The eleventh media tournament was held on the courts of the Tennis Formula Tennis Tennis Club.
The events are organized on the threshold of the international tennis tournaments St. Petersburg Open and St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. It should be noted that during the years of competitions the permanent line-up of participants has been formed and the games themselves are waiting for, and neither capricious St. Petersburg summer nor sudden frosts are an obstacle for meeting on the courts.
On Thursday, February 18, from 12.00 to 16.00 on the courts of Tennis Formula Trading Complex in St. Petersburg. The St. Petersburg Journalist`s Trophy was attended by Mikhail Novitsky-Rolly / Anatoly Vlasenko, Leonid Bagramov / Alexander Amarantov, Anna Vanturina / Natalia Laput, Sergey Podushkin / Kirill Storchak, Yuri Beresnev / Kirill Kutsenko, Stanislav Elagin / Alexei Katsuba.
The head referee of the competition was traditionally international judge Kirill Borschev. Special thanks to him.
The winners of the St. Petersburg Journalist`s Trophy 2021 were the duo Sergey Podushkin/ Kirill Storchak, finalists – Anna Vanturina/ Natalia Laput, and winners were the duo Yuri Beresnev/ Kirill Kutsenko.
It is impossible not to note the play of the pair Mikhail Novitsky-Rolli/Anatoly Vlasenko, as their participation in our events is constant not only in the number of matches played, but also in the composition: Mikhail and Anatoly have been playing together since the beginning of tournaments for media, and broke up only once – in 2019, as well as the almost permanent favorites of the competition Sergey Podushkin/Sergy Bury, to give the rest of the players a chance to win.
Note that media tournaments have been held since 2016. The first winner of the St. Petersburg Journalist`s Trophy was Vyacheslav Shorikov paired with Konstantin Belyukov. Vyacheslav Fedorovich was also recognized as the “Best Journalist” of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in 2016. And since then he was always with us on the court both as a media participant and a photographer, masterfully conveying the atmosphere of the game through the lens of the camera.
Unfortunately, one year ago Vyacheslav passed away, but the organizers of the international tennis tournaments St. Petersburg Open and St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy keep his memory by establishing the Vyacheslav Shorikov Award “The Best Journalist” of men and women tennis tournaments.
We invited Vyacheslav’s wife Galina Shorikov to the St. Petersburg Journalist`s Trophy 2021 award ceremony. And a memorable and valuable gift for journalists was Vyacheslav Shorikov’s latest book – “Morning Notes”. Galina Mikhailovna personally gave the journalists a copy each and signed the books at the request of the majority to pay a tribute to Vyacheslav Fedorovich.
Winners, finalists and prize-winners of the competition traditionally received cups from the “Tennis-Hockey Formula”. And all tournament participants without exception were awarded with sweet prizes from Posidelkino cookies, the favorite sponsor of tournaments for journalists of the №1 brand in Russia, for which gratitude and appreciation from both the media and the event organizers.