The 2nd CSSC Racketlon championships embodies exactly what the sport is about and how it can expand quickly. Tournament Organiser Matthew Taylor has again attracted an excellent entry of racket sport enthusiasts from up and down the country. Can Graham Norton retain his title? The Ladies draw looks particularly impressive with Patricia Wood looking to defend her title.
The British Open is approaching on the 2nd/3rd May. Posters have been sent out in recent weeks to over 90 clubs and the sports centre have also been promoting the event.
Entries for the British Open have certainly picked up with stalwarts Simon Whale, Keith Lesser and Stuart Hobden leading the pack. Whale fresh from his victory at the West Midlands Open will be keen to keep his run of victories going. Losing quarter finalist Darren Kerins will want a rematch, no doubt, from their fiercely contested battle. James Bird (4th in the West Midlands Open) will also be looking for a strong performance. Jane Cook, Natalie Lawrence and co will be battling for the Ladies title.
WORLD STARS ABSENT
Whilst a very tempting offer came on the table at the 21st hour, it was seemingly not enough to tempt the world's best to grace Welwyn Garden City's first world ranking racketlon event and indeed one would wonder first world ranking event of any type of sport at all? Certainly the local press are taking a strong interest in the event.
BRITISH OPEN RETURNS TO HERTFORDSHIRE
After an absence from the World Tour in the last few years, the British Tour returned last year at a successful, well run event at Ipswich Sports Centre. Jermaine Manners and Jane Cook were victorious on this occasion, with World Number 22 Andrew Kim bowing out to Keith Lesser at the quarter final stage.
The previous home of the British Open at the start of the racketlon era in the UK was David Lloyd, Bushey. Down the road, Stuart Foster is the man that cooked up the first racketlon feast in the county of Herts. Therefore, Herts is hosting another world ranking event, but this time in a bigger and better venue.
GOSLING HAS HUGE RACKETLON POTENTIAL
As the sport grows in popularity, events will need huge capacity. Centres like Gosling and Redbridge are the future of racketlon and should be the cornerstone of the tour for many years to come. Smaller 2 and 3 court venues are useful additions for regional events, but the power of a 5 court venue means up to 40 players in singles and 80 players in doubles can be on court at any one time. Quite a spectacle in itself with 20 matches running across 4 sports.
ENTRY DEADLINE APPROACHING, STILL TIME TO ENTER
Because of the huge capacity the Gosling centre has, we will be able to permit late entries. Clearly to guarantee your place in the draw it is better to enter as early as possible. The draw will take place on April 22nd. Spaces will be allocated in the draw as appropriate given the allocated numbers. EG 8/16/24 draws are preferred to keep the Monrad play for your place system in full flow. Seedings and draws will be subject to change. Entry is available via the tournament entry page.
Racketlon - something for everyone.......