Rykowski: “The best Racketlon tournament I ever experienced”
After his first ever title on the FIR Racketlon World Tour the new European Champion Rav Rykowski came to tournament director Christoph Krenn and stated: “I have played Racketlon for a long time, but with this Centre-Court-Arena this was the best Racketlon tournament I ever experienced. That was one of the main reasons for my victory!”
12 reasons why the 2nd FIR European Championships were a success:
Record Budget and Record Prize Money
150.000 Euro total budget with 10.444 Euro prize money with equal amounts for the Men’s and Women’s champions.
Record number of 60 Sponsors
GRAWE sidebyside and Babolat as presenting sponsors, 48 draw sponsors, as well as Wr. Neudorf, Vienna, Lower Austria and state of Austria.
Unique Centre Court Arena
The highlight of the arena in Vienna with bleachers for 480 spectators was the mobile Squash-Glass-Court.
Participation of Jürgen Melzer
ATP Tennis Professional, former number eight in the world in Singles, winner of the US Open and Wimbledon in Doubles entered the tournament aside Tournament Director Christoph Krenn.
Daily reporting on euro.racketlon.at and daily press releases including a press conference in the squash glass court.
National TV Live Broadcast
Over three hours of Racketlon live on national Austrian television: the Men’s and Women’s Finals were broadcasted on ORF Sport +.
Organizing Committee of 75 people
10 permanent staff, 50 Volunteers , 15 approved referees worked day and night to make this event happen.
Best Service for 500 Entries
Free accommodation for National Teams and free shuttle service from the airport, train station and tournament hotels; free entry at the players party in U4.
Ticketing and Accreditation
For the first time ever at a Racketlon tournament, personalized player accreditation was introduced. Tickets for spectators were on sale for 4 – 8 Euro.
Lottery to win a car
For only 2 Euro everyone had the possibility to win a Renault Grand Scenic worth more than 36.000 Euro
For the first ever there were doping tests at a Racketlon tournament: 5 male and 3 female Elite Players were tested.