UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

September is almost upon us and as the kids go back to school and the nights start to draw in, there is comfort to be taken that before the mania of Christmas, there is still Racketlon to be played.  We have three events in September, with the South Eastern Open, Richard Lawrence Open and the North of England Open.  

South Eastern Open – Sunday 3rd September – Oxted
A fixture of the calendar, the South Eastern Open returns for its 6th instalment at the Limpsfield Lawn Tennis Centre.  One of the more unique venues on the UK Tour, it has the rare pleasure of providing players in their own individual TT and badminton courts (no rogue shuttles or TT balls interrupting a point here!), while the excellent tennis courts ensure that the final sport is played on a fantastic surface.  
Entry for this event will close soon, so please enter ASAP on tournament software here.

Richard Lawrence Open - Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September – Abingdon
For those of us who were fortunate enough to meet him, Richard Lawrence was the embodiment of everything that is great about Racketlon.  His friendly persona ensured that every player he met at an event was made to feel welcome and part of the community.  Alongside daughter Rachel, they toured the UK helping everyone from the novice to the experienced tournament director to make sure their event ran smoothly.  Without a shadow of doubt, the best way to remember Richard is through a Racketlon event and the Richard Lawrence Open returns again as a two day event in Abingdon near Oxford.  On Saturday 16th, the usual array of singles classes will be played while on Sunday 17th September the event will feature Men’s, Ladies, Mixed and Lottery Doubles and entry is open here.  Across the weekend we will be fundraising for the charity Thrombosis UK and should any members of the community be unable to attend the event, but wish to donate, then please do so here:

North of England Open – Sunday 24th September – York
After a nomadic early existence for the North of England Open, it is starting to settle in for bed and breakfast in York, returning here for a third year.  Held at the University of York, the event is likely to prove popular with the local community as the most northerly Racketlon event in 2017.  Entry is now open on Tournament Software.