The world's best Beach Tennis players are coming to the Saarland from August 24th to the 27th and will be bringing a unique urban beach atmosphere into the city center of Saarlouis. The reigning world champions from Italy, Luca Carli and Michele Cappelletti, will take center stage of the $15,000 ITF tournament in Saarlouis. The list of participants is almost identical to the recently contested world championship in Cervia, Italy. There are currently eight players participating who are ranked in the world’s top 10. In the women’s competition there are even nine players ranked in the Top 10. The sports loving city of Saalouis will be the showcase for one of the most lucrative Beach Tennis Events in Europe with the $15,000 tournament. Also taking place at the same time will be the German Beach Tennis championship held by the German Tennis Federation.
Saarlouis (GER) - From August 21st the Kleine Markt square in Saarlous will be completely converted into a beach setting with 400 tons of sand and grandstands built around the center court to accommodate 600 fans. “Finally it's going to happen: The Kleine Markt will be turned into the biggest sandbox in the whole state of Saarland. We welcome all athletes and spectators to Saarlouis and are looking forward to the exciting games and celebrations,“ said Marion Jost, the enthusiastic mayor of Saarlouis in the run-up to the event. Klaus Boillon is also full of enthusiasm for the upcoming event: “Beach Tennis is still a young sport, but it’s a fascinating sport. As the sports minister of the Saarland, I’m delighted to take over the patronage of the Beach Tennis Open Saarlouis 2017. I’m sure that spectators will be treated to a high- class sporting action at the $15,000 ITF tournament and the German championship featuring exciting matches and a fabulous atmosphere at the Kleine Markt in middle of the center of Saarlouis.“
The defending champion will naturally not want to miss this highlight. It is not only the high prize money of the ITF $15,000 tournament at stake, which motivate the players, but also the coveted world championship points. Before the first ball was hit at the Kleine Markt in Saarlouis, the Italian world champion Luca Carli declared: “I want to win the tournement of Saarlouis“. His toughest competition will be Carli's compatriots and vice-world champions Luca Cramarossa/Marco Burmaki as well as the Russian- Italian combination Nikita Burmakin/Tommaso Giovannini. Aksel Samardzic of the Carribean Island Aruba and his Brasilian partner Thales Santo are the outsiders to have a chance of winning as well the Italian Doriano Beccaccioli and Davide Benussi.
Beach Tennis is a sport widely regarded as having a growth potential. The German Tennis Federation is well aware of this and is looking forward to German championships. “We want to show with the German championship in Saarlouis that Beach Tennis can be also attractive for sport cities. The rapidly growing beach sport is young, dynamic and thrilling to watch for people of all ages as well as to play yourself. We are very happy to welcome athletes from all German federal states to the Saarland to Saarlouis,“ says Reiner Beushausen, vice president of the German Tennis Federation.