International Beach Tennis WC G1 Puerto Rico
From October 31 thru November 2 the biggest BT tournament in Puerto Rico was held with the union of the three beach tennis institutions of Puerto Rico, IFBT Puerto Rico, Isla Verde Beach Tennis Club and Puerto Rico's Beach Tennis Federation. We had the representation of differents countries such as USA, Mexico, Brasil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Catalonia (Spain) and Puerto Rico.
Tournament began on Friday with the Singles Mens and Womens and Juniors (under 18) categories. Mens Singles final winner Gerard Rodriguez from Barcelona defeated Jorge Molina from Mexico 9-1. In the women's final Beatriz Rivera defeated Maite Mazorra 8-3 both from Puerto Rico.
On Saturday men and women doubles were held with 25 men teams and 12 of women. After the round robin for the first time two Puerto Rican teams went to the finals showing how PR is growing in this sport. The team of Carlos Rivera and Javier Mendez defeated Gabriel Montilla and Vladimir Helmut in 3 sets in Men Pro category. The women's final went between Puerto Rico vs Barcelona with the teams of Beatriz Rivera and Elizabeth Andino (PUR) against Gemma Egea and Laura Herrero (Catalonia). Bea and Tuti won the match.
The Amateur categories looked like Pros with exciting games. The men advance category was dominated by the team of Jose Delgado and Luis ( Titito ) Garcia defeating Melvin Tirado and the new youngest gun Alex Perez in the finals.
In the Women Adv. category it was the first tournament for players of both teams that played the finals, Beatriz Ayala and Marissa Gasrparoli beat the team of Francine Babilonia and Gabriela Acevedo 9-3.
The last day of competition in the Mixed Doubles we had 40 teams at the open round robin. The Pro Category was dominated by the catalan / Puerto Rico team, Gerard Rodriguez and Natalia Mazorra defeated the last year Champions Beatriz Rivera and Gabriel Montilla of Puerto Rico with a super high level game. The Advanced Category was dominated by two rookie teams with Francisco Castaner/Ivonne Burgos defeating Carlos Rodriguez/Rebeca Chris.
The men over 40 finals were held at night and with heavy rain but those warriors demonstrated great plays and nice effort. The winners PR/ USA team Juan Zorrilla and Henry Hankock defeated the other PR/USA team of Jorge Colon and Rick Simmeon. The 40 & over women were dominated by Bonchi Morales/Frances Filardi beating Saribell/Teresa Marinez in a geat finals.