Tennis Europe has announced the team nominations for the twelfth edition of the European Beach Tennis Championships, which are due to be held next month in Jurmala, Latvia.
A total of 122 of the ITF Beach Tennis Tour’s top European players will be in action in men’s, women’s and mixed doubles competitions, representing 21 of Tennis Europe’s member nations during the weekend of 12-15 July.
Italy will once again be hot favourites to defend the titles won last year in Sozopol, having named the top four players in the world for both the men’s and women’s competitions. World #1s and two-time defending champions Luca Cramarossa and Marco Garavini be hoping for a hat-trick in the men’s event where their toughest competition is likely to come from the team they beat in the last two finals, compatriots and former champions Michele Cappelletti & Luca Carli.
The world #1s are also the defending champions in the women’s event, where Federica Bacchetta & Giulia Gasparri will be hoping to repeat their nailbiting final set tie-break win over 2016 winners Sofia Cimatti & Flaminia Daina in last year’s final.
Like much of Europe, the host nation is enjoying a Beach Tennis boom and hopes will be high for a medal from the home teams, which include three top 100 players, Nikita Robakovs (#81), Elina Mihailova (#72) and Natalja Tumsevica (#79). As hosts, the Latvian Tennis Union is permitted to nominate an extra team in each event and will send a squad of 12 players as the country takes part in the competition for just the second time.
This year’s event will also feature an 18 & Under Beach Tennis competition, with an exceptionally strong field of the sport’s best juniors. One to watch is girls’ defending champion Greta Guisti – already ranked in the world’s Top 20, with Russia also likely to post a strong challenge for gold.
European Beach Tennis Championships - Team Nominations
18 & Under Beach Tennis Championships - Team Nominations