It’s that point of yr the place Mancunians are choosing up their tennis rackets and taking to the outside in preparation for Wimbledon.
However a brand new racket sport might be about to take the crown from centre court docket.
Racketlon is the equal of a triathlon or decathlon and infuses tennis, badminton, desk tennis and squash into one entire sport.
The North of England Open, which will likely be hosted at The Northern in Manchester, is happening on June 1 giving folks the proper probability to expertise the comparatively new sport.
Gamers will face-off in opposition to one another in video games and units of the totally different sports activities and the winner will progress to the following spherical.
Whereas it might be a contest of endurance, opponents can afford to fret much less about their stamina as the sport closely includes the necessity for racket expertise with a view to grasp the game.
Originating in Finland, it has since been billed because the World’s Quickest Rising Sport.
The primary official World Championships of the sport have been held in 2001 and the match has since tailored itself into internet hosting a tour format as effectively, which takes place in over 15 international locations already.
Video of Gus Hansen-Daniel Majetic Gothenburg Racketlon Open 2011
One infamous Racketlon competitor is Gus Hansen, a famous Texas Hold’em player and model ambassador for Full Tilt Poker.
Hansen signed with Full Tilt in 2012, a yr after he competed within the Gothenburg Racketlon Open in opposition to Daniel Majetic.
In late 2012, Hansen additionally featured within the World Racketlon Championships in Stockholm throughout which he defeated as many as three opponents, till lastly being eradicated from the competitors by fellow Dane, Kasper Jonssen, within the quarter-finals.
The victory took Hansen as much as 59th within the rankings shortly after the match which is a sign for any newcomers to the sport that they’ll rapidly progress by the ranks.
The occasions vary from senior, for these aged 45 and 55, to the elite stage for each women and men during which solely the highest opponents will progress.
The match additionally affords a males’s newbie match for many who wish to attempt their hand on the sport for the primary time.
Junior occasions are additionally accessible with ranges at ages under-thirteen and under-sixteen, so youngsters can improve their sport improvement from a younger age.
Registrations for the occasion will likely be open till Could 18.
Picture courtesy of Christine Brown, with thanks