Europe Top 16
The ETTU's elite individual competition, the CCB Europe Top 16 Cup, will be played for the 53rd time in 2024 since its launch in 1971 in Zadar for the first time. Previously held as a Top 12 event for both Men and Women categories, the tournament changed its format to Top 16 in 2015 in Baku.
With the pause caused by Covid, when the event was relocated to Greece in 2021, the last five events were held in Swiss Montreux.
Whether it was the Europe Top 12 or Europe Top 16 Cup, the tournament has always gathered the continents finest. The man with the most appearances is Belarus' Vladimir SAMSONOV (23), followed by Jean-Michel SAIVE of Belgium (21) and Jan Ove WALDNER of Sweden (18). Dutch star Bettine VRIESEKOOP tops the women's list (19), while Olga NEMES of Romania and later Germany is second (18), followed by Hungary's Csilla BATORFI (17).
The most wins are held by Jan Ove WALDNER and Timo BOLL, each with seven. Interestingly, Dimitrij OVTCHAROV of Germany has a chance to catch them soon since he already has five wins, and he will be playing this year.
In the women's event, Beatrix KISHAZI of Hungary has four wins; with NI Xia Lian of Luxembourg being one place lower with one win less. NI will also play this year, marking her 17th appearance.
WALDNER is the youngest player to have clinched the title. It happened in 1984 when he was 19. This year, we have a chance to break the record with Felix LEBRUN, the top seed who is only 17 years old.