The English Open gets a major boost as Peter Nicol will be playing an exhibition match on the Saturday afternoon of the tournament (16th August). We are after similar stars of the component sports to take Nicol on in a racketlon match.
Peter Nicol, is a former professional squash player, who is widely considered to be one of the most outstanding international squash players of his generation. In 1998, he became the first player from the UK to hold the World No.1 ranking. During his career, he won one world Open title and two British Open titles, and four Commonwealth Games Gold Medals.
During his career, Nicol was well known for his excellent retrieving game (much the same as his racketlon equivalents), as well as being an extremely tough competitor to break down. His rivalry with Jonathan Power was amongst the most famous and extended in the history of squash. Nicol has quoted to Keith Lesser "I have not spoken to Jonathon about Racketlon but would imagine he would be very interested in playing. He is still ultra competitive from what I've heard and with his skills I'm sure could play all the sports well." This complements news from Canada which suggests Power has expressed a strong interest in the sport.
Nicol was ranked World No. 1 for a total of 60 months during his career, including a continuous 24 month stint. Nicol now has turned his focus to promoting the game, providing sponsorship, support and coaching through his company.
This represents a major breakthrough for racketlon and we hope Nicol's presence at the English Open will bring much publicity for this new and growing sport.