The latest 2009 British rankings are out, taking into account the 2009 Hertfordshire Racketlon Open results...
Jermaine Manners after an impressive performance at Letchworth continues to head the UK rankings. Moving up the rankings into the top 40 is Joe Magor after two strong performances in 2009. We suspect he will rise further during 2009. Down at number 68 is Daniel Bradley who was a revelation at Letchworth. He beat established class A players like Simon Whale, Stuart Hobden and Keenan Hamza - not bad for a debut appearance!
Jane Cook's two wins in 2009 have seen her move up to 4th in the Ladies rankings, with Fiona Sime in 2nd place already looking over her shoulders. Two newcomers to womens racketlon in 2009, Lucy Mullins and Danielle West, are rapidly moving up the rankings and a top 10 ranking appears very achievable later on in the year for them both.
In the over 45s the rankings lists are still dominated by the World points. With the increased number of events this year we expect the rankings to take on a more domestic bias by the 2nd half of the year.
One of the targets for the English Racketlon Association was to increase the number of events and to have people entering more than one or two events per year. We now have our first player to have played in more than ten qualifying domestic events - step forward Gary Tovey. There are a number of other people close behind like Jermaine, Keith Lesser, Paul Mantovani, Jonathan Healey and Charles Eaton.
The Ladies are up to 61 competitors having played an event over the last 12 months and there is a definite increase in Ladies entering the domestic events. It would be a fantastic achievement if we could reach 100 by the year end so please keep talking about racketlon to people who play tennis, squash, badminton or table tennis and get them to try an event!
Visit the 'Rankings' page to find the full British rankings list
UK Ranking Officers: Stuart Hobden & Perry Fung