1st Worldcup Championships 2006 in India

The 1st Ring Tennis World Championships 2006 took place from November 6th to 10th, 2006 in Chennai (India) and were organized by the World Tenniquoits Federation (WTF for short). The host was the Tennikoit Federation of India . The tournament consisted of a single World Championship for women and men, the team World Championship and an (unofficial) double World Championship for women and men, which were officially organized as exhibition matches . The event was broadcast live on Indian television for four days for a total of 32 hours.

The Nadia Comaneci Indoor Stadium.

The venue for the first ring tennis world championship was the Nadia Comăneci Indoor Stadium on the premises of the Velammal International School in Ponneri , a suburb of Chennai , which is about 40 km outside. The Velammal International School is an institution of the Velammal Educational Trust . The chairman of this organization is MV Muthuramalingam.

Six playing fields were prepared in the Nadia Comaneci Indoor Stadium, one of which was the Center Court. The live television broadcasts were made from this Center Court. Unfortunately, there are no official attendance figures, but the Indian side said there were up to 5000 viewers. Before the decisive team meeting between Germany and South Africa, three playing fields were even dismantled to make space for additional chairs.

Participating nations 

Six nations took part in the first world championship in ring tennis.

  • Bangladesh Bangladesh
  • Brazil Brazil
  • Germany Germany
  • India India
  • Pakistan Pakistan
  • South Africa South Africa

Two members of the WTF did not take part in the World Cup.

  • Nepal Nepal
  • New Zealand New Zealand

Membership in the World Tenniquoits Federation is a prerequisite for participating in a world championship in ring tennis . Each member nation may register a team of 5 women and 5 men for the team world championships and 4 women and 4 men for the individual world championships. Three of the four players who start at the individual World Cup must also be a member of the team. I. E. a player who only starts in the individual World Cup is the sixth member of the team and thus a reserve player. The maximum size of the entire team is therefore limited to 12 players.

German team 

The German national ring tennis team at the opening ceremony for the 2006 World Cup.

The German World Cup team was nominated by national coach Mario Müller from Hamburg on April 30, 2006 as part of the crown tournament in Siegen and looked like this:

LadiessocietyInternational appearances before World Cup
Sabrina WestphalPost-SG Mannheim7th
Nicole SchellertTV Heddesdorf0
Melanie BöttcherPost-SG Mannheim0
Vera VollhaseSG Suderwich0
Sarah KissingerFSG Koblenz-Bad Ems2
Silke von AschwegePost-SG Mannheim8th
Men’ssocietyInternational appearances before World Cup
Christian HerzogESG Frankonia Karlsruhe12th
Dominic SchubardtPost-SG Mannheim4th
Timo HufnagelTV Pforzheim4th
Maximilian SpeicherVfL Wehbach0
Ansgar KutschaPost-SG Mannheim6th
Gunther KaiserPost-SG Mannheim0


Single Men’s World Championship 

Individual World Cup in front of a large backdrop.

The men’s individual World Cup was won, very unexpectedly, by the German Dominic Schubardt , who defeated the top seeded South African Gerrie Craig in the semifinals and then prevailed against his teammate Timo Hufnagel in the final . There was a total of 20 players, the winner was determined in knockout mode.

Preliminary round
Pakistan Mehmood TariqGermany Maximilian Speicher3: 38
South Africa Hanno PienaarIndia Rahul43:29
Bangladesh Milon Mosaruf HossainPakistan Parviz Zeeshan42: 41
Bangladesh Md. Jahangir HossainSouth Africa Bertus le Roux9:72
Round of 16
South Africa Gerrie CraigGermany Maximilian Speicher47: 37
Bangladesh Salim Ahmmed ShayanIndia RM Balaji28:70
Germany Dominic SchubardtPakistan Abdul Qavvum66: 30
South Africa Hanno PienaarBangladesh Syed Nuruzzaman55:23
India V. JesudossBangladesh Milon Mosaruf Hossain82: 9
Germany Timo HufnagelSouth Africa Judge van Tonder49: 38
Pakistan Ali MukarramIndia B. Murali0:20
South Africa Bertus le RouxGermany Christian Herzog36:47
Quarter finals
South Africa Gerrie CraigIndia RM Balaji50:37
Germany Dominic SchubardtSouth Africa Hanno Pienaar42: 31
India V. JesudossGermany Timo Hufnagel44:52
India B. MuraliGermany Christian Herzog35:42
South Africa Gerrie CraigGermany Dominic Schubardt35:54
Germany Timo HufnagelGermany Christian Herzog28:23
3rd place match
South Africa Gerrie CraigGermany Christian Herzog38:48
Germany Dominic SchubardtGermany Timo Hufnagel42:36

Final ranking 

1.Dominic SchubardtGermany 11thMaximilian SpeicherGermany
2.Timo HufnagelGermany 12thMilon Mosaruf HossainBangladesh
3.Christian HerzogGermany 13thAbdul QavvumPakistan
4thGerrie CraigSouth Africa 14thSyed NuruzzamanBangladesh
5.Hanno PienaarSouth Africa 15thSalim Ahmmed ShayanBangladesh
6thV. JesudossIndia 16.Ali MukarramPakistan
7thRM BalajiIndia 17thRahulIndia
8th.B. MuraliIndia 18thMehmood TariqPakistan
9.Bertus le RouxSouth Africa 19thMd. Jahangir HossainBangladesh
10.Judge van TonderSouth Africa 20thParviz ZeeshanPakistan

Individual World Championships Women  

Game scene from the women’s singles.

At the women’s individual World Cup, after a purely German semi-final, the German number 1, Sabrina Westphal , prevailed as expected in the final against the only 18-year-old Nicole Schellert . The top seeded Indian K. Narayanamma was eliminated in the round of 16 against the later fourth Vera Vollhase . There was a total of 18 players, the winner was determined in knockout mode.

Preliminary round
India Nisha PrakashSouth Africa Miriam Hartman23:39
Bangladesh Rezina Lais HoneyIndia Sameera Begum3:65
Round of 16
India K. NarayanammaGermany Vera Vollhase18:24
Bangladesh Jamila Khatun JhinukSouth Africa Heleen Potgieter5:58
Germany Nicole SchellertBrazil Marilu Pekelman55: 17
South Africa Miriam HartmanBangladesh Rasheda Akhter41: 12
South Africa Marshana PienaarBrazil Aparecida P. Killingsworth63: 18
Germany Melanie BöttcherIndia Sujita49:20
Brazil Viviane PekelmanSouth Africa Michelle Kokott24:57
India Sameera BegumGermany Sabrina Westphal35:50
Quarter finals
Germany Vera VollhaseSouth Africa Heleen Potgieter53:40
Germany Nicole SchellertSouth Africa Miriam Hartman38: 36
South Africa Marshana PienaarGermany Melanie Böttcher35: 47
South Africa Michelle KokottGermany Sabrina Westphal27:50
Germany Vera VollhaseGermany Nicole Schellert20:30
Germany Melanie BöttcherGermany Sabrina Westphal23:44
3rd place match
Germany Vera VollhaseGermany Melanie Böttcher17:24
Germany Nicole SchellertGermany Sabrina Westphal27:46

Final ranking 

1.Sabrina WestphalGermany 10.SujitaIndia
2.Nicole SchellertGermany 11thSameera BegumIndia
3.Melanie BöttcherGermany 12thViviane PekelmanBrazil
4thVera VollhaseGermany 13thAparecida P. KillingsworthBrazil
5.Heleen PotgieterSouth Africa 14thMarilu PekelmanBrazil
6thMarshana PienaarSouth Africa 15thRasheda AkhterBangladesh
7thMiriam HartmanSouth Africa 16.Jamila Khatun JhinukBangladesh
8th.Michelle KokottSouth Africa 17thNisha PrakashIndia
9.K. NarayanammaIndia 18thRezina Lais HoneyBangladesh

Doubles competitions  

Game scene from the men’s doubles.

The doubles competitions were officially held as exhibition matches in order to be able to present additional attractive games to the television viewers, but are also viewed as unofficial doubles world championships. As in the individual competitions, the German team dominated the event. Nicole Schellert and Silke von Aschwege won in the women’s category, ahead of Vera Vollhase and Melanie Böttcher , while the men’s Dominic Schubardt and Maximilian Speicher beat the favored South African doubles Gerrie Craig and Bertus le Roux in the final .

Final ranking women
1.Nicole Schellert / Silke von AschwegeGermany
2.Vera Vollhase / Melanie BöttcherGermany
3.Sabrina Westphal / Sarah KissingerGermany
4thFelicia Sauer / Miriam HartmanSouth Africa
5.Heleen Potgieter / Marshana PienaarSouth Africa
6thRathi Priya / RenukaIndia
7thMichelle Kokott / Elsie DreyerSouth Africa
8th.Sameera Begum / K. NarayanammaIndia
9.Swapna / Nisha PrakashIndia
Final ranking men
1.Dominic Schubardt / Maximilian SpeicherGermany
2.Gerrie Craig / Bertus le RouxSouth Africa
3.Christian Herzog / Ansgar KutschaGermany
4thTimo Hufnagel / Gunther KaiserGermany
5.Hanno Pienaar / Neels MyburghSouth Africa
6thRichter van Tonder / Hein van der LithSouth Africa
7thLakshman Rao / B. MuraliIndia
8th.RM Balaji / M. RajuIndia
9.V. Jesudoss / G. Narayanan SuryaIndia

Team World Cup  

Game scene from the decisive encounter between Germany and South Africa. 

The victorious German national ring tennis team.

At the Team World Cup, the teams from Bangladesh, Brazil and Pakistan started out of competition because they were unable to provide a complete team of at least four women and four men, which is necessary for official participation. The Bangladesh team only had three women available because one player was canceled at short notice, while Brazil provided an all-women team and Pakistan an all-men team. Thus only India, South Africa and Germany remained in the official rating, which the German team was able to win in a convincing manner. The winner of the team world championship was determined in the mode everyone against everyone.

A national team meeting consists of 2 women and 2 men singles (DE, HE), 2 mixed doubles (Mix) and 2 women and men doubles (DD, HD).

Germany GermanyBrazil Brazil6-0
Germany GermanyPakistan Pakistan8-0
Germany GermanyIndia India18: 2
Brazil BrazilBangladesh Bangladesh4: 2
Germany GermanyBangladesh Bangladesh18: 0
India IndiaPakistan Pakistan8-0
India IndiaBangladesh Bangladesh18: 0
South Africa South AfricaBangladesh Bangladesh18: 0
South Africa South AfricaBrazil Brazil6-0
South Africa South AfricaPakistan Pakistan8-0
South Africa South AfricaIndia India14: 6
Germany GermanySouth Africa South Africa16: 4
India IndiaBrazil Brazil6-0
Pakistan PakistanBangladesh Bangladesh4: 4

India against Germany 

The encounter between Germany and India turned out to be clearer than expected. The Indian team had improved compared to the games of the individual World Cup, but only Sameera Begum was able to win in the second women’s singles against vice world champion Nicole Schellert and thus ensured the only Indian point win of the game. Still, it was no walk in the park for the German team, as some games were more fiercely contested than the result suggests.

 India IndiaGermany Germany
HE1V. JesudossChristian Herzog33:450: 2
DE1K. NarayanammaVera Vollhase22:280: 2
HE2RM BalajiTimo Hufnagel42:530: 2
DE2Sameera BegumNicole Schellert39:342-0
Mix1K. Narayanamma / B. MuraliSilke von Aschwege / Christian Herzog31:380: 2
Mix2Swapna / V. JesudossSabrina Westphal / Ansgar Kutscha29:350: 2
HD1RM Balaji / G. Narayanan SuryaMaximilian Speicher / Dominic Schubardt35:530: 2
DD1Sameera Begum / SujitaVera Vollhase / Melanie Böttcher28:320: 2
HD2V. Jesudoss / B. MuraliTimo Hufnagel / Christian Herzog39:480: 2
DD2Swapna / K. NarayanammaSabrina Westphal / Nicole Schellert32:420: 2
 330: 4082:18

India vs South Africa 

Even against the winner of the Triangular Championships 2004, South Africa, the Indians were powerless in the end, although they played well and scored four points more than against Germany. Particularly noteworthy here is the victory of K. Narayanamma against Michelle Kokott , who was second at the 2004 International Masters in Durban . Hein van der Lith was narrowly defeated by his Indian opponents both in mixed with Elsie Dreyer and in doubles with Hanno Pienaar . Otherwise, the South African team played out its routine and won the victory against India safely.

 India IndiaSouth Africa South Africa
HE1Lakshman RaoGerrie Craig33:440: 2
DE1K. NarayanammaMichelle Kokott39:152-0
HE2RM BalajiBertus le Roux31:490: 2
DE2Sameera BegumMarshana Pienaar28:500: 2
Mix1Swapna / Lakshman RaoElsie Dreyer / Hein van der Lith40:392-0
Mix2K. Narayanamma / B. MuraliFelicia Sauer / Neels Myburgh29:350: 2
HD1RM Balaji / G. Narayanan SuryaGerrie Craig / Bertus le Roux33:630: 2
DD1Swapna / K. NarayanammaHeleen Potgieter / Marshana Pienaar32:430: 2
HD2Lakshman Rao / V. JesudossHanno Pienaar / Hein van der Lith46:432-0
DD2Sameera Begum / SujitaMichelle Kokott / Elsie Dreyer20:220: 2
 331: 4036:14

Germany against South Africa 

Due to the big win against India, the German team against South Africa was enough to win the title. In the first two rounds all four singles went to Germany, which meant an 8-0 lead. Both mixed were now won by South Africa, so the decision had to fall in the doubles. Here everything was already clear after the first lap; the German team had the title in their pocket thanks to the 12: 4 intermediate result. Despite the joy of winning, the last two doubles went to Germany with one point difference each.

 Germany GermanySouth Africa South Africa
HE1Dominic SchubardtHanno Pienaar33:212-0
DE1Vera VollhaseMarshana Pienaar46:302-0
HE2Timo HufnagelJudge van Tonder50:382-0
DE2Sabrina WestphalMiriam Hartman58:302-0
Mix1Silke von Aschwege / Christian HerzogMiriam Hartman / Bertus le Roux28:440: 2
Mix2Sabrina Westphal / Ansgar KutschaHeleen Potgieter / Gerrie Craig23:370: 2
HD1Maximilian Speicher / Dominic SchubardtHein van der Lith / Richter van Tonder50:382-0
DD1Vera Vollhase / Melanie BöttcherElsie Dreyer / Michelle Kokott29:132-0
HD2Timo Hufnagel / Christian HerzogGerrie Craig / Bertus le Roux42:412-0
DD2Sabrina Westphal / Nicole SchellertHeleen Potgieter / Marshana Pienaar31:302-0
 390: 32216: 4

Final ranking 

1.GermanyGermany4: 0 pts.34: 6 games
2.South AfricaSouth Africa2: 2 pts.18:22 games
3.IndiaIndia0: 4 pts.8:32 games

Medal table 

Germany Germany534th
South Africa South Africa020
India India00


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