This year, 228 teams from 17 countries are taking part, and almost 110 judges will oversee the event. The tournament is taking place with the support of the mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib.
Both men’s and women’s teams will compete in several categories. The U21 category for players under the age of 21 is new this year.
You can look forward to the Falun from Sweden – the winners of last year's Czech Open; the Swedish Pixbo, which is usually one of the best teams in both the male and female categories; the famous Swiss club, Wiler Ersigen; and Mladá Boleslav, Czech vice-champion, where many players from the Czech national team play. The Latvian team Lekrings will play in the elite men’s category.
Pixbo is the favourite in the women's elite group. However, the four other Swedish teams will also be dangerous competition, as well as Vítkovice, the Czech champion in the highest women's league. For Czech players, the tournament will be preparation for the Champions Cup.
The woman’s open category will involve 48 teams, including the Singaporean national team.
The tournament will conclude on Sunday the 11th of August, in Arena Sparta Podvinný mlýn, where all the finals will take place, including the decisive match for the men’s elite category.
For further information, please visit: http://www.czechopen.cz