After a meeting of the UK Racketlon board this evening, we can confirm that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of the UK Tour until the start of September. As a result the Northumberland Open, Staffordshire Open, the County Championships and the East Anglian Open are all now postponed. This mirrors the current status of the FIR World Tour. Due to the cancellation of the Staffordshire Open, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Super Series.
Of these events, only the County Championships had opened for entries, but any entries for this event will be refunded in full as soon as possible. Looking ahead, we will aim to restart the UK Tour with the Richard Lawrence Open. We would then proceed through the rest of the currently scheduled events with tournaments in York, Stamford and Letchworth in the calendar. We are also investigating the possiblity of additional events in November, should that be possible. The FIR have also rescheduled the Nick Matthew Open for 18th-20th December 2020, please keep an eye on racketlon.net for further announcements on that tournament later in the year.
Of course, these plans are very much dependant on the development of the Coronavirus here in the UK over the coming months; and we will be of course be basing future UK Tour decisions on UK Government guidance and guidance from our constituent sports governing bodies.
The FIR has also been forced to cancel the August World Teams and Singles Championships in Rotterdam, with an aim to rescheduling this event for late November in Sweden. As such, there will be a delay in any decisions over Team GB Selection. Once we have a firmer idea of the scheduling of this event, the GB Selection Committee will release further information to all players.
Virtual County Championships
Racketlon is about more than just its four constituent racket sports; we are a community, and no event signifies that more than the County Championships. Therefore it is our plan to host an online interactive County Championships. The event will be open to everyone, playing individually but representing their county as a virtual team. We will release more information on this early next month, but we hope to get as many players involved as possible in an interactive community event.
Finally, we once again wish to pass on our best wishes to you all during this time, and we look forward to the time we can all meet again on court.