UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

The Dutch Open had a British presence with many players performing well, particularly O'Donnell, Simon May and Wingrove Manners who all took silver in their respective categories

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Elmar Schaub won the Dutch Open for the 2nd time again meaning a World Tour win still alludes ex-World Number Three player John O'Donnell. O'Donnell, a squash specialist, let Elmar back into the match giving the German 10 points in his weakest sport and not quite managing his tennis target of 9.

 

Other Good Performances

 

Simon May stormed to the Class B final and made his best performance since his English Champs win in January over Simon Whale & Gareth Shaw to also take the silver in that event.

 

Jermaine Manners missed out to world number four player Alex Koepf by only 4 points after winning tennis at the halfway stage, Koepf fought back to take the win. British Number one Ray Jordan had a very tough draw playing top badminton & squash player Sebastien Plancon from France who is new to the sport but looks to be a very interesting proposition.

 

Wingrove Manners had a relatively straightforward route to the O45's final where he lost narrowly to World Number One Volker Sach, no mean feat for the 53 yr old from Leeds. Hubert Fromlet and Michael Heldsorfer never really had a chance against Wingrove who clearly has years of experience being competent at all racket sports.

 

Manners & Manners then teamed up to reach the doubles semi-finals bringing a nice finish for the weekend.

 

Full reports are available on www.racketlon.net and full results on the tournament webpage http://www.racket4s.nl/com/