Tennis championship at the HSG The 8th European Universities Tennis Championship, which brings competitors from 12 different European nations to St Gallen Switzerland, held its opening ceremony on September 4th at the University of St. Gallen. 7. September 2011. The competition will host 23 teams representing 17 universities from 12 countries and will be held in the two Tennis Centers Gründenmoos and Ullmann. Among the players are some excellent athletes with ATP resp. WTA points. After the preliminary rounds, a cultural and touristic program in the city and region of St. Gallen has been planned for Wednesday, before the quarter-, semi- and finals starts on Thursday continuing though Saturday this week. Competition, friendship and fair play "We will do our best to see that you bring back some great impressions not only from your tennis games, but also from Switzerland and the lovely people here," said OC President Daniel Studer in his welcome remarks to the participants. The ceremony was attended by the Rector of the University of St.Gallen, Thomas Bieger, the President of the Parliament of the Canton of St. Gallen, Karl Güntzel and the Mayor of the City of St.Gallen, Thomas Scheitlin among other political and academic authorities. Sports in the life of students The European University Sports Association (EUSA) Delegate, EC Member Olaf Tabor stressed the fact that "we are expecting a remarkable level of performance. Our championships are not only competitions, but also great opportunities to add to the academic prestige of the university; To reinforce confidence and personal capacities of the athletes; and finally to make new friends all over Europe."EUSA is also represented by Nick Grivas, Technical Delegate for Tennis, and EC Member Leonz who is the Director of University Sport in St. Gallen. Prof. Bieger stressed importance of sports in the life of students. He also said that friendship, endurance and fair play are among the main goals of university sporting activities. Finally he officially declared the 8th European Universities Tennis Championship open.