Entry will soon be closing for the Vienna Classics, the first IWT of the year. The prestigious tournament returns for the 9th time with entry for the tournament closing at 11:59 am CET on Monday 21st January.
The tournament will be played at the Tennis Point Vienna from the 1st-3rd of February, the same venue that hosted the 2018 Austrian Open.
Vienna Classics Entry Information
There are already entrants from 16 different nations across three continents with players competing form the USA and Hong Kong. As ever, entry is available to players of all standards with categories ranging from beginner to elite.
There are also a number of age categories ranging from U13 juniors to +65 seniors.
The doubles categories will be played on Friday the 1st of February. The singles categories also begin on Friday but do not start until early evening.
A highlight of the tournament will be the player’s dinner and player’s party, both of which take place at Smokey’s near the arena. An airport shuttle is also provided for players staying in the tournament hotel.
Who is already heading to the Vienna Classics?
World No.3 Kreston Hougaard headlines the entrants so far as he makes his first appearance of the season. Joining him is Poland’s Rav Rykowski who has had past success in Vienna. Two years ago, at a different venue, Rykowski became European Champion, defeating Leon Griffiths in an epic final.
Also entered in the Men’s A is Arnaud Genin and Luka Penttinen, who contested the Austrian Open final at this venue late last year.
Genin, who went on to win the Austrian Open, said, “I’m really glad for sure to come back to Vienna, in the same place I won my first tournament.
“It’s my greatest racketlon moment for now, [my] best emotions, so I really want to play again there, and I hope to be carried by [my] last results here in November.
“But I know strong players are going to play, and it will for sure be a totally different tournament.”
“It’s a really nice place”
Speaking about the Tennis Point Vienna, Genin said, “It’s a really nice place! Every sport is less than one minute from the other, [they’re in the] same hall. It’s also not far away from downtown.
“And I want to thank Marcel Weigl, the organiser, who made and makes everything possible for us to play in the best conditions.”
Genin went on to explain why players should enter and why fans should come to watch.
“First because many of the best racketlon players in the world will be here! We all have one or two strong sports and some of us were part of the top-200 in the world ranking in their main sport. So it’s a good opportunity for people to see a high racket level.”
Defending Vienna Classics champions Christine Seehofer and Lukas Windischberger are yet to enter, although Christine’s sister Elisabeth has signed up for the tournament. Could we see a late entry for the World No.1s or will 2019 see a new pair of champions?
Tournament entry is available here until Monday at 11:59am CET.
More information can be found about the Vienna Classics here.
The full list of World Tour events is available here.
Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer
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