Tennis Europe has announced that the thirteenth edition of the European Beach Tennis Championships will be staged in Bulgaria later this year.
The event - which returns to Bulgaria for a fourth time - will be held in Kranevo over a four-day period from 5-8 September, and will be played in the same format as in previous years ahead of a transformation for the 2020 edition.
The European Championships is a closed regional championship event on the ITF Beach Tennis Tour, at which players representing Tennis Europe’s member nations compete for men’s, women’s and mixed doubles titles.
This year’s event will also feature not one but two ‘Beach Tennis Championships for Juniors’ side-events. The tournaments will be held prior to the main event (2-4 September) with competitions for players aged 14 & Under and 18 & Under.
“We are really looking forward to welcoming the players of the European Championships back to Bulgaria for a fourth time. We’re currently finalising all the plans and want to make sure that this is the best edition yet,” commented Tournament Director Katerina Guenova.
Last year’s competition saw a total of 136 players from 21 countries in action. Theo Irigaray & Mathieu Guegano of France backed up their sensational semi-final win over world #1s and defending champions Luca Cramarossa & Marco Garavini to become the first ever non-Italian winners of a men's European Beach Tennis Championship title. The women’s final was another re-match of a 2017 final, but saw the result reversed as Sofia Cimatti & Flaminia Daina eased past compatriots and top seeds Federica Bacchetta & Giulia Gasparri. At the 18 & Under event, all three gold medals were claimed by Italian teams.
Entry forms and further information will be sent to member nations in due course.