08 Jun 2017

Winners of Men’s Class 6 at the recent World Para Team Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia; Spain’s Alvaro Valera and Alberto Seone are just of the two notable names on duty at the forthcoming Spanish Para Open.

A three day tournament, play commences in El Prat de Llobregat on Friday 9th June and concludes on Sunday 11th June.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Notably also on duty from Spain is Miguel Rodrigues who alongside Eder Rodriguez secured bronze in Men’s Class 3; similarly Jorge Cardona will be in action, partnering José Manuel Ruiz, he clinched gold in Men’s Class 10 in the Slovak capital city.

Undoubtedly a strong entry from Spain; it is the very same from Sweden. Emil Andersson and Linus Karlsson, the winner of Men’s Class 8 in Bratislava appear on the entry list as do the names of Anders Andersson and Daniel Gustafsson, the gold medallist in Men’s Class 9.

Also, Frenchman Stéphane Molliens will be in action; yet another player of note. At the World Para Team Championships, he was a silver medallist in Men’s Class 2 alongside Fabien Lamirault, the player with whom he won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

One worthy Frenchman and there are two more. Lucas Creange and Antoine Zhao, gold medallists in Bratislava will be in action; they will compete in Men’s Class 11.

Prominent names amongst the men; amongst the women, the players to attract the attention are Ana-Carin Ahlquist and Ingela Lundbäck. Together, they were silver medallists in Women’s Team Class 5 at the 2014 World Championships in Beijing, whilst most pertinently, Ana-Carin Ahlquist won gold in Women’s Singles Class 3 at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

An impressive number of 147 players, 120 men and 27 women have entered the three day tournament representing the national associations of Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, France, Great Britain, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Norway, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the United States of America.

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