Amber Racket tournament, growing in stature

Pavel Platonov, the men's singles winner (Photo: courtesy of Ina Jozepine) by Ina Jozepsone (Tournament Referee) Staged from Thursday to 19th to Sunday 22nd October; Kaliningrad, located in the Russian enclave on the Baltic Sea, hosted the Amber Racket tournament. First organised in 2012 the event is proving increasingly popular, not just attracting entries from the immediate area but from farther afield. An impressive 209 players from 13 countries representing over 25 cities participated in this year’s competition; in addition to men’s singles and women’s singles events, there were competitions in the under 14 years, under 17 years and over 40 years age groups. Not only has the tournament grown in number, it has grown in stature; notably in 2016 Russia’s Vasiliy Lakeev won