Glory for Middleton & Whiteman at King of Rackets
Another weekend, another Racketlon tournament, this time the FIR Super World Tour event, King of Rackets, the highly popular Belgian event was well attended by UK based players. Our man on the scene, Jack Bishop tells us more:
"Last weekend saw the 24th incarnation of the King of Rackets in Oudenaarde, Belgium, regarded as one of the most popular stops on the FIR Racketlon World Tour. With this came an incredibly strong contingent of UK participation, with only Germany and the hosts, Belgium, having larger representation.
Friday was primarily doubles day with victories galore for British pairs, maybe most notably for Ray Jordan/Duncan Stahl and James Watkins/Dianne Baker, who made Semi-Finals in their respective events. A special mention is also needed for Luke Barnes, who played an incredible six matches in one day, to finish 5th in both Men’s and Mixed Doubles in the A – World Ranking points galore!
Then Keith Lesser rocked up and things got real (Tweeted? - Ed).....
Saturday saw the start of the singles with too many great performances to mention, though special note to the three Nottingham lads, Jon Spinks, Jonny Wan and Jake Tetley all coming through their groups to make the D grade Quarter-Finals.
Sunday was all about finals and recovery (mainly from the ‘strong’ Belgian beer!), with the day belonging to Lauren Whiteman and the elastic, Richard Middleton. Whiteman, making her international debut, held her tennis nerve (which affects so many of us!) fantastically in both her semi-final and then the final to take home the Women’s B singles title.
While Middleton recovered from early morning Men’s B Doubles final disappointment, to come back out and defeat World Over 55s champion, Peter Sakovics, to win the Men’s 50+ title. Jo Shelley nearly did the same on the women’s side, narrowly losing +4 in her Women’s +45 final. Great effort by all.
On the broader picture, current World Champions, Jesper Ratzer and Zuzana Kubanova, took the Men’s and Wonen’s A titles without using a tennis racket. This seems to be a continuing theme and this pair attempt to seemingly make Racketlon a three racket sport! Full results can be found here: http://fir.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/events.aspx?id=240CD820-CA9D-4FE5-A87F-98ADA5A04E04 .
And if you’re looking for a KoR anecdote, just ask Ray Jordan about his flick serves on Ratzer and Kasper Jonsson or Jake Tetley about his #TetleyTennisTechnique – I’m sure they’ll both happily oblige at the next tournament you see them at! Great fun by all, especially by this particular writer, who is already looking at booking next year’s dates off work already!"
Congratulations to Richard Middleton and Lauren Whiteman on their fantastic wins, the real highlights of another strong UK weekend. If this has wetted your appetite to try yourself on the world stage then entry for our UK Super World Tour event, the Racket Masters is now OPEN, more information can be found here. If overseas travel and Racketlon are also tempting you, then keep your eyes peeled for our soon to be launched International World Tour event in Malta (2nd-4th October)!