The academy players Jan Hemetzberger and Thilo Behrmann traveled to Zimbabwe three weeks ago to participate in two ITF tournaments in Bulawayo and earn important points for the ITF rankings.
In the first tournament week, Thilo Behrmann made it to the semifinals, where he was defeated by South African Rüdiger Dusselberg with a score of 4:6 6:3 2:6. In the second round, he easily defeated the number two seed South African Benjamin Scott 6:3 6:4. For Jan Hemetzberger, the first tournament week ended in the quarterfinals against top-seeded Serb Marko Milosavljevic with a score of 0:6 3:6.
In the second week, the academy players Behrmann and Hemetzberger qualified again for the main draw of the tournament. Thilo Behrmann, however, had bad luck with the draw and was assigned to the opponent from the previous week, Rudiger Dusselberg, in the first round. Unfortunately, there was no revenge for Wolfgang Thiem’s protégé and he ultimately lost after two tough sets. Jan Hemetzberger won in the first round against the local Makanaka Whata with a score of 6:3 6:4, before facing the seeded South African Cuan Western in the second round. Here again, Hemetzberger showed his skills and won easily with a score of 6:4 6:3. In the quarterfinals, he also faced the opponent from the previous week and had to take a defeat once again to the top-seeded Serbian, Milosavljevic.
Here you will find the exact results: https://www.itftennis.com/en/tournament- calendar/world-tennis-tour-juniors-calendar/?categories=All&startdate=2022-12
Hofer plays quarters in Rannersdorf
Last week, academy player Marco Hofer played at the WTV tournament in Rannersdorf in the U18 competition. The eighth-seeded player from the Tennis Academy Burgenland defeated Johannes Lahner from Lower Austria in a close match with a score of 6:3 6:7 13:11. In the quarterfinals, Marco Hofer faced the top-seeded and eventual tournament winner Benjamin Scharner and was defeated after two sets.
Here are the detailed results:
Oberpullendorf starts with first international women’s tournaments
Two ITF W15 events took place on the indoor courts of the new Tennis Academy Burgenland. The first ITF W15 hardcourt event took place from November 27th to December 4th , the second from December 4th to 11th , both with a prize money of 15,000 US dollars. More than 300 players from all over the world registered to participate in the two ITF events, including some of Austria’s top talents.
Wolfgang Thiem, the head of the local Tennis Academy Burgenland, was proud that so soon after its opening, the first international tournaments were already being held on the academy’s tennis courts and looks forward to a promising future for the performance center.