As an overview of this year’s Split Open, the organizers have prepared a commendable action. They have organized a triangle wheelchair tennis match and hope they can become a tradition.
In the first historic match held at the Firule Tennis Center, the local representative of Split Sven Maretić (Split Sven Maretić) won the victory, he launched the sport, the best in Croatia Wheelchair tennis player Anto Joskić and Dubrovnik’s young Ante Kolunđija also participated. Maretic defeated Joskic 7:5:2:6, 10-8 and Kolundija 6:1, 7:5. Joskic ranked second and defeated Kolundija 6:4, 6:1.
But the result is less important in this case. More importantly, wheelchair tennis has also appeared on the sports map of Split. Marettić is the main founder of the 2020 Paralympic Split Tennis Club.
“Thank you everyone for helping bring this story to life south of Zagreb, and thank the organizers for the opportunity. Through this event, we hope to raise awareness among people in a community, and I must emphasize that this community It’s no longer as closed as before. Split Challengers will become the ATP 250 Championship next year. We will continue to grow. The city of Split will be behind us. This is a lofty goal. Split people love tennis. , I hope the wheelchair tennis tournament will become a tradition,” said Maretic, who was praised for his victory over Joskic, especially because he played tennis.
For wheelchair tennis, the rules are the same as the ATP Tour, the difference is that the ball here can be dropped twice.
“Yes, all other rules are the same. All players are in the same absolute category, although it would be fairer to divide us by the number of injuries. Wheelchair tennis has always been an integral part of the Grand Slam tournament. I hope that Mag has been doing this for many years,” said Maretic, a gritty young man who started wheelchair basketball in his hometown a few years ago.
Sven Marettić concluded: “The smallest problem is to transform my will and aspirations into sports. We want to create the widest possible range of sports for the disabled in Split, so that they can participate in competition and socializing. “