The IE Tennis club organised the first ever IE Tennis tournament for members of the IE Tennis club ( Students & Alumni) on 5th and 6th December 2015 at Fuencarral indoor arena. As this was the first time that the club was organising a tournament we were a little apprehensive but thanks to the club coordinators (Jose Luis Lazo Visbal, Vivian Krall, Julien Somogyi, Marcos Gómez Abal, Corrado Rota Zumaglini, Lázaro Manuel Hermoso Beltrán) and their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication we managed to pull it off. Also a special mention goes out to Vivian Krall, with whose support we were able to secure a sponsor CoppelDental  for the tournament.
The surface for the tournament was “Hard-courts” and the Gentleman’s single was played in the elimination format while for the Ladies’ singles we had a round robin format. We had a surprisingly large turnout with twenty players registering to participate in the event. The group of players comprised of various nationalities true to IE’s essence and intermediate level of tennis players. The participants were treated to a goody bag on arrival at the venue to keep them hydrated and energised during the tournament and we also had prizes in the form of medals for the top 3 finishers as well as a rolling trophy for the champion.
The Ladies single was won by Ciria Mariscal Vallado who dominated the tournament with Ayse Berna Bedirhan finishing the runner-up after a close fight with Xianpei pan who finished third. The men’s singles produced hard fought matches with some remarkable tennis and often scintillating points. Rob Langan took the top honours finishing first from Nicolas Diaz while Jaime Mato finished third from Jose Fernandez-Castaño.
We ended the two days of Tennis with a get together for some beers (Thank you Campus Life) and bites at the venue restaurant. The event not only gave players a chance to display their tennis skills but also to meet and get to know people who share a similar passion for tennis. We would like to thank all the participants, volunteers, supporters, our sponsor CoppelDental  and Campus life (especially Micaela Garcia-Lomas, Lynn Yates and Giedre Pavalkyte) for making this event a success. We had people come up and congratulate us on the organisation and smooth execution of the tournament and it even spurred a few to sign up to be officers in the Tennis club. We also had the sponsor Mr Antonio Fdez-Coppel Garcia (CoppelDental ), a sports enthusiast himself, visit us during the tournament and he was very happy with how the tournament was run.
Learning from the organisation of this event and the feedback we received from the participants the club is looking forward to organise even bigger and better tennis events for its members going forward. Thanks to the amazing response and resounding success of this tournament the IE Tennis Club is further motivated to host many more similar events in the years ahead.