Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg: More than 80 Special
Olympics athletes from across Europe are in Luxembourg to compete at Euro
Tennis 2013 which gets underway today at the National Tennis Centre (CNT) in
Euro Tennis 2013 is Europe’s largest tennis
Tournament for players with intellectual disabilities and is hosted by Special
Olympics Luxembourg in association with Luxembourg’s National Tennis Federation
‘Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Tennis’ (FLT) and Tennis Club TC Esch. Team
Luxembourg and 18 additional teams from across the Special Olympics Europe
Eurasia region will compete in what is one of the highlights of the Special
Olympics sporting calendar for athletes with intellectual disabilities. The
three day competition will conclude with finals at singles, doubles and mixed
doubles level. Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for
children and adults with intellectuals disabilities serving more than four
million athletes in 175 countries.
The Euro Tennis 2013 Tournament is
well supported by a host of respected sports personalities and dignitaries
including members of Luxembourg’s Royal family. Patron of Euro Tennis 2013 is
HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg and HRH Prince Felix of Luxembourg
and his wife Princess Claire will show their support by attending the Opening
Jacques Radoux, Captain of the Luxembourg Davis Cup Team and
former Hungarian tennis champion Agnes Szavay will conduct a number of tennis
skills clinics for athletes over the three days while Olympic Tennis stars Anne
Kremer, Claudine Schaul, Mandy Minella and Gilles Muller will also attend and
share their tips on how to hit the perfect lob and serve that flawless ace.
“I am really looking forward to meeting and sharing some tips with the
Special Olympics athletes competing and I can’t wait to watch them on court
playing the beautiful game of tennis. They are an inspiration to me and I am
proud to support Special Olympics and Euro Tennis 2013,” said Hungarian tennis
star Agnes Szavay.
As Special Olympics is also the world’s largest
public health organization for people with intellectual disabilities – a
population that can face severe health issues – there will be a Healthy Athlete
Screening Village at Euro Tennis 2013. Dozens of volunteer healthcare
professionals will provide free health screenings to athletes and referrals for
follow-up medical care.
In addition to the healthcare volunteers more
than 120 volunteers will work tirelessly to support Euro Tennis 2013 across all
areas to ensure the three days run smoothly for the athletes, their families,
coaches and thousands of supporters.
Under the theme of the ‘Big 4 M –
Merci, Muscles, Magic and Music’ – the Closing Ceremony takes place on November
18th and is expected to be just as spectacular as Opening Ceremony. Supported
by the Luxembourg National Olympic Committee, The Luxembourg Ministry of Sports
and the Mayors of Esch/Alzette and Pétange Euro Tennis 2013 is set be an
exciting Tournament that will promote the inclusion and respect of all people
with intellectual disabilities while providing intense competition
opportunities for the athletes.
For more information: www.specialolympics.lu