UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

Some articles recently published in tennis collector's magazine "VARIA". Potentially, there will be an exhibition on some very interesting collections

Some articles recently published in tennis collector's magazine. Potentially, there will be an exhibition on some very interesting collections.


 

The magazine is called "VARIA"

 

The Queen's Club Story, Roy McKelvie, 1986 (page 24).

 

In 1971, players at the Club would challenge another at every game available there - sticke, lawn tennis, squash, table tennis, rackets, billiards, real tennis, a quarter mile race, single wicket cricket, throwing the cricket ball, hitting a rackets ball, and bowls. The sole stake of this "Olympian contest" involving 12 sports was a drink - well deserved at the end of the day! One of the challengers was Kenneth Gandar Dower.

 

"RACKETOURNS" have also been organised (racketlon as we know it) at a local club in the early 80's with 2 groups of 5 players, all play all and a ranking of 1-10

 

Mick Collwins, Aurum 2006, tells the story of Max (well) Woosnam (1892-1965) a sporting polymath.

 

As an undergraduate at Cembridge, he gained 6 blues (a record?), he captained Manchester City and England at football, won gold for tennis at the 1920 Olympic Games and won the Wimbledon doubles the next year. He played golf off scratch and was no mean performer at snooker - on one occasion making a break of 147. He gave no quarter to anyone; after soundly beating Charlie Chaplin at tennis, he humiliated him at tennis - playing with a butter knife as a bat.