15 Jul 2013

World Team Championship gets underway on Thursday


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Photo: Dennis G. IljushenkovBeach Tennis World Team Championship 2012

The 2013 ITF Beach Tennis World Team Championship, which will be staged at the National Tennis Centre in Moscow, Russia for a second year, gets underway on Thursday.

A total of 20 teams will take part in the 2013 championship, an increase of five teams on 2012. The nominations include four former Davis Cup and Fed Cup players, including Petros Baghdatis and Christopher Koutrouzas of Cyprus, Brazilian Joana Cortez and William Forcellini of San Marino.

The Team Championship is a mixed competition in which nations compete against each other on a knock-out basis. Each team will be comprised of two men and two women, with ties consisting of a men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles rubber.

This is only the second edition of the event, which is being held in Moscow for the first three years as part of an agreement with the Russian Tennis Federation. Italy will defend its title, having defeated Brazil to win the inaugural event in 2012.

The Team Championship has joined the individual Beach Tennis World Championships as the flagship events on the ITF Beach Tennis Tour. Since the launch of the Tour in 2008, worldwide participation has continued to grow each year. The 2013 Tour will see around 150 events held in over 30 countries, while 48 nations are currently represented in the ITF Beach Tennis World Rankings.

 

2013 BEACH TENNIS WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

 

TEAM NOMINATIONS (last updated: 11 July 2013)


Austria

Men: Martin Schmidt, Stefan Weber

Women: Marlena Metzinger, Sandra Schmidt

Captain: Andreas Huber

 

Belgium

Men: Tom Beke, Joris Mees

Women: Astrid Dierckx, Natalie Verachtert

Captain: Flemming Pittoors

 

Brazil

Men: Vinicius Font, Guilherme Lopes, Guilherme Prata

Women: Samantha Barijan, Joana Cortez

Captain: Antonio Carlos Lopes

 

Bulgaria

Men: Petar Kirilov, Rosen Nenchev

Women: Katina Simeonova, Lazarina Stefanova

Captain: Karina Gyurova

 

Cyprus

Men: Petros Baghdatis (playing captain), Christopher Koutrouzas

Women: Andria Tsaggaridou, Marianna Tsakkistou

 

Estonia

Men: Ott Ahonen, Ainar Laube, Margus Ungerson (playing captain)

Women: Anelle Luik, Katri Miller

 

France

Men: Patrice Bang (playing captain), Pascal Herve

Women: Magali Garnier, Julie Labrit

 

Germany

Men: Alexander Bailer, Oliver Munz

Women: Dorothee Berreth, Maraike Biglmaier

Captain: Gerd Hummel

 

Great Britain

Men: Gary Thomson (playing captain), Yiannis Toumazis

Women: Kim Roberts, Katy Shaw

 

Hungary

Men: Attila Bozsik, Mate Kaibinger

Women: Monika Erdelyi, Aniko Kovacs

Captain: Geza Kendik

 

Italy

Men: Alessandro Calbucci, Marco Garavini

Women: Federica Bacchetta, Giulia Spazzoli

Captain: Luca Bidolli

 

Japan

Men: Susumu Kawashima, Susumu Nakajima

Women: Tomomi Takahashi, Kaori Yanase

Captain:  Takaaki Sugita

 

Lithuania

Men: Artiom Ivancov, Mikhail Volkovich

Women: Evelina Abaraviciute, Anike Balciunaite

Captain: Luidzi Pakula

 

Portugal

Men: Pedro Correia, Filipe Rebelo

Women: Ana Pereira, Susana Pereira

Captain: Hugo Rola

 

Russia

Men: Nikita Burmakin, Igor Panin, Levan Nanava

Women: Irina Bulykina, Goulnara Fattakhetdinova, Natalia Timofeeva

Captain: Sergey Kuptsov

 

San Marino

Men: Christian Berardi, William Forcellini

Women: Alice Grandi, Camilla Zafferani

Captain: Stefano Pazzini

 

Spain

Men: Antonio Ramos, Saulo Tejado

Women: Maria-Lourdes Gaona, Wisal Mohamed

Captain: Jose Maria Piza

 

Switzerland

Men: Kevin Fischer, Yves Fornasier (playing captain)

Women: Laura Galli, Vera Molinari

 

Ukraine

Men: Stanislav Agapov, Vladislav Presnyakov

Women: Veronika Kompanets, Iryna Matiychyk

Captain: Mikhail Scherbakov

 

Venezuela

Men: Ramon Ignacio Guedez Maluff, Jorge Alejandro Panalver Urdaneta, Pedro Enrique Panalver Urdaneta

Women: Maria Carolina Barrios Ceballos, Lady Esther Correa Guzman, Patricia Sarahi Diaz Mosquera

Captain: Carlos Jose Silvestre Nava



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