The Italian national team defeats the Catalan national team in the Gym Racket National Championships
Barcelona has hosted the traditional G2- Gym Racket IFBT International Tournament. In this 5th edition, the Italians were victorius at tie break game, after seven games. After two victories by each national team, a fifth mixed game was held so as to decide a winner. Once again, Catalonia and Italy have showed their potential in this friendly tournament which has become a classic of the Autumn season, and also closes the Beach Tennis season in Catalonia. The ABTCat (Catalan Beach Tennis Association) is already planning the events for 2015, such as the '2015 Barcelona Beach Tennis World Championships' which will take place 25th-28th June
These are the members of both national teams who have played in the tournament:
Catalan national team: Gemma Egea, Laura Herrero, Lara Tena, Silvia Navarro, Jordi Peinado, Joaquim Campillo, Gerard Torres and Jorge Herrero.
Italian national team: Luca Amaducci, Stefano Casadei, Lorenzo Lauritano, Raffaello Fabri, Simona Longhi, Giada Seganti, Liana Scarmin and Susi Menegati.
Besides the national teams tournament, there have been other competitions in different categories: Golden category (women's, men's and mixed), Gym Racket Amateur (women's, men's and mixed). Both national teams have had a fair share of victories in these games. The current World Champions, the Catalan couple Gemma Egea and Laura Herrero have won the women's Pro Category; the current Europe Champions, the Italians Stefano Casadei and Luca Amaducci have won the men's category and Stefano Casadei and Giada Seganti have won the mixed games.
Several nations have also stepped up to the podium in the amateur competitions: Alejandra Jiménez and Beatriz Martínez in women's, Matia Laghi and Andrea Cattaneo in men's; and in mixed, Marco Tommassini and the Andalusian player Beatriz Martinez have stepped up to the podium again.
This is the only Gym Racket tournament organized by the Catalan Federation, featured in the international calendar. It is characterized for being played on a hard court and for having a 10 cm. higher net (180 cm - 70.8 inches). This kind of court offers a good alternative in the months where weather conditions to play on the beach are not favourable.