Dubrovnik Dub Bowl 2015
Since 2015 Dubrovnik Dub Bowl has been organized in two different categories – U11 and U13. In first year of new Dubrovnik Dub Bowl system and playing in two age groups U11 and U13 – Dubrovnik Dub Bowl Tournament gathered players from 20 different world countries. Dubrovnik Dub Bowl promotes friendship and entertainment in out and around the courts by organizing different daily activities and entertainment for all players and parents.
During seven days of playing quality matches, making new friendships with children from all around the world and spending time in the Pearl of Adriatic – Dubrovnik Dub Bowl Tournament certantly creates extraordinary experience longlasting memories.
The throphy of the first U11 Dubrovnik Dub Bowl Tournament went to Boris Mrkev from Macedonia. While first U11 girls’ Dubrovnik Dub Bowl Tournament was won by Alexandra Eala from Philippines. Boris and Alexandra showed great skills and therefore they were awarded by yearly contract with Wilson and an opportunity to train and learn how the Wimbledon champion is thinking and playing in Goran Ivanišević Camp.
The first Dubrovnik Dub Bowl for U13 players went to neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina – Maja Dodik and Ajdin Muharemović. Just as our U11 winners, Maja and Ajdin were awarded with a yearly contract with Wilson and a free Goran Ivanišević Summer Academy.
Preparation day, or a day before official Dubrovnik Dub Bowl start date is set for personal registration and obtainment of official Dub Bowl ID.
10 long hours of first matches of Dubrovnik Dub Bowl were followed by second edition of traditional Dub Bowl opening ceremony. Majorettes of Župa dubrovačka have graced the opening of Dubrovnik Dud Bowl.
Accompanied by journalists, TV& social media broadcast and dance groups, players were introduced to the audience and Dubrovnik Dub Bowl was officially opened.
Second day of round robin matches came to end.
These evening players and their escorts were invited to join players’ party. Provided with food, drinks, pool, games, stage and dance podium, players ended their second day enjoying themselves on Dubrovnik Dub Bowl’s Players’ pool party.
Players’ party became traditional part in series of events through which Dub Bowl team promotes tolerance, respect and fair play in hopes for them being inherited not only in tennis, but also in all other aspects of life.
Fourth day and perhaps the most memorable day for all participants is Kids' day in the heart of Old Town. After last day of qualifications and round robin matches, players are invited to gather and play tennis on one of the most beautiful streets in the world – Stradun. Followed by millennial photograph of Dubrovnik Dub Bowl, participants continued to Rector’s palace where main and consolation draw took place. This is just one out of many memorable moments in Summer of 2015.
After Rector’s palace draw, first day of main and consolation matches could start. Other than being first day of single main and consolation matches, day five is also a starting day for all those who want to participate in double matches as well.
Just like in previous four years of its existence, Dubrovnik Dub Bowl team reserves fifth day for player’s entertainment and free movie screening for all players and their families, friends and escorts. That small event was a time for participants to make new lasting friendships and to build positivity. We would like to say thank you again to our many years of sponsorship with Blitz-Cinestar, a cinema complex that always surprises us with best and newest movies for kids.
Sixth day is normally reserved for tennis only; it is a long day in which players compete for their place in semifinals of main and consolation tournament.
Doubles tournament continues throughout the day as well.
Seventh day of Dubrovnik Dub Bowl is a day for semifinal and final matches in which players have an opportunity to present their nation and themselves while playing this extraordinary sport.
During the traditional closing ceremony, the winners are awarded with free participation in Goran Ivanišević Tennis Camp and contract with one of leading sport equipment brand – Wilson. All awards are handed to our participants by main referees, Dubrovnik Dub Bowl directors and Tournament sponsors.
During seven days of playing and spending time together, we proudly can say that Dubrovnik Dub Bowl team considers a great honor being a host to over 100 children from different countries and hopes to see YOU next year as well.
Interview with the winners
Maja Dodik, 2015. winner under 13: “Dubrovnik Dud Bowl tournament gave me an unforgettable experience. From all previous tournaments I have participated in so far Dud Bowl was really special for me. Each of us was motivated to win in order to train with Goran Ivanisevic. I tried to play the best I could because I knew I was going to play with good tennis players from many different countries. Furthermore, I met a lot of people there and gained many new friendships that made my stay in Dubrovnik even better. Congratulations to the organizers and thanks for everything. I hope we’ll meet again.”
Ajdin Muharemović, 2015 winner under 13: “Winning Dud Bowl means a lot to me because there were so many good players from many different countries. My motivation for winning the tournament was a chance to practice with Goran Ivanišević. I had a great time in Dubrovnik and I gained a lot of experience and of course I hope to come again next year. Thank you.”
Boris Mrkev 2015 winner under 11: “I heard about Dubrovnik Dud Bowl last year….. and I couldn’t wait for the application date to come. I was on many tournaments before this one, but this time I was really surprised, in a good way, firstly because there was a grand opening ceremony, and then because everything was the same like we were on a tournament for adult players. My motivation for winning this
tournament was surely a Tennis Camp by Goran Ivanišević and as days passed, the more I was sure that I was going to be the winner. Even so, in the end I was really overwhelmed by this incredible feeling that in the category up to 11 years I was the best. I was very pleased with my award: the beautiful cup, Wilson’s contract, and most of all – training camp with Goran Ivanišević and his team. The most beautiful thing was also that I had enough time for swimming and sunbathing on the beach!! We were all hanging out together with other children from many different countries, and playing even though we barely knew each other languages, but when you play together you find the way to communicate and understand each other.
At the beginning of August I went to so much anticipated training with Goran and other winners. Thank you Dud Bowl for the most beautiful summer in my life!”
Alexandra Eala, 2015 winner under 11: “The tournament was a very memorable experience. I feel very happy that I got a chance to compete in a tournament that was like a Grand Slam for 11 and under. Not only did I take home the championship title but I also made friends along the way.”