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TENNIS

In 2021

ENKA Sports has 384 active tennis players of whom 175 have active licences and 106 are in the training stage. In the 2021 Season, 10 of our athletes played for the Turkish National Teams in the Age 12, 14, 16, 18 and Senior categories.

International Great Organizations during the season of 2021:

At the Davis Cup;

Turkey competed against Latvia in the Davis Cup World Series II, the national team-level competition in Men’s Tennis, hosted by our Club on 18-19 September.

In the first singles match of the series, Altuğ Çelikbilek defeated Robert Strombachs 7-6 and 6-4, giving our national team a 1-0 lead.

In the second singles match of the series, our player Cem İlkel won 6-4 and 6-1 against former World Number 10 Ernests Gulbis,  bringing the score to 2-0 in the Turkey-Latvia series.

In the critical doubles match, Altuğ and Cem took the court against Ernests Gulbis and Robert Strombachs. After losing the first set 2-6, the duo won the second and third sets 6-3 and 6-4 and Turkey won the series against Latvia 3-0.

After Turkish National tennis player Ergi Kırkın won the singles match, Turkey defeated Latvia 4-0.

With this victory, Turkey succeeded in qualifying for the Davis Cup World Cup I play-offs for the second time. Our athletes Cem İlkel, Altuğ Çelikbilek and Yankı Erel participated in the Davis Cup tournament.

 

ATP & WTA TOURNAMENTS;

Cem İlkel played in the Main Draw at the US Open tournament for the first time in his career.

Altuğ Çelikbilek and Cem İlkel won two championships and played three finals at the ATP Challenger tournaments.

 

ITF WOMENS & MENS TOURNAMENTS;

In the W60-W25-W15-M15 tournaments organised by the ITF, İpek Öz, Çağla Büyükakçay, Tuna Altuna, Ayla Aksu, Başak Eraydın, Melis Ayda Uyar, Yankı Erel, Umut Kaan Yenilmez, Zeynep Sönmez, Mert Alkaya, Berk İlkel and Umut Akkoyun won 7 championships and played 9 finals in the singles and doubles categories.

 

ITF JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS;

In the Junior 1-2-3-4-5 category tournaments held by the ITF, Melisa Ercan, Özlem Uslu, Leyla Nilüfer Elmas, Melis Ayda Uyar, Birtan Duran, Özlem Uslu, Fatih Sarı, Umut Kaan Yenilmez and Süleyman Deniz Gürsoy won 9 championships and played 15 finals in the doubles and singles.

 

TENNIS EUROPE TOURNAMENTS

Lila Bodur, Kerem Yılmaz, Deniz Turna, İrem Kurt and Ali Sadi Tuğ won12 Championships and played 7 finals in the U12-U14 and U16 tournaments organised by Tennis Europe.

In National Tournaments in the 2021 Season

At the Senior Turkey Tennis Championship held in Antalya on 08-14 November:

 

* The women’s singles and doubles finals were played between athletes from our club;

– In the singles category, Ayla Aksu became the Turkish champion for the second time, defeating Başak Eraydın 6-3 and 7-5,

– In the doubles category, Ayla Aksu and Melis Sezer beat Melis Ayda Uyar and Başak Eraydın 5-7, 7-5 and 10-7 to become the Turkish champions.

 

*We had one finalist in the men’s singles while the doubles final was contended between ENKA players;

– Our player Sarp Agabigün defeated Koray Kırcı from TED Sports Club 1-6, 6-2 and 6-4 in the singles final to  become the Turkish champion.

– In the doubles, the final was played between ENKA players. Sarp Agabigün and Berk İlkel were the champions while Umut Akkoyun/Cengiz Aksu were the other finalists.

 

ENKA player Melis Ayda Uyar was the women’s singles and doubles championships while our athlete Erden Er was men’s singles champion at the Age 18 Turkey Championship.

 

At the Age 18 Turkey Team Championship, our girls’ tennis team became CHAMPIONS, while our boys’ tennis team came second.

At this championship, our club was represented by Deniz Gürsoy, Umut Kaan Yenilmez, Fatih Sarı, Birtan Duran, Berk Turan Ergin, Kerem Yılmaz, Ege Yavuz Yenilmez, Özlem Uslu, Melis.Ayda Uyar, Melissa Yakup Pour, İrem Kurt, Ezgi Çağıl Özçelik, Deniz Turan, Leyla Elmas, İrem Kutluay and Aslı Dallı.

In International Rankings in the 2021 Season:

Our players in the Top 1,000 as of December 31st 2021:

WTA Rankings: Çağla Büyükakçay (240th), İpek Öz (301st), İpek Soylu (453rd) Zeynep Sönmez (531st), Ayla Aksu (674th), Başak Eraydın (869th) and Özlem Uslu (911th).

ATP Rankings: Cem İlkel (144th), Altuğ Çelikbilek (162nd) and Yankı Erel (426th)

 

Our players in the Top 500 as of December 31st 2021:

ITF Junior: Melisa Ercan (100th), Özlem Uslu (119th), Leyla Elmas (276th), Birtan Duran (273rd) and Fatih Sarı (455th)

2021 National Team Players;

Sıra Adı-Soyadı Sıra Adı-Soyadı
1 Başak Eraydin 1 Mehmet Cem İlkel
2 Ayla Aksu 2 Altuğ Çelikbilek
3 İpek Öz 3 İlhan Sarp Agabigun
4 Özlem Uslu 4 Yankı Erel
5 Deniz Turan

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