23 Jul 2012

The Closed Championships of Poland draw to a close

Match Report

Teresa Stochel (POL)

The 28th National Seniors Championships of Poland attracted over 350 players in seven age categories when it ran in Warsaw last week. The matches were played at Warszawianka Tennis Club which was playing host for the second time this year to an event on the ITF Senior Circuit.

The opening ceremony saw the best tennis players from the 2011 Championships in each age category presented with their trophies. Also celebrated during the ceremony was Wieslaw Lewandowski from Lodz, the organizer of three previous National Senior Championships of  Poland and Lewandowski Open, both ITF events.

During the tournament there were 444 matches played in singles, doubles and mixed doubles and 172 medal presentations during which over 100 medals were presented to those players who had performed to the highest standard over the tournament.

It notably included for the first time players over 90 years of age with Eugeniusz Czerepaniak and Stanisław Krupa competing in the 85+ age category where they finished third and second respectively with the title won by Henryk Kolankowski.

Some players fought hard to win medals in two or three different events but there was only one player, Teresa Stochel, who won three gold medals, partnering with Gabriela Slawik in the women’s 55+ doubles and Darek Lewandowski for the mixed doubles 35+ to add to her victory in the 55+ singles.

It is worth mentioning that in the mixed doubles open event, 32 teams were competing to win the first prize which included the chance to take part in the KIA Amateur Australian Open 2013.

For a full list of winners and results from the tournament please click here.