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THE STRONGEST JUNIOR TENNIS PLAYERS AND ATHLETES FROM RUSSIA, BELARUS, CIS COUNTRIES, GREAT BRITAIN, ROMANIA, FRANCE, AND SWITZERLAND ARE COMING TO TENNIS EUROPE 1 RWB CHRISTMAS CUP U14 2019 TOURNAMENT

The 6th Tennis Europe International Tennis Tournament (1 category) will be held on the courts of Alexander Ostrovsky Tennis Academy in Khimki City since December 29, 2018, to January 5, 2019. This regular tournament received a new name for the RWB Christmas Cup U14 2019 for the 2019 forthcoming year. The contest will be attended by leading Russian juniors and the strongest of Europe’s young tennis players from the CIS states, Great Britain, Romania, France, and Switzerland.

The tournament has already conquered its niche in the European tour. By the end of 2015, the Christmas Cup was awarded by the European Federation (Tennis Europe) as the best-organised tournament of the year.

Tennis juniors from over twenty countries took part in this rivalry in 2018. Young players from India, South Korea, Morocco, the Republic of Macedonia, Switzerland, Portugal, and Cyprus came to Khimki for the first time.

Since December 30th, 2017, all tournament games were broadcast live on the Academy website, on the Youtube channel, on the webportal www.gotennis.ru, and further on the new Schooltennis mobile application. Famous guests — invited tennis experts: Mr Alexander Krasnorutsky, Ms Galina Voskoboeva and Ms Lina Krasnorutskaya (online from Miami, USA) — took part in broadcasting from the central court.

By tradition, there were the first persons of the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) among guests of the tournament: Mr Vladimir Lazarev, First Vice-President of the RTF, Mr Alexey Selivanenko, Vice-President of the RTF. Famous retired Russian tennis players Mr Yevgeny Kafelnikov, (the first racket of the world Olympic champion Sydney 2000, the winner of the Davis Cup (2006) in the Russian team), and Igor Andreev, the captain of the women's team in the Fed Cup.

The most award-winning athlete in the history of the RWB Christmas Cup U14 is the talented student Anastasia Potapova, who was marked twice by a victorious double in 2014 and 2015. She won the title in a couple with Olesya Pervushina (2014) and Maria Novikova (2015). In 2018, the Russian winner Diana Schneider took the winner's trophy, Nadezhda Khalturina from Russia and Dasha Plekhanova from Canada won in doubles.

The absolute junior winners of the Christmas Cup were Alain Avidzba (2014) and Timofey Skatov (2015) from Russia. Last two years, the boys had no equal to Russian junior player Mikhail Gorokhov from Russia who won the title for the first time in 2017, and for the second time in 2018. He defended the title. In the doubles, there were no equal rivals to the international duet of Matthew Donald / Konstantinos Koshis (Czech Republic / Cyprus, 2).

As usual, the entertainment program was rich and varied. A petting zoo visited the tournament three times. Anyone could interact with little pets, touch them and take pictures with them as a souvenir.

Various contests and workshops were held for participants of the competitions, such as the master class "Artists", the Culinary show "Burgers" and the master class "Ice Cream".

The day before the opening of the tournament, a photo outlet was set up in the Players' Village, and, since December 31, 2017, seekers could take selfies for free.

By tradition, the main events were reserved on Thursday by the organisers: it was the Show Match. However, at first, the courts were presented at the disposal of children. The Children's Day contests were held between various teams. The teams of participating clubs of the United Russian Tennis League 10s Minitennis took part in the children's sports competition: from Alexander Ostrovsky Academy in Khimki in Tula cities, the J-PRO tennis schools, and the Dolgoprudny shopping center. There were many exciting contests, and, as usual, sports friendship served to win!

The tennis master class was launched by tennis stars Elena Lihovtseva and Igor Kunitsyn from Russia. Later on a show match took place between the pairs Elena Likhovtseva / Igor Kunitsyn and Anastasiya Potapova / Nikita Zimin. This game was watched by Mr Aleksey Selivanenko, the Vice President of the RTF.

Qualifying matches in singles for boys and girls will start on December 29, 2018, matches for the main nets in singles, as well as in doubles competitions start on December 31, 2018. The number of participants in the main nets single category - 48, doubles - 24. The official surface of the tournament courts is hard (Acrylic). In total, 160 players from all over the world will participate in the contest. The organisers will accommodate all the participants both in the Academy hotel complex and in the tournament official hotel - the Holiday Inn Express Moscow - Khovrino hotel, located close to the Academy with convenient access to the courts.

* FREE ENTRANCE FOR SPECTATORS

The tournament is Supported by Khimki city and Lev Tolstoy Park Administration.


Tournament organization

Location: Alexander Ostrovsky Academy (Khimki, Moscow Region, Yunnatov St. 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

28th of December 2018

(Friday)

14:00-18:00

Qualifying sign in

29th of December 2018 (Saturday)

9:00

Qualifying

12:00

Hand made «Olivier» salad

30st of December 2018 (Sunday)

9:00

Final round qualifying

14:00-18:00

Main draw sign in (SMD) in the Player's Village

18:30

Opening ceremony

31st of December 2018 (Monday)

09:00

Main draw matches

From 11:00

Consolation tournament sign in

Till 12:00

Double main draw sign in (DMD)

12:00

Shake the Milkshake

20:30

Meeting of captains and participants in Academy

1st of January 2019 (Tuesday)

09:00

Main draw matches

12:00

Ice Cream Show

2nd of January 2019 (Wednesday)

09:00

Main draw matches

09:00

Consolation draws

12:00

Gingerbread Make Up Show

13:00

Racquet Balls Collector Challenge

3rd of January 2019 (Thursday)

09:00

Main draw quarterfinals

09:00

Consolation draw quarterfinals

15:00

Serve speed and accuracy challenge

15:30

Kids day master class

16:30

Show-match with featuring guest stars on the central court

19:00

Sightseeing of the Red Square and the center of Moscow

4th of January 2019 (Friday)

10:00

Main draw semifinals

10:00

Consolation draw semifinals

5th of January 2019 (Saturday)

10:00

Main draw finals

10:00

Consolation finals

16:00

Award & Closing ceremony

Partners

Title sponsor RWB development and asset management – RWB development and asset management provides with the full range of services in fee-development, property and asset management, marketing and leasing. The main company's projects are the Cultural and Business Complex "Bolshevik" and the Business Park "Aurora" where RWB acts as a fee-developer for the apartment part (for "Bolshevik" - build-to-suit office also) and a managing company in business centers in accordance to the management agreements.;

Official partner PRIDEX – a professional development and construction company rendering a full range of services for design, construction and engineering equipment of commercial real estate and holding a dominant position in the Russian FIT-OUT market;

Official insurance partner VSK Insurance Company – The official insurance partner of the Academy. The company has been carrying out insurance activities since February 11, 1992 and currently holds leading positions in the Russian insurance market. The company was awarded by the President of Russia three times for the high level of work and for contribution in developing insurance business (2002, 2007 and 2017);

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

Official sponsor “Cone Forest” – Environmentally friendly artesian drinking water. The water quality meets the highest Russian and international standards;

Official partner ONE SGM – Full-service sports marketing agency. Provides clients with a full range of services, from training process organization to personal branding, PR and events creation;

Official hotel of the Tournament – Holiday Inn Express Moscow – Khovrino - is quietly located in a park area in Moscow. Khovrino Metro Station is a 10-minute walk away and a free return shuttle service to it is offered upon request. Sheremetyevo International Airport is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. All hotel guests are provided with free secured car parking;

Official partner Stone Crab Bar & Restaurant – Stone Crab on Leningradsky Prospekt offers a mixture of classics and futurism in the interior, only fresh seafood and fish, French cuisine, large collection of beverages from around the world, live music performances on weekends. Stone crab welcomes everyone who appreciates style and concept in the interior and food, who are ready to discover new tastes and enjoy the rest. This place is ideal to have a romantic date, a business lunch or a warm meeting with friends;

Official partner Cup`n`Cup – Gastro cafe, a place for meetings and communication, where drinks and dessert dishes are served: coffee, cakes, green and black tea, juices and carbonated drinks;

The official partner of the tournament is Ant Yapi Construction Company, the largest Turkish developer specializing in the construction of residential and commercial facilities.;

Informational partner «Сhampionat.com» - Sports internet network, which publishes news, match results, analytical data, exclusive photos/videos, online broadcasts. It has a multi-million audience and holds leading positions among the sports network segment;

Informational partner “Tennis Weekend” - The only Russian tennis magazine, which provides its readers with exclusive content, news, professional reviews and other interesting information;

Informational partner GoTennis.ru - First Russian tennis web portal with an audience of 6 million people;

Sports news agency "R-Sport" – highlights the most important sporting events in the world of football, hockey, basketball, tennis, motor sport and other kinds. The information is distinguished by its exclusivity, reliability and efficiency.