Liepaja tennis senior team has returned from Mallorka (Spain), where took place European senior club championship, where our team had the best result in Latvian senior tennis history – won 4th place overall. Six-time Latvian champions participated in 35+ age group, even though all team players play already in 40+ age group.Liepaja team in European senior club championship was represented by Andrejs Koļesins, Eduards Grodskis, Arunas Rozga, Artūrs Eglītis, Didzis Holštroms, Gints Rolis and Andis Čerņecovs, as well not playing team captain, the most loyal supporter – former head of Liepaja Tennis sport school – Imants Andersons.“We are happy for achieved result. 4th place is our highest place till now and we are ready to fight for medals next year. Our city Liepaja name this year has been used already in tennis field, we are happy, that we could continue to promote Liepaja in tennis,” explains one of the team leaders Andrejs Koļesins.
European senior club championship round is played following – 3 Single games and 2 Doubles, for each won game the team is awarded with one point. Team Liepaja were successful in their subdivision and won place in play-off round (Semifinal), where they lost to the next tournament winners – team from Netherlands and as well to Germany champions.In Subdivision team Liepaja first opponents were German Bundesliga 2016 winners in 30+ age group – team “Ratinger TC GW 1911”. Unfortunately team Liepaja lost to Germans with 2-3, and the victory was taken only in the last game tiebreak of 3rd set with 10-8. Meanwhile, next opponents – European club champions of 2016 from Barcelona, team Liepaja won with 3-2, when in the deciding Doubles game where our team players Eduards Grodskis and Arunas Rozga won with 7-5, 7-6. The last game in Subdivision was against team from Turkey, team Liepaja won and that gave the possibility to compete in the Semifinal of European senior club championship.
In the game for getting into the Final, team Liepaja met with the favorites of the championship – team from Netherlands. Team Liepaja lost with 0-3, but it wasn’t surprising as in team from Netherlands played one of the world top players in 35+ age group, including this years ITF World championship in South Africa winner in Singles and Doubles.
In game for Bronze team Liepaja again had to compete against team from Germany. Team leader Andrejs Koļesins lost to the German leading player, Meanhile, team Liepaja 3rd number Arunas Rozga had revenge for the lost game in Subdivision. Very intense and interesting game had Eduards Grodskis – in the game the decider was 3rd set, where with 13-11 better was German representative.Painfully team Liepaja had to give up the 3rd place in European senior club championship without Doubles, because of the rain Doubles were moved from Friday to Saturday, but on Saturday team Liepaja had to return to Latvia.
Team Liepaja thanks to Liepaja City and Liepaja Tennis Sport school for support, as well to their coaches Edgars Ernestsons and Biruta Porcika. Considering, that team Liepaja already has won in this year Latvian senior club championship, so team Liepaja will compete in next years European senior club championship, this time to compete for medals.