Just before Christmas, I had the opportunity to photograph the Sportsperson of the Year 2015 in Slovakia Gala. Many awarded sportsmen and women from the top 10 appeared in person, including Matej Toth (World Champion in Race walking), Marek Hamsik (SSC Napoli player and the captain of Slovak football team), Jan Kozak (Head Coach of the Slovak football team), Erik Varga (Sports shooter specializing in Trap) and Anastasia Kuzmina (Two times Olympic champion in Biathlon Sprint and the Sportsperson of the Year 2014). This year’s winner – Peter Sagan was absent and his father Lubomir accepted the award on his behalf. Hosts of the evening: Milan “Junior” Zimnykoval, Marcel Forgac, Marcel Merciak. Musical guests: Dara Rolins and Samuel Tomecek.
On December 1st 2015 I photographed the 8th edition of Tennis Champions Exhibition in Bratislava. This year’s line-up had Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Mansour Bahrami, Yannick Noah, Petra Kvitova and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Barbara Schett – Wilander’s co-host on Eurosport’s “Game, Set & Mats” made a surprising appearance. The score is not important in this kind of events. People were definitely entertained, especially by the showmanship of Mansour Bahrami and Yannick Noah.
My photos from the 22nd edition of Tennis Player of the Year in Slovakia. The winners are: Tereza Mihalikova (best female junior of the year), Alex Molcan (best male junior of the year), Galea cup winners (best tennis team of the year), Marek Gergely (best wheelchair tennis player of the year), Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (best female tennis player and most popular tennis player of the year), Martin Klizan (best male player of the year). Musical guest of the evening: Adam Durica and his band.
In november 2015, I photographed the 16th annual Slovak Open. This year, both men and women competed for the title. Egor Gerasimov became the winner of men’s singles, defeating the two-times champion Lukas Lacko. Jesika Maleckova became the winner of women’s singles after a three set victory over 1st seeded Anna Kalinina.