Upgraded to grade three in 2013, the Babolat ITF Seniors moved from its original venue in Szczecin to Swinoujscie-Ahlbeck. The tournament took place for the first time in two different countries, Germany and Poland, on one island.
More than 120 players were encouraged to participate in the tournament with over 200 matches taking place in singles, doubles, mixed doubles. Players took part from many countries including Poland, Germany and Sweden and included current ITF World number three, Beniamin Budziak of Poland.
Swinoujscie and Ahlbeck provided an ideal venue located on the beach offering time for sightseeing as well as many tourist attractions including beautiful historical buildings, bike rentals, golf course, hot springs, a butterfly farm and many other attractions.
Tournament organisers provided an ideal welcome for all players with two players parties offering live music. The first one was a boat trip around Swinoujscie islands and then the opportunity to enjoy local food on a historical pier in Ahlbeck.
Sunny weather enabled all the players to show their best tennis.
Bosse Martensson of Sweden won his fourth consecutive title in this tournament in the men’s 55 age category local Jan Papierz in a tight three set final.
German’s Karsten Weber won the men’s 50 age category losing only one set throughout the whole event.
Current World No 17 Marzena Rowicka of Poland won the women’s 50s title in a three-hour match against Malgorzata Andrzejczuk, (POL).
Whilst Beata Mnichowska needed four and a half hours to win the women’s 45s age category against Monika Rajska of Poland.
Players from Poland were to take twenty of the titles available with Germany and Sweden taking the remaining. Players were presented with a Babolat polo shirt as a welcome gift with further Babolat prizes going to the winners.
Nearly all players pledged to return next year and many more plan on visiting these charming cities even earlier with friends and family.
Organizers and local authorities who helped a lot this year will work hard on developing this tournament in the upcoming years. The goal is to attract over 300 players within the next three to four seasons and make it one of the best ITF events in the world.