Last week Mark Gatt participated in the European Senior Tennis Championships at Ali Bey Manavgat in Turkey with some very good results amongst others beating the No2 seed and No26 in the world Bando from Poland 6/1 6/4 on clay in the scorching heat, temperatures reaching 37 degrees centigrade winning a bronze medal in the Over 40's singles event. In the mixed doubles event Over 35 Mark and his partner Isabelle Bramhall from Great Britain were the No2 Seeds in this event and lived up to their billing when after receiving a bye in the first match and then beating Ekaterina Sudnik from Belarus and her partner Olli Salminen from Finland 6/1 6/1 to reach the gold medal match. In the final Mark and Isabelle played the No1 Seeds Mari-Liis Parmas from Finland and her partner Henrik Mueller- Frerich from Germany in a very close match with games being decided on a deciding point on eight occasions 2/6 4/6 resulting in a silver medal … [Read more...] about Tennis: Mark Gatt wins silver, two bronze medals at European Senior Tennis Championships, Turkey
World tennis championships
North and South Korea have again turned to sport in another small step towards reconciliation, creating a unified women’s table tennis team. The two countries were due to face each other in the quarter-finals of the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad, Sweden, but instead asked organisers if they could merge and progress to the semi-finals together. The move was approved, meaning they will face either Japan or Ukraine in the final four on Friday as a united Korean team. The news comes three months after the Winter Olympics, when they fielded a unified women’s ice hockey team and marched together under a shared flag at the opening and closing ceremonies, and only days after the two nations pledged to rid the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons. Read more Trump gets facts wrong in boast about outdoing Obama over North Korea On Thursday the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, said he would support peace talks … [Read more...] about North and South Korea lay down table tennis bats to unite in World Team Championships quarter-final
Local table tennis duo George Hazell and Kate Cheer are to represent England at the ISF World Schools Championships in Malta this week. Horsham-based Hazell, 18, will star for his country in the boys’ nominated school team competition, lining up for Whitgift School from Croydon - where he is studying for his A Levels.In the national selected team event, the girls’ four-player line-up includes Crawley’s Cheer, who is representing The College of Richard Collyer. Hazell and his team-mates have been drawn to face Greece, Israel and India, while Cheer is up against powerhouses China, Chinese Taipei, Slovakia, India, Turkey and hosts Malta.Hazell, who won team and individual bronze medals for England last year in the Six Nations tournament in Jersey, qualified with his school after they retained their national title for the second year in March.He said: “I will not get this chance to play in the world schools again so I am really looking forward to playing. … [Read more...] about Hazell and Cheer table bid of glory for England at World Schools Championships
LAURA Muir had to give a jobsworth Serbian steward the slip to indulge in a lap of honour when she won double European Championships gold in Belgrade last year but thankfully last night in Birmingham she was given dispensation to savour her first global medal to the full. The 24-year-old, an agonising fourth placed finisher over 1500m at the outdoor World Athletics Championships in London last summer, went one better as she claimed a fine bronze medal over 3,000m in a storming finish on day one of the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships. As much credit as she deserves for taking the next step in her burgeoning career, much kudos is also due to her UK Athletics taxi driver, who delivered her safe and sound after a mad dash through the frozen tundra of the M74 and M6 after two flights out of Glasgow were cancelled due to the weather. This was Scotland's first individual World Indoors medal for 25 years and considering Muir ran away from last summer’s outdoor 5,000m winner … [Read more...] about Magnificent Laura Muir savours first global medal at World Indoor Championships
Roger Federer is running out of time to accept a wild card to play in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships as the deadline to confirm his participation approaches. The 36-year-old is considering returning to the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, which he has won on seven previous occasions, but has yet to declare his intentions. Dubai was expected to be Federer's next port of call after he won the Australian Open but accepting an offer to play the Rotterdam Open – where he became the oldest world number one in history – has thrown his participation into major doubt. Having not been included in the list of direct entrants into the tournament – world number five Grigor Dimitrov is currently the top seed - Federer needs a wild card to compete in the event. ATP rules state that a tournament must declare its wild card entries by 12pm EST [5pm GMT] on the Friday before the main draw is scheduled to start. Tournament organisers are yet to confirm any of its four … [Read more...] about Will Roger Federer play the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships?