UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope
2009 English Open Draws & Schedule - Published!
AUGUST 18th 2009

2009 English Open Draw

All draws and the ever important schedule are published. A full preview will follow in due course. NOTE - English Open is being held at Redbridge Sports Centre as per previous information. 

The draw is very interesting indeed. Lesser, Jennings & Hartley will have to get through World Number 6 Michi Dickert from Austria in order to reach the semi finals. Ray Jordan & Tom Whitehouse have tough draws to achieve the same feat. Jermaine Manners is in the same quarter. One would not bet against the badminton specialist equalling or bettering his semi final feat of last year. Indeed, the British Number One's wins over John O'Donnell and Marcel Weigl in the 2008 English Open to reach the semi finals were a surprise to some, less so these days.

Jon Foulds needs to mix it with a strong foreign quarter, which is potentially the best quality quarter. Former Belgian Open Champion Bart Beks who famously defeated Doug Struthers in the epic 2008 final will be a hard nut to crack. Don't write off talented youngster Joey Schubert nor talented table tennis player Martin Björkryd. 

Apart from Jermaine Manners, a dark horse for a Brit in the semi finals is tennis specialist Simon May. With a winnable first round against Andrew Kim, May could meet Jason Granville or Volker Sach and if May performs well would have a good shot at a semi!

Inaugural County Team Championships
The inaugural County Team Championships tournament entry page has now launched. Letchworth Squash & Tennis Club host their second tour event which is an exciting addition to the tour and the first step in regionalising racketlon and creating more of a community and team feel. The event is open to all, so don't hesitate to organise a team or join another one! A team consists of four men and one lady, incuding two mens singles, one mens doubles and one ladies singles. The winners qualify for the FIR Champions League 2010. Details about the event can be found on the news section of the ERA website, or click here. If you are unsure about any of the details of the event please emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.