The ITF U18 Empire Cup 2015 will take place in Trnava's club from 8th to 15th March. It's an opportunity for young players to play on their home land against international rivals. Tennis fans will see many Slovak tennis talents including members of TC EMPIRE in the main draw.

"We are pleased that we can continue in the tradition of tournament U18 EMPIRE Cup which is an excellent chance to compare qualities of the young players. Some of them will be in the ATP or WTA rankings one day," said Oto Majba, the general manager of the club. In the main doubles draw, there will be 48 boys and 32 girls altogether. The members of TC EMPIRE Trnava club Viktor Banczi (wild card), Jakub Behun and Vladimir Kurek are going to play there. Kevin Kurtin, Ondrej Chamraz, David Damian Brna will play in the qualifying.
Seeded player in girls category will be Tamara Kupkova, member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy. Timea Pavlickova is also in the main draw. Wild cards are for Ukrainian member of our academy Anna Laguza, but also for Lenka Stara, Kiara Petrovicka and Adriana Senkarova. In qualifying, there will be another member of TC EMPIRE Alexandra Lazarova.
The Slovak player Nikola Dolakova will try to defend her title from the last year. Pavel Motl from Czech Republic won in the boys tournament last year.
The tournament EMPIRE Cup has started to write its own history in 2008 and among the winners, there were many Slovak and Czech tennis players. For example, in 2010, Czech Tereza Smitkova won the title. She has recently reached No. 58 in WTA rankings and advanced from qualifying to 4th round of the Wimbledon 2014.
"In the past, there was a fight for points to combine junior ranking during the whole week in the EMPIRE indoor hall on three courts with taraflex surface. Since 2015, the tournament will be played on new surface Plexipave Plexicushion Prestige which is used at the Australian Open," added Oto Majba.

List of wild cards:

Boys, Main Draw:
1. Viktor Banczi (SVK)
2. Tomas Machac (CZE)
3. ?
4. Nanko Markov (BUL)
5. Daniils Batmanovs (LAT)
6. Martin Fekiac (SVK)
Boys, qualifying:
1. Ondrej Chamraz (SVK)
2. Kevin Kurtin (SVK)
3. David Damian Brna (SVK)
4. David Cierny (SVK)
Girls, Main Draw:
1. Anna Laguza (UKR)
2. Lenka Stara (SVK)
3. Kiara Petrovicka (SVK)
4. Adriana Senkarova (SVK)
Girls, qualifying:
2. Alexandra Lazarova (SVK)
3. Barbora Matusova (SVK)


Plagat ITF 4 U18 - 2015


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