Smrikva Bowl Friends

Smrikva Bowl

If you desire to support Smrikve legacy, maintenance and development, and you belong to our Smrikva Bowl family, please feel free to share your thoughts... there is always something that can be done and you might feel well by being part of Smrikve heritage story...


For over 27+ years my family and friends are donating over 6000 working hours every year to make Smrikva Bowl happen with aim to inspire children to continue to pursue their dreams.

There are already many people who are part of our heritage story...

There is a dream in my mind that one day there will be several past Smrikva Bowl players who will be successful globally known professionals in most different fields and who will find the way to do something for Smrikva Bowl new generations... my hope is that they will find that invisible way to let the circle of inspiration continue <3 for many years to come...

I have also a 20+ years old dream to make real one day a Smrikva Bowl "Green Arena" Central Court surrounded by olive trees garden which will have the capacity to host around 250+ families (1000 people) during Smrikva Bowl games... I have a dream that nearby that green tennis Arena there will by a round classic monument to honor Smrikva Bowl seeds that helped us make real this dream... and I do hope there will be also SB players names inscribed on that obelisk...

I wish that beauty of Smrikve gardens can be maintained for very long time...

I wish that Smrikva Bowl will continue to inspire new generations for decades to come... and each contribution and nice word will always be appreciated


Pula, 30th of October 2021, Miodrag Bozovic

Our dedication to perfect the tennis players experience in Istria will continue for our friends. We try our best that all who come as guests leave Smrikve as friends... we are glad that every year some Smrikva Bowl seeds and families choose to stay with us in Smrikve ...

Smrikva Bowl M plus Family Holiday Week (SBM+FHW) (pdf ~0.47 MB)

I am pleased to recall our Smrikva Bowl "Lucky Draw" contributors:

• Dominic Thiem & family (grandfather Josef Mullner, mom Karin, dad Wolfgang and brother Moritz)

• Borna Coric & family (dad Damir and mom Zeljka)

• Alex De Minaur & family (mom Esther)

• Donna Vekic & family (dad Igor and mom Brankica)

• Carlos Alcaraz & family (dad Carlos)

• Lloyd Harris & family (mom Cecelia)

• Alejandro Davidovich Fokina & family (mom Tatiana)

• Katie Swan & family (mom Nicki)

• Lorenzo Musetti and Simone Tartarini

• Matteo Donati & family (mom Marina Bortolato)

• Miomir Kecmanovic & coach Miro Hrvatin & family (aunt Tanja Pavlov)

• Olga Danilovic & family (mom Svetlana)

• Nicola Kuhn & family (dad Alfred and mom Rita)

• Alex Eala and Michael Eala & family (dad Michael and mom Rizza)

• Matej Sabanov and Ivan Sabanov (brother Aleksandar, dad Zlatko & mom Nada)

• Katie Boulter & family (mom Sue)

• Viktoria Kuzmova

• Petra Martic

• Zvonimir Babic & family (dad Vlado and mom Marija)

• Tereza Mihalikova

• Gianluigi Quinzi & family (dad Luca)

• Roger Federer (thanks to coach Miro Hrvatin and Chris Jackman)

• Rafael Nadal (thanks to Luca Appino)

• Juan Martin Del Potro (thanks to Chris Jackman)

• Gael Monfils and Kaja *Juvan* (thanks to Tomislav Poljak)

• Grigor Dimitrov (thanks to Bulgarian visiting coach)

• Novak Djokovic (thanks to Zdravko Sinko)

• Mili Poljicak & family (dad Ante & mom Nilija)

• Ivana Jorovic

• Holger Rune & family (mom Aneke)

• Petra Marcinko & family (dad Vjekoslav and mom Ivana)

• Flavio Cobolli & family (mom Francesca Neri)

• Vilim Visak

• Tommy Paul & family (mom Jillian)

• Tomas Machac & family (mom Daniela)

• Mihaela Marculescu

• Martin Landaluce & family (dad Alejandro)

• Andreea Rosca & family (dad Ionut)

• Dino Prižmić & family (mom Nataša)

Ronzio Oleodinamica is a hydraulic manufacturer company based in Milan in Italy. Ronzio family have supported Smrikva Bowl since its foundation.

One of the first gifts that they brought from Milan was a special ice cream made by Zela and only local people from Boffalora may understand what Zela means. This was the spirit behind the foundation of the tournament since the beginning. Allow the kids to try the top ice cream, allow the kids to create nice memories. The ice cream was brought with a lot of ice in the bag to conserve it during the car trip from Milan to Pula :).

Smrikve is the place where Smrikva Bowl is played and is the place where Mate and Milka Bencic (Matteo and Emilia Benci) settled in 1957. It is also the place where Smrikve vitus and olive trees are growing. Every guest who visit Smrikve and become Smrikve friends in a small way contribute to keep Smrikva Bowl story like a fairy tale.

Many people take vacations to be part of the Smrikva Bowl Staff and a special thanks is due to each of them.

Istria from Smrikve is an e-book about Istrian culture that aims to provide the reader with some useful information about the places that should be visited in the Istria region and is also a dream that one day Istria will become one of the nicest places for living in the World.

In Istria from Smrikve you will, among other, find information about the Istrian architecture, history, people, music, cuisine, olive oil, wine and major cultural events.

Luca Appino is a long term Smrikva Bowl friend and Golden Honorary Member since this title was established. In 2009 Luca decided to start, in collaboration with Toni Nadal, to share his experience through TENNIS TALENTS. The main focus of his idea is to help talented players and their families in understanding the requirements to reach the talent development potential.

Thanks to Luca Appino friendship also Fluendo, one of the best dampener's products in the World, is Smrikva Bowl friend.

Mouratoglou Tennis Academy is #1 tennis Academy in the World.

Smrikva Bowl friend Luca Appino introduced Smrikva story to Patrick Mouratoglou and since 2008 thanks to their friendship Smrikva Bowl winners are living at his Academy a wonderful tennis week every year.

Wilson could be defined as #1 tennis racquets and accessories company in the World. Legendary players made legendary the name of this company and to mention just of few of the recent history I would be pleased to recall: Roger Federer and Serena Williams...

Since 2008 Wilson is the Smrikva Bowl friend and I am pleased to say again thanks to Luca Appino who introduced Smrikva Bowl to Wilson.

Thanks to Wilson friendship and Clement Morel, also Luxilon, #1 strings manufacturing company in the World, is also long term Smrikva Bowl friend.

Izo "iz Balici" is a company that operates mainly in the food business. They produce bread, biscuits, pastry, cakes and machines for food industry.

Balici is the village located nearby the village where my grandfather Mate (Matteo) was born and Roce family friendship started with my grandparents.

During the tournament we traditionally offer sandwiches and drinks to the players and family Roce help us to make Smrikva Bowl like a big eight days birthday party. Every sandwich we give to the kids is made of Balici bread and the cake for the finals is made for years in Balici.

Ledo is a Croatian ice cream brand and is the regional leader in the production and distribution of ice cream and frozen foods.

Many years ago Donna Vekic played Smrikva Bowl and her father Igor was at the time a manager at Ledo. Donna played Smrikva Bowl several times and her father Igor Vekic loved the experience his daughter was living and decided to donate to every Smrikva Bowl player one ice cream.

Since than Ledo continue to donate an ice cream to every Smrikva Bowl player.

Babic family are the founders of Komot company, one of the leading operators in Croatia dedicating among others to the production of tennis blende.

Vlado and Marija are also the parents of Zvonimir who played Smrikva Bowl twice several years ago. Since the first time their son played our tournament they decided to support Smrikva Bowl... and they always find the way to support Smrikva Bowl.

Vlado Babic is also the person that suggested the idea to plant an olive tree during the tournament. He enjoyed Smrikva Bowl and said that olive tree would be a nice idea and the year after we started to plant centuries old Olive Trees. It was decided to plant an old olive tree to add to the traditional message of the olive tree the message of intergenerational responsibility that is an important message for the kids of today.

Ljekarna Irena Grahovac & Ljekarna Majetic traditionally support Smrikva Bowl to cover our basic pharmaceutical needs for the event.
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