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TOP WORLD JUNIORS WILL ATTEND TENNIS EUROPE ONE SGM CHRISTMAS CUP 2020 U14 SUPER CATEGORY INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR TOURNAMENT

7th edition of International Tennis Europe tournament Christmas Cup U14 will take place at the courts of Alexander Ostrovsky tennis Academy in Khimki from 28th December 2019 to 4th January 2020. For 2020 the tournament was granted the new highest Super Category. In 2020 the U14 tour was expanded with implementation of the new Super Category. 5 most prestigious tour events including the European tennis year opening Christmas Cup were upgraded from Category 1 to Super Category. Players of Super Category tournaments can earn more rating points and count on some additional advantages.

At Tennis Europe ONE SGM Christmas Cup 2020 U14 Super Category international junior tournament we expect the attendance of Top Russian juniors as well as European juniors from CIS countries, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, United Kingdom, Serbia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia and others.

The tournament has already booked its own niche in the European tour – in 2015 Christmas Cup was considered as the best tournament of the year regarding the organization by Tennis Europe.

At Christmas Cup 2019 U14 Maxim Zhukov became boys singles title holder and French duo Gabriel Debru/Clement Kubiak became champions in doubles event. Serbian Tijana Sretenovic got her title in girls’ singles competition. Anastasia Gureva with her partner Yaroslava Bartashevich became doubles title holders.

Every game of the tournament starting 29th December was aired live on the website of the Academy, YouTube channel and on www.gotennis.ru portal.

The most titled athlete in Christmas Cup U14 history is the Top student of the Academy Anastasia Potapova, who took two titles in a row in 2014 and 2015. She became a doubles title holder with Olesya Pervushina in 2014 and with Maria Novikova in 2015. In 2018 Russian Diana Shnaider held victory in singles and Russian Nadezhda Khalturina with Canadian Daria Plekhanova became doubles title holders.

Within boy’s competition two Russians could become an absolute champion – Alen Avidzba in 2014 and Timofey Skatov in 2015. Russian Mikhail Gorokhov could not find any strong rivalry in the past years. He took his singles title in 2017 and was able to defend it in 2018.

Traditionally at the tournament in 2019, besides the sports, the organizers offered a rich sports & entertainment program with an abundance of various competitions, shows and master classes. And, as the tournament was held in Russia, we decided to remind everyone and for someone to show for the first time our national cordiality and hospitality.

During the tournament, many interesting master classes were held: "do-it-yourself “Russian salad”, The show "Blend the cocktail" and "ice cream", as well as a master class "Painting gingerbread". Children participated with pleasure in every show, and then tasted the treats made by their hands. Finally, we fed the participants and guests of the tournament with Russian pancakes, which were baked just in front of them during the same-named master class held on the penultimate day of the tournament!

By tradition, on the 4th day of the tournament on January 3rd, a Master class for young tennis players was held (Kids Day), a kind of Olympics, which were attended by teams formed of students of clubs-participants ERTL 10s Minitennis. Players competed in speed, quickness of reaction and skill.

A show match, which has already become traditional, was held with the participation of guest stars of Russian tennis, this time – Ekaterina Makarova and Igor Kunitsyn, as well as the former famous tennis player and now coach Stanislav Vovk and the participant of the Christmas Cup 2019, Romanian Alex Coman. The format of the match was not quite ordinary: in the first half the rivals played in funny suits: Ekaterina Makarova reincarnated in fabulous Unicorn, Igor Kunitsyn in Santa Claus, Alex Coman inherited a role of Gorilla and Stanislav Vovk became a terrible T-Rex. But they did not frighten the assembled audience, but, on the contrary, only amused.

However, participants finished the match in usual tennis suits.

Sofia Tartakova, famous Russian TV presenter at "Match TV" channel and a longtime friend of Alexander Ostrovsky Academy in Khimki, got a role of commentator for the show match.

After the show match, an autograph session was held with the participation of Ekaterina Makarova and Igor Kunitsyn!

Traditionally, the main event of the 4th game day was the excursion of participants and their parents to Red square. After the photo shooting, the participants and organizers played a couple of points on a makeshift court. Then there was some hot tea and coffee, as well as various treats.

The final’s day on January 5 was attended by Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev, the First Vice-presidents Vladimir Lazarev and Alexey Selivanenko, as well as the Chairman of RTF coach council Gennady Zhukov.

The qualification matches of TE Super Category, ONE SGM Christmas Cup 2020 U14 in singles for boys and girls will begin on December 28, the matches of the main draw in singles and doubles competitions will start on December 30. The number of participants in the main draw of singles – 48, in doubles – 24. Official tournament surface is Hard (Acrylic). In total 160 players from different parts of the world will take part in the tournament. The organizers will accommodate all participants of the main draw in the hotel complex of the Academy and in the official hotel of the tournament — Holiday Inn Express Moscow – Khovrino, located near the Academy with convenient transport access to the courts.

* Admission for spectators is FREE!


Organization of the tournament

Location: Alexander Ostrovsky Academy, Khimki (Moscow region), Yunnatov str., bld. 1A.

Tournament Director: Roman Orlach

Contact number: +7 (926) 633-55-62

e-mail: roman@schooltennis.ru

Main referee: Madina Alimova

Contact number: +7 (967)253-38-87

e-mail: alimova@schooltennis.ru

Official website: www.schooltennis.ru

Academy contact number: +7 (495) 212-16-61

Tournament schedule

27 December 2019 (Friday)

14:00–18:00

Registration for qualification

28 December 2019 (Saturday)

09:00

Qualification stage

12:00

Cup`n`Cup master class

29 December 2019 (Sunday)

09:00

Qualification stage

14:00–18:00

Registration of main draw players (SMD) in players village

18:00

Opening ceremony

19:00

Chinese lantern

30 December 2019 (Monday)

09:00

Main draw matches

before 12:00

Registration for consolation tournament

before 12:00

Registration of main draw players (DMD)

12:00

Stone Crab master class

14:00

Tennis Europe Junior School

20:30

Tournament participants and captains meeting in the Academy

31 December 2019 (Tuesday)

09:00

Main draw matches

12:00

Scrapbooking New Year card master class

13:00

Christmas toys using decoupage technique master class

1 January 2020 (Wednesday)

09:00

Main draw matches

09:00

Consolation tournament matches

12:00

Stone Crab master class

2 January 2020 (Thursday)

09:00

Main draw quarterfinals

09:00

12:00

Consolation tournament quarterfinals

Cup`n`Cup master class

15:30

Master class for the youngest (Kids Day)

16:30

Show match of invited stars at the Central court

19:00

Excursion to Red square and evening Moscow

3 January 2020 (Friday)

10:00

Main draw semifinals

10:00

Consolation tournament semifinals

4 January 2020 (Saturday)

10:00

Main draw finals

10:00

Consolation tournament finals

16:00

Award ceremony

17:00

Fireworks

Partners

Title Partner — ONE SGM –Russian sports marketing agency of a full cycle meeting the world standards of quality and providing to the clients a full range of services, from the organization of training process to personal branding and PR;

Technical partner Babolat – French manufacturer of tennis equipment. The oldest company specializing in tennis equipment;

Official water of the tournament «Cone forest» – Environmentally friendly, artesian drinking water. The quality of drinking water meets the highest requirements of Russian and international standards;

Official hotel of the tournament Holiday Inn Express Moscow - Khovrino – located in a quiet location in a park area of Moscow. A 10-minute walk will take you to Khovrino subway station. A free shuttle service to the hotel is available upon request. Sheremetyevo international airport is just a 15-minute drive away. Free secure parking is available;

Official partner Yamaguchi Japan — the “Yamaguchi” company is the largest supplier of massage equipment, endowed with the rights of representation of the American company US MEDICA, as well as Japanese firms Fujiiryoki, Yamaguchi Electronics Solutions, BESTEC Corporation and HAKUJU. In Russia the company is the leader in volume of sales, the branching dealer network, the size of the warehouse and service center;

Official partner Charity fund «Maillot pour la vie» - Charity fund «Maillot pour la vie» unites champions and children who need a victory. The fund functions in Russia from 2015 and realises sport dreams of kids who are in hospitals or in children homes;

Official partner bar & restaurant Stone Crab – Stone Crab on Leningradsky avenue — it is a mixture of classics and futurism in the interior, only fresh seafood and fish in the French menu and a large collection of drinks from around the world, seasoned with live musical performances on weekends. This is a restaurant for everyone who appreciates the style and concept in the interior and food, ready to discover new tastes and to enjoy a holiday. It is ideal for a romantic date, a business lunch or a meeting with friends;

Official partner network of coffee shops Cup`n`Cup - Gastronomic establishment, a place for meetings and communication, where drinks and dessert dishes are served: coffee, cakes, green and black tea, juices, as well as carbonated drinks;

Official partner “Pokrovsky prianik” - the “Pokrovsky prianik” company is engaged in production of painted and glazed gingerbread, gingerbread pictures and products. "Pokrovsky prianik" is a well-known brand in Russia for its range of souvenir gingerbread;

Media partner «Championat.com» - Russian sports Internet portal that publishes news, results of matches, analytical data, exclusive photos, videos and online broadcasts. The portal with a multimillion audience firmly occupies a leading position among portals in the sports segment of the Russian Internet;

Media partner "Dni.ru" – an influential Russian online newspaper. Founded in December 2000 (one of the first major domestic Internet media). The resource combines the rapid release of fresh news materials, giving the reader a complete picture of the day with the regular publication of exclusive materials about politics, economics, show business, sports and cars. ​

Media partner "Urto.ru" – daily electronic newspaper. Review of political and economic events, sports and cultural events, criminal news, etc. Online interviews.

Media partner Tennis Weekend - popular in Russia magazine about tennis. Exclusive content, hot news, professional reviews and more;

Media partner GoTennis.ru - information Internet portal about tennis with an audience of 6 million people;