHER FIRST FOREIGN PLAYERS… and in 2001 – 6th Smrikva Bowl was the last year with dominance of the top national players…

Vilim VISAK (CRO), 1st SB 1996 winner, #612 ATP (Mar 2006)
Ivana LISJAK (CRO), 2nd SB 1997 winner, #95 WTA (Jun 2006)
Mateja HORVAT (CRO), 3rd SB 1998 winner, #830 WTA (Nov 2005)
Astrid BESSER (ITA), 4th SB 1999 winner, #356 WTA (Mar 2009)
Deni ZMAK (CRO), 4th SB 1999 runner up, #961 ATP (May 2010)
Adelchi VIRGILI (ITA), 5th SB 2000 winner, #394 ATP doubles (Oct 2017)
Marin DRAGANJA (CRO), 6th SB 2001 winner, #20 ATP doubles (Apr 2015)
Dino MARCAN (CRO), 6th SB 2001 runner up, #87 ATP doubles (May 2017)

Tereza MRDEZA (CRO), 5th SB 2000 winner, #230 WTA

Petra MARTIC (CRO), 6th SB 2001 winner, #18 WTA


2002 – 7th Smrikva Bowl

Federico GAIO (ITA), 7th SB 2002, #136 ATP
Luca MARGAROLI (SUI), 7th SB 2002, #133 ATP doubles
Ivan SABANOV (CRO), 7th SB 2002 semif., #160 ATP doubles
Matej SABANOV (CRO), 7th SB 2002 semif., #160 ATP doubles

Ajla TOMLJANOVIC (CRO), 7th SB 2002 runner up, #67 WTA
Martina CAREGARO (ITA), 7th SB 2002 winner, #303 WTA

2003 – 8th Smrikva Bowl

Dominic THIEM (AUT), 8th SB 2003 winner, #3 ATP
Nik RAZBORSEK (SLO), 8th SB 2003, #713 ATP

Ajla TOMLJANOVIC (CRO),8th SB 2003 semif., #67 WTA
Martina TREVISAN (ITA), 8th SB 2003, #83 WTA
Lina GJORCHESKA (MKD), 8th SB 2003, #347 WTA
Silvia NJIRIC (CRO) – 8th SB 2003 runner up – #588 WTA

2004 – 9th Smrikva Bowl

Nerman FATIC (BiH), 9th SB 2004 semif, #380 ATP

Angelica MORATELLI (ITA), 9th SB 2004, #471 WTA
Vladica BABIC (MNE), 9th SB 2004, #565 WTA
Anita HUSARIC (AUS), 9th SB 2004, #843 WTA


2005 – 10th Smrikva Bowl

Borna CORIC (CRO), 10th SB 2005, #27 ATP
Laslo DJERE (SRB), 10th SB 2005 runner up, #74 ATP
Nikola MILOJEVIC (SRB), 10th SB 2005 Cons.winner, #133 ATP
Nino SERDARUSIC (CRO), 10th SB 2005, #308 ATP
Gianluigi QUINZI (ITA), 10th SB 2005 semif., #409 ATP
Matteo DONATI (ITA), 10th SB 2005 winner, #793 ATP
Adrian BODMER (SUI), 10th SB 2005, #1018 ATP

Donna VEKIC (CRO), 10th SB 2005, #31 WTA
Irina Maria BARA (ROM), 10th SB 2005, #116 WTA
Jana FETT (CRO), 10th SB 2005, #237 WTA
Tena LUKAS (CRO), 10th SB 2005, #260 WTA
Oana Georgetta SIMION (ROM), 10th SB 2005, #408 WTA
Camilla ROSATELLO (ITA), 10th SB 2005, #438 WTA
Karin KENNEL (SUI), 10th SB 2005, #523 WTA
Olga IANCHUK (UKR), 10th SB 2005 runner up, #699 WTA
Giorgia MARCHETTI (ITA), 10th SB 2005, #1001 WTA

2006 – 11th Smrikva Bowl

Gianluigi QUINZI (ITA), 11th SB 2006 winner, #409 ATP

Belinda BENCIC (SUI), 11th SB 2006, #11 WTA
Nina STOJANOVIC (SRB), 11th SB 2006, #98 WTA
Dejana *RADANOVIC*(SRB), 11th SB 2006, #262 WTA
Katie BOULTER (UK), 11th SB 2006, #383 WTA
Dea HERDZELAS (BiH), 11th SB 2006 quarterf., #400 WTA
Deborah CHIESA (ITA), 11th SB 2006, #409 WTA
Iva PRIMORAC (CRO), 11th SB 2006, #677 WTA
Pia CUK (SVN), 11th SB 2006, #691 WTA

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

Lloyd HARRIS (RSA), ,12th SB 2007, #92 ATP
Bogdan BORZA (ROU), 12th SB 2007 runner up, #1188 ATP

Ivana JOROVIC (SRB), 12th SB 2007, #193 WTA
Jessica PIERI (ITA), 12th SB 2007, #292 WTA
Nina POTOCNIK (SLO), 12th SB 2007 semif., #394 WTA
Tatiana PIERI (ITA), 12th SB 2007, #472 WTA
Maria GUTIERREZ CARRASCO (ESP), 12th SB 2007 player #528 WTA
Ana KONJUH (CRO), 12th SB 2007 runner up, #634 WTA
Chiara GRIMM (SUI), 12th SB 2007 quarterf., #1123 WTA

“Little Mo” TEAM
Tommy PAUL (USA), 6th “Little Mo”/SB, #58 ATP


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

Gian Marco MORONI (ITA), 13th SB 2008, #224 ATP
Jacopo BERRETTINI (ITA), 13th SB 2008, #483 ATP
Andrea GUERRIERI (ITA), 13th SB 2008 semif., #740 ATP

Viktoria KUZMOVA (SVK), 13th SB 2008 semif., #97 WTA
Maia LUMSDEN (UK), 13th SB 2008 runner up, #348 WTA
Gabriela *TAYLOR*(UK), 13th SB 2008, #435 WTA
Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK), 13th SB 2008, #554 WTA
Katarina JOKIC (SRB), 13th SB 2008 winner, #923 WTA

“Little Mo” TEAM
Ingrid NEEL (USA), 7th “Little Mo”/SB, #701 WTA


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

Alex DE MINAUR (AUS), 14th SB 2009 quarterf., #29 ATP
Miomir KECMANOVIC (SRB), 14th SB 2009 quarterf., #41 ATP
Alejandro DAVIDOVICH FOKINA (ESP), 14th SB 2009 semif., #71 ATP
Alexei POPYRIN (AUS), 14th SB 2009 Cons.winner, #108 ATP
Patrik RIKL (CZE), 14th SB 2009 quarterf., #650 ATP
Karlo KRANIC (CRO), 14th SB 2009, #1104 ATP
Moritz THIEM (AUT), 14th SB 2009,#1437 ATP

Katie SWAN (UK), 14th SB 2009 winner, #268 WTA
Seone MENDEZ (AUS), 14th SB 2009, #275 WTA
Haruna ARAKAWA (JPN), 14th SB 2009, #381 WTA
Berfu CENGIZ (TUR), 14th SB 2009 player, #400 WTA
Andrea Amalia ROSCA (ROU), 14th SB 2009 quarterf., #546 WTA
Angela FITA BOLUDA (ESP), 14th SB 2009, #706 WTA


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

Tomas MACHAC (CZE), 15th SB 2010 quarterf., #218 ATP
Nicola KUHN (ESP), 15th SB 2010 winner, #246 ATP
Yshai OLIEL (ISR), 15th SB 2010 semif., #402 ATP
Damien WENGER (SUI), 15th SB 2010, #804 ATP
Rimpei KAWAKAMI (JPN), 15th SB 2010, #972 ATP
Filippo MORONI (ITA), 15th SB 2010, #1113 ATP
Tommaso *CARNEVALE*(ITA), 15th SB 2010, #1584 ATP doubles

Ania HERTEL (POL), 15th SB 2010, #810 WTA
Paula ARIAS MANJON (ESP), 15th SB 2010 runner up, #888 WTA

“Little Mo” TEAM
Claire LIU (USA), 9th “Little Mo”/SB, #245 WTA


2011 – 16th Smrikva Bowl

Duje AJDUKOVIC (CRO), 16th SB 2011 winner, #387 ATP
Nicolas ALVAREZ VARONA (ESP), 16th SB 2011 quarterf., #566 ATP
Eric VANSHELBOIM (UKR), 16th SB 2011, #743 ATP
Cezar CRETU (ROU), 16th SB 2011, #878 ATP
Filip MISOLIC (AUT), 16th SB 2011, #1271 ATP
Mihailo POPOVIC (SRB), 16th SB 2011 runner up, #1503 ATP
Marco FURLANETTO (ITA), 16th SB 2011, #1560 ATP

Olga DANILOVIC (SRB), 16th SB 2011 winner, #182 WTA
Alexandra VECIC (GER), 16th SB 2011, #941 WTA
Oana Smaranda CORNEANU (ROU), 16th SB 2011, #1181 WTA


2012 – 17th Smrikva Bowl

Lorenzo MUSETTI (ITA), 17th SB 2012 quarterf., #143 ATP
Alibek KACHMAZOV (RUS), 17th SB 2012, #880 ATP
Sebastian GIMA (ROU), 17th SB 2012 runner up, #1391 ATP
Goran ZIVOTIC (SRB), 17th SB 2012 winner, #1625 ATP
Mikolaj LORENS (POL), 17th SB 2012, #1326 ATP doubles
Alberto ORSO (ITA), 17th SB 2012, #140 ITF
Michael Francis EALA (PHI), 17th SB 2012, #147 ITF
Borna DEVALD (CRO), 17th SB 2012 quarterf., #161 ITF
Thymen LOOF (NED), 17th SB 2012, #200 ITF
Fans VAN SAMBEEK (NED) , 17th SB 2012, #213 ITF
Piotr PAWLAK (POL), 17th SB 2012, #225 ITF
Peter ALAM (UK), 17th SB 2012, #250 ITF
Aly Ehab SHOKEIR (EGY), 17th SB 2012, #273 ITF
Felix NORDBY (NOR), 17th SB 2012, #306 ITF
Frank JONKER (NED), 17th SB 2012, #402 ITF
Drazen PETROVIC (BiH), 17th SB 2012, #687 ITF

Maria TIMOFEEVA (RUS), 17th SB 2012, #665 WTA
Himari SATO (JPN), 17th SB 2012 winner, #758 WTA
Zoe KRUGER (RSA), 17th SB 2012 semif., #877 WTA
Pia LOVRIC (SLO), 17th SB 2012 semif., #902 WTA
Matilde PAOLETTI (ITA), 17th SB 2012 quarterf., #994 WTA
Živa FALKNER (SLO), 17th SB 2012, #997 WTA
Kristyna LAVICKOVA (CZE), 17th SB 2012, #1026 WTA
Helene PELLICANO (MLT), 17th SB 2012 quarterf., #1055 WTA
Julie BELGRAVER (FRA), 17th SB 2012, #1129 WTA
Avelina SAYFETDINOVA (RUS), 17th SB 2012, #1018 WTA doubles
Francesca CURMI (MLT), 17th SB 2012, #1334 WTA doubles
Weronika BASZAK (POL), 17th SB 2012, #12 ITF
Fiona ARRESE (ESP), 17th SB 2012, #201 ITF
Charlotte OWENSBY (USA), 17th SB 2012 quarterf., #270 ITF
Julie SAPPL (SUI) , 17th SB 2012, #466 ITF
Serina REINERTSEN (NOR) , 17th SB 2012, #750 ITF
Maja DODIK (BiH) , 17th SB 2012, #757 ITF


2013 – 18th Smrikva Bowl

Carlos ALCARAZ GARFIA (ESP), 18th SB 2013 runner up, #158 ATP
Holger Vitus Nodskov RUNE (DEN), 18th SB 2013, #551 ATP
Luca NARDI (ITA), 18th SB 2013, #917 ATP
Hamad MEDJEDOVIC (SRB), 18th SB 2013 semif., #1340 ATP
Stefan POPOVIC (SRB), 18th SB 2013, #1625 ATP
Jerome KYM (SUI), 18th SB 2013, #1786 ATP
Daniel RINCON (ESP), 18th SB 2013 semif., #129 ITF
Gal EMERSIC POTOCNIK (SVN), 18th SB 2013, #356 ITF
Piotr KUSIEWICZ (POL), 18th SB 2013, #462 ITF
Danilo RAICEVIC (MNE), 18th SB 2013, #554 ITF
Adi DAGAN (ISR), 18th SB 2013, #610 ITF
Filip MANDOVIC (SRB), 18th SB 2013, #755 ITF
Fran MITROVIC (CRO), 18th SB 2013, #783 ITF
Alen BILL (CRO), 18th SB 2013, #841 ITF
Lovre ERCEG (CRO), 18th SB 2013, #901 ITF
Alejandro TURRIZIANI ALVAREZ (ESP), 18th SB 2013 winner, #944 ITF

Antonia RUZIC (CRO), 18th SB 2013, #1156 WTA
Noa KRZNARIC (CRO), 18th SB 2013 winner, #120 ITF
Kyle BILCHEV (UK), 18th SB 2013 runner up, #231 ITF
Selin Lidya SEPKEN (TUR), 18th SB 2013 semif., #381 ITF
Milena JEVTOVIC (ITA), 18th SB 2013, #417 ITF
Andjela LOPICIC (SRB), 18th SB 2013, #1038 ITF
Kornelia HUNCAK (CRO), 18th SB 2013 semif., #1499 ITF


2014 – 19th Smrikva Bowl

Mili POLJICAK (CRO), 19th SB 2014, #148 ITF
Kalin IVANOVSKI (MKD), 19th SB 2014, #232 ITF
Daniel MERIDA AGUILAR (ESP), 19th SB 2014, #272 ITF
Bor ARTNAK (SVN), 19th SB 2014, #295 ITF
Luka MIKRUT (CRO), 19th SB 2014, #301 ITF
Maj PREMZL (SLO), 19th SB 2014, #302 ITF
Vilius GAUBAS (LIT), 19th SB 2014, #449 ITF
Carlos GUERRERO ALVAREZ (ESP), 19th SB 2014, #579 ITF
Patrick BRADY (THI), 19th SB 2014 winner, #592 ITF
Dragomir DRAGANOV (BLG), 19th SB 2014, #607 ITF
Nikola ZEKIC (SRB), 19th SB 2014, #675 ITF
Noa VUKADIN (CRO), 19th SB 2014, #728 ITF
Lun OBRUL (SVN), 19th SB 2014, #774 ITF
Pedro RODENAS (ESP), 19th SB 2014, #825 ITF
Ivan SODAN (CRO), 19th SB 2014, #967 ITF
Matija SAMARDZIC (MNE), 19th SB 2014, #1088 ITF
William JANSEN (GBR), 19th SB 2014, #1178 ITF
Enrico BALDISSERRI (ITA), 19th SB 2014 semif., #1482 ITF
Raffaele MARIANI (SUI), 19th SB 2014, #2109 ITF
Dan Vasile DUTA (ROU), 19th SB 2014, #2110 ITF
Ante CIKOJEVIC (GER), 19th SB 2014 runner up, not ranked on ITF
Svetlin KEREMEDCHIEV (BLG), 19th SB 2014, not ranked on ITF
Danil SOBOLIEV (UKR), 19th SB 2014 semif., not ranked on ITF

Linda FRUHVIRTOVA (CZE), 19th SB 2014 semif., #787 WTA
Aliona FALEI (BLR), 19th SB 2014 runner up, #27 ITF
Charlotte KEMPENAERS POCZ (AUS), 19th SB 2014, #133 ITF
Denislava GLUSHKOVA (BGR), 19th SB 2014, #150 ITF
Joelle STEUR (GER), 19th SB 2014, #268 ITF
Sarah MUELLER (GER), 19th SB 2014, #331 ITF
Elena MICIC (AUS) , 19th SB 2014, #332 ITF
Lucija CIRIC BAGARIC (CRO), 19th SB 2014, #346 ITF
Tea LUKIC (SRB), 19th SB 2014 winner, #392 ITF
Kyoka KUBO (JPN), 19th SB 2014, #423 ITF
Patricija PAUKSTYTE (LTU), 19th SB 2014, #427 ITF
Patricie KUBIKOVA (CZE), 19th SB 2014, #440 ITF
Carolina GOMEZ (ESP), 19th SB 2014, #473 ITF
Divna RATKOVIC (MNE), 19th SB 2014, #529 ITF
Suana TUCAKOVIC (BIH), 19th SB 2014 semif., #609 ITF
Petja DRAME (SLO), 19th SB 2014, #681 ITF
Emma VALLETTA (ITA), 19th SB 2014 semif., #692 ITF
Stela PEEVA (BGR), 19th SB 2014, #904 ITF
Anna KANTOR (HUN), 19th SB 2014, #1174 ITF
Emma RIZZETTO (ITA), 19th SB 2014, #2044 ITF
Neriya YONA (ISR), 19th SB 2014, #2251 ITF


2015 – 20th Smrikva Bowl

Branko DJURIC (MNE), 20th SB 2015 winner, #580 ITF
Dino PRIZMIC (CRO), 20th SB 2015 quarterf., #730 ITF
Filippo ROMANO (ITA) , 20th SB 2015, #984 ITF
Aleksa PISARIC (SRB), 20th SB 2015, #1102 ITF
Mikalai BANKOU (BLR), 20th SB 2015, #1123 ITF
Federico BONDIOLI (ITA), 20th SB 2015, #1211 ITF
Ofek SHIMANOV (ISR), 20th SB 2015, #1243 ITF
Matej DODIG (CRO), 20th SB 2015, #1399 ITF
Andrea MEDURI (ITA), 20th SB 2015, #1763 ITF
Matic KRIZNIK (SVN), 20th SB 2015, #1805 ITF
Marc MAJDANDZIC (GER), 20th SB 2015 semif., #1820 ITF
Walker ALLEN (USA), 20th SB 2015, #2355 ITF
Giacomo NOSEI (ITA), 20th SB 2015, not ranked on ITF
Daniel ZIMMERMANN (AUT), 20th SB 2015, not ranked on ITF
Moritz LESJAK (AUT), 20th SB 2015, not ranked on ITF
Jose Aless HERNANDEZ (ESP), 20th SB 2015 semif., not ranked on ITF
Dimitar PENCHEV (BGR), 20th SB 2015, not ranked on ITF
Iker SEVILLA (ESP), 20th SB 2015 runner up , not ranked on ITF

Linda FRUHVIRTOVA (CZE), 20th SB 2015 semif., #787 WTA – Les Petits As 2019 winner
Alexandra EALA (PHI), 20th SB 2015 , #2 ITF – Les Petits As 2018 winner, Junior AO 2020 doubles winner
Petra MARCINKO (CRO), 20th SB 2015, #110 ITF
Mao MUSHIKA (JPN), 20th SB 2015, #181 ITF
Lola RADIVOJEVIC (SRB), 20th SB 2015, #182 ITF
Mio MUSHIKA (JPN), 20th SB 2015, #191 ITF
Ariana GEERLINGS (ESP), 20th SB 2015, #323 ITF
Vanesa DANKO (HUN), 20th SB 2015, #626 ITF
Anastasia GRECHKINA (RUS), 20th SB 2015, #626 ITF
Malwina ROWINSKA (POL), 20th SB 2015, #683 ITF
Jaquelyn OGUNWALE (UK), 20th SB 2015 winner, #694 ITF
Klio Maria IOANNOU (CYP), 20th SB 2015, #810 ITF
June BJORK (SWE), 20th SB 2015, #822 ITF
Tea ZIVIC (FRA), 20th SB 2015, #913 ITF
Mara GAE (ROU), 20th SB 2015 semif. ,#1080 ITF
Alena KASATKINA (RUS), 20th SB 2015 winner, #1212 ITF
Anja PETKOVIC (SRB), 20th SB 2015 runner up, #1359 ITF
Leticia TAROCCO (CRO), 20th SB 2015 winner, #1683 ITF
Lara STOJANOVSKI (SRB), 20th SB 2015, #1777 ITF
Tena RAJKI (CRO), 20th SB 2015, #3055 ITF
Anastasia NIKOLOVA (BGR), 20th SB 2015 winner, not ranked on ITF
Adel PILOSYAN (RUS), 20th SB 2015, not ranked on ITF
Tara SLADAKOVIC (CRO), 20th SB 2015, #664 ETA U16


2016 – 21st Smrikva Bowl

Martin LANDALUCE (ESP), 21st SB 2016, #2 ETA U14
Petr BRUNCLIK (CZE), 21st SB 2016 semif., #4 ETA U14
Tomasz BERKIETA (POL), 21st SB 2016, #6 ETA U14
Marko MAKSIMOVIC (BiH), 21st SB 2016, #11 ETA U14
Pavel MARINOV (BGR), 21st SB 2016, #20 ETA U14
Ziga SVEC (PVN), 21st SB 2016, #20 ETA U14
Andreas TIMINI (CYP), 21st SB 2016, #24 ETA U14
Antonio VOLJAVEC (CRO), 21st SB 2016, #26 ETA U14
Chris SPYROU (GRE), 21st SB 2016, #32 ETA U14
Nikolai BARSUKOV (GER), 21st SB 2016, #33 ETA U14
Fran RAKONIC (CRO), 21st SB 2016, #40 ETA U14
Luis Garcia PAEZ (ESP), 21st SB 2016 runner up, #47 ETA U14
Georgi GEORGIEV (BGR), 21st SB 2016, #50 ETA U14
Max STENZER (GER), 21st SB 2016, #56 ETA U14
Rafael SEGADO ESTEVE (ESP) , 21st SB 2016, #69 ETA U14
Daniele RAPAGNETTA (ITA), 21st SB 2016, #74 ETA U14
Nico HIPFL (AUS), 21st SB 2016, #91 ETA U14
Bora CANKAYA (TUR), 21st SB 2016, #96 ETA U14
Fatih SISIC (BIH), 21st SB 2016, #109 ETA U14
Dilhan WASANTHA (GRB), 21st SB 2016, #135 ETA U14
Anas MAZDRASHKI (BGR), 21st SB 2016, #187 ETA U14
Kaylan BIGUN (USA), 21st SB 2016 winner – Auray 2018 winner, #294 ETA U14
Meecah BIGUN (USA), 21st SB 2016 semif., #359 ETA U14

Mia RISTIC (SRB), 21st SB 2016 semif., #401 ITF
Jovana GRUJIC (SRB), 21st SB 2016 CD winner, #11 ETA U14
Aleksandra GABROVSKA (BGR), 21st SB 2016, #26 ETA U14
Dunja MARIC (SRB), 21st SB 2016, #30 ETA U14
Camilia SAMEL DRUZ (FRA), 21st SB 2016 runner up, #36 ETA U14
Rose Marie NIJKAMP (NLD), 21st SB 2016, #38 ETA U14
Anastasija IGNJATIC (BiH), 21st SB 2016, #45 ETA U14
Monika STANKIEWICZ (POL), 21st SB 2016 , #54 ETA U14
Tara MIHALJEVIC (SRB) , 21st SB 2016, #61 ETA U14
Barbora MICHALKOVA (CZE) , 21st SB 2016, #82 ETA U14
Chiara JEROLIMOV (CRO) , 21st SB 2016, #96 ETA U14
Ema KOVACEVIC (BEL), 21st SB 2016, #117 ETA U14
Ece GENCER (TUR), 21st SB 2016 winner, #118 ETA U14
Ela Nala MILIC (SVN), 21st SB 2016 winner, #137 ETA U14
Luna DINOTO FERNANDEZ (ESP), 21st SB 2016 , #148 ETA U14
Valeriia TROITCKAIA (RUS), 21st SB 2016 , #157 ETA U14
Ana Tara PRACEK, 21st SB 2016 , #184 ETA U14
Yufei REN (CHN), 21st SB 2016 semif. , not ranked


2017 – 22nd Smrikva Bowl

Ognjen MILIC (SRB), 22nd SB 2017, #31 ETA U14
Timofei DEREPASKO (RUS), 22nd SB 2017, #42 ETA U14
Federico CINA (ITA), 22nd SB 2017, #45 ETA U14
Tim VAISMAN (ISR), 22nd SB 2017,#66 ETA U14
William REJCHTMAN VINCIGUERRA (SWE), 22nd SB 2017 runner up, #73 ETA U14
Duje MARKOVINA (CRO), 22nd SB 2017 semif., #75 ETA U14
Alexander VASILEV (BGR) , 22nd SB 2017, #97 ETA U14
Oliver BONDING (UK), 22nd SB 2017, #99 ETA U14
Mees ROTTGERING (NDL), 22nd SB 2017, #125 ETA U14
Benjamin GUSIC WAN (UK), 22nd SB 2017 – Auray 2019 winner, junior Orange Bowl 2019 winner, #126 ETA U14
Grzegorz ZEMLA (POL), 22nd SB 2017, #139 ETA U14
Roben GAVANI (BGR), 22nd SB 2017 winner, #353 ETA U14
Štepan SKLENIČKA (CZE), 22nd SB 2017 semif., #306 ETA U14

Hephzibah OLUWADARE, 22nd SB 2017, #11 ETA U14
Rositsa DENCHEVA (BGR), 22nd SB 2017 winner, #16 ETA U14
Shanice ROIGNOT (FRA), 22nd SB 2017 runner up – Auray 2019 winner, #48 ETA U14
Dora MISKOVIC (CRO), 22nd SB 2017, #63 ETA U14
Aleksandra STEVANOVIC (SRB), 22nd SB 2017, #95 ETA U14
Sapir COHEN (ISR), 22nd SB 2017, #116 ETA U14
Elizara YANEVA (BGR), 22nd SB 2017, #196 ETA U14
Mai GOTO (JPN), 22nd SB 2017 semif., #797 ETA U14
Chu LI-YA (TWN), 22nd SB 2017 semif.


2018 – 23rd Smrikva Bowl

Vito DARDERI (ARG), 23rd SB 2018 winner
Niels McDONALD (GER), 23rd SB 2018 runner up
Žiga ŠEŠKO (SLO), 23rd SB 2018 semif.
Riki IMAI (JPN), 23rd SB 2018 semif.

Alisa OKTIABREVA (RUS), 23rd SB 2018 winner
Iva LAKIC (MNE), 23rd SB 2018 runner up
Daria KORESHKOVA (RUS), 23rd SB 2018 semif.
Zlatina ANGELOVA (BUL), 23rd SB 2018 semif.


2019 – 24th Smrikva Bowl

Svit SULJIC (SVN), 24th SB 2019 winner
Tadevos MIRIJANYAN (USA), 24th SB 2019 runner up
Juliusz STANCZYK (POL), 24th SB 2019 semif.
Filip LADMAN (CZE), 24th SB 2019 semif.

Ksenia EFREMOVA (RUS), 24th SB 2019 winner
Lia BELIBOVA (MDA), 24th SB 2019 runner up
Daria BARSUKOV (GER), 24th SB 2019 semif.
Veronika GUBASHEVA (RUS), 24th SB 2019 semif.


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17 Smrikva Bowl players are in the singles Main Draws of the Junior ROLAND GARROS 2020: Alexa Eala reached the semifinals and Alexandra Vecic the quarterfinals

Happy to recognize 17 Smrikva Bowl players in the singles Main Draws of the Junior ROLAND GARROS 2020 and Erika Matsuda in doubles.

BOYS DRAW: Flavio Cobolli, Luciano Darderi, Sebastian Gima, Jerome Kym, Mikolaj Lorens, Hamad Medjedovic, Luca Nardi.

GIRLS DRAW: Shanice Roignot, Weronika Baszak, Alexandra Eala, Aliona Falei, Ziva Falkner, Linda Fruhvirtova, Matilde Paoletti, Alexandra Vecic, Julie Belgraver, Pia Lovric.


Alexa EALA (PHI) – 20th Smrikva Bowl 2015 SF
1st round: Alexa Eala – Natalia SZABANIN (Hun) 6:4,6:1
2nd round: Alexa Eala – Mara GUTH (Ger) 6:1,5:7,6:4
3rd round: Alexa Eala – Leyre ROMERO GORMAZ (Esp) 6:1,4:6,6:1
Quarterfinals: Alexa Eala – Linda NOSKOVA (Cze) 4:6,6:3,6:2
Semifinals: Alexa Eala – Elsa JACQUEMOT (Fra) 3:6, 2:6

Alexandra VECIC (GER) – 16th Smrikva Bowl 2011
1st round: Alexandra Vecic – A.MINTEGI DEL OLMO (Esp) 6:4,6:3
2nd round: Alexandra Vecic – Elizabeth COLEMAN (USA) 2:6,7:6,6:2
3rd round: Alexandra Vecic – Oksana SELEKHMETEVA (Rus) 2:6,6:1,6:4
Quarterfinals: Alexandra Vecic – Alina CHARAEVA (Rus) 3:6,2:6

Matilde PAOLETTI (Ita) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Matilde Paoletti – Celia Belle MOHR (Fra) 2:6,6:2,7:5
2nd round: Matilde Paoletti – Alina SHCHERBININA (Rus) 7:6,6:7,6:1
3rd round: Matilde Paoletti – Alina CHARAEVA (Rus) 3:6,1:6

Julie BELGRAVER (Fra) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Julie Belgraver – Elvina KALIEVA (USA) 6:3,6:3
2nd round: Julie Belgraver – Amarissa Kiara TOTH (Hun) 6:2,5:7,2:6

Linda FRUHVIRTOVA (CZE) – 20th Smrikva Bowl 2015 SF
1st round: Linda Fruhvirtova – Julia GARCIA (Mex) 6:1,6:1
2nd round: Linda Fruhvirtova – Julia AVDEEVA (Rus) 4:6,6:1,3:6

Ziva FALKNER (Svn) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Ziva Falkner – Laia PETRETIC (Fra) 6:4,7:5
2nd round: Ziva Falkner – Polina KUDERMETOVA (Rus) 2:6,0:6

Pia LOVRIC (Svn) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Pia Lovric – Elsa JACQUEMOT (Fra) 5:7,4:6

Weronika BASZAK (Pol) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Weronika Baszak – D.VIDMANOVA (Cze) 7:5,2:6,3:6

Shanice ROIGNOT (Fra) – 22nd Smrikva Bowl 2017 runner up
1st round: Shanice Roignot – Victoria JIMENEZ KASINTSEVA (And) 2:6,4:6

Aliona FALEI (Blr) – 19th Smrikva Bowl 2014 runner up
1st round: Aliona Falei – Alina SHCHERBININA (Rus) 1:6,2:6


Luca NARDI (ITA) – 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013
1st round: Luca Nardi – Max WISKANDT (Ger) 6:4,7:6
2nd round: Luca Nardi – J.VON DER SCHULENBURG (Sui) 6:3,6:2
3rd round: Luca Nardi – Lilian MARMOUSEZ (Fra) 6:2,2:6,3:6

Hamad MEDJEDOVIC (SRB) – 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013 SF
1st round: Hamad Medjedovic – Kokoro ISOMURA (Jpn) 7:5,6:3
2nd round: Hamad Medjedovic – Harold MAYOT (Fra) 7:5,4:6,6:3
3rd round: Hamad Medjedovic – Lukas NEUMAYER (Aut) 1:6,3:6

Luciano DARDERI (ITA) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Luciano Darderi – Shunsuke MITSUI (Jpn) 6:1,6:4
2nd round: Luciano Darderi – Arthur FILS (Fra) 6:1,2:6,3:6

Mikolaj LORENS (Pol) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Mikolaj Lorens – P.BOSCARDIN DIAS (Bra) 4:6,7:6,2:6

Jerome KYM (Sui) – 18th Smrikva Bowl 2013
1st round: Jerome Kym – Arthur CAZAUX (Fra) 6:7,3:6

Flavio COBOLLI (ITA) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Flavio Cobolli – Lukas NEUMAYER (Aut) 6:3,6:7,6:7

Sebastian GIMA (Rou) – 17th Smrikva Bowl 2012
1st round: Sebastian Gima – Gustavo HEIDE (Bra) 3:6,5:7

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21st of September - Smrikva Bowl Ambassador Day - 26th annual Smrikva Bowl 2021 "seeds of the Legends" research begins

Dear Smrikva Bowl and Smrikve friends!

It is 21st of September 2020, Smrikva Bowl Ambassador’s Day (“SBA” Day), and time to start thinking about 26th annual candidacy process…

Usually is the day when we celebrate the opening of the new selection process but as most of you already know we were not able to hold the 25th edition and gather the generation of talents born in 2010 and as of today we can not foresee if there will be conditions to gather the generation of talents born in 2011 for the 26th edition that is scheduled for the end of June 2021.

World map

It is a very challenging year for some Smrikva Bowl families around the world… some friends have passed away due to coronavirus… and as of today the progress of scientists can not guarantee us that 2021 will be the year of Smrikva Bowl normality we are used to… we have to stick with the hope and for this reason it was decided to stick with our tradition and present the traditional requirements for the next edition on the Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors’ Day…

Although there were limited tennis activity this year… our over 2150 SB players spread in 95 countries continue writing the “seeds of the Legends”story…

US OPEN 2020 had 3 Smrikva Bowl players in the quarterfinals: Dominic Thiem, Alex De Minaur and Borna Coric… and Dominic conquered his first Grand Slam title which is also the first senior Grand Slam title conquered by a Smrikva Bowl player…

6282 days after his stay in Smrikve, Domi was lifting the Grand Slam trophy… and it happened to be in New York… 6282 days is just 17 years, 2 months and 10 days… it does not take 5 minutes to turn a childhood dream into reality… but Domi is a proving that dreaming with hard work and staying humble pays off in the long run…

… 1120 signed books arriving from 74 countries continue to be part of the Smrikva Bowl Heritage Library…

… over 1650 names were given by 16 SB generations to old Smrikva Bowl olive trees…

… 33 Grand Slam titles (including junior titles) are conquered by 26 former Smrikva Bowl players…

… 45 professional ATP/WTA titles (1 Grand Slam title)…

… 50 players reached TOP 200 ATP/WTA…

… 24 players reached TOP 100 ATP/WTA… and there are always Smrikva Bowl names among the winners of the most prestige under 12, 14, 16, 18 tournaments around the World…

There are many players who already graduated from Universities and I am pleased to track how many Smrikva Bowl children had the opportunity to get scholarship in the United States thanks to their academic and tennis skills and over 210 children were able to do it…

… I like to list the numbers but who lived Smrikva Bowl knows that our story is always more than numbers… more than tennis… and I am grateful to the Smrikva Bowl seeds that in different ways keep inspiring us to continue to put our efforts in gathering talents at our family garden…

There are many ways to show intergenerational solidarity… and I would like to thanks families who were part of Srmikva Bowl and keep answering my calls to send signed gifts for each Smrikva Bowl participant of our already new SB tradition named “Lucky Draw”…

This special moment is an opportunity for me to share the past players stories with children who are dreaming to follow their footprints… every present child at that moment of intergenerational celebration ceremony bring home a memory gift and I am sure they also discovered a new friend to cheer…

I was pleased to notice thanks to Facebook also that some Smrikva Bowl seeds started to form families and they keep loving the game… I do hope in 8-10 years to see some children of Smrikva Bowl seed playing Smrikva Bowl too…

I am also pleased to share that the 6th Smrikva Bowl Tennis Talents Family Week (SBTTFW) 2021 with Luca Appino will be held during the following weeks: 24th of April – 1st of May 2021 and 2nd of May – 9th of May 2021. The Family Week was born with vision to share with families and players some precious hints that may be of help to their long term development and is probably one of the greatest learning experiences for players and families that can be given at this young age.

I am pleased to share like every year few stories that are important to me and are part of the Smrikva Bowl foundation code…

21st of September is the International Day of Peace, also known as the World Peace Day… and years ago this date was selected to be the Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors Day (“SBA”)…

The SBA Day is celebrated on the same day as World Peace Day… and to me civil society and peace are pillars for any talent development possibility… we’ve seen over this last year how easy the difficulties and challenges put in front of people can change the life we are used to…

Years ago for all the Smrikva Bowl candidates was introduced the obligation to observe the Smrikva Bowl Fair Play and Sportsmanship Code of Conduct and I am pleased to share that more you train more become natural to lead by example… only after many mistakes we have the chance to become better by learning from them… always embracing the challenge… especially when we are forced out of our comfort zone…

I do believe in a beauty of learning and inexperience is a powerful asset. My advice during orientation day to the Smrikva Bowl children is always to use their skills and tennis racket passport to travel, experience… see the world… and I strongly believe that each of them will become very rich person not because of the money they might make but because of the experience they will gain. The releationship wealth they will create with their living will be a precious wealth for their well being that nobody will be able to take them away.

We are living today the moment of almost impossibility to travel… but we need to believe that all this will come to an end… and those who love exploring will for sure get the opportunity to do it in the future…

Many years ago we started to plant an old Olive tree during Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors Nomination Ceremony. The Olive tree selected was older than the oldest man living on the earth… and during the ceremony, every Ambassador put a piece of land close to the root and donate the name to the tree…

This year me and my family did the ceremony for all the children who passed the selection process but were not able to gather on their Smrikva Bowl…

Olive tree is a symbol of peace in different Mediterranean cultures… and the age of our trees is another important symbol… the symbol of intergenerational responsibility.

Cartoons always helped me to share thougths with kids… and The Lion King is nice one to share our Olive Tree story via Circle of Life story…

We are all born without knowing much about life on this earth…

… and you might recall when Mufasa was explaining to Simba that is not easy to be a King… he told him that a good King should know that everything around us lives in a delicate equilibrium and that with intelligence we should try to understand it and respect it.

Mufasa was trying to teach his son Simba… the importance of observing the nature… of being curious… and he was teaching him the respect the nature and get the understanding of the importance of all different creatures in the Circle of Life…

A Nobal Prize for Peace, guest of the group I was member years ago, once observed: “The future is always in a minority. Yet the history of the future is more important than the history of the past. It is for the old to remember the past. It is for the young to build the world of tomorrow.

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

A signed tennis ball by our Nobel Prize for Peace friend with the above message is a precious memory held in Smrikve that I love to share with Smrikva kids…

I developed an idea that peace is always an instable equilibrium and with intelligence we should try to understand it and respect it. Knowledge, human curiosity and will to learn are important… and all together are pillars for the civilization path.

When the Nobel Prize told to the group I belonged: “Do it!” he reminded me Yoda and his teaching to the young Skywalker: “Do. Or do not!…”

Books are human memory that can help us understand what we see combined with our cummulated personal experience and this is one of the reasons why I started the Smrikva Bowl Heritage Library story. Given the fragility of the circle of life it is easy to lose personal and general cummulated knowledge in just a generation or two.

We have gotten used to rapid technological progress, but social progress is more complex. Humans learn throughout lifetime and mostly from personal experiences.

Today people live an average of about 80 years… and what we call civilization is mostly made up of human knowledge we have accumulated, which our institutions pass onto future generations… and at the moment we are those who represent the current civilization.

World Peace Day although celebrated on the same day as SBA day is the day to start thinking of the new research of the Smrikva talents… and with this e-mail, as per tradition, some basic ideas about the selection process for the 26th annual will be shared.

26th Smrikva Bowl, in case pandemic is finished, will be held in Pula-Istria, Croatia, from (19th) 21stnd till 26th of June 2021. Smrikva Bowl gathers young tennis talents from all over the World and next year edition will be dedicated to players born in 2011.

When I think of Smrikva Bowl Heritage and Legacy I always imagine it phyisically as a theater where we work hard for a year to set the stage… and every year we gather kids, arriving from different cultures, having different dreams…

We set the stage and later on they are in charge with their dedication to write the most different & inspiring stories…

Smrikve is like the place where the seeds of the legends are planted year after year… and Smrikva children stories and families after their departure from Smrikve become like a living fairy tale tree that keeps growing and developing in most different directions year after year…

The intangible part of our theatre is „more than tennis“… whatever that means… and I always wished that it could mean something little bit different for each person that happened to get in touch with Smrikva Bowl story…

Smrikva Bowl is still very young event and is too early to observe the Smrikva Bowl Legacy but I always believed that more then one children who left footprints on our courts will write inspiring stories in most different professional fields.. and I am always happy when I get to know a new SB name achieving the possibility to get their higher education at US Universities thanks to their tennis racket…

Year after year seems more likely that Grand Slam Tournaments will be conquered by Smrikva seeds… they already won 32 junior Grand Slam Titles in singles and doubles… and my dream for the “seeds of the Legends” was always beyond Grand Slam dream…

I know that according to the statistics only few Smrikva Bowl kids will become top professional tennis players, but I want to believe that they will benefit from their tennis and sport experience and find their way in other fields too… because humans need inspiration… we need inspiration not only in sport but in most different fields… there are many challanges today… and even after corona virus is defeated there will be always many new one in the future… and we need divergent thinking to find solutions to challenges that today appear more complicated than what they are… and children are the little genius that could show us the path… being adults those who borrow the future from the children…

I stopped asking myself long time ago of how many kids playing Smrikva Bowl are playing tennis because their parents would like them to become professional tennis players and how much of them play it because they like the game. What I do know is that sport can help kids in their growth and I also know that people that do excel in any field need very long time to reach and master the excellence.

Some people come to Smrikve thinking that Smrikva Bowl is a very “important” competition… without understanding that the result is not the hidden key of the Smrikva Bowl event… and I always need Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors’ help to explain to new candidates and their families that Smrikva Bowl is something more than a competition…

On our website you can already find PDF file 26th Smrikva Bowl 2021 edition presentation with application form and other relevant information:

Smrikva Bowl “more than tennis” idea… will be left to the interpretation of each Ambassador and Smrikva Bowl friend… their feelings will guide them because they are the one who are helping us to write the Smrikva story…

Thanks to the Smrikva Bowl families our special Olive Oil and Wine are spread in 95 countries… Our quantities are always limited… the same as limited is the number of players we can invite every year… but I do believe the same I believed for the Smrikva Bowl players that one day the olive oil made from the “seeds of the Legends” trees will be very unique in the whole World…

Over the years Istria kept recording sustainable growth in numbers of travelers visiting us… she did it this year too with all the limitations and impossibilities to travel… and I am grateful to all those who visited us and contributed to that development… “Istria from Smrikve” is a cultural e-book gift to all Smrikve friends… Smrikva Bowl Ambassadors are helping us in scouting talents but also in spreading the word about Istria as cultural tourism destination worth visiting…

The number of the invited players in 2021 will be for the moment reduced to 64 players (32 girls and 32 boys) and your help will be precious.

If you know a good tennis player born in 2011 that deserves to play Smrikva Bowl or you wish to present your or support a candidacy for the 6th SBTTFW 2021 family gatherings please let me know…

… for the end of this long presentation… being today World Peace Day… my wish to Smrikva players is to continue to inspire… and may some of them make true Nelson Mandela’s words when he observed the power of Sport saying: “Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire and the power to unite people in a way little else can…”

Thank you for your time, for visiting us and for sharing with friends the Smrikve story.


Dragi prijatelji i poznanici Smrikva Bowl-a,

21. je rujna 2020., Dan Ambasadora Smrikva Bowla i vrijeme je da se počne razmišljati o 26.-om procesu kandidature …

Obično je to dan kada slavimo otvaranje nove selekcije Smrikvara, ali kao što većina vas već zna ove godine nismo uspjeli održati 25. izdanje i okupiti generaciju talenata rođenih 2010. godine, a i na današnji dan ne možemo predvidjeti hoće li iduće godine biti sigurnosnih uvjeta za okupljanje generacije talenata rođenih 2011… za 26.-to izdanje Smrikve koje je zakazano za kraj lipnja 2021. godine.

Ovo je vrlo izazovna godina za neke obitelji Smrikva Bowl širom svijeta… neki prijatelji su nas i napustili radi ove nove bolesti… a do danas napredak znansti u pronalasku lijeka nam ne može garantirati da će 2021. biti godina na kakve smo navikli… ostaje nam nada i zbog toga je odlučeno držati se tradicije i predstaviti tradicionalno na Dan Ambasadora Smrikva Bowl-a početak selekcije za sljedeću Smrikvu…

Iako je ove godine bilo ograničenih teniskih aktivnosti … naših preko 2150 SB igrača raširenih u 95 zemalja i dalje nastavljaju pisati legendarnu priču…

US OPEN 2020 imao je u četvrtfinalu 3 igrača Smrikva Bowl-a: Dominic Thiem, Alex De Minaur i Borna Coric … i Dominic je osvojio svoj prvi Grand Slam naslov koji je ujedno i prvi seniorski Grand Slam naslov koji je osvojio bivši igrač Smrikva Bowla …

6282 dana nakon boravka u Smrikvama, Domi je podigao svom prvi Grand Slam trofej … i dogodilo se da je bio u New Yorku … 6282 dana su samo 17 godina, 2 mjeseca i 10 dana … potrebno je više od 5 minuta za pretvoriti san iz djetinjstva u stvarnost … ali Domi je dokaz da se sanjarenje uz marljivi rad i skromnošću dugoročno isplati …

…preko 1120 potpisanih knjiga iz 74 zemlje je i dalje pohranjeno u biblioteci koju stvaraju naši mali posjetitelji od 2009.godine i koja čini nasljeđe Smrikva Bowl-a…

…preko 1650 imena nose posvećene stare masline Smrikva Bowl-a… stvarajući nešto posebno što se još uvijek teško može jasno razaznati…

… 33 Grand Slam titule (uključujući juniorske) su do danas prikupila 26 djeteta Smrikve…

… 45 profesionalnih ATP/WTA titula (1 Grand Slam titula)…

… 48 igrača su dostigla nivo TOP 200 ATP/WTA…

… 24 igrača su u svojoj karijeri dostigli razinu od TOP 100 igrača svijeta na ATP/WTA ljestvicama… i brojne pobjede su ostvarene tijekom posljednjeg desetljeća na svim najprestižnijim turnirima diljem svijeta u kategorijama do 12,14,16 i 18 godina…

Brojna djeca Smrikve su danas fakultetski obrazovana… i već neko vrijeme mi je bila želja saznati koliko je djece Smrikve uspjelo dobiti stipendiju u Sjedinjenim Američkim Državama zahvaljujući svojim akademskim i teniskim sposobnostima… i ažurirani broj koji rado djelim je da preko 210 djece Smrikve je do danas to postiglo…

… priča Smrikve je oduvijek nešto više od brojeva kao što je i nešto više od tenisa… i zahvalan sam igračima Smrikve, njihovim obiteljima, trenerima koji nas na najrazličitije načine inspiriraju da nastavimo graditi Smrikvu preko naših granica mašte u našem malom obiteljskom dvorištu…

Postoji puno načina da se iskaže međugeneracijska solidarnost… i želim se zahvaliti djeci Smrikve i njihovim obiteljima koji su se i ove godine odazvali mom pozivu i poslali potpisane predmete kako bi ih mogli pokloniti sudionicima ovogodišnje Smrikve… za mene je taj trenutak prilika da podijelim dio njihovih priča sa djecom koja sanjaju poći njihovim stopama… i tako je svako dijete koje je bilo prisutno u tom trenutku međugeneracijskog slavlja ponijelo sa sobom predmet uspomene i nadam se otkrio jednog novog teniskog prijatelja čijim se uspjesima veseliti …

S osmjehom na licu pratim zahvaljujući Facebooku da su neka djeca Smrikve već počela stvarati obitelji i da svoju ljubav ka tenisu prenose na svoju djecu… tako da se iskreno nadam kroz 8-10 godina vidjeti da neko dijete sjemena Smrikvi zaigra na Smrikvi…

Rado dijelim i vijest da će se 6. Smrikva Bowl Tennis Talent Family Week (SBTTFW) 2021. sa Luca Appinom, održati tijekom 2 tjedna: 24/4-1/5/2021 i 2/5-9/5/2021. Obiteljski tjedan je rođen sa vizijom da se dijeli sa obiteljima i igračima znanje koje im može biti od koristi u dugoročnom razvoju i vjerojatno je jedno od najkvalitetnijih iskustava učenja za igrače i obitelji koje se mogu pružiti u ovoj mladoj dobi talentiranoj djeci.

Sa zadovoljstvom dijelim u nastavku kao svake godine nekoliko priča koje u sebi nosi DNK Smrikva Bowl-a…

Danas je 21.rujan, međunarodni dan mira, poznat i kao dan mira u svijetu… mnogi ljudi ga obilježavaju… a godinama unazad je baš taj dan izabran i kao dan Ambasadora Smrikva Bowl-a… bez civilne zajednice u modernom svijetu nema garancija za mir…a bez mira teško je omogućiti potpuni razvoj talenata… tijekom godine smo vidjeli kako lako poteškoće i izazovi stavljeni pred ljude mogu brzo promijeniti život na koji smo navikli …

Prije nekoliko godina je za sve kandidate Smrikva Bowl-a uvedena obveza poštivanja Smrikva Bowl kodeksa sportskog ponašanja kako na terenu tako i van njega… i drago mi je podijeliti jednu malu spoznaju sa najmlađima… a to je da što više se vježba to postaje prirodnije biti primjerom… i samo nakon brojnih pogrešaka ako želimo iz njih učiti dobijamo priliku za postati bolji… naučiti prihvaćati izazove…

Ja vjerujem u ljepotu učenja i neiskustvo je vrlo moćno i dobro ako se prihvati kao izazov. Moj savjet tijekom orijentacijskog dana djeci Smrikve je da uvijek koriste svoje sposobnosti i putovnicu – „teniski reket“ za putovanja, stavaranje životnih iskusatva… i čvrsto vjerujem da će svako od njih jednog dana postati vrlo bogat. Bogatstvo koje će stvoriti svojim životom bit će dragocjeno bogatstvo za svoje blagostanje koje im nitko neće moći oduzeti.

Danas živimo trenutak u kojem je gotovo nemoguće putovati … ali moramo vjerovati da će svemu tome doći kraj … a oni koji vole istraživanje sigurno će imati priliku to učiniti u budućnosti …

Prije dosta godina započeli smo tradiciju sadnje starije masline tijekom svečanosti imenovanja Ambasadora Smrikva Bowl-a. Prva odabrana maslina je bila starija od najstarijeg čovjeka na zemlji i prenosila je jednu poruku… svih ovih godina tijekom ceremonije, svaki Ambasador stavi grudu zemlje blizu korijena masline i pokloni svoje ime stablu …

Ove godine smo moja obitelj i ja obavili ceremoniju za svu djecu koja su prošla postupak selekcije, ali se nisu uspjela okupiti na svojoj Smrikvi…

Maslina je simbol mira u različitim kulturama… a njene godine simboliziraju međugeneracijsku odgovornost i povezanost.

Crtići mi duži niz godina pomažu u pronalaženju načina komunikacije sa djecom i da se obostrano lakše razumijemo… Kralj Lavova je za današnji dan ponovni lijep izbor da se ponovi priča stare masline… priču koju rado dijelim na svjetski dan mira… i vezana je uz priču kruga života…

Svi se mi rađamo ne znajući puno o životu na zemlji…

Kada Mufasa objašnjava Simbi da nije lako biti kralj… kaže mu kako bi dobar kralj trebao znati da sve oko nas živi u delikatnoj ravnoteži i da s inteligencijom trebamo pokušati razumjeti tu ravnotežu i poštovati je.

Mufasa je pokušavao naučiti svog sina Simbu važnosti promatranja prirode … važnosti znatiželje … i učio ga je poštivanju prirode i razumijevanju važnosti svih različitih stvorenja i njihovog značaja u krugu života…

Jedan od dobitnika Nobelove nagrade za mir, koji je bio gost grupe kojoj sam pripadao, ostavio nam je jedan zapis za uspomenu… jednu poruku u kojoj kaže: “Budućnost je uvijek u manjini. Iako povijest budućnosti je važnija od već proživljene povijesti. Za starije je da se sjećaju prošlosti. Za mlade je da stvaraju svijet budućnosti.

Učinite to! Možete stvoriti svijet bez ratova… Možete stvoriti bolji svijet.”

Potpisana teniska lopta našeg prijatelja i dobitnika Nobelove nagrade za mir sa zapisanom gornjom porukom dragocjena je uspomena koja se čuva u Smrikvama i koju volim dijeliti sa djecom Smrikve …

U meni se kroz godine razvila ideja kako je mir uvijek u nestabilnoj ravnoteži i kroz inteligenciju bi ga trebali razumijeti i naučiti poštivati. Znanje, ljudska znatiželja i želja za usavršavanjem su važni… i svi su oni temelji jedne civilne zajednice.

Dobitnik Nobelove nagrade je u svom komentaru rekao: “Učinite to!” i tako me podsjetio na Yodinu mudrost kada je dijeli sa mladim Džedajem kada mu kaže: “Čini. Ili nemoj činiti”…

Knjige predstavljaju jednu veliku ljudsku memoriju… koje nam mogu pomoći da razumijemo ono što živimo, to je i jedan od razloga početka stvaranja biblioteke Smrikva Bowl nasljeđa… Isto tako vrijedi spomenuti krtost kruga života i lakoće da ljudski nemar velikom brzinom ostane bez nakupljenog saznanja i iskustva starijih generacija. Dovoljno je par generacija nemara da se zaboravi to veliko ljudsko nasljeđe… a još manje od par generacija je dovoljno da se izgube neke od osnovnih vrijednosti civilizacije…

Naučeni smo na brz tehnološki napredak, ali socijalni i društveni napredak čovjeka je sporiji i puno kompleksniji… Ljudi uče tijekom cijelog života i najviše iz osobnog životnog iskustva… Vrijedi ne zaboraviti da civilizacija ili ono što smatramo civilizacijom smo danas samo mi i nitko drugi…

Ovo je jedna važna misao. Ljudski životni vijek je danas oko 80 godina… i ono što nazivamo civilizacijom je nakupljeno iskustvo ljudskog roda do danas, koje naše institucije prenose na mlade naraštaje…

Međunarodni dan mira, slavljen na isti dan Ambasadora Smrikve, je svakako dobar dan da se krene sa potragom talenata… i sa ovim pismom će kao po tradiciji biti otvoren proces okupljanja kandidata za 26. Smrikva Bowl 2021.

26. Smrikva Bowl 2021., u slučaju pobjede nad pandemijom, će se održati u Puli (Istri – Hrvatskoj) od (19.) 21. – 26. lipnja 2021. godine… a sljedeća godina će biti posvećena talentiranim igračima rođenim 2011.godine…

Kada razmišljam o nasljeđu Smrikva Bowl-u… često ga u prvoj misli fizički zamišljam kao teatar… jedan teatar u koji se svake godine uloži puno truda da se pripremi pozornica na kojoj se djeca mogu sastati… I svake godine gledamo okupiti talente iz različitih kulutura svijeta sa različitim snovima….

Mi pripremimo pozornicu i kasnije oni ostaju na dužnosti da svojom upornošću… budu ti koji pišu najrazličitije životne priče…

Smrikve je poput mjesta na kojem se iz godine u godinu sadi sjeme legendi … a dječje priče i životne priče obitelji Smrikve nakon odlaska iz Smrikvi postaju poput živog stabla bajke koje iz godine u godinu raste i razvija se u najrazličitijim smjerovima. ..

Nematerijalni dio našeg kazališta je to nešto “više od tenisa”… što god to značilo… i uvijek sam želio da to može značiti nešto malo drugačije za svaku osobu koja je došla u kontakt sa pričom Smrikva Bowl…

Smrikva Bowl je još uvijek mlad turnir… ali oduvijek vjerujem da će više djece napisati inspirativne priče u najrazličitijim profesijama koje odaberu… u uvijek mi je neizmjerno drago prepoznati novo ime među onima koji su uspjeli nastaviti školovanje u SAD-u zahvaljujući svojoj teniskoj vještini

Kako godine prolaze čini se sve više i više vjerojatno da će više od jednog djeteta Smrikve osvajati velike Grand Slam turnire… već su osvojili 32 juniorskih Grand Slam titula… a da budem iskren moja želja već duže vrijeme nadilazi snove Grand Slam-ova …

Znam da po statistikama samo nekoliko djece Smrikve ima šansu dostići vrh profesionalnog tenisa, ali volim vjerovati da će brojni biti uspješni u drugim profesijama u koje ih život nanese… jer ljudi trebaju inspiraciju … trebamo inspiraciju ne samo u sportu već u najrazličitijim poljima … danas ima mnogo izazova … pa čak i nakon poraza virusa korone u budućnosti će uvijek biti mnogo novih izazova … i trebamo divergentno razmišljanje kako bismo pronašli rješenja za izazove koji se danas čine kompliciranijima od onoga što jesu … a djeca su ti mali geniji koji bi nam mogli pokazati put … jer u biti vrijedi ne zaboraviti da uvijek su odrasli oni koji budućnost posuđuju od djece …

Vjerujem da nikada neću saznati koliko djece igraju Smrikva Bowl zato što bi njihovi roditelji željeli da postanu profesionalni igrači a koliko njih igra jer voli i uživa u teniskoj igri…

… ali ono u što vjerujem je da svaki sport može pomoći djeci u svome rastu i isto tako znam da ljudi koji su odlični u bilo čemu su se potpuno posvetili tome i bilo je potrebno puno truda da bi se postigla izvrsnost kojom zadivljuju i inspiriraju druge ljude…

Još uvijek manji dio ljudi zaluta na Smrikvu, misleći da je to neko „jako važno“ natjecanje… ponekad ne razumijevajući da isključivo rezultat nije glavni ključ Smrikva Bowl-a… i svake godine trebam pomoć Ambasadora Smrikve u objašnjenju kako je Smrikva Bowl nešto više od „važnog“ natjecanja…

Detaljnu prezentaciju s obrascem za prijavu i ostalim uputama glede 26.-og Smrikva Bowl-a 2021.te se od danas nalaze na internet stranici Smrikva Bowl-a.

Smrikva Bowl je od svog početka nešto „više od tenisa“… jedan mali rođendan… i lijepo je ostaviti interpretaciju onoga nešto „više od tenisa“ svakom Ambasadoru Smrikve osobno… njihovim osjećajima jer oni pomažu i ispisuju tu priču…

Danas je ulje i vino Smrikva Bowl-a dotaklo 95 zemlje svijeta zahvaljujući obiteljima Smrikve… naše su količine ograničene… kao što je ograničen broj igrača koje možemo pozvati svake godine… i ja vjerujem da će jednoga dana maslinovo ulje napravljeno sa stabala koja su sadila djeca Smrikve postati jedno od najposebnijih na svijetu…

Zadnjih godina broj posjetitelja Istre uvijek lagano raste i hvala svima koji su nas posjetili i time doprinijeli tom razvoju… i ove godine unatoč velikoj krizi bilo je hrabrih koji su se uputili na put… a “Istria from Smrikve” ostaje jedna poklon knjiga prijateljima… poklon Ambasadorima Smrikva Bowl-a koja je 2009.godine dodala misiji Ambasadora Smrikve zadaću da uz traženje talenata pomognu širiti riječ o Istri kao kulturnoj destinaciji koju vrijedi posjetiti… i nadam se da će ova knjiga jednoga dana biti prepoznata zahvaljujući djeci Smrikva Bowl-a…

Broj primljenih talenata na sljedeću Smrikvu će biti smanjen za sada na 64 igrača (32 dječaka i 32 djevojčica) … i vaša pomoć pri selekciji i preporuke će biti kao i do sada od iznimne važnosti …

Ako poznajete neko talentirano dijete rođeno 2011. godine koje bi zavrijedilo zaigrati na Smrikvi ili se želite i sami kandidirati za 6. SBTTFW 2021. mi pišite…

I za kraj… želim djeci Smrikve da nastave inspirirati primjerom drugu djecu… i nadam se da će netko od njih učiniti stvarnim riječi Nelsona Mandele kada kaže da “Sport ima snagu da mijenja svijet, ima snagu da inspirira i da ujedinjuje ljude kako što malo što drugo može.”

Hvala na vremenu… hvala na posjeti i hvala za dijeljenje s prijateljima priče o Smrikve,


Cari amici dello Smrikva Bowl e di Smrikve!

È il 21 settembre 2020, la Giornata dell’Ambasciatore Smrikva Bowl, ed è tempo di iniziare a pensare al processo della selezione per i candidati della 26.esima edizione dello Smrikva…

Di solito è il giorno in cui si festeggia l’apertura del nuovo processo di selezione ma come molti di voi già sanno non siamo riusciti a tenere la 25-esima edizione e riunire la generazione di talenti nati nel 2010 e ad oggi non possiamo prevedere se ci saranno le condizioni per accogliere la generazione di talenti nati nel 2011 per la 26-esima edizione che è prevista per la fine di giugno 2021.

Anche se quest’anno l’attività di tennis è stata limitata… i nostri oltre 2150 giocatori dello Smrikva sparsi in 95 paesi continuano a scrivere la storia dei “semi delle leggende” …

US OPEN 2020 ha avuto 3 giocatori Smrikva nei quarti di finale: Dominic Thiem, Alex De Minaur e Borna Coric… e Dominic ha conquistato il suo primo titolo del Grande Slam che è anche il primo titolo del Grande Slam tra i senior conquistato da un ex-giocatore dello Smrikva Bowl …

6282 giorni dopo la sua permanenza a Smrikve, Domi stava alzando il trofeo del Grande Slam … ed è successo a New York … 6282 giorni sono solo 17 anni, 2 mesi e 10 giorni … ci vogliono piu’ di 5 mintui per trasformare un sogno d’infanzia in realtà … ma Domi è una dimostrazione che sognare unito al duro lavoro e rimanendo umili paga a lungo termine …

… oltre 1120 libri firmati provenienti da 74 paesi rimangono custoditi nella libreria dello Smrikva Bowl…

… oltre 1650 nomi sono stati regalati da 16 generazioni dello Smrikva agli alberi d’ulivo dello Smrikva… creando qualcosa di speciale ed ancora difficile da scorgere…

… 33 titoli Grande Slam (inclusi titoli juniores) sono gia’ conquistati da 26 ragazzi che giocarono lo Smrikva Bowl…

… 45 titoli professionali ATP/WTA (1 titolo Grande Slam)…

… 48 giocatori hanno raggiunto la classifica TOP 200 ATP/WTA

… 24 giocatori hanno raggiunto il livello TOP 100 ATP/WTA… e ci sono sempre i nomi dei ragazzi Smrikva tra vincitori dei piu’ prestigiosi eventi under 12,14,16,18 nel Mondo…

Sono in molti che si sono gia’ laureati… ed avevo il desiderio di capire quanti bambini dello Smrikva Bowl hanno ottenuto la borsa di studio per gli Stati Uniti grazie alle loro capacita’ academiche e quelle tennistiche. Il numero che ho il piacere di condividere e’ che sono oltre 210 bambini…

… ma la storia dello Smrikva Bowl e’ molto di piu’ dei numeri e va oltre il tennis… e sono riconoscente ai ragazzi Smrikva che ci inspirano anno dopo anno di andare oltre la nostra imaginazione…

Ci sono molti modi per dimostrare solidarietà intergenerazionale… e vorrei cogliere l’occasione per ringraziare i ragazzi che ancora si ricordano dello Smrikva ed hanno inviato oggetti firmati perche’ potessimo regalargli ad ogni partecipante negli ultimi anni… e per me questo momento, ormai di tradizione, e’ un’occasione per raccontare la loro storia ai ragazzi che stanno sognando di seguire le orme di chi li ha preceduti… ogni ragazzo presente a quel momento di celebrazione intergenerazionale porta con se un oggetto ricordo e scopre un nuovo amico per il quale fare il tifo…

Sono stato contento di notare grazie a Facebook anche che alcuni semi di Smrikva Bowl hanno iniziato a formare le famiglie proprie e continuano ad amare il gioco … Spero in 8-10 anni di vedere anche alcuni bambini figli dei giocatori Smrikva allo Smrikva Bowl …

Ho anche il piacere di condividere che per il 6. Smrikva Bowl Tennis Talents Family Week (SBTTFW) 2021 con Luca Appino faremo due settimane di raduno dal 24. aprile -1. e dal 2. – 9. maggio. La Family Week è nata con la visione di condividere con le famiglie e i giocatori alcuni preziosi suggerimenti che possono essere di aiuto al loro sviluppo a lungo termine ed è probabilmente una delle più grandi esperienze di apprendimento per giocatori e famiglie che possono essere fornite a questa giovane età.

Per chi non sapesse oggi si celebra la giornata internazionale di pace, nota come la giornata mondiale di pace… e diversi anni indietro questa data venne scelta come la data degli Ambasciatori dello Smrikva Bowl…

La giornata degli Ambasciatori dello Smrikva Bowl, pur essendo celebrata lo stesso giorno come la giornata mondiale della pace, e’ dedicate alla civilta’… Senza la societa’ civile nel mondo moderno non ce garanzia per la pace… e senza la pace diventa ancora piu’ ardua la strada per lo sviluppo dei talenti…

Abbiamo visto nell’ultimo anno quanto facilmente le difficoltà e le sfide poste di fronte alle persone possano cambiare la vita a cui siamo abituati …

Alcuni anni fa venne richiesto ai ragazzi e candidati Smrikva l’impegno di osservare il codice di condotta e di Fair Play Smrikva Bowl e vorrei condividere un piccolo segreto con loro… piu’ ti alleni con costanza e passione e piu’ diventa naturale essere l’esempio per gli altri… dopo tanti piccoli errori in campo come anche fuori campo abbiamo la possibilita’ d’imparare e di migliorare… abbracciando la sfida… soprattutto quando siamo costretti a lasciare la nostra zona di comfort …

Io credo nella bellezza dell’apprendimento e l’inesperienza e’ una risorsa preziosa se l’abbracci. Il mio consiglio durante la giornata di orientamento ai bambini dello Smrikva Bowl è sempre quello di usare le loro abilità e il loro passaporto – “la racchetta da tennis” per viaggiare e vedere il mondo, fare le esperienza e credo fermamente che ognuno di loro diventerà molto ricco un giorno. Non per i soldi che potrebbero guadagnare, ma per l’esperienze che vivranno. La ricchezza che creeranno con il proprio vivere e viaggiare sarà una ricchezza preziosa per il loro benessere che nessuno sarà in grado di portarli via.

Stiamo vivendo oggi il momento di quasi impossibilità di viaggiare … ma dobbiamo credere che tutto questo finirà … e chi ama esplorare avrà sicuramente l’opportunità di farlo in futuro …

Tanti anni fa abbiamo iniziato la tradizione di piantare il vecchio ulivo durante la cerimonia di nomina degli Ambasciatori di Smrikva… Il primo ulivo selezionato era piu’ vecchio del uomo vivente sulla terra al momento… e durante la cerimonia, ogni Ambasciatori metteva un gruzolo di terra vicino alla radice dell’albero e regalava il proprio nome allo stesso…

Quest’anno io e la mia famiglia abbiamo fatto la cerimonia per tutti i bambini che hanno superato il processo di selezione ma non sono stati in grado di riunirsi nella loro Smrikva Bowl …

L’ulivo e’ il simbolo di pace in varie culture… ma la sua eta’ e’ il simbolo del collegamento tra le generazioni.

Molte volte ho trovato inspirazione nei cartoni animati… ed Il Re Leone e’ molto bello per la storia dei vecchi ulivi… che riassume in se la storia del cerchio della vita…

Tutti nasciamo senza sapere molto in merito alla vita sulla terra…

Quando Mufasa spiegava a Simba che non era facile essere il Re… gli spiega che il Re dovrebbe sapere che tutto intorno a noi vive in un delicato equilibrio e che con l’intelligenza dovremmo cercare di capirlo e di rispettarlo.

Mufasa stava cercando di insegnare a suo figlio Simba l’importanza di osservare la natura … di essere curioso … e gli stava insegnando il rispetto della natura e la comprensione dell’importanza di tutte le diverse creature nel cerchio della vita…

Il premio nobel per la pace, ospitato da un gruppo di giovani di cui facevo parte, ci lascio un messaggio che mi piace condividere… lui ci scrisse: “Il futuro e’ sempre in minoranza. Pur essendo la storia del futuro piu’ importante della storia del passato. E’ riservato ai vecchi il ricordo del passato. Ed e’ riservato ai giovani la costruzione del mondo di domani.

Fatelo! Potete costruire un mondo senza le guerre. Potete costruire una nuova umanita’.”

Una pallina da tennis firmata dal nostro amico Premio Nobel per la pace con il messaggio sopra è un prezioso ricordo conservato a Smrikve che amo condividere con i bambini Smrikva …

Ho sviluppato nella mia mente l’idea che la pace e’ sempre in un equilibrio instabile e con l’intelligenza dovremmo cercare di capirlo e rispettarlo… Il sapere, la curiosita’ umana e la volonta di imparare sono importanti e sono tutti elementi sui quali vennero costruite le societa’ civili nella storia dell’umanita’…

Quando premio Nobel utilizzo’ la frase “Fatelo!” mi ricordo’ la saggezza di Yoda nel crescere il giovane Jedi spiegandogli che: “Non esiste provare. Fai o non fare” :)

I libri rappresentano un grande patrimonio e ci aiutano a capire quanto percepiamo con l’esperienca cummulata dal vivere quotidiano. Questo e’ uno dei motivi perche’ iniziai’ a costruisce la libreria dello Smrikva Bowl. Data la fragilita’ del cerchio della vita e’ molto facile perdere la conoscenza accumulata.

Siamo abituati alla rapidita’ del progresso tecnologico, ma il progresso sociale e’ piu’ complesso. Gli uomini imparano durante tutta la vita e soprattutto dalla propria esperienza. Siamo noi la civilita’ d’oggi…

La gente vive circa 80 anni… e cio’ che chiamiamo la civilta’ e’ fatto dalla conoscenza cummulata ad oggi, che le instituzioni passano alle future generazioni…

La giornata mondiale della pace, celebrata lo stesso giorno degli Ambasciatori Smrikva, e’ sempre buon giorno per iniziare la raccolta dei talenti dello nuova generazione dello Smrikva Bowl… e con la presente lettera, come per tradizione, partira’ la selezione dei giovani talenti per la 26-esima edizione dello Smrikva Bowl che, nel caso la pandemia venga sconfitta, si terrà a Pola (Croazia-Istria) dal (19) 21 giugno fino al 26 giugno 2021. Smrikva Bowl raccoglie talenti a livello mondiale e la prossima edizione sarra’ dedicata ai giocatori nati nel 2011.

Quando penso al patrimonio e ad eredita del nostro torneo me lo imagino sempre fisicamente come un teatro dove ogni anno lavoriamo duramente per preparare il palcoscenico… Ogni anno raduniamo bambini, che arrivano da differenti culture, avendo sogni diversi,…

Noi prepariamo il palcoscenico e dopo sono loro che scrivono le storie di vita piu’ diverse…

La parte intangibile del nostro teatro è quel “più del tennis”… qualunque cosa significhi… ho sempre desiderato che potesse significare qualcosa di leggermente diverso per ogni persona che si è messa in contatto con la storia di Smrikva Bowl…

Smrikva Bowl è ancora un evento molto giovane ed è troppo presto per il suo vero significato, ma ho sempre creduto che più di un bambino che ha lasciato impronte sui nostri campi da tennis scriverà storie stimolanti nei più diversi campi professionali .. e sono sempre felice quando scopro un nuovo nome SB che ha ottenenuto la possibilità di ottenere la propria istruzione superiore presso le università statunitensi grazie alla loro racchetta da tennis …

Anno dopo anno diventa sempre piu’ evidente che piu’ di uno conquisterra’ tornei dello Grande Slam… hanno gia’ totalizzato 32 titoli in singolare e doppio negli eventi junior Grand Slam… e mio sogno per loro va oltre il sogno dei Grande Slam…

So che secondo le statistiche solo pochi ragazzi dello Smrikva Bowl diventeranno i migliori giocatori di tennis professionisti, ma voglio credere che trarranno beneficio dalla loro esperienza nel tennis e nello sport e troveranno la loro strada anche in altri campi … perché gli umani hanno bisogno di ispirazione. .. abbiamo bisogno di ispirazione non solo nello sport ma in campi più diversi … ci sono molte sfide oggi … e anche dopo la sconfitta del corona virus ce ne saranno sempre molte nuove in futuro da affrontare … e abbiamo bisogno di un pensiero divergente per trovare soluzioni a sfide che oggi appaiono più complicate di quello che sono … e bambini sono i piccoli geni che potrebbe indicarci la strada … dobbiamo tenere in mente che sono gli adulti coloro che prendono in prestito il futuro dai bambini …

Ho smesso di chiedermi molto tempo fa quanti bambini giocano a Smrikva Bowl stanno giocando a tennis perché i loro genitori vorrebbero che diventassero giocatori di tennis professionisti e quanti di loro ci giocano perché gli piace il gioco. Quello che so è che lo sport può aiutare i bambini nella loro crescita e so anche che le persone che diventano brave in qualsiasi campo hanno bisogno di molto tempo per raggiungere e padroneggiare l’eccellenza.

Ancora capita che qualcuno arrivi a Smrikve pensando che Smrikva Bowl sia un „importante“ competizione… senza capire che il mero risultato non e’ la chiave dello Smrikva Bowl… ed ho sempre il constante bisogno degli Ambasciatori Smrikva nel aiutarmi a spiegare che Smrikva Bowl e’ qualcosa di diverso e non una „importante“ competizione.

Da oggi sul sito dello Smrikva Bowl potete aprire presentazione PDF dell’edizione di quest’anno 26. Smrikva Bowl 2021 con il formulario d’iscrizione ed altre informazioni rilevanti relative alla prossima edizione.

Smrikva Bowl e’ stato sempre qualcosa in “più del tennis”… ma mi piace lasciarlo inspiegato e che siano gli Ambasciatori ed amici ad interpretarlo con le proprie sensazioni perche’ sono loro alla fine quelli che ogni giorno scrivono la storia dello Smrikva Bowl…

L’olio ed il vino legato ai ragazzi Smrikva e’ oggi sparso in 95 paesi del mondo… le nostre quantita’ sono molto limitate… come sono limitati i posti dei ragazzi che possiamo invitare ogni anno… ma credo lo stesso che credevo per i giocatori di Smrikva Bowl che un giorno l’olio d’oliva prodotto dagli alberi “semi delle leggende” sarà davvero unico al mondo …

Negli anni Istria continua a registrare leggera crescita di visitatori viaggiatori e sono grato a tutti quelli che ci hanno visitato ed hanno contribuito a questa crescita… “Istria from Smrikve” e’ un regalo agli amici… e questo regalo agli Ambasciatori dello Smrikva Bowl aggiunge alla loro missione di Ambasciatori, che ci aiutano nella ricerca dei talenti nei loro paesi, il compito di diffondere la voce sull’Istria come destinazione che merita di essere visitata… ed il mio sogno e’ che un giorno l’eredita’ dello “Istria from Smrikve” possa essere riconsciuta anche grazie ai semi dello Smrikva Bowl…

Il numero dei candidati accettati nel 2021 sarra’ al momento ridotta a 64 ragazzi (32 ragazzi e 32 ragazze) ed il vostro aiuto sarra’ come sempre molto apprezzato.

Se conoscete ragazzi di talento del 2011 che meriterebbe di partecipare o volete candidarvi per la quinta edizione di SBTTFW 2021 scrivetemi…

… e per chiudere questa lunga presentazione… dato che si celebra nella giornata mondiale della pace auguro ai ragazzi Smrikva di continuare ad inspirare con l’esempio… ed auguro che qualcuno renda reali le parole di Nelson Mandela quando disse: “Lo sport ha la forza di cambiare il mondo, ha la forza di ispirare e la forza di unire la gente come poche altre cose”

Grazie per il tuo tempo, per averci visitato e per la condivisione con gli amici dalla storia di Smrikve.



18 Smrikva Bowl players in Paris at Roland Garros 2020 Main Draws: Dominic Thiem and Martina Trevisan reached the quarterfinals

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

In 2013… out of eight possible first places former Smrikva Bowl players collected six first places: Ana Konjuh (Junior Australian Open and Junior US Open), Belinda Bencic (Junior Roland Garros and Junior Wimbledon), Gianluigi Quinzi (Junior Wimbledon) and Borna Coric (Junior US Open)…

… and since 2009 there are 26 Smrikva Bowl players holding 32 junior Grand Slam titles and 1 Grand Slam title in total… recently Dominic Thiem crowned himself US OPEN Champion and collected the first senior Grand Slam for Smrikva Bowl…

Smrikva Bowl Grand Slam Club members is formed by 26 players: Dominic Thiem, Borna Coric, Alex De Minaur, Tommy Paul, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Alexei Popyrin, Gianluigi Quinzi, Nicola Kuhn, Lorenzo Musetti, Holger Rune, Marin Draganja, Dino Marcan, Yshai Oliel, Daniel Berta, Patrik Rikl, George Morgan, Robin Kern, Belinda Bencic, Ana Konjuh, Olga Danilovic, Claire Liu, Alexandra Eala, Tereza Mihalikova, Ajla Tomljanovic, Viktoria Kuzmova, Paula Arias Manjon.

This year is a very particular year due to world pandemics and also this year ROLAND GARROS is very different but over 40 former Smrikva Bowl players are in Paris for the ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Dominic Thiem, Borna Coric, Alex De Minaur, Miomir Kecmanovic, Tommy Paul, Alejandro Davidovich Fokkina, Laslo Djere, Lloyd Harris, Alexei Popyrin, Nikola Milojevic (qualified), Tomas Machac (qualified)…
Petra Martic, Donna Vekic, Ajla Tomljanovic, Viktoria Kuzmova, Nina Stojanovic, Martina Trevisan (qualified), Irina Bara (qualified)…

Federico Gaio, Nikola Milojevic (qualified), Carlos Alcaraz, Gian Marco Moroni, Nicola Kuhn, Tomas Machac (qualified), Carlos Alcaraz
Martina Trevisan (qualified), Irina Bara (qualified), Olga Danilovic, Ivana Jorovic, Jana Fett

Flavio Cobolli, Luciano Darderi, Sebastian Gima, Jerome Kym, Mikolaj Lorens, Hamad Medjedovic, Luca Nardi…

Weronika Baszak, Alexandra Eala, Aliona Falei, Ziva Falkner, Linda Fruhvirtova, Matilde Paoletti, Alexandra Vecic, Julie Belgraver, Pia Lovric…

The following are the results obtained in the singles Main Draws:

Dominic THIEM, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003 winner, currently ranked #3 ATP, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Dominic Thiem – Marin Cilic (Cro) 6:4,6:3,6:3
2nd round: Dominic Thiem – Jack SOCK (USA) 6:1,6:3,7:6
3rd round: Dominic Thiem – Casper Ruud (Nor) 6:4,6:3,6:1
4th round: Dominic Thiem – Hugo GASTON (Fra) 6:4,6:4,5:7,3:6,6:3
Quarterfinals: Dominic Thiem – D.SCHWARTZMAN (Arg) 6:7,7:5,7:6,6:7,2:6

Players ranking:
Marin Cilic (Cro) – #39 ATP
Jack SOCK (USA) – #310 ATP
Casper Ruud (Nor) – #25 ATP
Hugo GASTON (Fra) – #239 ATP
Diego SCHWARTZMAN (Arg) – #14 ATP

Alejandro DAVIDOVICH FOKINA, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009 SF, currently ranked #69 ATP, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: A.Davidovich – Harold Mayot (FRA) 7:6,6:3,7:5
2nd round: A.Davidovich – Andrey RUBLEV (Rus) 5:7,1:6,6:3,1:6

Players ranking:
Harold Mayot (FRA) – #409 ATP
Andrey RUBLEV (Rus) – #12 ATP

Lloyd HARRIS, 12th Smrikva Bowl 2007, currently ranked #96 ATP, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Lloyd Harris – Alexei Popyrin (Aus) 6:4,6:4,7:6
2nd round: Lloyd Harris – Matteo Berrettini (Ita) 4:6,6:4,2:6,3:6

Players ranking:
Alexei Popyrin (Aus) – #108 ATP
Matteo Berrettini (Ita) – #8 ATP

Nikola MILOJEVIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 CD winner, currently ranked #26 ATP, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Nikola Milojevic – Filip Krajinovic (Srb) 6:4,3:6,6:3,6:1
2nd round: Nikola Milojevic – Aljaz BEDENE (Svn) 5:7,6:2,1:6,6:7

Qualification Draw:
1st round: Nikola Milojevic – Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) 4:6,6:0,6:1
2nd round: Nikola Milojevic – Yannick Maden (Ger) 4:6,6:0,6:1
3rd round: Nikola Milojevic – Leonardo Mayer (Arg) 6:7,6:2,6:3

Players ranking:
Filip Krajinovic (Srb) – #28 ATP
Aljaz BEDENE (Svn) – #56 ATP

Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) – #166 ATP
Yannick Maden (Ger) – #153 ATP
Leonardo Mayer (Arg) – #123 ATP

Tommy PAUL, “LM”/SB 2007, currently ranked #59 ATP, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Tommy Paul – James Duckworth (Aus) 6:2,6:3,6:2
2nd round: Tommy Paul – Casper Ruud (Nor) 1:6,6:1,3:6,6:1,3:6

Players ranking:
James Duckworth (Aus) – #90 ATP
Casper Ruud (Nor) – #25 ATP

Alex DE MINAUR, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, currently ranked #27 ATP, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Alex De Minaur – Marco CECCHINATO (Ita) 6:7,4:6,0:6

Players ranking:
Marco CECCHINATO (Ita) – #110 ATP

Tomas MACHAC , 15th Smrikva Bowl 2010 QF, currently ranked #252 ATP, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Tomas Machac – Taylor Fritz (USA) 5:7,6:7,6:1,6:2,3:6

Qualification Draw:
1st round: Tomas Machac – Julian Lenz (Ger) 6:2,7:5
2nd round: Tomas Machac – Go Soeda (Jpn) 6:3,6:3
3rd round: Tomas Machac – F.Ferreira Silva (Por) 7:6,6:4

Players ranking:
Taylor Fritz (USA) – #29 ATP

Julian Lenz (Ger) – #258 ATP
Go Soeda (Jpn) – #121 ATP
Federico Ferreira Silva (Por) – #193 ATP

Borna CORIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, currently ranked #26 ATP, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Borna Coric – Norbert Gombos (Svk) 4:6,6:3,3:6,4:6

Players ranking:
Norbert Gombos (Svk) – #106 ATP

Miomir KECMANOVIC, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, currently ranked #40 ATP, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Miomir Kecmanovic – Diego Schwartzman (Arg) 0:6,1:6,3:6

Players ranking:
Diego Schwartzman (Arg) – #13 ATP

Alexei POPYRIN, 14th Smrikva Bowl 2009, currently ranked #108 ATP, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Alexei Popyrin – Lloyd Harris (RSA) 4:6,4:6,6:7

Players ranking:
Lloyd Harris (RSA) – #96 ATP

Laslo DJERE, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 runner up, currently ranked #72 ATP, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Laslo Djere – Kevin Anderson (RSA) 2:6,3:6,4:6

Players ranking:
Kevin Anderson (RSA) – #118 ATP

Martina TREVISAN, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, currently ranked #158 WTA, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Martina Trevisan – Camilla Giorgi (Ita) 7:5,3:0 ret.
2nd round: Martina Trevisan – Cori GAUFF (USA) 4:6,6:2,7:5
3rd round: Martina Trevisan – Maria Sakkari (Gre) 1:6,7:6,6:3
4th round: Martina Trevisan – Kiki BERTENS (Ned) 6:4,6:4
Quarterfinals: Martina Trevisan – Iga SWIATEK (Pol) 3:6,1:6

Qualification Draw:
1st round: Martina Trevisan – Sachia Vickery (USA) 4:6,6:2,6:3
2nd round: Martina Trevisan – Asia Muhammad (USA) 6:3,6:4
3rd round: Martina Trevisan – Astra Sharma (Aus) 6:1,6:1

Players ranking:
Camilla Giorgi (Ita) – #69 WTA
Cori GAUFF (USA) – #63 WTA
Maria Sakkari (Gre) – #24 WTA
Kiki BERTENS (Ned) – #8 WTA
Iga SWIATEK (Pol) – #54 WTA

Sachia Vickery (USA) – #146 WTA
Asia Muhammad (USA) – #204 WTA
Astra Sharma (Aus) – #132 WTA

Irina BARA, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, currently ranked #163 WTA, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Irina Bara – Donna Vekic (Cro) 6:3,6:4
2nd round: Irina Bara – Alison VAN UYTVANCK (Bel) 6:1,4:0 ret.
3rd round: Irina Bara – Sofia KENIN (USA)

Qualification Draw:
1st round: Irina Bara – Tereza MRDEZA (Cro) 6:2,6:2
2nd round: Irina Bara – Harriet DART (Gbr) 7:5,6:2
3rd round: Irina Bara – Richel HOGENKAMP (Ned) 6:2,7:6

Players ranking:
Donna Vekic (Cro) – #28 WTA
Alison VAN UYTVANCK (Bel) – #65 WTA
Sofia KENIN (USA) – #6 WTA

Tereza MRDEZA (Cro) – #242 WTA
Harriet DART (Gbr) – #150 WTA
Richel HOGENKAMP (Ned) – #220 WTA

Petra MARTIC, 6th Smrikva Bowl 2001 winner, currently ranked #16 WTA, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Petra Martic – Misaki Doi (Jpn) 7:6,7:5
2nd round: Petra Martic – Veronika KUDERMETOVA (Rus) 6:7,7:5,6:3
3rd round: Petra Martic – Laura SIEGEMUND (Ger)

Players ranking:
Misaki Doi (Jpn) – #80 WTA
Veronika KUDERMETOVA (Rus) – #42 WTA
Laura SIEGEMUND (Ger) – #66 WTA

Ajla TOMLJANOVIC, 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003, currently ranked #63 WTA, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

1st round: Ajla Tomljanovic – Maria Sakkari (Gre) 0:6,5:7

Players ranking:
Maria Sakkari (Gre) – #24 WTA

Nina STOJANOVIC, 11th Smrikva Bowl 2006, currently ranked #90 WTA, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw
1st round: Nina Stojanovic – Barbora Krejickova (Cze) 3:6,5:7

Players ranking:
Barbora Krejickova (Cze) – #118 WTA

Viktoria KUZMOVA, 13th Smrikva Bowl 2008, currently ranked #89 WTA, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw
1st round: Viktoria Kuzmova – Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) 1:6,2:6

Players ranking:
Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) – #68 WTA

Donna VEKIC, 10th Smrikva Bowl 2005 player, currently ranked #28 WTA, at ROLAND GARROS 2020:

Main Draw:
1st round: Donna Vekic – Irina BARA (Rou) 3:6,4:6

Players ranking:
Irina BARA (Rou) – #163 WTA

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A big day for Dominic Thiem... time to celebrate the first senior Smrikva Bowl Grand Slam signed by Domi... also a big day for the Smrikva Bowl story...

On the picture below it was 6th July 2003… it was the day of Dominic Thiem & George Morgan Smrikva Bowl boys finals…

Today is 14th of September 2020… 6282 days after his stay in Smrikve, Domi is lifting the Grand Slam trophy… and it happen to be in New York… the Wilson ball on the ground come from New York… I bought it back in 1998 during the US OPEN and since 1999 till 2009 all the winners kept signing this ball… and today is framed in the US OPEN room at our heritage SMRIKVE LOUNGE Villa …

6282 days is just 17 years, 2 months and 10 days… it does not take 5 mintues to turn a childhood dream into reality… but Domi is a proving that dreaming with hard work and staying humble pays off in the long run…

Since 2005, when we bottled the first Smrikve Malmsey and gave it to the families visiting us for Smrikva Bowl, I keep repeating that one day that bottles will be very prestige… but it takes time..

Although at the time Domi played there were still no bottles for the families to bring them home but what I like is that after Domi took this Grand Slam he opened the Smrikva Bowl road on senior Grand Slams I am sure there will be other Smrikva seeds to follow Domi and will continue to be inspired by his example…

Yesterday the finals was an amazing seesaw… Zverev played amazing two sets at the beginning… but Domi never thought to give up… and find the way to swing the momentum… till the last point was played made the heartbeat high… and he crowned himeself the Champion!

I still have vivid memories of George Morgan and Dominic Thiem finals… I remember kindness of Domi’s grandfather Mr Josef Karl Müllner and his wife… and I do remember well Domi’s two hands backhand…
It is true… at the time Domi played two hands backhand…

George was taller and was attacking more in that match like Zverev in first two sets in New York yesterday… but Domi had patience and had the tactic that helped him to earn more points that day… he was using more high balls and defending but soon Domi will start to change and evolve his game… and will also change his backhand…

Mr. Bresnik will change his two hands backhand into one hand and will make his game very aggressive… this story over the years is turning into a legend already…

Domi’s road to the Smrikva Bowl title was the following: 1st round he had bye, 2nd round he played with Laslo Djere (Srb), 3rd round with Guglielmo Bonapace (Ita), quarterfinals with Luka Duh (Slo), semifinals with Dino Mesin (Cro) and the finals with George Morgan (UK)…

I do remember some years ago sitting with Djere Laslo’s father at ATP UMAG and recalling Djere’s Smrikva Bowl time… we were having a nice talk… Djere’s father was a wonderful person… and I remember when he told me with whom the first year Djere played his second match on Smrikva Bowl and he said that smiling… with certain „Dominic Thiem“… I love the way he smiled when he told me that… we both smiled… few years after playing with Domi, Djere will play the Smrikva Bowl finals in 2005…

Several years later, when, brothers Ivan Sabanov and Matej Sabanov , met Domi at Futures events played in Istria (famous „Istarska Rivijera“), we often talk about past SB players because Ivan and Matej come in Smrikve are like at their second home… and they told me already many years ago „you know Mimi how powerful Domi’s strokes are“… they were amazed with his forehand at the time… and that was the first time I learned Domi’s nickname „Dominator“… I loved the way brothers Ivan and Matej were talking about Domi because all that was new to me because I did not see Dominic playing after Smrikva Bowl untill he started to play on TV…

Another link from the Domi’s junior time and voice about his development were given to me almost each summer by Dario Bitorajac , father of Romy Bitorajac , another Smrikva Bowl seed, who was helping in developing Gunter Bresnik Academy in Vienna and had possibilities to spend some time with Domi… and I enjoyed listening to Dario’s respect for Domi and his greatnes, working ethic… the way he was evolving and I was never tired to hear some new hints from Dario…

Traditional Smrikva Bowl winners prize was also at the time the mountain bike as you can see on the picture… and I was so happy when Domi’s grandfather, after he won Mercedes car in Stuttgart, missing to win that BMW on Karin’s birthay in Munich, told me that Domi still keeps his bike in the garage… I was happy to hear that :)

Another prize at the time we had on Smrikva Bowl were the flight tickets for the USA for the players… it is the story about Smrikva Bowl and „Little Mo“ friendship…

Back in 2002 me and Carol Weyman founded „Little Mo“/Smrikva Bowl… and we created this event with aim to unite the finalist of Smrikva Bowl with finalist of „Little Mo“ Nationals… and we created this very inspiring experience for children… this was 18 years ago and at the time the junior tennis world was different compared to the one we have today… and to cross the ocean at age of 9 years it was almost like going to the Moon :)…

… and I was donating airplane tickets for the children who made it to go in the USA… and a friend from Milan, Montanelli Claudio , father of Smrikva Bowl player Sara Montanelli , wished to sponsor somehow that year Smrikva Bowl… he fall in love with Smrikva Bowl idea… and immediately I did not know what Claudio could do for us… Claudio has many talents and he is the author of Smrikva Bowl anthem „I COLORI DEL MONDO“… he was also the producer of the famous Smrikva Bowl brochures, many generations might still have them at home… and at the time he kept asking me that he would like to help me somehow with Smrikva… and I said… ok Claudio… your support will go for two tickets and this will be amazing help to me… so Claudio supported making real this dream at the time and helped me to allow in October 2003 Dominic to go with his father Wolfgang Thiem and the rest of the European team to Texas…

The 2nd “Little Mo”/ Smrikva Bowl was played at the Austin Tennis Academy (Texas) on Friday, October 24th 2003… there were no Facebook at the time… and the news were not in real time like today… but I remember being in Florence that week and attending the news… it was the father of Silvia Njiric who informed me first that the Europeans won by defeating the United States 6-2.

The players representing the United States were: Emmett Eggert , Robert Stineman, Karen Forman and Katie Klyczek while the players representing Europe were the finalists of the 8th Smrikva Bowl 2003: Jennifer Jenny Ren, Silvia Njiric, Dominic Thiem and George Morgan.

I smiled when years after that experience I saw Dominic Thiem playing for the European team against the rest of the World in Laver’s Cup… this totally reminded me his „Little Mo“/Smrikva Bowl experience… and I wrote to Karin Thiem … how Domi in the Laver Cup remind me his first time playing for Europe and she said in the family they also thought the same :)…

I had pleasure to see Domi’s grandfather, Mr Josef K. Muellner again, back in 2009, when Domi’s brother Moritz Thiem come to play Smrikva Bowl … his grandfather brought us at the time 3 bottles of wine (Seher 2006, 2007 & Heinzl Gettinger 2008) that are still in Smrikva Bowl library… I remember he mentioned at the time that this wine was appreciated also by the Austrian President… it is a precious gifts that should be open in occasions like this but I wish to open it once the whole family Thiem Muellner return to Smrikve…

I enjoyed exchanged thoughts with Domi’s grandfather during his growth… and I like to remember when Mr. Josef wrote to me saying many years ago who knows how far these kids will develop… George, Domi… in the juniors they kept playing well… Orange Bowl, Eddie Herr, Junior Grand Slams…

There is also one moment that I like to recall… especially recently in our Smrikva Bowl Tennis Talents Family Week classes with my friend & coach Luca Appino … for many years I’ve been teaching my students the invisible part in tennis… several of those children are following Domi’s footprints and several got scholarship in the USA… and I remember sharing with Mr Josef a part of the content after I saw one performance of Domi in TV because I noticed that one particular book might be of interest and help to Domi… Miomir Kecmanovic ‘s auntie Tanja Pavlov for sure remember my class with Miso years ago and she likes to call that teaching „klackalica“ – seesaw… we’ve seen it in this morning Domi’s match…

It might be months or two after sharing that hint with Domi’s grandfather that Domi won his first career ATP World Tour title in Nice (France) defeating Nick Kyrgios, Ernests Gulbis and John Isner on his path to the finals, and winning a close three-setter against Leonardo Mayer. I still remember watching this match in our TRS Apartment with John Brady , Patrick Brady and Connor Brady… they were friends with Leonardo Mayer’s coach and were in Smrikve for visit… they also loved Dominic being both of them Smrikva seeds… and we enjoyed together that magic moment…

I was happy for Domi’s first ATP title because it was the first ATP Smrikva child to get a professional ATP 250 title…

… and after sending my greetings to Mr Josef… I was very pleased and surprised that Domi’s grandfather wrote to me „Perhaps the book you proposed was the initiator“…

Very soon he won 2015 Croatia Open Umag and made happy my Tara by signing her a cap :)… and week after he won also Swiss Open Gstaad…

I would like to recall another special moment which made me very happy… the moment when Domi inspired more than once another Smrikva Bowl seed…

A bit more than two years ago Miomir Kecmanovic was for long time #1 ITF ranked player and honored to be invited to sparing at ATP London Finals… this honor goes by tradition to the #1 ranked junior…

When I heard from Miro Hrvatin that Miso will go to London… I felt I need to share this news with Karin and Chris…

I knew about Miso’s childhood desire to meet Roger Federer because since Miso was 8 years old he kept returning every summer to Smrikve to nurture his talent with us until IMG Nick Bollettieri invited him to live and develop in Florida…

… and at the time before going to London I knew Roger will be there but I knew also Domi will be there… and I sent couple of messages… one to team8 Smrikva Bowl friend Chris Jackman… and another to Domi’s mom Karin Thiem…

ATP London Finals was to start and I was so pleased when I got the message from Chris that right now Miso is on the court with Roger… my message to Karin was sent to let her know that Miso will be in London although Karin is not involved in Domi’s schedule but I wished to let her know about this talented kid… as Little Prince likes to say „you never know“… and this is the statement I also believe in…

Since Miso returned the first summer to train in Smrikve I introduced him to my friend and coach Miro Hrvatin and he is nurturing Miso’s talent and this fairy tale story continues till today… and that day when Miro sent me the pictures of Miso and Thiem together on the court again the smile stamped on my face :)…

Soon after that meeting Miomir Kecmanovic will do with Dominic Thiem, Moritz Thiem and his team the pre-season and will be strongly inspired by Domi’s working ethic… that moment for sure impacted that young boy…

And yesterday… this younger Smrikva Bowl seed, in Domi’s native country Austria, won his first ATP title… last year Kitzbuhel title went to Domi and this year to Miso…

For many years Domi and his brother Moritz thanks to their family keep sending gifts to Smrikva Bowl seeds for our „Lucky Draw“… and I believe today each kid who brought home a gift from Smrikva Bowl „Lucky Draw“ might feel something special…

Today… is a bit more than five years from Domi’s first ATP title & his #3 ranking in the World it is time for Domi to celebrate his first GRAND SLAM title in NEW YORK… and as a song say… if you can make it there Domi you can make it anywhere!!! In Paris will be no difference…

Super happy for Domi and the whole family Thiem-Muellner… and for all Smrikva seeds for the opening of the new path of the Senior Grand Slam titles for Smrikva Bowl players!!!

Grande Domi!

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