FED CUP, PLAY-OFF ROUND, Bratislava, Slovakia, Slovakia - Netherlands, clay, indoors: DAY 1, Rebecca SRAMKOVA (SVK) - Kiki Bertens 1-6, 3-6 (Slovakia lost the tie 1-3); Stuttgart, Germany, Germany - Ukraine, clay, indoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Julia Georges 6-4 1-6 4-6, 2R: Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-2 (Ukraine lost the tie 2-3); Moscow, Russia, Russia - Belgium, DAY 2, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Maryna ZANEVSKA (BEL) 5-7 6-1 6-0, KASATKINA/VESNINA - Mestach/Mertens 1-6 6-7(2) (Russia lost 2-3); Stuttgart, Germany, WTA Premier, Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, 710 900 USD, clay, indoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Elena VESNINA (RUS) ?-?; Istanbul, Turkey, WTA International, TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP, 226 750 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - qualifier ?-?; 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Elise MERTENS (BEL) ?-?; Anning, China, ATP challenger, 2017 KUNMING CHALLENGER, 150 000 USD + H, clay, outdoor: 1R, Andrej MARTIN (SVK) - Alexander KUDRYAVTSEV (RUS) ?-?, Doubles, 1R, MARTIN/Aleksandr NEDOVYESOV (KAZ) - Aliaksandr BURY (BLR)/Denis MOLCHANOV (UKR) ?-?; 1QR, Hans PODLIPNIK-CASTILLO (CHI) - Mao-Xin GONG (CHN) 6-4 6-2, 2QR: Juan Pablo PAZ (ARG) 5-7 3-6, Doubles, 1R, PODLIPNIK/Andrei VASILEVSKI (BLR) - Mao-Xin GONG/Ze ZHANG(CHN) ?-?; Tallahassee, Florida, USA, ATP challenger, TALLAHASSEE TENNIS CHALLENGER, 75 000 USD, green clay, outdoor: 1QR, Filipp KEKERCHENI (UKR) - Wil SPENCER (USA) 6-3 1-6 6-2, 2QR, Blaz ROLA (SLO) 4-6 6-7(3); Francavilla al Mare, Italy, ATP challenger, INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS D’ABRUZZO, clay, outdoor: 1R, Vaclav SAFRANEK (CZE) - qualifier ?-?; Tunis, Tunisia, ITF Womens Circuit, Nana Trophy, 60 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1QR, Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) - Claudia COPPOLA (ITA) 6-3 3-0 retired, 2QR: Catherine CHANTRAINE (BEL) 6-4 6-2, Q Final: Manon ARCANGIOLI (FRA) ?-?; Cairo, Egypt, Al-Solaimaneyah F15 Women's Future, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) - ?-?; Karshi, Uzbekistan, ITF Womens Circuit, Karshi ITF Pro Circuit Combined, 25 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1QR, Sadafmoh TOLIBOVA (BLR) - BYE, Q Final: Varvara KUZNETSOVA (RUS) 6-4 6-2, 1R Main Draw: Olga DOROSHINA (RUS) 1-6 3-6; Karshi, Uzbekistan, ITF Futures, Karshi ITF Pro Circuit Combined, 25 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Vadym URSU (UKR) - Vladimir IVANOV (EST) 0-6 0-6; Shymkent, Kazakhstan, ITF Futures, Shymkent Open, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1QR, Artem DUBRIVNYY (RUS) - BYE, 2QR: Nikita VALENTSEV (RUS) 6-1 6-0, QFinal: Dimitriy VORONIN (RUS) 6-2 6-2, 1R, Main Draw: ?-?; 1QR, Alexander OVCHAROV (RUS) - BYE, 2QR: Evgeny DANILOV (KAZ) 6-2 6-1, QFinal: Dmytro BADANOV (UKR) 5-7 6-3 6-2, 1R, Main Draw: ?-?.

FED CUP, PLAY-OFF ROUND, Bratislava, Slovakia, Slovakia - Netherlands, clay, indoors: DAY 1, Rebecca SRAMKOVA (SVK) - Kiki Bertens 1-6, 3-6 (Slovakia lost the tie 1-3); Stuttgart, Germany, Germany - Ukraine, clay, indoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - Julia Georges 6-4 1-6 4-6, 2R: Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-2 (Ukraine lost the tie 2-3); Moscow, Russia, Russia - Belgium, DAY 2, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Maryna ZANEVSKA (BEL) 5-7 6-1 6-0, KASATKINA/VESNINA - Mestach/Mertens 1-6 6-7(2) (Russia lost 2-3); Stuttgart, Germany, WTA Premier, Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, 710 900 USD, clay, indoor: 1R, Daria KASATKINA (RUS) - Elena VESNINA (RUS) ?-?; Istanbul, Turkey, WTA International, TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP, 226 750 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) - qualifier ?-?; 1R, Kateryna KOZLOVA (UKR) - Elise MERTENS (BEL) ?-?; Anning, China, ATP challenger, 2017 KUNMING CHALLENGER, 150 000 USD + H, clay, outdoor: 1R, Andrej MARTIN (SVK) - Alexander KUDRYAVTSEV (RUS) ?-?, Doubles, 1R, MARTIN/Aleksandr NEDOVYESOV (KAZ) - Aliaksandr BURY (BLR)/Denis MOLCHANOV (UKR) ?-?; 1QR, Hans PODLIPNIK-CASTILLO (CHI) - Mao-Xin GONG (CHN) 6-4 6-2, 2QR: Juan Pablo PAZ (ARG) 5-7 3-6, Doubles, 1R, PODLIPNIK/Andrei VASILEVSKI (BLR) - Mao-Xin GONG/Ze ZHANG(CHN) ?-?; Tallahassee, Florida, USA, ATP challenger, TALLAHASSEE TENNIS CHALLENGER, 75 000 USD, green clay, outdoor: 1QR, Filipp KEKERCHENI (UKR) - Wil SPENCER (USA) 6-3 1-6 6-2, 2QR, Blaz ROLA (SLO) 4-6 6-7(3); Francavilla al Mare, Italy, ATP challenger, INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS D’ABRUZZO, clay, outdoor: 1R, Vaclav SAFRANEK (CZE) - qualifier ?-?; Tunis, Tunisia, ITF Womens Circuit, Nana Trophy, 60 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1QR, Vivien JUHASZOVA (SVK) - Claudia COPPOLA (ITA) 6-3 3-0 retired, 2QR: Catherine CHANTRAINE (BEL) 6-4 6-2, Q Final: Manon ARCANGIOLI (FRA) ?-?; Cairo, Egypt, Al-Solaimaneyah F15 Women's Future, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1R, Tereza MIHALIKOVA (SVK) - ?-?; Karshi, Uzbekistan, ITF Womens Circuit, Karshi ITF Pro Circuit Combined, 25 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1QR, Sadafmoh TOLIBOVA (BLR) - BYE, Q Final: Varvara KUZNETSOVA (RUS) 6-4 6-2, 1R Main Draw: Olga DOROSHINA (RUS) 1-6 3-6; Karshi, Uzbekistan, ITF Futures, Karshi ITF Pro Circuit Combined, 25 000 USD, hard, outdoor: 1R, Vadym URSU (UKR) - Vladimir IVANOV (EST) 0-6 0-6; Shymkent, Kazakhstan, ITF Futures, Shymkent Open, 15 000 USD, clay, outdoor: 1QR, Artem DUBRIVNYY (RUS) - BYE, 2QR: Nikita VALENTSEV (RUS) 6-1 6-0, QFinal: Dimitriy VORONIN (RUS) 6-2 6-2, 1R, Main Draw: ?-?; 1QR, Alexander OVCHAROV (RUS) - BYE, 2QR: Evgeny DANILOV (KAZ) 6-2 6-1, QFinal: Dmytro BADANOV (UKR) 5-7 6-3 6-2, 1R, Main Draw: ?-?.

Molnar’s training camp hell in Liptovsky Jan, Slovakia

Maros Molnar, fitness camp, Liptovsky Jan, Slovakia

Preseason preparations for members of EMPIRE Tennis Academy in Trnava are in full swing and tennis players were experiencing hard work on training camp in Liptovsky Jan. “From 27th November until 6th December it is a real hell here,” commented head fitness coach of the academy Maros Molnar.

Players are divided into pairs, so they can motivate and help each other progress. Daria Kasatkina, Andrej Martin, Tamara Kupkova, Lenka Stara, Timea Pavlickova, Artem DubrivnyyMaria Novikova are all there in Liptov area working hard. Apart of the academy members, some other names joined them, including Tunisian Ons Jabeur (not a long ago No. 118 in the WTA rankings), Natalia Vajdova, Jozef Kovalik and Hans Podlipnik Castillo from Chile, regular doubles partner of Andrej Martin.

“We start everyday with jogging, warm up and we have three kilometres run. We continue with yoga and breakfast. Players are then divided into two groups; girls and boys have mobility exercises and stretching with physio. Then they continue with special exercises to heat up, either a gym or run outside. We had cross run in the afternoon. They will make around eight kilometres in difficult terrain and snow. We all go together but everyone keeps own tempo. There are limits set for each individual,” describes Maros Molnar.

Every day ends with regeneration, either active (exercises in the water) or passive. “One group of four undertakes physiotherapy, another have massage and we do exercises with the rest in the water. And of course, we rotate them all. Masseur makes sure; their muscles relax and are ready for the next day and further training.”

What is the advantage of the location in Liptovsky Jan? “It is very spacious here. We have a big gym to our disposal. We use cardio machines, 25 metres swimming pool. There is possibility to play billiard and bowling, to have some fun along all the hard work,” added Maros Molnar.

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