OOSTERBEEK – ’s Werelds beste tennissers van 12 tot 14 jaar slaan tussen 11 en 18 juli hun ballen bij tennisvereniging OTV in Oosterbeek. OTV organiseert dit jaar, na twee zeer succesvolle edities in 2018 en 1019, voor de 3e keer de DunoAir Windmill Cup.
What do Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Maria Sharapova have in common? They played in their junior years all in the junior tour, part of the Windmill Cup, which in July lands on the courses of OTV in Oosterbeek.
The international category 1 tournament is part of a series of five grand slams that the Young Stars Association holds for young tennis talents. Next to Oosterbeek is played in Paris, Nantes, Cologne / Düren and Hasselt.
Toernooidirecteur Arjen Knulst, die ook pachter bij OTV is. ,,Het was een zeer succesvol 2e jaar met overwegend mooi weer. Het concept van 2019 zullen we grotendeels overnemen, maar er zullen ook nieuwe aspecten worden toegevoegd. We focussen meer op site events in het voortraject en tijdens de week. Het tennistoernooi is het allerbelangrijkst, maar voor zoveel mogelijk doelgroepen zullen we evenementen organiseren.”
A coach from the Young Stars Association with more than 50 top players and their coaches travels past grand slams for five weeks. Furthermore, national teams from South America, Africa and Asia come to Oosterbeek. ,, But there are also individual players. Everyone can register '', says Knulst.
The young tennis players are accommodated with host families and hotels in the immediate vicinity of the Hartenstein sport park. Bannink: ,, Preferably within walking distance. The construction with host families is unique. The young people think that is wonderful. ''
For the third time, the top tournament for 12 to 14 year olds is combined with a wheelchair tennis tournament for players up to 18 years of age. Knulst: ,, We try to fully integrate that into the event. That is also a great wish from one of our partners, the province of Gelderland. ''
The organization, including host parents, appeals to some 200 volunteers. Chair referees are not covered there until the semi-finals. There are supervisors, but the players decide for themselves whether a ball is in or out. "They generally come out together," says Bannink. ,,I think that's quite unique.''