2012 European Touring Team
Macedonian players dominated the ITF/Tennis Europe 12 & Under Development Championships which took place for the second consecutive year in Rakovnik, Czech Republic on 28 June – 1 July. Slavco Temelkovski lifted the boys’ title after winning all his matches by dropping only one set whilst his compatriot Marija Elenova achieved the same result in the girls’ singles.
The event was played in a round-robin format as preparation for the Tennis Europe 12 & Under tournament which took place the following week at the same venue. Teams comprising one boy and one girl from 10 countries, accompanied by the national coach, participated in the warm-up competition.
The following week saw both boys and girls competing in the Tennis Europe tournament with Slavco Temelkovski reaching the quarterfinals of the boys singles and Marija Elenova and her teammate Vitalia Stamat from Moldova winning the girls doubles finals, defeating the first seeds in the semifinals and the Czech pairing of Lucie Kankova and Anna Kynclova in the finals 36 63 10-7.
ITF/Tennis Europe Development Officer, Hrvoje Zmajic, commented: “Focusing on developing players at a young age is part of the strategy set up by the ITF and Tennis Europe. Our goal is to bring closer to international standards the young players from less developed countries. In this year’s event the overall quality of players was better than last year and we were happy to see improvements in players coming from traditionally weaker countries like Azerbaijan and Moldova.”