Anastasia Kulikova signs 3 year contract with Wilson International
Anastasia Kulikova, 13 years old tennis player under contract with NSM, signs a significant agreement with Wilson/Amer Sports GmbH for the next 3 year.
Anastasia "Nastia" Kulikova is one of the youngest athlete ever to sign a professional contract with Wilson .
At NSM, we are confident that this will be a good long lasting cooperation.
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NSM Signs young Russian Tennis Star Anastasia Kulikova
Helsinki, Finland - Nordisk Sports Management adds a great young tennis players to its roster of clients: Anastasia Kulikova.
Anastasia (Nastya) has been training at the Jarkko Nieminen Tennis Academy (JNTA) for about 5 months now, she has moved to Helsinki from Russia to pursue her dream of becoming a professional tennis player on the WTA tour.
NSM has constantly overseeing her progress while "Nastya" has been at JNTA and after her last few impressive results on the junior tour we, NSM and Kulikova's family, have decided that it was a good time to move and forward and join forces to benefit Anastasia's career and development.
Anastasia has just signed a 3 year representation comprehensive agreement with NSM.
"Nastya", at only 13 years of age (born 2000), has just recently won the Tennis Europe 16 & Under tournament (category 2 - Indoor Hard) in Riga (Latvia) and the Nike Junior Tour Master in Russia (Outdoor - Clay) and qualified for the International Nike Junior Tour Master. In both events Nastya performed exceptionally well and defeated all girls older than her.
NSM would like to wish a warm welcome to Anastasia!
Jarkko Nieminen receives the award as "Best Athlete in Varsinais-Suomi" for the 9th time
Turku, December 2012 - Jarkko Nieminen was nominated "Best Athlete of the year" in Varsinais-Suomi. This is the 9th time that Jarkko won this award, an achievement that no other athlete has ever reached. Jarkko previously won this award also in 2002, '03, '05, '06, '07, '08, '10 and '11.
In many years of hard work and professional career, Jarkko brought the popularity of tennis in Finland to very high levels. This award for 2012 is a further appreciation of Jarkko's long standing accomplishments in his tennis career.
Jarkko Nieminen ready to represent Finland at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
London, England - Jarkko Nieminen will arrive tomorrow in London to begin his preparation for the grass courts at the All England Club, where the Olympic tennis tournament will be played. It is an historic location for the Olympic Tennis to play on the Wimbledon courts and all the players are extremely excited about this.
Jarkko this year enjoyed one of his best wins of the year at Wimbledon, when he defeat number 14 seed Feliciano Lopez for 7-6 3-6 7-6 6-4. Jarkko is ready to repeat the same great performance now at the Olympic Games when he will play for his country!
Patrik Niklas-Salminen plays his first professional event at the ATP Challenger in Tampere
Tampere, Finland - Patrik Niklas-Salminen was awarded a Wild Card to play in the qualifying of the 50,000 Euro ATP Challenger in Tampere. Patrik had to overcome a great deal of tension to play on centre court in his home-club at his first professional event at only 15 years of age. Nevertheless, Patrik performed quite well in many part of the match and lost his first round with a tight 5-7 6-0 7-6 (7-5) score.
Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Eero Vasa climbing the rankings
Helsinki, Finland - Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Eero Vasa spent almost 2 months "on the road" playing tournaments in Europe. Their tennis has constantly developed during this time and they have gathered important experiences and matches. Niklas-Salminen and Vasa won their first ITF Junior title in doubles when the tournament in Denmark. Vasa collected his first few ITF points in sinlges and doubles and he's now ranked around 1300 in the ITF Junior. Niklas-Salminen reach his career high ranking of 1006 in the ITF Junior ranking.
During the last 2 months both boys had the opportunity to train and measure themselves in practice and tournament matches against the best junior in the world of their age - both boys have shown that they belong comfortably in this group.
In the photo: Patrik Niklas-Salminen playing soccer-tennis in Holland with the 97-born Australian National Team lead by former ATP-pro and Davis Cup champion Wayne Arthurs.
Niklas-Salminen and Vasa win doubles at ITF in ÅRHUS, DENMARK
ÅRHUS, Denmark - Great performance by NSM players Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Eero Vasa in the ITF Under 18 in Århus, Denmark. In the single tournament Vasa qualified and then
Niklas-Salminen and Vasa win doubles at ITF in ÅRHUS, DENMARK
ÅRHUS, Denmark - Great performance by NSM players Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Eero Vasa in the ITF Under 18 in Århus, Denmark. In the single tournament Vasa qualified and then reached the second round, losing to eventual finalist after leading 4-2 and serve in the third decisive set. Niklas-Salminen instead reached the third round in singles. Niklas-Salminen and Vasa partnered up for a great performance in the doubles tournament. The NSM players defeated teams from China, Denmark, and Australia on the way to the final. In the final the clinched a great win for 4-6 6-3 10-7 against to very good players from China (both ranked in the top 200 ITF) and claimed the title.
Eero Vasa wins first Tennis Europe 16 & Under tournament in Oslo
OSLO, Norway - Eero Vasa, part of the NSM team, scores his first big win on the Tennis Europe tour. Vasa, at only 15 years old, won his first 16 & under tournament at international level today in Oslo when he defeated Swede Jasper Akerlund for 0-6 7-5 6-1.
NSM wants to congratulate Eero Vasa on his first win on the Tennis Europe tour.
Jarkko Nieminen Announces the opening of Jarkko Nieminen Tennis Academy
Helsinki - Jarkko Nieminen announced today in press conference at Tali Tennis Centre the launching of Jarkko Nieminen Tennis Academy (JNTA).
Corporate Event with Jarkko Nieminen for Hammarström Puhakka Partners Attorneys Ltd.
Helsinki - NSM and the newly established Jarkko Nieminen Tennis Academy were pleased to provide Hammarström Puhakka Partners Attorneys (HPP) and its clients with large corporate event that included a Pro-Am tournament, tennis clinics with Jarkko Nieminen and Federico Ricci (Director of JNTA), and a lot of tennis fun for HPP customers.
HPP requested a very large event, with over 35 players and spread out on 9 courts for 6 hours non-stop - the event was held in Tali Tennis Centre in Helsinki. Throughout the afternoon the players-customers of HPP played out a doubles tournament, while each one of them went through a hitting session with Jarkko Nieminen and a tennis clinic court with Federico Ricci. The winners of the double tournament had the pleasure to then play a set of double against Jarkko Nieminen and Federico Ricci - this time the match for the winner of the double draw proved to be a little too hard!
Jarkko Nieminen in the quarterfinals of Rotterdam against Roger Federer
Rotterdam, the Netherlands - Jarkko Nieminen reached the quarterfinals of the ATP 500 in Rotterdam after winning two matches in row in three tough sets. In the quarterfinals Jarkko played 16-times Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer. Jarkko and Federer played two very tight sets but former world number 1 Roger Federer eventually came through with the score of 7-5 7-6.
Niklas-Salminen and Vasa competing in the their first ITF Junior event
Turku, Finland - NSM team players Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Eero Vasa were awarded a WC in the main draw of the ITF World Junior event at Aktia Arena in Kaarina, Finland. Both players displayed great improvements in their game as they competed against international players in the 18 & under category for the first time. Niklas-Salminen, still only 14 years old, also was able to collect a very important first round win that granted him 10 ITF points and put him on the world junior ranking for the first time. Vasa put up a great effort and played great tennis taking to three set one of the favorite of the tournament who's currently in the semifinals, Bugailiskis from Lithuania.
Jarkko Nieminen wins Sydney ATP title!
Sydney, Australia - Jarkko Nieminen just won the singles title at the Apia International Sydney, an ATP 250 event and a "warm up" tournament for the Australian Open. Jarkko played outstanding tennis for the entire week and became the first qualifier to win a tournament in the ATP since 2009. Jarkko is in good company as winner of the Sydney Apia International; previous winners include Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, and Lleyton Hewitt.
This is Jarkko's second ATP title and propels the Finn to the start of great 2012.
Jarkko was also in the final of the doubles but had to bow to the Bryan brothers.
Nieminen this time did not have too much time to celebrate has he's already in Melbourne to play his first round match at the Australian Open.
Jarkko Nieminen in the final of singles and doubles in Sydney
Sydney, Australia - Jarkko Nieminen continues his impressive run in the ATP 250 Apia International in Sydney. Today, Jarkko posted a very solid win against Istomin for 7-6 (12) 6-4 and moved on to the final of the Sydney tournament for the second time in his career (first time in 2009 beating Djokovic in the semifinals and losing to Nalbadian in the final). After his single match, Jarkko Nieminen and his doubles partner Matthew Ebden (AUS) won their semifinal doubles match for 6-3 7-6 against another Aussie team. Jarkko tomorrow will play against Julien Benneteau of France for the single title and against the Bryan Brothers for the doubles title in Sydney. Jarkko is the first player to reach the singles and doubles final in the same ATP event since Lleyton Hewitt in 2000 in this same event.
Great Day for Jarkko Nieminen at the Apia International in Sydney
Sydney, Australia - Jarkko Niemienen sent a strong sign of great form in preparation for the Australian Open! Today, Jarkko took revenge on number 8 seed Radek Stepanek who beat him last week in Brisbane in three tough sets. Today, Jarkko was sharp after coming through the qualifying draw and won his fifth match in row in this tournament beating the Czech for 7-6 5-7 6-1. Jarkko will now face Bobby Raynolds in the quarterfinals of this ATP event (Raynolds today dismissed fellow American and number 2 seed John Isner).
Jarkko Nieminen continued his impressive day in Sydney scoring an unexpected and impressive win in doubles against the number 2 team in the ATP doubles world ranking, Max Mirny and Daniel Nestor. Jarkko and his Australian partner Matt Ebden dismissed Mirny/Nestor in great come back with the score of 0-6 6-4 10-4 (Mirny/Nestor are also 2011 ATP World Champions, in fact they have won the ATP World Tour Finals in London).
Florida: great opportunities for NSM players
Florida, USA - Please find below the link to our news article titled "Florida: great opportunities for NSM players". (pdf, filesize 1 MB)
Eero Vasa makes third round of the Eddie Herr International
Bradenton, Florida - NSM Players Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Eero Vasa played in the Eddie Herr International in Florida, the second toughest tournament in the world in the 14 & Under age division. Unfortunately, Niklas-Salminen had to pull out of the tournament after winning easily his first round match due to a stomach virus that forced him to bed for several days. Eero Vasa instead displayed tenacity in winning his first 2 rounds in tough matches. Vasa played Alejandro Tabilo of Canada in the third round. Vasa scored a great first win and took the eventual winner of the tournament to third set. Unfortunately Eero did not have enough experience to score the upset and Tabilo went on to win the tournament.
Jarkko Nieminen reaches third final at ATP 250 in Stockholm
Stockholm, Sweden - Jarkko Nieminen reaches the third final in 12 years at the ATP 250 in Stockholm. On his way to the final Jarkko defeated seed number 3 Stanislas Wawrinka and former champion James Blake among other players. In the final Jarkko played Gael Monfils of France, ATP world number 10. In front of many supporter from both Finland and Sweden, Jarkko played great tennis in the final also. Jarkko and Monfils split the first two set and took the final to the third set. Jarkko begun to feel the fatigue from the previous three set matches in the quarters and semi-final and finally had to surrender to the Frenchman for 6-2 in the third.
Jarkko, who often trained in Sweden in junior years and always plays well in Stockholm, considers the centre court in Stockholm as a home court for him and was enthusiastic to see so many fans supporting him at this tournament.
Jarkko Nieminen leads Finland to Davis Cup win against Poland
Espoo, Finland - Jarkko Nieminen once again leads Finland in a Davis Cup victory, with this pivotal win Finland will remain in Group 1 of the Euro-African division. Jarkko posted a clean win in his single match on Friday for 6-4 6-4 6-4 over Panfil. Earlier in the day, young team mate Henri Kontinen served very well and appeared extremely confident on the fast court at Barona Arena. Henri won his single match against Jonowicz in four sets.
Jarkko and Henri then partnered up on Saturday to show the Finnish crowd their best double performance to date, upsetting recent US Open double finalists with a 7-6 7-6 6-4 impressive win and seal the victory for Finland.
Jarkko Nieminen interviews Rafael Nadal
US Open, New York - It is now finally available the exclusive interview between Jarkko and Rafa in New York!
Please click on the link below to see the video and hear some interesting insights about junior tennis.
SUNRISE AVENUE SIGN BRAND MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH NSM
Helsinki, September 2011 - Nordisk Sports Management begins its new venture in the entertainment and music industry and its first clients in this field is the Sunrise Avenue, one of the most successful rock bands of the last few years. NSM and Sunrise Avenue recently signed a representation agreement that will create additional sponsorship opportunities for the band.
For more information click on the PDF link to read the press release.
US Open: Jarkko interviews Rafa for an NSM TV series on Junior Tennis
New York, US Open - Thursday September 1, 2011 - Jarkko Nieminen starts his TV career by interviewing Rafael Nadal on court, right after a practice session. Rafael, as always the nicest guy, made himself available to be interviewed by Jarkko, on behalf of NSM, about his incredible career, his transition from junior tennis to professional, his thoughts on junior tennis in general and new up-and-coming players. The interview will be published soon on www.nsm.fi and on www.jarkkonieminen.fi. The interview will also be an important testimony, to be added to those of many other players, to be included in the TV series about Junior Tennis that NSM is working on together with Filmiteollisuus/Yellowfilm.
NSM and Jarkko Nieminen would like to thank Rafa and his PR Agent, Benito, for their cooperation to make this interview possible. NSM and Jarkko would also like to thank Rafa for the kind words he posted on his Facebook page about Jarkko and this interview.
Aljona Ostapenko trains with NSM Team
Finland, August 29, 2011 – Aljona Ostapenko, 14 years old from Latvia, has just completed a 2 weeks training block in with NSM Team in preparation of her upcoming ITF Junior Tournaments.
Ostapenko is one of the up-and-coming young players in the world, this year she has already won the very important tournaments “Le Petit As” in France and the “Avvenire” in Milan. Thanks to NSM relationship with her management company, Twenty10, and one of Aljona’s main sponsors, Nike, Aljona decided to take advantage of the resources of NSM Team to take her tennis career to the next level. Aljona will continue to rely on NSM Team in the future both for traveling to some tournaments and as a training base for her development. Thanks to Aljona being in Turku, NSM was also happy to start a working relationship also with two promising Finnish Junior Girls and their respective coaches: Tanja Tuomi and Petra Piirtola.
NSM JUNIORS DOMINATE FINNISH CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jyväskylä - NSM Junior Team players cap off a great summer with important wins at the Finnish National Championships Under 14. Patrik NIklas-Salminen, seeded 1 in the tournament, marches to the final without losing more than 1 game per set. Eero Vasa, seeded 3, also reaches the final playing well and without any major obstacles. Eero toughest match was his 6-0 6-3 win in the semi-final against Aaro Pöllänen, number 2 seed.
Niklas-Salminen and Vasa played a very high level final with Niklas-Salminen taking the Finnish Championships title for 7-6 6-4.
Patrik and Eero, after their single final battle, partnered up to also take the doubles title against another NSM Junior Team member, Marcus Stenfors (in singles, Stenfors lost in the quarter-finals to NIklas-Salminen). Vasa and Niklas-Salminen graduated doubles Finnish Champions for the second time this year with a 6-1 7-6 victory in the final.
Patrick Stenfors reaches the final in National Championship 12 & under
Hyvinkää, Finland – Patrick Stenfors, the youngest member of the NSM Junior Team, reached the final in the Finnish Championship 12 & Under.
Patrick had a good tournament and only lost in the final to double partner Eemil Ruusuvuori for 7-6 6-1. After his loss in single, Patrick partnered up with Ruusuvuori to take the double title and with Venla Andersson to take the mix-double title.
NSM Juniors going strong in Poland and Germany
Week of August 1, 2011 - Eero Vasa had an outstanding week at the category 3 Tennis Europe tournament in Zabrze, Poland. In the quarterfinals, Eero won a tough match against number 1 seed Hurcacz of Poland for 6-4 6-2 and then went al the way to the final of the single draw. Unfortunately Eero was not able to conclude this good week with a win in the final (6-3 6-1 the score for Krolik of Poland) but he partnered up with Carlos Divar of Spain to take the doubles title for 12-10 in the third set match-tie break.
Patrik Niklas Salminen participated in his first category 1 and 2 tournaments in the last two weeks. After playing some tough matches in the strong category 1 in Cologne, Germany against some of the best 14 & under players in the world, Patrik had a successful week in Ulm, Germany.
Patrik reached the semi-finals in singles and lost in a tough three set lefty battle (6-2 3-6 6-3) and he also reached the final in doubles partnering up with Petersen from Germany.
Both players will now enter the Finnish Championship 14 & under with high confidence.
Jarkko Nieminen: 300th win on the ATP Tour
Washington D.C. – On Tuesday August 2nd the ATP Tour website celebrated Jarkko’s 300th victory on the ATP Tour with the following article:
“No. 16 seed Jarkko Nieminen clinched his 300th career victory, defeating Igor Kunitsyn 7-5, 6-4. The Finn claimed 49 per cent of his return points, breaking the Russian four times to move on to the third round.
Nieminen, who turned pro in 2000, has finished inside the Top 100 for 10 consecutive seasons, and achieved his best ranking of No. 13 on 10 July, 2006. The 30 year old has advanced to 10 ATP World Tour finals, winning the title at Auckland in 2006.”
Netherlands: Niklas-Salminen reaches semi-finals and then parterns up with Vasa to make doubles final
Meppel, Netherlands – July 9, 2011 – Patrik Niklas-Salminen reaches the semi-finals on the Tennis Europe tournament in the Netherlands. With this result Patrik has reached the semi-finals or better in all of the last 5 tournaments he has played. Patrik also partnered up with Eero Vasa to reach the doubles finals. With this results Patrik reaches his career high ranking of number 67 in Europe and gets close to his seasonal goal of making top-50.
Summer Cup Under 14: 2 NSM players chosen to represent Finland
Mallorca, Spain – June 29, 2011 – Summer Cup is the European qualifying team event to select the 2 best Nations in Europe who will go on to the Junior World Team Tennis. Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Eero Vasa from NSM Junior Team, and Aaro Pöllänen were chosen to represent Finland in this team competition in Mallorca, Spain. This was a great opportunity for all the boys to compete against some of the best European players. Finland lost two hard fought ties against Slovakia and Czech Republic and then posted a good win against Armenia.
Eero Vasa reaches quarterfinals in Portugal
Albufeira – June 17, 2011 – Eero Vasa challenged the heat of Portuguese summer by playing the Tennis Europe 14’s event in Albufeira. Eero played some good tennis and reached the quarterfinals of this tournament, only loosing in a very tight 3-sets match with the score of 6-4 5-7 6-2 against Portuguese player Tiago Cacao.
Patrik Niklas Salminen reaches the final at home TE 14 tournament in Finland
Pajulahti - June 17, 2011 – Patrik Niklas-Salminen continue to show his good form by reaching the final in Pajulahti, the Tennis Europe 14’s tournament held in Finland. Patrik lost in the final against the number 1 seed and ranked 14th in Tennis Europe ranking, Christopher Klettenberg from Estonia. Patrik played an exemplary first set winning it 6-1 but then could not keep up his level to finish off the match and lost the following two sets.
SPORTS AND MUSIC INDUSTRY: JARKKO NIEMINEN HELPS TO SEAL THE DEAL
Jarkko Nieminen Becomes A Partner In Nordisk Sports Management. Nordisk Expands Its
Operation In Tennis, Extends To Other Sports And Enters The Music Industry.
Click on the PDF link to read the Press Release.
Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Eero Vasa win Doubles title in TE 14 in Oslo
Oslo – May 30, 2011 – NSM Team’s players had a successful campaign in Norway. Team players Patrik Niklas Salminen and Eero Vasa played 2 TE 14 tournament in Norway, the first one in Stabbek and the second one Oslo. Niklas Salminen reach the semi-finals of both TE 14 tournaments that he played in Norway demonstrating a he good form and only losing in both tournament in the semi-finals to the number 1 seed and top-20 player in Europe, Viktor Durasovic from Norway.
Eero Vasa also had a good tournament in Olso by reaching the quarter-finals. Patrik and Eero partnered up in both tournaments to play doubles and performed especially well in Oslo by taking the doubles title in a well-played final against the same Durasovic.
Finnish Championships at Aktia Arena: NSM player Patrik Niklas-Salminen takes the title!
Aktia Arena (an NSM Facility) - On the Sunday April 3rd, 2011 at the new Aktia Arena in Kaarina, Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Aaro Pöllänen play the final of the Indoor Finnish Championships for 14 & Under. NSM Player Niklas-Salminen prevail on Pöllänen with the score of 7-6 6-1. With this result Patrik is establishing himself as the best Finnish player in his age division and certainly a talent to keep an eye on for the future. Earlier in the day, another NSM player, Eero Vasa lost in the semi-final against Pöllänen after leading in the first set.
Vasa and Niklas-Salminen also partnered up to win the doubles tourament for 7-5 6-3 in the final against.
Patrik Niklas-Salminen and Eero Vasa have been part of the NSM Junior Team for the past 2 years and NSM is proud of contributing to their success.
Federico Ricci Joins NSM
I am pleased to announce that Mr. Federico Ricci, "Fede", will be joining NSM in April 2011. Fede has long experience in coaching, including professionals and many top juniors in the world. After working with some Italian professional players, Fede moved to the USA. For the last 7 years he has been working at the Evert Tennis Academy in Florida, most recently as Director splitting his responsibilities between coaching and marketing/management. At Evert he has been directly responsible for the development of players like Micke Kontinen, "Bob" Van Overbeek, Seongchan Hong, Lauren Davis and Beatrice Capra, to mention a few of the most recent, and has contributed to the training of other top players at Evert.
Fede will take over the responsibility of Tennis Development at NSM. In his new role he will lead NSM growth and also take over the responsibility of the NSM Junior Team. Having Fede on the Junior Team will open many new doors to the international tennis arenas. NSM goal is to bring global experience and connections to Finland by arranging international tournaments and events, arranging training camps in Finland with top players from all over the world and we are confident that "Fede" is the right person to achieve this.
Patrick Stenfors - Vänersborg - Sweden TE-12
Patrick played a great TE tournament in Vänersborg, Sweden. He breezed through to the semifinals without losing a set. En route, 3 Swedish players were dismissed. In the semifinals Patrick played a very familiar opponent, Emil Ruusuvuori, whom he had beat a few weeks earlier in the finals of the SEB JGP tournament in Turku. This time it was Emil's turn to take home the victory. After two tough sets Emil beat Patrick 6-3, 7-5. In the finals Emil then beat Sweden's Nicklas Schell 6-3, 6-2.
Patrick Stenfors wins his first SEB JGP tournament for B12 in Turku
Patrick Stenfors played a great tournament in Turku during the weekend 21-23 of January. Patrick did not lose a set on his way to the finals. In the finals he played the number 1 seed Emil Ruusuvuori. After splitting two tight sets, Patrick played a strong 3rd set and secured the tournament championship with the score 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
The NSM team played The EuroElite Team from Malmö, Sweden
The NSM team played The EuroElite Team from Malmö, Sweden, in a friendly meet during the weekend of 1-3 of October. During the weekend all players had a chance to play each other in timed 1 hour matches, resulting in everyone playing 7 singles matches, 4 doubles matches and 1 floorball match.
Sweden proved once again to be the better team in floorball. Finland was in the lead until the very end, but just like games in hockey so often tend to go between the two countries, Sweden fought until the bitter end and scored just before time ran out. Finland lost a bitter 7-8 :(.
The EuroElite team came with professional attitudes and played many tough matches against the NSM team. After a lot of good tennis had been played the NSM team had won the meet by 5 games. The NSM team won 418 games during the weekend against the EuroElite´s 413 games. The NSM team fought hard for the victory hoping this way to ensure an invitation to a rematch in Sweden next year.
Patrick Niklas-Salminen and Eero Vasa played especially great during the weekend, not loosing a single match.
First training camp of 2010 in Malaga Spain 15?25.4.2010
The NSM team is going to train for 10 days in Malaga, Spain, in April in order to get a good start to the 2010 clay season. The training camp will consists of 5 hours of tennis per day plus 1 hour of fitness. It will be a tough camp with hard training and practice matches. All boys have received work from their schools to be completed while away, but there will still be time left over for fun in the sun.
Two new members to NSM Junior Team
The NSM Junior team, consisting of Patrik-Niklas Salminen, Eero Vasa, Noah Johansén and Benjamin Hedberg, had a successful first year. All the boys had great results during 2009, including several Tennis Europe 12 Championships and finals, as well as Finnish Championship titles. The boys also gained a lot more experience in tough international tournaments. NSM has decided to expand the team with 2 new members, the brothers Marcus and Patrick Stenfors from Pori. The brothers have shown great potential, climbing to the top of their age group in Finland during the 2009 season. Marcus and Patrick are a great addition to the team and will for sure prove to be valuable players.
Orange Bowl Miami 13.12-23.12.2009
Patrik, Eero, Noah and Benjamin all participated in the Orange Bowl Tournament which is inofficially considered the world championship for juniors in tennis. Both Patrik and Noah had tough opponents already in the first round. Patrik played one of the best juniors in the United States, Sami Kierberg, and lost 3-6, 1-6. Noah played Alexander del Corel, who is one of the best players in USA in his age group (born in 1999), and was also beaten 2-6, 0-6. Benjamin played Isaac Pashenkov from California in the first round and won 6-4, 6-4. In the second round he faced Elliott Seckler, also from USA, and lost 1-6, 1-6.
Eero had a great run in this tournament. He won all the 4 matches in the qualification and reached the 2nd round in the main draw, which was an outstanding accomplishment in such a tough tournament. Results below
Qualification: R1 Richie Torres 7-6(5), 6-1, R2 Eero Vasa d. Oleksandr Zhurba 6-0, 6-0, R3 Eero Vasa - Daiko Kato 6-2, 6-2, R4 Eero Vasa - Joel Link 6-7(6); 6-3; 6-2, Main Draw: R1 Rodrigo Hadlich 7-5, 5-7, 6-1, Main Draw R2 Gabriel Pilones - Eero Vasa 2-6, 0-6
Eddie Herr Tournament 28.11-6.12.2009
Noah had a great tournament at the Eddie Herr International Tournament held at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The draw size was 128 and Noah made it all the way to the 3rd round (round of 32) where he lost to David Volfson from Canada. Noah played a great match against Volfson, who has won several major international tournaments. Volfson proved stronger this time, however, Noah played very well the end result 6-3, 6-1 does not tell the whole story of the match. Patrik Niklas-Salminen was seeded in the tournament and made it to the second round where he lost to William Tutecky from Canada 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 after some nail biting moments. Benjamin Hedberg played a strong match in the first round against Andreas Andrade from Ecuador but eventually lost 6-3, 6-2. In doubles Patrik and Noah made it to the quarterfinals, where they lost to the German/Russian pair Andrey Rublev (1) /Alexander Zverev. Eero Vasa did not participate in this tournament as he joined the group one week later.
NSM Junior team 4 weeks in Florida for Training and Tournaments 21.11-20.12.2009
The NSM team traveled to USA in December in order to participate in some tough top level international tournaments. During four weeks the boys took part in Eddie Herr, Prince Cup and Orange Bowl tournaments and practiced hard at the Evert Academy in Boca Raton in between.
Prince Cup 5.12-11.12.2009
Prince Cup is also considered one of the toughest Junior tournaments in the world and it is traditionally played between Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl. Patrik Niklas-Salminen had to qualify for the main draw together with Noah Johansén and Benjamin Hedberg while Eero Vasa was given a slot in the main draw (64 players). In order to qualify for the main draw 3 matches needed to be won. Patrik made it to the third round where he lost 4-6, 1-6 to Jack van Slyke from Canada. In the first round he beat Renator Junior from Brasil 6-3, 6-1 and in the second round Patrik bageled (6-0, 6-0) Lucas Venegas from USA. Noah Johansen and Benjamin Hedberg both lost to tough players in the first round. In doubles Patrik teamed up with Eero and the boys lost in the first round to Ram/Edan from Israel. Noah paired up with Sam Taylor from Sweden and made it to the quarterfinal where they eventually lost to the same pair that had beaten Eero and Patrik in the first round.
TE 12 Turku, Finland - Patrik Niklas-Salminen champion in both singles and doubles
The TE tournament in Turku in October 2009 was very successful for Patrik by winning the tournament in both singles and doubles. In doubles he played together with team member Noah Johansén. In the final Patrik and Noah did not give the Russian pair Igamberdyev/Dorofeev any chances and beat them clearly 6-0, 6-3. Eero Vasa also played very well, reaching the semi-final were he lost to Patrik in two tough sets 6-4, 7-5. Eero also made a strong input in the doubles by reaching the quarterfinals together with Lassi Sarpola.
Eero, Patrik and Noah participated in the Finnish Championship boys 12 in August 2009. Benjamin did not qualify for the main tournament and will try again next year when the rest of the team moves up to boys 14 division.
The tournament was a great success for the team. The gold medal was taken by Eero, while Patrik and Noah got the bronze medal. In doubles, Patrik and Noah were once again unbeatable and renewed their Finnish Championship title. In total, the team received four medals.
Evert Training Camp together with Jarkko Nieminen
August 13: Nordisk Sports Management brought Evert Academy to Finland for 1 week in order to train with the top junior players in the country. The future Generation Team participated one day together with Jarkko Nieminen, who is the official .kummi. for the team. The day was full of hard tennis drills, fitness training exercises and also mental training.
The days were tough but fun. Jarkko practiced with the team a full 5 hours and left pleased to see the physical and mental strength these young tennis players displayed.
Nordisk Sports Management will continue collaborating with the Evert Tennis Academy in Finland and other Nordic countries.
NSM will be promoting the Academy in the Nordic region, as well as cooperating with ETA clinics in Finland. NSM will also send top-level Finnish Juniors to the Academy for both short- and long-term training.
The Evert Tennis Academy is located in Boca Raton, Florida, USA., and it has programs devoted to creating winners of all ages in tennis and in life. With the backing of Chris Evert, tennis legend and winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, and John Evert, internationally renowned coach and ETA Director, the Academy has an expert coaching staff dedicated to the instruction, development and success of each athlete.
Eero in Spain
July, 2009: Eero spent the summer in Spain where he endured high temperatures during rigorous training sessions. This proved to be a very good decision as he later went on to win his first Finnish Championship (boys 12).
Eero played a few tournaments in the heat of the Spanish sun (over 36 degrees Celsius) and had excellent results. He participated in the Bel-Air, Estepon tournament and won the boys under 12 title. He also made it to the final in boys under 14. In other words, the heat did not bother this cool-headed Finnish player.
Benjamin wins his first boys 12 tournament in Finland
June 26-28: Benjamin Hedberg won his first tournament in Finland when he won the Wilson Cup in Tampere.
Riga, Latvia / TE 12 (Tennis Europe) tournament
Riga, Latvia June 22 - 28, 2009
Team members Patrik and Noah participated in the Riga, Latvia TE 12 (Tennis Europe) tournament directly after Båstad. They both had great success once more. Noah went all the way to the final were he lost to Lithuanians Tadas Babelis who also beat Patrik in the semifinal. In the doubles tournament, Patrik and Noah played again great and won the Championship.
The team in Båstad
Benjamin, Noah and Patrik spent a week at an international tournament in Båstad, Sweden, while Eero was competing at a Nike Junior Tour tournament in Vallencia, Spain. The tournament in Båstad, which is one of the two biggest under 12 events in Sweden, was as tough as ever. 160 players, including the top 3 Norwegians, all top 10 Swedes and our team, battled from Saturday to Thursday for the biggest trophies.
Benjamin had an unfortunate draw and faced Norway´s nr 2 in the first round. The 170 cm tall Norwegian with a heavy serve and forehand was stronger this time. Also in doubles, the tournament came to an end in round 1. During the rest of the week Benjamin could concentrate on practice matches against players from the clubs SALK (Stockholm) and WTK (Westervik).
Noah reached the 4th round in singles with three convincing victories, but didn´t find his best form in the match against Carl Söderlund. After a tight first half of set 1 the Swede could fight home the set with 6-2. Noah came back stronger in the 2nd set and the end result 6-2 6-2 doesn´t really do him justice. "Söderlund was a bit stronger mentally today and could win the crucial points, but I got the impression that I can beat him next time", Noah said.
Patrik was solid as a rock in his four first matches, losing only 10 games to his Swedish compatriots. Especially the match in the quarterfinal against Eric Samuelssson, was a fine display of his current form. Patrik had lost against the Swede in January in straight sets, but this time Patrik overpowered him in all parts of the game 6-2 6-1. Six matches in two days was both mentally and physically too taxing for Patrik. The great form he had shown throughout the week was unfortunately completely gone in the semis and Patrik lost in straight sets to Carl Söderlund.
In Doubles Patrik and Noah were as convincing as usually. The two time Finnish champions comfortably reached the quarters without too much effort, but were surprised by their Swedish opponents´ strong start in match nr 4. In the end our boys picked up their game and took the 3rd set champions tie break with 10-6. In the semis Noah and Patrik were again focused from the start and took a straight sets victory in style and with a little luck and some additional confidence our boys could have taken the final against the nr 1 seeds Yemer/Taylor. The Swedish pairing was, however, braver and stronger in the important points and could sail away with the biggest trophy 6-3 6-3.
Overall, the week was perfect. Matches, practice matches and practice in an extremely nice but competitive surrounding. The team learned and gained a lot, and returned home in really positive spirits.
Noah and Patrik will continue after midsummer to a TE12 tournament in Riga, Eero plays tournaments in Spain and Benjamin continues practicing in Turku before the national tour.
Benjamin Hedberg receives most improved young gun award
Benjamin Hedberg receives most improved young gun award at Evert Tennis Academy for 2008/2009 Season
Junior Team takes home the tournament titles in Lithuania
Patrik Niklas-Salminen wins TE 12 in Lithuania. Patrik Niklas-Salminen (TaTs) wins over team member Eero Vasa (ÅLK) in the final of TE 12 tournament in Lithuania. The boys play well also in the doubles and take home the tournament title with a convincing 6-1, 6-2 win in the final over Babelis/Calovas from Lithuania.
The Evert Tennis Academy has recently signed a cooperation agreement with Nordisk Sports Management
Nordisk Sports Management will be collaborating with the Evert Tennis Academy in Finland and other Nordic countries. NSM will be promoting the Academy in the Nordic region, as well as cooperating with ETA clinics in Finland. NSM will also send top-level Finnish Juniors to the Academy for both short and long term training. The Evert Tennis Academy is located in Boca Raton, Florida, USA., and it has programs devoted to creating winners of all ages in tennis and in life. With the backing of Chris Evert, tennis legend and winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, and John Evert, internationally renowned coach and ETA Director, the Academy has expert coaching staff dedicated to the instruction, development and success of each athlete.
Nokia is keeping the Juniors connected
Finland-based Nokia, the leading global telecommunications and electronics equipment supplier, will support Nordisk Sports Management's Juniors ability to keep in touch with the home base during their travels to international tournaments and training camps by supplying them with the latest mobile technology. This backing will allow the kids to be easily reachable during the tournaments and practices around the world, encouraging them to update their blogs on the web page.
Tennis Europe Junior Tour 12 & Under to receive support from NSM
Nordisk Sports Management will collaborate with Åbo Lawn Tennis Klubb (ÅLK) and Turun Verkkopallo Seura (TVS) to arrange the first ever Finnish Tennis Europe Junior Tour for Boy & Girls 12 & Under. The two Turku clubs will host the tournament starting the week of 19 October 2009. The Tour was devised in order to give the opportunity for international playing experience to promising youngsters, while simultaneously taking steps to ensure that players are not exposed to excess pressures. Tournaments consist of boys and girls singles and doubles, with consolation events for first and second round losers in singles. Events can be of direct elimination or round robin type before the semi-finals.
Fazer continues to support young promising athletes by sponsoring NSM.s Future Generation Juniors
Fazer's continuous commitment to values such as ethics, fairness, quality and expertise are shared with Nordisk Sports Management's Future Generation kids, who will proudly receive the support of Fazer. Fazer's believe in young players continues strong with the NSM's Juniors, as it did during the early stages of Jarkko Nieminen's career. Fazer played a very important role in the beginning of Jarkko's career and put him on the road to the success he's currently experiencing.
Wilson supports Nordisk Sports Management's Future Generation Juniors with a 3 year cooperation agreement
Wilson, the number one tennis racquets and accessories company in the world, continues its junior development efforts around the world by supporting the Nordisk Sports Management Future Generation Team. These Juniors will receive both high-performance apparel as well as racquets from Wilson. Some of the technologically advanced gear they will sport feature premium technical fabrics as well as integrated Wilson's apparel technologies including: nanoUV. (sun protection), nanoWIK. (moisture management and quick dry technology), and nanoBAN. (anti-microbial protection). They will also wear Wilson's footwear which provides the needed fit, performance, and on-court stability support
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