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Racketlon


I was wondering the other day about who would be the best in the world if all 4 major racket sports (tennis, squash, table tennis and badminton) were somehow combined...lo and behold, such a sport does exist and it is called Racketlon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketlon

 

There is even a World Federation and a GB federation, with the English Open being held in a month's time in Essex. The players in the mens are listed below:

 

Entries (13)
 PlayerSeed
MaindrawGBRLuke Barnes 
MaindrawGBRJack Bishop 
MaindrawGBRPiers Boden 
MaindrawGBRDan Busby 
MaindrawGBRAlex Du Noyer 
MaindrawDENKresten Hougaard 
MaindrawDENMorten Jaksland 
MaindrawGBRRay Jordan 
MaindrawGBRKeith Lesser 
MaindrawGBROliver Oxland 
MaindrawGBRAlistair Prades 
MaindrawGBRDuncan Stahl 
MaindrawFRASylvain Ternon 

 The ladies have just 3 entries:

Entries (3)
 PlayerSeed
MaindrawGBRHannah Boden 
MaindrawBELLieselot De Bleeckere 
MaindrawGERNatalie Paul

It seems a UK chap called Dan Busby is top ten ranked, with a bunch of Danes and Austrians , largely making up the top ranked players.

Anyone ever heard of this sport? or tried it? It seems rules are that it is played first to 21 pts in each of the 4 events, starting with table tennis, badminton, squash and then tennis and if drawn 2-2, a single tennis point is played at the end.

Are any of the listed mens and ladies players known to anyone at all as being known tennis players ???

 



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I played in the Scottish Open at David Lloyd in Edinburgh back in 2009, it was hugely entertaining. I lost my first round in the men's C to an Irishman ranked 300 in the world but I then proceeded to the consolation final. I found my squash level let me down, the others I would say I am at least club level in, but squash never more than recreational. Those consolation wins were enough to rank me in the world's top 1000 for a short while. It's a shame I have not found the time to play another event since then.

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Sounds fun - it would be interesting to see a sort of charity event with pro's from each sport (say two from each sport) playing across the racketlon range ...

I cant think which country would be best - not many countries are good across the 4. Asia is strong in badminton and table tennis, Japan also at tennis but not at squash, where Egypt rain supreme currently. GB possibly have the strongest across the sports depth in pro sport, maybe Germany (got top ranked pros in each discipline) could also be close, apart from that hard to see who could beat us!!



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