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Letter from the President

Dear WMTS members, dear friends,

Merry christmas!

First, I would like to greet you all and wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Those of you who recentlyhad the opportunity to participate at the 46th WMTS Congress and Championship in Lima, Peru would probably agree that we enjoyed it very much. The meeting was well organized. It was the first WMTS Congress and Championships in South America and, I hope, not the last one. Many thanks again to Cesar Villaran and his team!

Some of you enjoyed also their trip around Peru - for me personally very interesting and inspiring. Many thanks also to our executive secretary Dr. Egils Valeinis for his help with the draws.

But life goes on and we must look forward. The future meetings will be: Czech Republic, Pilsen (Plzen), August 20-26, 2017 followed by Malta, 2018 and Lithuania, 2019. Three times in a rowin Europe.

I would like to invite you to Pilsen (Plzen), my birthplace and the seat of my alma mater, Medical Faculty Pilsen which is affiliated to Charles University Prague. Pilsen has a longstanding tradition not only of beer (Pilsner Urquell) and industry (Skoda), but also of sport and culture. It was the European Capital of Culture in 2015. Tennis has a long tradition in Pilsen - the first club was founded in 1893 there. Most matches will be played at TC Slavia Pilsen which is 100-150 metres from Parkhotel Pilsen, a very suitable place for congresses. There will be more opportunities for accommodation nearby. Even a modest accommodation in student homes close to tennis club will be possible. Our partner agency Congress Prague is finishing all necessary materials and they will be accessible online during January 2017. The link is or

Best regards and see you in Pilsen!


Letter from the President

Dear WMTS members, dear friends,

Jan Kirchner

my name is Jan Kirchner and I come from Czech Republic. My first WMTS Congress and Championship was in Bastad, the Swedish tennis shrine, several years after the fall of the iron curtain. We came three “freshmen“ from our country that year: myself, Jaroslav Kratochvil and René Urbanec. We relished in the atmosphere of friendship and enthusiasm. This feeling stayed in our hearts ever since. It did not take long and the Czech rookies had the privilege to host the 2002 WMTS Congress and Championships on Czech soil in Karlovy Vary. In 2011 we repeated it again. That same year I was elected the vice-president and earlier this year in Rotterdam I had the honor to succeeded Lars Hagberg as the president of WMTS. I hold all the former presidents in high regard and I am very pleased to follow in their footsteps. I feel a great responsibility to continue in the story of friendship, fair play and collegiality that all my predecessors preached. Also I would like to welcome on board Egils Valeinis, the new Executive Secretary and a former WMTS President, who, among many other things, was the first in the history of WMTS to set up a fully functional ranking system that he himself keeps up and running. Thank You Egils.
Next year in October, the 46th WMTS Congress and Championship will be held in Lima, Peru and it will mark the first time that South American continent will host our beloved event. Personally I am very excited as I find Peru a very attractive country, with a great history and amicable people. We’ll have the opportunity to visit world heritage sites such as Cusco and Macchu Picchu, to increase the red blood cell count and hopefully to inspire and attract more colleagues from Latin American countries to join WMTS. Dr.Cesare Villaran came to Rotterdam with a group of his colleagues from Peru and many of us had the opportunity to meet these very friendly colleagues. I believe they will do a great job as our 2016 hosts. I would also like to take the opportunity to ask colleagues from all member countries to think about their candidacy for the future WMTS meetings. The Executive Committee and me personally will always be ready to help as consultants. Finally, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year 2016. Let’s keep the spirit of friendship, collegiality and support across all states and nations. I believe it is especially important in these uneasy times.

Yours sincerely,
Jan Kirchner


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