12 Jun 2024

Teqball World Series debuts in America this weekend

Teqball celebrates its 10th anniversary in America during the Teqball World Series Tulsa event.

Only five days after the end of the first Teqball World Series event in Asia, the tournament moves to Tulsa, Oklahoma to make its debut in the American continent. Just like in Quy Nhon, the players will compete in three categories, although not in the same three as they did in Vietnam.

There will be no singles categories in Tulsa, only the doubles will step to the tables, but despite that, we will find many singles aces in the field representing 13 countries from 4 continents.

In the women’s doubles, European champion Kinga Barabasi (ROU) will team up with 2022 world champion Carolyn Greco (USA), and on paper, this duo seems to be the strongest, but the lack of chemistry could be an issue since they have not played together ever. The case is the opposite with Brazilians Ester Viana Mendes/Vania Moraes da Cruz, who won numerous events together, and a bronze medal at the World Teqball Championships 2023 in Bangkok. These two units should be considered favourites, but do not sleep on 2022 doubles WCh silver medallist Margaret Osmundson and her partner, Nancy Avesyan (USA), and the other Brazilian twosome, Leticia Luzorio Barbosa/Patricia Mayara Nardy.

21 teams will face each other in the men’s doubles, and despite the Hungarians (the most decorated nation in the history of Teqball organises the WCh qualifiers also this weekend) and the Thais not making the trip from Vietnam to the USA, we will not be short of talent and world-class players. The finest example must be the 3-time world champion Serbian duo of Nikola Mitro/Bogdan Marojevic, who collected one bronze medal in 2024 so far. The two Brazilian stars, Leonardo Lindoso de Almeida and Leonardo Santana definitely hoped for a better start to their year after finishing 9th in Madrid and 5th in Quy Nhon, so this could be the event where they get back on track. World championships silver medallist Julien Grondin shows to his opponents that he returned after the series injury that sidelined him for more than a year. 

Colombians Joshua Bello/Jose Ricardo Oviedo Amortegui are always a threat, Luka Pilic/Dennis Correia must be taken seriously on home soil, 2021 singles WCh runner-up Julien Grondin (FRA) and the spectacular Bartlomiej Franczuk (POL) also want to make it to the top 4, European champ and 2022 World champ Apor Gyorgydeak is back with fellow Romanian Szabolcs Ilyes, and the Frankie Diaz/Bruno Milhomens (USA/BRA) team looks promising, as well.

The mixed doubles category drew the most competitors with 22 units, and with some newly formed, but quite fascinating pairs, this one could be a coin toss. We would not be surprised if one of the home teams made it to the gold medal game, Greco/Diaz and Osmundson/Correia both have a great chance to do it. Brazilians Moraes da Cruz/Lindoso de Almeida are contenders everywhere they show up, and the same could be said about Mayara Nardy/Santana. The Romanian twosome of Barabasi and Gyorgydeak includes two singles European champions, and we will see two interesting Brazilian-Serbian cooperation with Luzorio Barbosa/Mitro and Viana Mendes/Marojevic. Believe us, it is going to be fun.

On Day 1, the men’s and the mixed doubles qualifiers kick off the event, then on Day 2, the women also start their contest. It will end with the mixed semis, and only 7 matches will remain for Day 3: the two semis in the men’s and women’s categories each, and then the three finals.

Qualification days will be held at the Titan Sports and Performance Center, providing an indoor setting for intense matches, and the final day will take place at the 6th Street and Boston Avenue, offering an electrifying outdoor and urban atmosphere.

Follow the actions live on TEQ TV on YouTube, while ESPN will broadcast the finals.