World Rapid-Ball Championships (2007)
Translation of an article which appeared
in SLICE MAGAZINE (Spain) AUGUST/Sept 2007 edition
WORLD RAPID-BALL CHAMPION
In the grand final, Salvador beat Pablo Doiztua in a close fifth
set (8-6). Miró achieves his third world title.
The VI World Rapid-Ball Championship took place at the Las Palmeras
tennis club in the Port of Alcudia in July.
A total of 90 players registered for this sporting event which
is continuing to gain more and more players worldwide.
There were two surprise results in the quarter finals when Jordi
Morano, who was defending his titile, was beaten by Pablo Doiztua.
Another candidate for the final – Emilio Autonell, champion
on two previous occasions – was beaten by Tomeu Llompart.
In the end, Pablo Doiztua and Salvador Miró reached the
grand final and the latter demonstrated his superior competitive
level and took the VI Championship in five sets with a close 8-6
in the last set.
A NEW WAY OF SCORING
Its worth noting that this Championship used the new way of scoring
which the organisation put into place in order to make the game
more interesting – if possible – both for the audience
and the players. The new system consists of playing the sets with
eight points instead of the usual fifteen and to play the best of
five sets instead of the best of three. This change proved to be
a great success. So much so, that serious consideration is being
given to use this scoring system as the official one for this young
The VI World Rapid-Ball Championship came to an end with the handing
over of the prizes to the winners, adding another arrow to Miró’s
sporting bow as he is in first place with three titles.
WORLD RAPID-BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
2002 Emilio Autonell
2003 Salvador Miró
2004 Salvador Miró
2005 Emilio Autonell
2006 Jordi Morano
2007 Salvador Miró