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Tom Löwe (24): I miss the games and the pressure

Posted by on February 18, 2021

Tom Löwe (24): I miss the games and the pressure

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Better times coming up for Tom Löwe? I miss the pressure and the competition

The young European talents in three cushion and players from other parts of the world have been held back in their development by this year of COVID-19 crisis. The last World Junior Championship in Valencia 2019 ended with super-talent Myung-Woo Cho in his last year as the winner and three Koreans on stage. The next World Championship event in the Netherlands was postponed and almost certainly not played.

Was it a year of standstil land stagnation, of desperately waiting for the new start? How do young players deal with the crisis in this important part of their career? Kozoom went in search and starts a series of interviews from now with young billiard players: about the crisis, the future of their careers, the current conditions in their home countries and life without championships, tournaments and competitions. Today part 4: Tom Löwe (24) from Germany.

Name: Tom Löwe
Age: 23
Place of residence: Nettetal (near by Viersen), Germany
Profession/study: Mathematics
Hobby: Watch sports, movies and series
Relationship: Yes
Billiard club: BC Weywiesen (Bottrop)
Sponsor: Royal Pro

Kozoom/Frits Bakker: 1 How do you deal with this long periode in which the COVID crisis dominates the entire world?
Tom Löwe: I have come to terms with the fact that a full season may not be played until 2022. I'm already looking forward to the new start of the entire life. That's what counts.

2. Is this a time of standstill and stagnation in your young career, in which fast development and progression are so important?
Tom Löwe: Yes, because I can't improve much without games and tournaments. During training, the crucial mistakes that could be very painful in a tournament, are not noticed. Also, you can't train your mental situation well, because you're not under pressure like in a game.

3. How is the current situation in your home town and your country in relation to COVID-19?
Tom Löwe: In my home town we have 41 infected people per 100.000 inhabitants. The numbers are well on their way, but most of the shops, restaurants and sports clubs are closed.

4. How are the conditions for training for you? How much can you practice every day or week?
Tom Löwe: I have a table at home and I train almost every day. But there were times when I only practiced once a week when a new lockdown was announced.

5. How does life look for you without championships, tournaments and competitions?
Tom Löwe: I study, I have a part-time job in a supermarket and finally I have time to watch football in the weekends.

6. What is your country or federation doing to develop careers of young talents?
Tom Löwe: The DBU, German federation, organizes four weekend trainings per year for the best and most talented players (unfortunately less due to Covid). Christian Rudolph is the adult coach and Jürgen Kühl is the coach of the under 21 players. This is a very good approach to improve yourself and also to form a team. The financial resources, unfortunately, are not enough to send more than two German players to World Cups. I would like to take the next step and present myself well at World Cups, but the DBU has not yet been able to support me.

7. How do you see your future as a sportsman and possibly as a professional billiard player?
Tom Löwe: I aim to be a professional, but I think it will be much more difficult after the crisis, because many sponsors and billiard cafes are in financial problems. Still, I will give it all to make my dream come true to become a professional.

Tom Löwe, looking forward to the new start


Tom Löwe would like to play more World Cups with the support of his federation




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My Comments

International tournaments despite Corona crisis
To all enthusiastic tournament players:

Contrary to many reports, international tournaments are taking place regularly despite the Corona crisis. I am amazed that many billiards journalists do not keep their readers and billiards officials do not keep their members informed about the latest developments in our sport. If I did not know that many of them are informed about MYWEBSPORT, I would not be surprised.
I ask you dear billiard journalists and officials to take this into consideration in the future.

Recently, unfortunately, we read mainly about planned tournaments being postponed or cancelled and about uncertainties in the planning. I am happy to be able to report on international tournaments that take place regularly and are not affected by postponements or cancellations.

At the beginning of the year we started the HOME TOUR, an international tournament series with two tournaments every fortnight. On Saturday there is always a 3-cushion tournament, on Sunday a 5-birilli tournament. Maybe some of you have heard about it, maybe you have already watched it. Because all matches of the HOME TOUR will be streamed live: just click on the button "Live Streams" on our website on tournament day and follow the links. The participants play at their private tables at home or in their clubs, so far in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Poland and Italy. And there are more and more, as further systems will soon be installed in Austria, the Netherlands and Poland.

For all those who are interested in environmental protection and sustainability also in an economic respect. Following a comparison (savings) between the international tournaments organised via MYWEBSPORT from 01.01. to 14.02.2021 and conventionally organised tournaments with the same players at one venue:

- 80,000 grams of CO²
- 536 hours of travel time
- 27,000 euros travel and hotel costs

All information about MYWEBSPORT and the MYWEBSPORT WORLD ASSOCIATION (MWA) tournaments can be found on our homepage:


Ladies and Youth:

After the HOME TOUR has started well and is very well received by the participants, the MYWEBSPORT team is now paying special attention to the ladies and youth. We would like to start as soon as possible with the LADIES HOME TOUR and the YOUTH HOME TOUR.

Even before the crisis, it was difficult to organise regular international tournaments in both the women's and youth sectors. The time and costs are enormous because the ladies and youth live scattered all over Europe. Now, in the crisis, this has become practically impossible.

MYWEBSPORT makes it possible.


Here is a link to a video explainer about the principle of MYWEBSPORT:


I am looking forward to numerous statements, if someone prefers to share his opinion personally, then feel free to send an email:

Best regards --- Jimmy

MYWEBSPORT - Your Home For On-line Billiards

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