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Feijen wins Dynamic Billard Italian Open

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Italian Open 2015 – 28/02/2015

With a clear 9:2 victory over Nick Malai (GRE) in the final match, Niels Feijen (NED) took the title of the Dynamic Billard Italian Open Champion 2015 at the Best Western Premium BHR Hotel in Treviso, Italy, today.

Feijen left no chance for Malai in the final. In the beginning, Malai missed some easy shots which was punished by Feijen straight away. It looked like Malai got really frustrated, being in his chair for so long watching Feijen take rack after rack. In fact, Malai could not get a foot on the floor in the final match. Therefore, the result of 9:2 in favor of Feijen is fully deserved.

Niels Feijen (NED)

Niels Feijen (NED)

After winning the 9-Ball World Championships and the straight pool European Championships last year, Feijen had his last Euro-Tour victory in June 2013 in Austria. He was in the final against Nick van den Berg in December but he lost that quite clear. „I got tortured last time by Nick, so I am really happy that I was able to win it this time“, stated Feijen. „I think that around 40 guys can win a Euro-Tour. It is one hell of a competition. I am very happy to win this tournament“, added Feijen.

Though he had lost the final match, it has been a great and successful tournament for Nick Malai as well. He defeated Mario He (AUT), Petri Makkonen (FIN) and Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE) today, three really strong players; two of them belong to Europe’s Top Ten ranked players.

Top eight finishers:

1. Niels Feijen (NED)
2. Nick Malai (GRE)
3. Mario He (AUT)
3. Karl Boyes (GBR)
5. Ralf Souquet (GER)
5. Petri Makkonen (FIN)
5. Oliver Ortmann (GER)
5. Marco Teutscher (NED)

With that victory, Feijen overtakes van den Berg and takes the lead in the Euro-Tour rankings as well.

Top Ten Euro-Tour rankings:

1. Niels Feijen (NED)
2. Nick van den Berg (NED)
3. Mark Gray (GBR)
4. Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE)
5. Ralf Souquet (GER)
6. Mario He (AUT)
7. Karol Skowerski (POL)
8. Denis Grabe (EST)
9. Albin Ouschan (AUT)
10. Francisco Diaz-Pizarro (ESP)

The event was hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion, IBP. For further information, please check the event website at www.eurotouronline.com, visit our Facebook page or contact the EPBF press office at press@epbf.com