Beach Tennis Open Saarlouis 2018

23. – 26/08/2018

In 2018 the town of Saarlouis in the Saarland region of Germany will welcome again of the biggest beach tennis tournaments in Europe.

German Beach Tennis Championships, international ITF tournament, amateur cup of Saarlouis, Beach Tennis for Kids, Open Courts, guaranteed beach feeling, cool side program and much more.

From 23 to 26 August the city centre of Saarlouis close to the French border will transform again into an international beach tennis mecca.

A perfect debut – the Saarland region in Germany has established itself as a top-notch beach tennis destination with the exceptional ITF tournament in Saarlouis. Hosted by TSV Ford Steinrausch, the 15,000-dollar competition saw mind-boggling performances by the world’s leading beach tennis players in front of a cheering crowd in what was a perfectly organised event in a unique urban environment. As one of the initial supporters of the event, Klaus Bouillon, the regional minister of the interior, emphasised the significant potential of this competition that put the German town on a par with other international beach tennis destinations. And the athletes set the bar high as well.

Beach tennis in the middle of a city – this unique experiment proved successful with the Beach Tennis tournaments in Saarlouis, Germany. 2018 the urban Beach Tennis event is coming back! Save the date 23. – 26. August 2018!

Klaus Bouillon

Regional minister of sports and the interior

“It was a fantastic tournament. I am convinced that this event has great potential for expansion over the next few years. The German Championships were the beginning – the European and the World Championships are to follow.”

Reiner Beushausen

Vice-president German Tennis Association

“Events like this appeal to a young audience and we need young people for beach tennis. This was something for everyone, not on a remote beach somewhere, but right here in the middle of the city with a great atmosphere and food and drink stands.”

Flaminia Daina

Player

“This was an outstanding tournament with a superb organization. Thanks for everything."

Registration

Registration for the tournament can be made from now. You want to participate? Then please fill in the Entry Form (PDF) and send it to max@beachclub2010.de.

We are looking forward to a great tournament with you!

Players information

  • ARRIVAL

    When arriving by plane:

    Nearest airports: Saarbrücken Airport (SCN); Frankfurt Hahn (HHN)

    When arriving by train:

    Nearest train station: Saarlouis Main Station

  • SHUTTLE SERVICE

    We provide a shuttle service between airport and hotel as well as hotel an event site.

    Airport shuttle

    You arrive by plane? We’ll pick you up at the airport! Therefore please contact katja.reime@planb-event.com until 17 August 2018 informing us about your arrival time and flight number. In the event of any later request the pick-up at the airport can’t be guaranteed. Please notice that we just provide a shuttle service to Saarbrücken Airport and Frankfurt Hahn Airport.

    Hotel shuttle

    Information will follow shortly.

  • ACCOMODATION

    Victos’s Residenz-Hotel Saarlouis

    Bahnhofsallee 4, 66740 Saarlouis

    Contact person: Lisa Fritz-Gönnheimer

    T: +49 6831 980-0

    E: info.saarlouis@victors.de

    Prices: Single Room: 70 € per night

    Double Room: 45€ per person per night

    Lothringer Hof

    Lothringer Straße 35, 66740 Saarlouis

    Contact Person: Irene Remark

    T: +49 6831 42880

    E: info@lothringerhof.de

    Prices: Single Room: 52 € per night; Double Room: 34 € per person per night

Top 10 Teams 2017

Men

Michele Cappelletti

Date of Birth: 29.03.1992

Height/Weight: 193 cm / 80 kg

Nation: ITA

City: Cesena

Hand: Right

Racket: Sexy BT

What are you particularly looking forward to in Saarlouis?
I’m sure will be a nice tournament and I’m very excited to play for the first time in Germany and have the chance to discover a new city!

What challenges you most in this sport?
My challenge now in this sport is to continue to be the number 1 of the world, so try to get my ranking as much long as I can.

What is your personal advice for newcomers?
Try to play quite often and you will see you Will improve very quickly because it’s a really easy sport at the beginning!

Luca Carli

Date of Birth: 29.03.1992

Height/Weight: 181 cm / 72 kg

Nation: ITA

City: Pietracuta di San Leo

Hand: Right

Racket: Sexy BT

What is your goal for Saarlouis?

It’s my goal to win the tounament.

What was your personal highlight in your Beach Tennis career?

My best moments were both titels at the world champonships in Cervia and the tournament victory in Aruba 2016.

What is your training plan?

I do a lot of athletic training at the gym and training all over the year at the beach. Especially in summer. We mostly train serves and returns.

Luca Cramarossa

Date of Birth: 09.09.1992

Height/Weight: 178 cm / 73 kg

Nation: ITA

City: Taranto

Hand: Right

Racket: MBT

How did you come to play Beach Tennis?
When I was 14 years old, I discovered beach tennis at a school championship between different sports.

How do you see Beach Tennis in the future?
I think beach tennis will be very popular and maybe even an Olympic descipline. Above all, I see a brilliant future with very different rules.

What is your training plan?
I train physically (strengthening) twice a week and three times with my bat. Also, I have two drainage massage a week from my physiotherapist.

Marco Garavini

Date of Birth: 31.07.1984

Height/weight: 181 cm / 82 kg

Nation: ITA

City: Ravenna

Hand: Right

Racket: Sexy BT

Nikita Burmakin

Date of Birth: 30.03.1989

Height/Weight: 190 cm / 79 kg

Nation: RUS

City: Sankt Petersburg

Hand: Right

Racket: Rakkettone

How did you start to play Beach Tennis?

I played tennis all my life and volleyball for 6 years. So when I heard about Beach Tennis I understood that I have to try. And it went fine.

What was your personal highlight in your Beach Tennis career?

When we won the World Team Championships in Moscow 2016.

What challenges do you most in this sport?

The fast growing level of the palyers. And from the other side a lot of different factors – winde, sun, sand to which you have to adopt.

Tommasso Giovannini

Date of Birth: 21.08.1995

Height/Weight: 187 cm / 72 kg

Nation: ITA

City: Lugo

Hand: Right

Racket: Vision

How did you start to play Beach Tennis?

I started playing Beach Tennis as a kid, but I seriously started my training not till I was 13.

What challenges do you most in this sport?

My goal in Beach Tennis is to be the world’s number one and win the World Cup.

What is your personal advice for newcomers?

I train a lot, spend many hours on the court, but above all a good condition training is very important.

Doriano Beccaccioli

Date of Birth: 28.04.1994

Height/Weight: 176 cm / 61 kg

Nation: ITA

City: Fiumicino

Hand: Right

Racket: Tricolore

What are you particularly looking forward to in Saarlouis?

It will be the third time that I play in Germany. I´m pretty sure that the organization will be perfect again.

What is your goal for Saarlouis?

Our aim is always to reach the finale. It would be a great thing to be able to play the title.

What is your personal advice for newcomers?

My advice is to take coach lessons, play tournaments and most importantly to have fun.

Davide Benussi

Date of Birth: 06.11.1995

Height/Weight: 178 cm / 58 kg

Nation: ITA

City: Fiumicino

Hand: Left

Racket: Tricolore

What is your goal for Saarlouis?

For sure the goal is to play well and to trust. The rest comes naturally.

What makes you especially enthusiastic about Beach Tennis?

The possibility to travel the world and to play at the beach.

What is your training plan?

The training is very important. Since this summer we get trained from Alessio Chiodioni. We train four times a week, more or less two hours.

Aksel Samardzic

Date of Birth: 13.07.1993

Height/Weight: 196 cm / 94 kg

Nationality: Dutch-Aruban

Hand: Right

Racket: Tom Caruso

Thales Santos

Date of Birth: 21.10.1986

Height/Weight: 185 cm / 83 kg

Nation: BRA

City: Santos

Hand: Left

Racket: Drop Shot

Marco Faccini

Date of Birth: 27.01.1990

Height/Weight: 191cm/79kg

Nation: ITA

City: Ferrara

Hand: Right

Racket: Quicksand

What is your goal for Saarlouis?

I hope to win the tournament. I play with my great role model Alex Mingozzi. I always looked up to him and watched him play.

What challenges do you most in this sport?

Always overcome your own limits and compete at the highest level.

What is your personal advice for newcomers?

My advice is to be entrusted to a good and competent trainer, have patience and go his own way.

Alex Mingozzi

Date of Birth: 15.06.1981

Height/Weight:190cm/95kg

Nationality: Italian

City: Ravenna

Hand: Right

Racket: Vision

How did you start to play Beach Tennis?

I started playing Beach Tennis at the age of 13 with my father’s friends in Ravenna. At that point I also played Beachvolleyball.

What makes you especially enthusiastic about Beach Tennis?

Everyone has the chance to start playing Beach Tennis. It is easy to learn and you can play it everywhere. I really like that.

What was your personal highlight in your Beach Tennis career?

There are countless highlights. I remember the victories at the Bagno Delfino in Cervia, in the US with Matteo Marighella and all the victories with Vinicius Font.

Matteo Marighella

Date of Birth: 22.12.1979

Height/Weight: 181 cm / 76 kg

Nation: ITA

City: Ravenna

Hand: Right

Racket: Top Ring

Luca Meliconi

Date of Birth: 23.08.1987

Height/Weight: 185 cm / 80 kg

Nation: ITA

City: Ravenna

Hand: Right

Racket: MBT

What is your goal for Saarlouis?

I want to win this match, like every other match before.

What challenges do you most in this sport?

After six years, I want to win the World Cup again.

What is your personal advice for newcomers?

Just having fun.

Benjamin Ringlstetter

Date of Birth: 20.11.1984

Height/Weight: 181 cm / 78 kg

Nation: GER

City: Munich

Hand: Right

Racket: Turquoise

What are you particularly looking forward to in Saarlouis?

To play at the Kleiner Markt, where they built Beach Tennis Courts just for the tournament.

What is your goal for Saarlouis?

First to win the German Championships and second to reach the top 8 in the ITF $ 15.000 tournament.

 How do you see Beach Tennis in the future?

I think Beach Tennis can become a great sport for everybody, because it is much easier to lear than tennis or beach volleyball.

Manuel Ringlstetter

Date of Birth: 05.09.1987

Height/Weight: 178 cm / 79 kg

Nation: GER

City: Munich

Hand: Right

Racket: Turquoise

What makes you especially enthusiastic about Beach Tennis?

Besides the fast and super interessting game I really like the coolness of the players. It’s just so much fun to play with (mostly) sunshine, hot temperatures and music.

What was your personal highlight in your Beach Tennis career?

Until now, one of my highlights was the latest participation in the team world championships 2017 in Moscow. We achieved great results in a strong field of participants.

What is your personal advice for newcomers?

Try it – you will love it. The rest comes naturally.

Thibaud Francois

Date of Birth: 06.01.1992

Height/Weight: –

Nation: FRA

City: –

Hand: –

Racket: –

Gerard Rodriguez

Date of Birth: 05.09.1988

Height/Weight: 182 cm / 83 kg

Nation: ESP

City: Terrassa

Hand: Right

Racket: High Power

Nicolo Appiotti

Date of Birth: 16.03.1988

Height/Weight: 182 cm / 77 kg

Nation: ITA

City: Senigallia

Hand: Right

Racket: High Power

Francesco Pesaresi

Date of Birth: 18.11.1994

Height/Weight: 175 cm / 65 kg

Nation: ITA

City: Senigallia

Hand: Right

Racket: MBT

Top 10 Teams 2017

Women

Sofia Cimatti

Date of Birth: 30.11.1992

Height/Weight: 166 cm / 55 kg

Nationality: ITA

City: Imola

Hand: Right

Racket: –

Flaminia Daina

Date of Birth: 25.06.1993

Height/Weight: 176 cm / 64 kg

Nationality: ITA

City: Rome

Hand: Right

Racket: Quicksand

How did you start to play Beach Tennis?

My first experience in beach tennis was at the end of the high school, after practicing for many years tennis, then the destiny brought to me this sweet surprise.

How do you see Beach Tennis in the future?

Saarlouis is the emblem of how beach tennis is growing among the nations, I think we’re moving to higher steps but with need more support from the federations, and more people who can make our dreams true, so guys let’s dream together because beach tennis can give us many particular emotions.

Joana Cortez

Date of Birth: 11.01.1979

Height/Weight: 170 cm / 58 kg

Nationality: BRA

City: Rio de Janeiro

Hand: Left

Racket: Quicksand

How did you start to play Beach Tennis?

I stopped playing professional tennis in 2007 and was working with tennis in Rio de Janeiro when i met Beach Tennis. In 2008 Beach Tennis arrived in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), invited me to try and then compete for a World Championship in Italy (Marina de Ravenna).

What are you particularly looking forward to in Saarlouis?

This will be the first big tournament of Beach Tennis in Germany and it is great to know that the ITF Professional Circuit is growing and looking for new places, like the city of Saarlouis. I’ve never been to Saarlouis but it seems to be a lively town during the summer.

What was your personal highlight in your Beach Tennis career?

Being number one in the world in 2013 was one of the best moments of my career. Me and my partner Samantha Barijan were the first non-Italian players to achieve this placement.

Rafaella Adriana Miiller

Date of Birth: 14.05.1993

Height/Weight: 177 cm / 75 kg

Nationality: BRA

City: Balneario Camboriu

Hand: Right

Racket: –

Frederica Baccetta

Date of Birth: 16.09.1986

Height/Weight: 170 cm / 60 kg

Nationality: ITA

City: Ravenna

Hand: Right

Which tournament is your favorite? 

The World Championship in Bagno Delfino is the most emotionnal tournament cause it’s right infront of my door, in a great arena with 4000 seats for spectators.

What is your goal for Saarlouis?

You always hope to win by offering your best.

What makes you especially enthusiastic about Beach Tennis?

I fell in love with my sport. You play at the beach, at the seaside, having great weather at beautiful locations. It’s a team sport where you help each other and it is a lot of fun.

Giulia Gasparri

Date of Birth: 31.10.1991

Height/Weight: 168 cm / 58 kg

Nationality: ITA

City: Lugo

Hand: Right

Racket: Sexy BT

What is your personal advice for newcomers

My advice for newcomers: play, play, play and have fun doing so cause this sport is made for everybody.

How did you start to play Beach Tennis?

I started 3,5 years ago. I had holidays in Mauritius/La Reunion while the ITF tournaments took place. Since then I am passionated about it.

How do you see Beach Tennis in the future?

I hope that the sport is growing year by year and that it will become an Olympic descipline one day.

Eva D’Elia

Date of Birth: 27.09.1982

Height/Weight: 170 cm / 66 kg

Nationality: ITA

City: Taranto

Hand: Right

Racket: Quicksand

What is your training plan?

I train twive a week with the racket. Once  a week I am doing athletic trainling.

What are you particularly looking forward to in Saarlouis?

I am very excited. The organisers are passionated about the sport for a long time. Therefore they know the secrets to organise a perfect tournament.

Which tournament is your favorite?

For sure the World Championships in Cervia are very emotional, but it’s even nicer to play in Lido Gandoli – my hometown

Veronica Visani

Date of Birth: 12.11.1990

Hight/Weight: 170 cm / 66 kg

Nationality: ITA

City: Cesena

Hand: rechts

Racket: Quicksand

What are you particulary looking forwar to in Saarlouis?

I hope to find a great tounament with good teams and great spectators.

What was your personal highlight in your Beach Tennis career?

There are a lot of great moments in this sport. Every victory was nice. For sure one of the best moments was the unexpected victory at the World Championships 2013 – in a team with Sofia Cimatti

What challenges do you most in this sport?

The biggest challenge is the constancy and the permanent motivation to work on yourselve. And to improve yourselfve both in summer and winter and to sty passionated about it.

Veronica Casadei

Date of Birth: 13.04.1998

Height/Weight: 168 cm / 59 kg

Nationality: ITA

City: Rimini

Hand: Right

Racket: Quicksand

Nicole Nobile

Date of Birth: 11.09.1995

Height/Weight: 173 cm / 60 kg

Nationality: ITA

City: Cervia

Hand: Right

Racket: High Power

How did you start to play Beach Tennis?

From the earliest age I played Beach Tennis with my father and my frieds at the Beach. Four years ago I started to train properly while I was still doing artistic gymnastics. Then I concentrated completely on Beach Tennis.

How do you see Beach Tennis in the future?

It’s my hope to see Beach Tennis as an Olympic discipline.

What challenges do you most in this sport?

My biggest challenge is to improve myself day by day. tournament by tounament – not just tcchnically but also mentally.

Daria Churakova

Geburtsdatum: 10.04.1986

Größe/Gewicht: 173 cm / 60 kg

Nation: RUS

Stadt: Moskau

Spielhand: rechts

Racket: MBT

Irina Glimakova

Geburtsdatum: 17.06.1993

Größe/Gewicht: 183 cm / 62 kg

Nation: RUS

Stadt: St. Petersburg

Spielhand: rechts

Racket: High Power

Nadia Leuenberger

Date of Birth: 12.12.1989

Height/Weight: 167 cm / 56 kg

Nationality: SUI

City: Bern

Hand: Right

Racket: Tom Caruso

What is your goal for Saarlouis?

To win as many matches as possible so I can leave for home with some additional ranking points.

What makes you especially enthusiastic about Beach Tennis?

The social environment. Within the beach tennis circuit I feel like beeing in a family. For me a good atmoasphere and fun are the most imporatnt things.

What challenges do you most in this sport?

Every match is different. Once there are extrem wind conditions or high temperatures we need to deal with.

Sarah Leuenberger

Date of Birth: 17.03.1988

Hight/Weight: 167 cm / 55 kg

Nationality: SUI

City: Bern

Hand: rechts

Racket: Tom Caruso

Wie bist du zum Beach Tennis gekommen? 

There was a sport event in my home town where one could try different kind of sports. It was the first time my sister and I played.

Worauf freust du dich besonders in Saarlouis? 

I am especially looking forward to play in a new environment. The tournament seems to be unique. I am excited to play at the Kleiner Markt in the center of Saarlouis. Besonders freue ich mich darauf, in einem neuen Umfeld zu spielen.

Was ist dein persönlicher Tipp für Neueinsteiger? 

Absolutely try it, beach tennis can be inspiring!

Manuela Cunha

Date of Birth: 25.01.1978

Height/Weight: 165 cm / 53 kg

Nationality: POR

City: Povoa de Varzim

Hand: Right

Racket: High Power

Laura Galli

Date of Birth: 06.10.1981

Height/Weight: 168 cm / 56 kg

Nationality: SUI

City: Lugano

Hand: Right

Racket: MBT

Eva Maes

Date of Birth: 26.08.1981

Height/Weight: 169 cm / 63 kg

Nationality: BEL

City: Alken

Hand: Left

Racket: MBT

Sindy Put

Date of Birth: 02.11.1978

Height/Weight: 167 cm / 72 kg

Nationality: BEL

City: Alken

Hand: Right

Racket: MBT

Anne Hoogendam

Date of Birth: 13.06.1999

Height/Weight: 164 cm / 51 kg

Nationality: ARU

City: Oranjestad

Hand: Right

Racket: Topspin

Lorena Melo

Date of Birth: 30.03.1994

Hight/Weight: 170 cm / 53 kg

Nationality: BRA

City: Rio de Janeiro

Hand: rechts

Racket: Quicksand

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Locations

Saarlouis, Kleiner Markt

Known as the “secret” capital of the Saarland region, Saarlouis saw some of the world’s best beach tennis players go head-to-head this summer on Centre Court at the Kleiner Markt square in the heart of this historic town near the French border. As well as three beach tennis courts and seating areas for fans, facilities included food stands and a large expo featuring some of the top brands from the world of beach tennis.

TSV Ford Steinrausch

TSV Ford Saarlouis Steinrausch was founded in 1977. With almost 850 members, it is today one of the largest clubs in the town of Saarlouis. It is divided into 13 different branches offering a wide range of sports and activities for children, teenagers and adults. Teams compete for TSV Ford Saarlouis Steinrausch in volleyball, badminton, tennis, boules and rock’ n’ roll. However, the club sees itself as more than “just” a place for sports enthusiasts. As well as organising its own sporting events and competitions, it is a prominent member of the community in Steinrausch (an area of Saarlouis) as well the town and the surrounding region. The club’s members also often take part in hikes and bike rides together. In 2014, TSV Ford Saarlouis Steinrausch built a sand court for beach tennis, beach volleyball, beach football, beach handball and other sports. Facilities also include a large grass pitch and event area for parties as well as showers and toilets. We look forward to welcoming new members and visitors!

Prize money

ITF $15.000
WOMENMEN
Winner$3.000$3.000
Runner-up$1.800$1.800
Semi-finalist$750$750
Q-finalist$300$300

Rules & Conditions

Official ITF Rules 2018

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Contact

Project lead

Christian Stephan
PLAN B event company GmbH
Geiselgasteigstr. 120
81545 München

T: +49 (0)89 651299-47
M: christian.stephan@planb-event.com

Tournament lead

Maximilian Hamm
Beachclub 2010

M:  max@beachclub2010.de

Press

Julia Conrad
PLAN B event company GmbH
Geiselgasteigstr. 120
81545 München

T: +49 (0)89 651299-31

M: +49 (0) 151 550101 51
M: julia.conrad@planb-event.com