Despite rainy weather, in Liepāja took place “Amber Wilson” tournament for U12 age groupAt girls competition 1st place took Enija Paula Aploka, by winning in Final over Mia Melbārde from Riga with 6/1 6/0. Bronze was taken by Karolīna Skābe, in game against Annu Bārbali with 6/0 6/0.At boys competition unbeaten remained Dāvids Špaks, who in Final won over his training partner Dāvis Rolis with 6/3 6/2. 3rd place was taken by Ralfs Laukagals who won over other our student Ričards Špaks with 6/7(3), 6/1 6/2.
Last week in Riga, Mežparks tennis courts, took place LTU Cup leg for U14 age group. At this leg participated 5 students from Liepaja Tennis Sport school – 4 boys and 1 girl.Overall the tournament for our students went good. With the Gold medal and Champion title back home returned our Valērijs Vorobjovs, by winning in the Final over Nikolajs Galkins (ACB/VL Tenisa skola) with smashing 6/1 6/0. In Semifinals Valērijs had to play with his school partner Dāvids Špaks, who was won with 6/3 3/6 6/2. Dāvids in the game for third place lost to Ņikita Kupičs with 6/3 2/6 1/6. Both other boys Ričards Špaks and Daniels Špaks could pass the 1st round, but in the second round they both lost. Dana Gribeļska lost already in the 1st round to Amēlija Šūpulniece (ACB/VL Tenisa skola) with 5/7 6/3 4/6.
This week at the same venue takes place LTU Cup leg for U18 age group. Liepaja Tennis Sport school is represented by 2 players – Marta Pagraba and Elīna Zīverte.
May 6th to 8th, two Latvian Tennis union Cup legs took place.
In Mežparks tennis courts took place LTU cup leg for U12 age group, where participated 7 Liepaja Tennis Sport school students. At girls competition best results had our youngest participant Enija Paula Aploka, she played till Semifinal where she lost to Valērija Kargina (Lielupes TC) with 6/4 6/2. Evelīna Ķīvīte won only in 1st round, but Karolīna Skābe lost already in first game.At boys competition with Gold medal returned our Dāvids Špaks, who in Semifinal won over 1st seeded Daniels Tens (Spars TK) with 7/6(4) 6/2, but in Final Dāvids was better than Reinis Kupfers (Orange Tennis s/sk) with 7/6 (3) 6/3.Meanwhile in Liepāja took place LTS cup leg for U18 age group. At girls competition victory was celebrated by our Rebeka Mertena, in Final with 7/5 6/4 she won over Anna Jakovļeva (ACB/VL Tenisa skola). For the Bronze medal competition was between two our students Elza Tomase and Marta Pagraba. At this game better was Elza and with 7/5 6/3 she took Bronze.At boys competition Toms Sutris, who this year is representing Liepāja Tennis Sport school, took Gold. In Final with 6/1 6/1 he won over our other student Toms Rolis. Our Renārs Grodskis had to play for the Bronze, but because of injury he couldn’t finish the game, so the third place was taken by Justs Jakovļevs (ACB/VL Tenisa skola).
In April, U10 age group young tennis players from Liepāja participated in different tournaments in Latvia. Best results had Marija Lauva, by taking 2nd place in TKSpars (Rīga) Orange group tournament and Anna Azarova by winning in Jelgava Red group tournament. In Jelgava Orange group tournament our Elizabete Marta Hamitova took 4th place.April 24, our young tennis players went to Ventspils Orange tournament, where the best results was achieved by Matīss Ozoliņš – Pese (4th place), E.M.Hamitova (4th place) and S.Vaidere (5th place).Last weekend in Liepaja Tennis Sport school tennis courts with two tournaments the summer season was opened. During the whole day 27 Green group tennis players from all Latvia competed in hard games. This time the awards were represented by Wilson and Liepaja Tennis Sport school. From our students only Ralfs Rukmanis (coach Evija Reinfelde) took award winning 3rd place. But Final took place duel between young tennis players from Riga, where Folkheims in a close game won over Harjuzovs.
With a nice weather in the tennis courts of Liepaja Tennis Sport school summer season was opened. April 29 to May1 in Liepaja took place 4th leg of LTU cup for U14 age group. As the tournament took place in Liepaja, there were 16 participants from Liepaja Tennis Sport school, but only few of them could manage to get into the best results.In the 1st round won Elza Tomase, Eveīna Ķīvīte, Enija Paula Aploka, Dana Gribeļska, Alise Vindiga, Paula Jankova and Valērijs Vorobjovs. In the 2nd round “Head to head” met two pairs of Liepaja – E.Tomase won over E.Ķīvīte with 6/0 6/1, but A.Vindiga was better than D.Gribeļska with 6/1 7/6(4). P.Jankova and E.Aploka lost in 2nd round games.Both in boys and in girls Singles competition won our students Elza Tomase in Final with 6/2 6/2 won over Sabīne Rutlauka (Orange TS), but Valērijs Vorobjovs in Final won over Nikolajs Galkins (ACB/VL Tenisa skola) with 6/2 6/1. At girls competition Bronze was won by our Alise Vindiga, who with 6/3 6/0 won over A.Mazūra (CTK) from Rīga.
In Consolation tournament, where participates players who lost in 1st round, the 1st place was taken by Arina Dokukina (RTU SK) and Daniels Špaks from Liepaja Tennis Sport school.
Already next weekend at tennis courts of Liepaja Tennis Sport school will take place LTU cup leg for U18 age group.
March 30 – April 14, Liepaja Tennis Sport school student Rebeka Margareta Mertena with her coach Daņils Kozlovs traveled to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, to participate in two adult tournaments “ITF 10000 Sharm El Sheikh” for the first time in Rebeka’s career.
Unfortunately in both tournaments Rebeka lost already in the 1st round. In the first tournament Rebeka competed against Emmanuelle Salas from France and lost with 2:6 3:6, but in the second tournament Rebeka lost to Oleksandra Korashvili from Ukraine with 2:6 2:6. Parallel to Singles tournament, Rebeka as well tried Doubles, where she as well lost both games. We invited 16 years old Rebeka and her coach Daņils to talk about her first international experience in adult competition.
What are your thougths after the participation in these tournaments?
Rebeka: Not all went as we expected. I was thinking, that I will play better. Nevertheless I lost all games, still this participation in these tournaments gave me big experience. However in this tournament participated adult women and they are much more experienced n tennis and the games are faster as well.
After this tournament I understood, that during the games I don’t need to think about previous points, but I have to concentrate to the point which is being played. If I’ll think about the previous points, then all my game will have mistake after mistake. As well I understood, that I shouldn’t express my emotions and I have to be calm on the court.
It was hard to adapt to the heat in Egypt, especially in the first game, when I even had problems to breath at that kind of temperature (+40 degrees Celsium). I needed some time to adapt to that, already in the second tournament it was easier for me to play. As well my couch could manage to prepare me physically for the second tournament.
Participation at these tournaments gave me confidence, that I want to spend my life with tennis. During the tournaments a lot of things in my game didn’t work, and I felt, that the competition is better than me, but now I understand, that it was only the first tournament in adult competition.
Daņils: We gained confidence, new knowledge on how to behave at games. And of course, that we have to practice even more. All this was something new. It was possible to observe, how the professional tennis players are preparing for game. At the tournament participated women ranked around 300th and 400th place, so it was interesting to look how they are playing and how they concentrate. It’s sad, that we couldn’t fulfill our own goal – win in the 1st round. This tournament was good experience for Rebeka.
Did the coach’s presence help?
Rebeka: Yes, of course, coaches presence helps always. I felt myself much more confident and the coach knows how to motivate me.
How often did you practice in Egypt and did you had some practices with other players?
Rebeka: We had practices three times a day. We started our first practice always at 7 in the morning. We had good practices with other players as well. I practiced together with little older girls than me from Japan, Austria and Estonia. At these practices I could manage a lot of things in my game, we had quite tight games when we played on points, I could even win over my opponents.
Daņils: Rebeka had a great opportunity to practice with better players, so we could see our problems and things which we have to work on. The conclusion is that we have to pay more attention to the thinking during the game. At this level the game speed is faster and on the court you have to make fast decisions. During these practices I chatted with other coaches. Some of them wanted to know our experience on how to improve tennis practices. During chat with coach from Japan, he said, that we have to spend more time on the court, but from us he wanted to know how to prepare better tactically for the games for young players.
Would you recommend to other young tennis players to participate in this kind of tournaments?
Rebeka: Of course, during these tournaments it is possible to gain great experience.
Daņils: To participate at this kind of tournaments, quite big funding is needed. Thanks to financial support from Liepaja city Sport department and Liepaja Tennis Sport school, we could participate in these tournaments and have a little training camp. But to start and to get in to the world ranking, with one trip like this it is not enough.
From which tennis players you try to learn?
Rebeka: I really love watching the games of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. On the court they are so calm and they don’t show their emotions during the game, as well, they are changing their tennis style during the game. But I really try to learn something new from a lot of tennis players.
How often do you have practices when you’re home?
Rebeka: I have practices every working day. But at this point I try to pay more attention to my studies in school, because I have to catch up a little bit. Sometimes it’s really hard to combine studies with tennis.
Daņils: I’m planning practices, so that we have harmony in everything and the studies shouldn’t suffer. Speaking about tennis practices in Liepaja, we need to have tennis arena, so that we could practice normally during whole year.
Now you’re studying in 10th grade, have you had thoughts what to do after secondary school?
Rebeka: At this point I plan to apply for scholarship to study in the USA, where I could practice tennis during my studies.
Maybe it’s to soon to ask, but which profession do you plan to learn?
Rebeka: At this point I’m not sure yet. My dad told me that IT technologies are very needed in job market, but I’m more interested in tourism and hotel management. But I still have time to think about that.
What are your plans for this season?
Rebeka: During this summer I plan to participate in few international tournaments in Estonia, Lithuania and of course in Latvia. In practices I have to improve my serve, physical condition, leg movement, generally, I have to improve everything.
Daņils: At this moment it is important to get better results at the tournaments.
What are your conclusion for this interview?
Daņils: At the conclusion I would like to repeat the words of former Liepaja Tennis Sport school student Anastasija Sevastova: “This is only the first tournament, this is experience. Not everyone could show their best game at their first tournament.”. So Rebeka and others have to continue practicing and hope for the best.
Rebeka: I would like to thank Liepaja city Sports department, Liepaja Tennis Sport school and my parents for the financial support, so I could participate at these tournaments. And of course the greatest gratitude i have to express to my parents for the moral and financial support helps me every day.
April 20, Liepaja Tennis Sport school tennis courts at the Liepaja beach park resumes opening season. All tennis lovers have the possibility to enjoy playing tennis, because Liepaja Tennis Sport school offers to rent tennis court if there they are no practices.During working days till 5pm and on weekends the tennis court rent is 8 euro/hour, but on working days after 5pm – 10 euro/hour. It’s possible to buy subscription for 10 hours – for plays during working days till 5pm and on weekends the price is 57 euro, but on working days after 5pm – 85 euro. It’s possible to rent tennis rackets for 2 euro/hour and tennis balls (3 balls – 0,50 euro/hour).
For possible rent times and more information is available at Tennis courts or by phone +371 63425107 or +371 28306323.
All Tennis lovers are invited to beautiful tennis courts of Liepaja!
April 15-17, in Jelgava took place LTU cup leg, at which this time participated 4 Liepaja Tennis Sport school students. Two of them took home medals.At boys competition successful were Toms Rolis and Renārs Grodskis. In Semifinal they had to play against each other. In this game Toms won with 6/3 4/6 6/3. Toms got into the Final, where he lost in a hard three set game to Justs Jakovļevs from Riga with 6/2 3/6 4/6 and took 2nd place. Meanwhile Renārs took bronze medal by winning over student from LSNT Akadēmija – Jānis Auslands with 7/5 6/4.
Girls didn’t have such a good success this time. Elza Tomase lost already in the 1st round, but Marta Pagraba lost in game for getting into Semifinals.
In a week LTU cup leg for U14 will take place in tennis courts of Liepaja Tennis Sport school.
April 1-3, best Latvian U14 age group tennis players competed at LTU cup leg in Jelgava. Liepaja Tennis Sport school was represented by 3 boys – Kārlis Vēberis, Daniels Špaks, Dāvids Špaks and 2 girls – Alise Vindiga and Dana Gribeļska.
In the 1st round won Dāvids Špaks and Alise Vindiga. Dāvids in difficult three set game with 7/5 3/6 6/2 won over Māris Locs from Daugavpils, meanwhile, Alise won over LSNTA Akadēmija student Jeļizaveta Govrova with 6/1 6/3. In 2nd round both of our players lost.
March 17-19, at Lielupe tennis center took place LTU cup leg for U18 age group. At girls competition our Rebeka Mertena took bronze medal, in game for 3rd place she won over Kristiana Linda Zahare (TC Lielupe) with 6/3 6/4. Even though Rebeka was seeded 2nd, she couldn’t manage to get into the Final, in Semifinal she lost to Kamilla Bartone (Riga) with 2/6 3/6.Liepāja Tennis Sport school student Elza Tomase in 1st round won over Sandra Rocēna (Ādaži) with 5/7 7/5 6/1, but in the next game she lost to Kristiana Linda Zahare with 6/3 6/2. Other our student Signija Stībele lost already in the 1st round to Stefānija Poļiščuka (ACB/VL Tenisa sola) with 5/7 2/6. After loosing in to the 1st round, Signija had the possibility to play in the Consolation tournament, where she took 2nd place.
At boys competition our Toms Rolis didn’t had the success everyone was hoping for. Even though Toms was seeded 2nd, in the Semifinal he lost to Valters Čapkevičs with 5/7 4/6, but in the game for 3rd place Toms lost to Andris Gudiņš with 6/1 6/2, and took 4th place. Other our student Renārs Grodskis won in the 1st round, but in the 2nd round he lost to the next winner of the tournament Teodors Pukše (Mārupe Tennis school) with 3/6 1/6.