UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

As a blast of warm air pulses through the land, Manchester is getting hot, but not as hot as it will get on Sunday 28th July when the Northern Club hosts the North West Open which serves as the fourth and final round of the 2019 Super Series. But who is in the running to win what this coming Sunday?

Men’s Super Series
Defending Men’s Super Series champion, Dan Busby won both of the opening rounds, but skipped round 3 in Staffordshire to make an attempt on the Swiss Open in Zurich. This allowed Jon Spinks and Will Coley to both close the gap to Dan. As we head into the final round, it is a three way struggle between these players. Dan leads Will by 800 points and Jon by 950, so he will need to secure at least a third place finish in Manchester should Will or Jon win the North West Open. Jon and Will could meet in the semi-finals, with the player out of those two who finishes higher claiming second place in the standings. Irrespective of the result, it is impressive from Jon, who in 2018 was competing for the Challenger title, narrowly missing out to Jermaine Manners, and in 2019 he is battling for the Men’s Super Series.

Women’s Super Series
With her maiden Women’s A title at the Staffordshire Open, Susie Dilloway only has to stumble onto court in Manchester to claim the Women’s Super Series, thanks to her commanding 1780 point lead over defending champion, Matilda Parslow and 2017 champion Jo Shelley. Matilda and Jo will battle it out for second place in the standings, the player finishing higher out of those two, will be claiming second spot.

Challenger Super Series
Stuart Rank holds a commanding 1080 point lead in the Challenger Super Series, and despite not being present in Manchester, it is hard to see how he can overtaken, as those closest to him are also not in Manchester. The one person who can upset his party is Will Gregson. Will is playing in the Men’s A at his home event and lies 1400 points behind Stuart, so will need to make the Men’s A final, with just the small task to defeat first Martyn Langston and then Dan Busby, but on home soil (or grass if the weather behaves), you can never say never….

Futures Super Series
This year, the Futures Super Series is the closest of the lot. As we head to Manchester, Alexandra Ogram leads by 1110 over third placed Cameron Leighton and but by only 170 points over second placed Freddie Whitfield. Freddie has won two out of the three Futures events so far, and is top seed in Manchester. Freddie can win the Future Super Series with victory in Manchester, or by reaching the final and finishing one place higher than Alexandra. For Cameron it is a harder equation, he can only win by claiming the Manchester Open title and seeing Freddie and Alexandra lose their opening matches. A month ago, these three were Yorkshire teammates in the County Championships, but in the glorious land of Lancashire, the county harmony will be put to one side, as they go for Super Series glory.

Masters Super Series
Current joint leader, Martyn Langston plays in the Men’s A, and under a recent change in the way we count points within the Masters Super Series (counting points won in the Men’s A, B, C and D events where their entry clashes with the Vets event), is one win away from a first Masters Super Series title. However, should he finish 8th in the Men’s A, then Andrew Hopwood can share the title with Martyn by winning the Vets event in Manchester.

For all the draws in the North West Open, then check out Tournament Software, and keep an eye on this website, Facebook and Twitter pages for the news on who has won which titles early next week! If you want to enter an event then check out the Events page to see the events were entry is currently open.