With stormy weather all around us, it is tempting to settle in to a warm room and slip into a nice comfy chair while enjoying seasonal food and drink treats. However, to encourage all our players to turn their eyes to those New Year training promises, we are pleased to announce the first dates in the 2018 UK Tour. You can view the latest Calendar here or for some early insights see the article below.
First up will be the East Midlands Open held at Nottingham Trent University on Saturday 17th February. Events in Nottingham have proved to be exceptionally popular, frequently reaching the capacity weeks before the entry is due to close and we expect this to continue in 2018. The East Midlands Open will be the first event in the 2018 Super Series, likely to further increase its popularity amongst the players. To ensure you get your spot entry opens, keep your eyes on the Twitter and Facebook pages!
Another firm favourite is also confirmed as we head to the Redbridge Sports Centre on Good Friday, 30th March for the Essex Open, run by the larger than life character of Dave Lazarus. The Essex Open will serve as a perfect warm up for the British Championships the following weekend, the 7th & 8th April. For 2018, we will be holding the British Championships at the excellent Parklangley Club in Beckenham, London, where the main questions will be can any of the old(er) guard get past our Players of the Year Hannah Boden and Leon Griffiths? As well as the array of British titles on offer, the British Championships will once again form the second leg of the Super Series.
The County Championships will once again return to the Gosling Sports Centre in Welwyn Garden City on Sunday 20th May, this event is always fiercely contested and has got increasingly strong in recent years with more and more counties joining the fray. 2018 is likely to be no exception, will Middlesex make it 5 titles? Into the summer and we will return once more to the Northern Club in Manchester, with the Manchester Open pencilled in for Sunday 22nd July. The only venue to have ever featured grass court Racketlon tennis, the Northern is truly unique within world Racketlon and will once again feature in the Super Series as the final event, where the titles will likely be decided. As the Racketlon world builds towards the 2018 World Singles and Teams Championships in Zurich, we will head to Kent as the final chance for players to get a spot of Racketlon practise in at the Kent Open in Canterbury.
Finally, in addition to the UK Tour, the 2018 World Tour has been finalised including the events featuring both legs (and divisions) of the Champions League (Sweden - 23rd February & Germany - 3rd August), the World Doubles Championships (10th & 11th May) in addition to the World Singles and Teams Championships (22nd - 26th August) and the Racketlon holidays in Lanzarote (3rd - 5th March) and Malta (12th - 14th October). Perhaps a real highlight for the 2018 World Tour is the first Racketlon event in Paris (29th June - 1st July), an event likely to be very popular!