UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

Welsh Racketlon Open

 

Unseeded Tom Whitehouse who is ranked 134th in the world was this year surprise winner of the Welsh Racketlon Open 2013. On his way to his first international title he beat 2nd seed Ray Jordan by +7, his dad Richard by +13 and in the final he beat the number 1 seed Duncan Stahl who is 33rd in the world by +12. John Bult last year’s winner and the highest ranked Welshman came third losing to Duncan in a hard fought match semifinal match by +13. John said “I was disappointed with my squash and in this sport you cannot let your opponent get too far ahead.”

The Ladies final was contested by top seed & world number 1 Nathalie Zeoli of Germany and Nicole Eisler world number 3 of Switzerland. Nathalie lived up to her billing proving to be too strong for her opponents she won all of her first 3 rubbers and didn’t need to contest the tennis in any of her matches because of her lead. Our top Welsh female was Olivia Chivers who finished a creditable 5thorganizer Peter G H Bridgeman said “Olivia (who is only 14) is a very talented young lady who in a few years’ time could certainly make the top 10 and even the top five in the world if she was prepared to put the work in. It is not enough to be talented you have to work hard too.”

 

 

Nathalie Zeoli said “this event is fantastic all of the facilities are close by and with the hotel next door it makes for a great venue. The organization was brilliant and it is certainly in my top 3 venues.”

The Welsh Racketlon Open is the first FIR Challenger of the year it attracted 80 competitors for the singles in their various categories and over 20 double pairs which was a new Challenger record. You can view all the results at:

FIR Result Reporter

or download the full ERA Results document from:

Welsh Open 2013 Results (PDF)

Going forward the most important thing now is to keep the momentum going for the Welsh Racketlon Federation and I would like to thank all of those who help put on such a successful event and our sponsors Audi of Cardiff and Easy Store who made it all possible.

The event would not have been possible without the support of our local businesses Easy Store whose MD Brendan Connies-Laing said “we are thrilled to be involved with such a great event and John Sprigg of Cardiff Audi said “ our rings symbolise the four sports and we will continue to drive this great sport forward.”

Report: Peter Bridgeman

Pictures: To follow