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IWT Czech Open

5 Swiss player made it last weekend to Prague for the Czech Open. Let's come to the sensational first time victories from Nicolas Lenggenhager straight away:

Thanks to his numerous tournaments that helped him reached the 6th spot in the world ranking, Nicolas Lenggenhager started off as the number one seed of the Men Elite single draw. As only one other player in the top20 also took part, it could be thought that the victory would have been easily taken but let’s not forget that there are a lot of under-ranked players that don’t play much and that are far away from being weak, on the contrary.
 
The draw happened to be much in his favor as the opponents he feared the most were all on the bottom half, meaning he would only meet one of them for the last match, would he reach the final. It turned out to be the case as he won his three first matches.
 
With really good feelings in the first two sports, he started off his tournament with two wins 21-2 and 21-4 against his first opponent, the Czech Kamil Stanek, ensuring him a need of only 7 points in squash. He easily scored them and even won the squash 21-17. The second match against another Czech player, Michal Horácek was developping exactly as the first one until the squash where the strong playing Czech left him only 11 point over the 14 he would have needed to skip the tennis once more. As it is well known that tennis is more of a weakness as a strength for our Swiss player, he took these three points very seriously and managed to score them with the Czech having reached already 11, making the match much tighter than it would have been thought after seeing the first two sports.
 
In the 3rd match, he got to face the World Champion of the under 18, the German Bastian Böhm. The table tennis turned out way closer than anticipated by the Swiss but he still managed to get the upper hand and won 21-17. After that, the match went only one way with Nicolas winning 21-6 and 21-5.
 
In the final, he faced for the third time a Czech player, Jacub Svec. Despite having been warned of his strong table tennis, the Czech displayed a surprisingly overstrong and flawless table tennis, conceding our Swiss only 2 points. It couldn't have started worse as he lost in his 2nd best sport. Not giving up just yet, he battled back in his best sport badminton in a fair set, winning 21-5. At that point, only a great win in squash could still allow him to have a chance grabbing his first ever gold medal. But the Czech also knew that and started at top speed, leading 7-1. The following points were equally scores with Nicolas starting to find his length and the Czech having to run more and more to score each point until 15-8. Then, getting even more precise and the Czech more tired, the tendency switched and with a huge comeback, the Swiss eventually took the squash 21-17.
 
It wasn't as much as he had hoped but at least he limited the damages and could start a tennis without any lead on either side. As said in the beginning, tennis isn't Lenggenhager's strong suit so his hopes weren't high. But that didn't change his motivation and he fought as much as he could right from the start of the set. The surprise came slowly to the sight of the spectators: They were playing even and scoring one point each in a row. Svec was playing probably a bit too safe, thus too slow and was allowing the Swiss the take the opportunity to rush at the net. There he displayed some great volleys to battle against the strong tennis of the Czech. The Czech tried a few times to get himself to the net but the Swiss managed to pass him twice with some lucky shots and refrained him to go more often. Thus, the dynamic of the set didn't change, and on the score of 18-20, the Czech player made the only double fault of the set, allowing the Swiss to seize his first elite international title.
 
Lenggenghager even took home another gold medal in the Mixed Double alongside Zuzana Severinova. Congratulations! The Swiss Racketlon Federation is very pround of you!
 
The other Swiss also played some excellent matches! Unfortunately none of them was able to win a medal. But after the tournament ist before the tournament! Congratulations, Andreas Kotala for finishing 5th in the Jun U16, Riccardo Raimo for rank 7 in Men C, Graham King rank 7 in +50 and Marc-André Rauber rank 7 in +55.
 
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Erfreulicherweise durfte die Racketlon Night Tour letzten Samstag wieder einmal mit 4 vollen – und erst noch hochkarätigen – Tableaux durchgeführt werden.

 

Bei den Herren A fanden 7 Spieler und eine Spielerin aus den Top 50 den Weg in die Nordostschweiz. Wer wird wohl am Ende des Tages zuoberst auf dem Podium stehen? Die erfahrenen Spieler oder die aufstrebenden Talente? Schon in der 1. Runde kam es zu einem sehr spannenden Duell zwischen dem langjährigen Spieler Raphael Paglia und dem immer stärker werdenden Léon Mamie. Das Duell ging knapp an den Routinier. In der 2. Runde – im Halbfinale – wartete allerdings nochmals ein Mamié auf Paglia. Der ältere Bruder Noah konnte die Partie souverän für sich entscheiden und stand mal wieder in einem Finale bei den Herren A. Dort wartete niemand geringeres als der ehemalige Schweizer Meister Patrick Casanova-Lorenz. Dieser zeigte in seinen Partien zuvor, dass er trotz Trainingsrückstand noch immer ein unheimliches Ballgefühl hat. Leider reichte ihm das aber im Finale nicht und so siegte die Jugend verdient. Noah Mamié hat sehr viel trainiert und die Schweiz im Sommer an zahlreichen internationalen Turnieren vertreten. Herzliche Gratulation zum 1. Sieg in einem grossen A-Feld. Rang 3 ging in einem sehr engen Spiel an Thomas Wegmann.

Im 4er Round Robin Tableau der Herren B kam es ebenfalls zu intensiven Begegnungen. Dabei wurde das Spitzenspiel in der 2. Runde zwischen Beat Ladner und Chris Tröndle ausgetragen. Tröndle, der erst am Anfang seiner Racketlonkarriere steht, konnte die Partie gegen Ladner mit einer soliden Leistung im Badminton und Squash für sich entscheiden. Damit ging der Kategoriensieg erneut an ein vielversprechendes Talent für die Zukunft. Rang 3 holte sich Nicole Eisler.

Die Zukunft mischte auch im Herren C Feld mit. Und dies nicht irgendwo im Feld, sondern an der Spitze. Der jüngste Teilnehmer des Turniers, Andreas Kotala, und Roger Bösch trafen als Gewinner ihrer Gruppenspiele im Finale aufeinander. Leider hatte der Junior in dieser Partie keine Chance und der Sieg ging somit an Bösch, welcher sicherlich in Zukunft sein Potential ebenfalls noch mehr ausspielen wird. Dritter wurde Thomas Glaus.

Das grösste Tableau bildete mit 12 TeilnehmerInnen das Herren D Feld. Dabei hatten einige Spieler 4 Partien zu bestreiten. Allen voran Racketlonneuling Severin Wirth. Er gewann alle 4 Spiele und bewies auch im Racketlon sein einzigartiges Rackettalent, denn als internationaler Topspieler im Speedminton hat er normalerweise einen anderen Schläger in der Hand. Lukas Aepli und und Marcel Keller durften sich über Silber und Bronze freuen.

Danke für die zahlreichen Teilnahmen, die fairen Spiele und die grossartige Atmosphäre.

Link zu den Resultaten.

Bis in Langnau zum grossen Saisonfinale!

NE

Tournoi du RC Léman

Le Racketlon était à nouveau à l’honneur au Green Club de Romanel pour le tournoi du RC Léman. Quarante participants répartis en quatre tableaux mixtes ont joué dans une ambiance fair-play et sympathique !

Voici le résumé des résultats :

Tableau A

C’était un jour particulier à Lausanne puisque Nicolas Lenggenhager (7ème mondial) est revenu à la compétition sur le sol national après avoir disputé cette année de nombreux tournois internationaux.

Sans surprise, il s’impose donc face à Julien Meister (qui ne conserve donc pas son titre acquis en avril dernier), Giovanni Gentile et Valentin Henin.

Ce dernier a beaucoup bataillé mais s’est incliné sur ses 3 matchs pour laisser la 2ème place à Julien Meister et la 3ème à Giovanni Gentile.

Tableau B

Dans un tableau B homogène, c’est Luca Martinez qui remporte le titre face à Anthony Levavasseur après un improbable & incroyable comeback en finale (21-2 au tennis alors que son adversaire avait gagné les 3 autres sports et avait seulement besoin de 6 points…).

Riccardo Raimo s’est emparé de la 3ème place après un très beau combat face au surprenant Odel Alvarez (différence de 6 points seulement).

Tableau C

Tête de série du tableau C en l’absence d’un tableau féminin, Marine Pelet a fait preuve de beaucoup de maitrise en atteignant la finale sans sortir sa raquette de tennis.

La finale fut très intense (12-21 / 21-6 / 19-21 / 17-20 : seulement 1 point d’écart) et remportée par Marine Pelet à l’issue d’un tennis d’anthologie face à la WC Mathieu Plourde.

La 3ème place revient à Mathéo Grandchamp qui continue sa progression à mesure du nombre de ses participations. Il s’est imposé face à Vincent Roesch (ancien vainqueur du tableau D l’année passée !).

Tableau D – Hommes

Un très beau tableau D avec une majorité de joueurs qui participaient à leur 1er tournoi. Pour son premier racketlon, c’est le badiste Rémi Engler qui sort vainqueur après 4 victoires aisées (il n’a pas sorti sa raquette de tennis du tournoi !). Il bat en finale Emilien Gauthey qui termine donc 2ème comme en avril dernier.

La tête de série de ce tableau, Michaël Guye, complète le podium après une belle victoire contre Alexandre Chatelain (14-21 / 21-6 / 21-19 / 12-15).

2022.10.15 Racketlon Open Lausanne SM D

Merci à tous les joueurs et joueuses !

Toutes les news et photos du tournoi sur la page Facebook du RC Léman.

LINK : https://www.facebook.com/RacketlonClubLeman/ 

World Championships 2022 in Vienna/Graz

This year's World Championships held in Vienna and Graz promised to be the biggest event in the history of Racketlon. Nearly 500 participants from 35 countries have competed in 12 team, 28 Doubles and 31 singles categories (total 71!) to achieve a place on the podium. The competition has lasted over ten intensive days including the juniors (from u10 to u21), the seniors (from +40 to +70) and the elite draws.  Therefore, this was a great challenge for the organization team, which was only possible with the help of many volunteers and sponsors. However, gaps in the schedule and delays were unavoidable.

First up were the juniors and the seniors in Vienna. The Swiss team participated with one u16 (Andreas Kotala and Lucas Mateo Moreno) and one +55 team (Manfred Grab, Giovanni Gentile, Graham King, Beat Ladner and Gregor Meyer). Despite their small numbers, they managed to win several medals and showed some good results. The juniors team finished 7th place after losing against the later winners from Czech Republic. The seniors felt similarly as they lost to a strong team from Great Britain by only five points and also ended up 7th. In singles the most successful swiss player was Graham. Together with the englishman Julian Clapp he won the +65 doubles and became 2nd in the +65 singles after a contested final against his double partner. Congrats also to Manfred and Giovanni who become 3rd in the +50 doubles and only lost by one point in the +55 doubles final. Also worth mentioning is the 7th place of Andreas and the 9th place of Lucas in the u16 as well as the 4th place of Manfred in the +55 singles.

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Andrea Kotala and Lucas Mateo Moreno                  

seniors55 2022   

Graham King, Giovanni Gentile, Gregor Meyer, Beat Ladner, Manfred Grab

 

After a one-day break the competition continued with the elite in the Racket Sport Center in Graz which sadly turned out to be way too small for such a big event. Nicole Eisler, Oliver Bühler, Nicolas Lenggenhager, Noah and Léon Mamié represented Switzerland in the team World Cup. The number four seeded faced a very strong team from Germany in their first round. After a tough fight and some spectacular ball exchanges they lost by 25 points in the end. Anyway, that turned out to be a good result as the Germans won both the semifinal and the final by only one point to become the winner of the World Cup for the first time. In the end, the Swiss delegation finished 7th after being beaten by the Czech Republic by two points and having defeated the Netherlands in their last game. It should also be mentioned that they developed a very good team spirit during the tournament. With the team shout "geile Schuss" they had lots of success and confused many opponents. ;)

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Léon Mamié, Noah Mamié, Oliver Bühler, Nicole Eisler, Nicolas Lenggenhager


In the singles and doubles most Swiss players unfortunately dropped out of the tournament in the first round. Noah and Léon Mamié were the only participants from Switzerland who got through the first round in the Men B draw. On the bottom half of the draw, Noah later lost to Jakub Svec in a competitive quarterfinal match. Jakub then went on to win the tournament in an impressive style. On the other side of the draw, his brother Léon managed to get to the semifinal, where he was defeated by a strong competitor from India. However, Léon beat Guidi Weijel in the bronze medal match to become 3rd without even having to use his tennis racket once!

As you probably have recognized from this report, this year's event was a bit too big. For that reason, the doubles and singles World Championships will be split next year. The singles competition will be held in Rotterdam and the doubles in London.

LM

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FSR-Rankings courants (1er novembre 2020)

Messieurs
1. Benjamin Gränicher
2. Cédric Junillon
3. Patrick Casanova-Lorenz
4. Christian Schäfer
5. Yannic Andrey
6. Nicolas Lenggenhager
7. Magnus Ekstrand
8. Michael Strässle
9. Nico Hobi
10. Niki Schärrer

Dames
1. Nicole Eisler
2. Valeria Pelosini
3. Adeline Kilchenmann

Les rankings actuels vous trouvez ici.