With 2007 English Open Champion Rickard Persson & 2006 English Open Champion Magnus Eliasson the only previous winners of the British Open (Persson in 2003 after an Eliasson injury and Eliasson in 2004), the tournament returns in 2008 with a new Champion
With 2007 English Open Champion Rickard Persson & 2006 English Open Champion Magnus Eliasson the only previous winners of the British Open (Persson in 2003 after an Eliasson injury and Eliasson in 2004), the tournament returns in 2008 with a new Champion guaranteed. Of course it may be only the second time an Englishman will win an international tournament.
Previously Doug Struthers has won the 2004 English Open but an English Player has not won an international World Ranking tournament before or since. This gives the British Open title further prestige.
The tournament is very open and with Andrew Kim seeded first as the only foreign player, it's difficult to see this as anything else as a tournament any number of racketlon players can win! It's hard to see past Jane Cook in the Ladies competition.
Jermaine Manners recently won the Bristol British Tour event defeating the much fancied James Greenhead. Simon Whale holds wins against racketlon monsters Ray Jordan and Darren Kerins. Tom Whitehouse has shown improvement of late, losing to Greenhead only on a gumi in January and in the semi-finals of the British Championships, pulling out with injury.
Jermaine Manners who will get to the final against probably Simon Whale. Tom W may get there or Ray, but look to Simon as the dark horse to win the event. Lesser has an outside chance at best. Look out for 14 year old Alexander Oliver in causing an upset or too! Pls visit www.racketlonbetting.co.uk for a full book on the event.
Jermaine Manners - Evens
Simon Whale - 2/1
Tom Whitehouse - 3/1
Ray Jordan - 5/1
Keith Lesser - 6/1
Any Other Player - 10/1
Lloyd Pettiford - 50/1 (at the request of the player himself)
***Pls be advised www.racketlonbetting.co.uk has since been declared bankrupt as following Graham Norton's victory at the CSSC Racketlon Championships a mystery gambler going under the name of MooseHunter collected winnings in excess of the organisation's collateral.