Prague Hosts the 2019 Czech Open

The IWT Czech Open is set to return to the Racketlon World Tour for the 15th time.

The tournament is taking place in Prague on the 5th to the 7th of April at the Hector Sport Centre. The venue has previously been used at the 2018 Czech Open and the European Championship in 2015.

The defending champions in the Men’s and Women’s A grades are Austrian World No.1s Lukas Windischberger and Christine Seehofer.

Where is the 2019 Czech Open going to be held?

Tournament Director Svatopluk Rejthar is encouraging as many people to enter as possible. “As organisers of this tournament we care deeply about your interest in our event and we make the maximum effort in order to prepare everything to the highest standard.

“This year’s venue is the Hector Sport Centre, which proved itself in last year’s tournament as well as in the European Championship in 2015.

“The advantage of this venue is primarily the big number of courts, which allow a high number of matches even in case of a higher number of players.

“The official hotels that have been selected are a small distance from the venue, only 0.9km and 1.5km away. Even then, there will be an all-day shuttle going from official tournament hotels to the venue.”

More information about the tournament hotels and travel to Prague can be found here.

“Experience not only the competition but also the beautiful city of Prague”

Svatopluk also revealed that “Besides the competition, there will also be two separate prize ceremonies. The first will be on Saturday where the winners of the doubles categories will be announced.

“On Saturday evening there will also be a traditional dinner with the best Czech beer, Pilsner Urquell, served for free for all attendants. There will also be a disco and players party.

“The second prize giving ceremony will take place on Sunday, at the end of the tournament, where the winners of singles will be crowned.

“The bonus is the prize money, which will be paid to all first three women and men in the A singles category.

“For the juniors and seniors over 65, there is also a discounted starting fee.

“Come to the Czech Open to experience not only the competition but also the beautiful city of Prague.”

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Who has already signed up to play in the Czech Open?

35 players have already signed up for the tournament from 10 different countries.

Four of the World’s Top-10 have entered the Women’s A; Kirsten Kaptein, Zuzana Severinova, Hannah Boden and Anna-Klara Ahlmer.

Dan Busby, Benjamin Graenicher and Luke Penttinen, three of the World’s Top-10 male players, have also signed up. Arnaud Genin, who has won the first two tournaments in 2019, is heading to Prague as well.

Can anyone stop Arnaud Genin from winning another World Title? (Image: Inge Omey)

More information about the schedule and wide availability of entry classes is available by going here and then clicking “here” next to “proposition” near the top of the page.

Entry to the Czech Open is open to players of all ages and abilities here.

The full list of 2019 Racketlon World Tour events is available here.

Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer

Image Credit / Czech Racketlon Association

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