19 Feb 2013

European Senior Championships held in Sofia

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Women's singles 35 medallists at European Senior Championships

The second edition of the European Senior Championships will be held in Sofia on 27 April – 3 May, where the competition will once again be hosted by the Bulgarian Tennis Federation.

This prestigious event is open to players from all 49 Tennis Europe member nations, and is the second most important individual event on the ITF Seniors Circuit in terms of ranking points on offer, behind the World Championships.

The Championships are classified as a Grade B1 event on the ITF Seniors Circuit meaning that the winner of each event receives 210 ranking points and the runner-up 150.

The Championships have been brought forward from the originally-planned date in early July in order to avoid clashes with national individual and club championships in several European countries, some of which are also part of the ITF Seniors Circuit during this busy period.

All 22 age categories – including the new Women’s’ 85s - can compete at the European Championships, where singles and doubles for men and women plus mixed doubles events will be played. Due to the size of the tournament, the age categories will be split between the main venue, the Bulgarian National Tennis Centre and the Dema Club.

Both venues have accommodation nearby, though players are advised to wait until after the 10 April entry deadline before booking in order to be sure which venue will host their age category.

The Championships represent a unique chance to see some of the world’s top ranked players. Several of the winners of the inaugural event went on to be awarded with European Player of the Year titles last year. Amongst the 2012 champions were world #1s Bruno Renoult of France (Men’s 60), Peter Adrigan of Austria (Men’s 65) and second-ranked Lucie Schwab-Zelinka of Austria (Women’s 40s) and Nanda Fischer of Germany (Women’s 70s).