At the BARMER Beach Tennis Cup in Dierhagen, Germany the tournament favorites on 16th and 17th of August. In all four categories of the tournament - which was held for the first time as an IFBT world ranking tournament - the players who belonged to the narrow circle of favorites due to their ranking list positions prevailed.
Participants from Germany, Cuba, Chile and Greece joined in this event, playing on five courts right on the sandy Baltic Sea. The kick-off was a taster course for beginners on Friday afternoon, followed by a small fun tournament for children and women.
In men's doubles Over 40 Jan Ramthun (Rostock) and Thomas Oberwalder (Kühlungsborn) effortlessly played their way into the final with three clear wins. There they met the local heroes Jens Starck and Dieter Blaudow. Ramthun/Oberwalder won 9:5.
A beach party with the DJs Nico Pusch and Frank "Culture" Schabow rounded off Friday perfectly. Around the cocktail bar and a campfire, the evening sounded like music from the turntables and a glorious sunset.
Saturday started with men's doubles. Hauke Segert/Gustav Immelmann played against Martin Bürkle/Manuel Dethloff (all Rostock) in a strong final. Both teams had previously won their groups safely and prevailed in the knockout round. Third place went to Lennart Fink/Thomas Oberwalder (both Kühlungsborn), who had to fend off four match points in the placement match against Stark/Müller (Stralsund) and were already in the tiebreak 0:3 back, but always found back into the game.
In the women's doubles field the 2019 Vice IFBT Amateur World Champions Luisa Voigt (Bad Doberan)/Tina Hübner (Rostock) took first place with three victories ahead of Pauline Lustig and Lea Kenzler (Rostock).
Luisa Voigt/Martin Bürkle and Pauline Lustig/Hauke Segert faced each other in the mixed tournament. In a hard-fought emotional game Lustig/Segert won the mixed tournament's final 9:6.
The tournament organizers were satisfied with the tournament weekend. "Despite heavy winds on Friday and plenty of rain, we have seen a nice tournament in terms of sport. Only the weather put a damper on us. Next year we would like to welcome even more players from abroad."