UK Racketlon

Written by James Pope

Just as you are thinking about reaching for the mince pies, the Christmas decorations and enjoying a few lazy days on the sofa, UK Racketlon thought it would be helpful to give you a nudge before December begins to focus on your training over the winter break, indeed, it is time for all you need to know.  Our new UK Tour Officer, Jon Spinks, has all you need to know. 

Last weekend we saw the end of the 2018 UK Racketlon Tour, but don’t worry – 2019 is just around the corner are we can now announce the first confirmed events of the year. The latest calendar can be found here, with a round up of our events below.

 


The UK Tour as it currently stands!

 

Nottingham Sets Up Our Perfect Start!
Once again, the UK Tour will be kicking off with the East Midlands Open at Nottingham Trent University on Sunday 27th January. Remarkably since opening for entry earlier this week it has already hit capacity and sold out! Places are still available for the reserve list by contacting the tournament organisers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Currently there is a slight gap until the next confirmed event in the calendar – but we’re hard at work with a couple of events both north and south in the pipeline, so stay tuned for more information on those.

British Championships Returns to Parklangley
The next confirmed event is the British Championships itself, returning again on the weekend of the 13th & 14th April to the fantastic Parklangley Club located in Beckenham, London. As well as deciding who will take home the national titles of the sport it also acts as part two of the Super Series and will be sure to attract players from all over the country to take part.

The annual Redbridge Racketlon event run by Dave Lazarus has yet to be confirmed, but we’re expecting it either soon before or after the British Champs, and is a great event geared towards newcomers.

Next up on the tour is a return trip up north to one of the standout new tournaments from last year’s tour, the Northumberland Open on 16th June – hosted by the very welcoming Northumberland Club in Newcastle. With top class facilities across the board, and a fantastic bar serving great food on site it proved a great success in its first year, and we hope to see even more players in the coming year!

Festivities Are Planned!
Just a few weeks later we are please to announce our exciting ‘Festival of Racketlon’ – a double header weekend of events held at Keele University in late June or early July. First off on the Saturday will be the Staffordshire Open, which shall also form part three of the Super Series events, followed on Sunday by a return of the County Championships. This is the UK’s only team event, welcoming teams of all standards from different counties across the country to test their strength in a fun and exciting format.

Grass Court Tennis - Unique to the UK!
As we continue into summer things start really heating up, with the brilliant North West Open confirmed for Sunday 28th July at the Northern Club in Manchester. Not only is this the final part of the Super Series tour, but it also boasts the only grass court tennis in Racketlon – or it used to until this year! Only a few weeks later in August the FIR International Tour will be returning to the UK for the CHA London, hosted at the exclusive Roehampton Club in London on the weekend of 16th-18th August, featuring grass courts used for Wimbledon qualifiers!

Returning Venues
In between these events however the UK Tour heads south once more, with a return to the refurbished courts of the Kent Open in Canterbury, scheduled for Sunday 4th August. Speaking of returning venues – early September will see the UK Tour return with the East Anglia Open, held at the University of East Anglia on Sunday 8th September.  The next event due for the UK Tour is the Hertfordshire Open, likely to be in early to mid-October dependent on confirmation. After this we return once again to Nottingham for the Robin Hood Classic on Sunday 10th November, which will help act as the perfect warm-up for the upcoming World Championships in Germany just a couple of weeks later.


Finally, the UK Tour comes full circle with the Richard Lawrence Open acting as the final event of the year, held in Abingdon on the weekend of the 30th November & 1st December. Featuring both singles and doubles over the course of the weekend, the tournament is particularly suitable for newcomers to the sport and raises money for charity in memory of Richard Lawrence who helped give so much to the growth of our sport.


In addition to these fantastic tournaments we are still looking to be able to announce a few more events over the course of the year, so keep your eyes open.


Hope to see you all in 2019,


Jon Spinks
UK Tour Officer