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A number of the high desk tennis, squash, tennis and badminton gamers on this planet are coming to Winnipeg this weekend to see who’s essentially the most well-rounded racquet sports activities athlete.
The Winnipeg Winter Membership is internet hosting a racketlon match, the Cardinal Capital North American Racketlon Championships, the place 60 athletes will compete in a three-day occasion that awards greater than $4,000 in prize cash.
In the event you’ve by no means heard of racketlon, likelihood is you’re not alone. It’s a recreation the place opponents play a set as much as a rating of 21 in every of the 4 sports activities. Set victories don’t matter; it’s all about getting factors. The participant or workforce with essentially the most factors after the 4 matches is asserted the winner.
“Most people who find themselves not within the racquet sports activities neighborhood have by no means heard of it,” mentioned Evan Mancer, who’s organizing the occasion and can be collaborating.
Mancer says half of the members are travelling to Winnipeg for the match. A number of Europeans, together with former world champion and top-ranked participant Calum Reid of Scotland, have made the journey for the match. It’s the primary time Winnipeg has hosted a significant racketlon occasion that has attracted out-of-town competitors. He mentioned the native gamers higher be ready for some powerful competitors, however believes they will shock among the high racketlon gamers.
In addition to Reid, the third, fourth and sixth-ranked gamers on this planet can be competing this weekend.
“It’s an enormous deal as a result of it’s one of many 4 Tremendous World Tour occasions. It’s kind of like tennis with the grand slams. In racketlon, it’s the Tremendous World Tour, and that is one in every of them,” mentioned Mancer, who completed fifth on the 2010 world championships. “For the Canadian gamers, it will likely be by far the most important match right here in Canada this yr.”
Mancer was an completed tennis and squash participant earlier than he heard about racketlon.
At one time, Mancer was ranked within the high 15 in Canada in each sports activities. However in 2010, he began to listen to about racketlon and determined to offer it a shot. He competed in his first match in Montreal, the place he virtually took down the top-ranked participant on this planet at the moment, Christoph Krenn of Austria. Since then, the 44-year-old has been hooked as he’s travelled to London, Stockholm, Vienna and Copenhagen for tournaments.
He admits his desk tennis and badminton video games may use enchancment, however mentioned his opponents “nonetheless take me significantly, in order that’s good” as a consequence of a number of top-10 finishes at occasions.
“As I’m getting older, my purpose in each match I play in now could be to have one match the place I beat a high participant,” mentioned Mancer, who refers to racketlon because the “decathlon of racquet sports activities”.
A type of high gamers that Mancer may have a chance to beat is the sixth-ranked Kresten Hougaard, of Denmark. Hougaard, who has an completed background in desk tennis, has been enjoying racketlon all around the world since 2010, however this weekend can be his first occasion on Canadian soil.
“I’ve by no means been to Canada earlier than, so making the journey was fairly enticing to me,” the 31-year-old mentioned. “I’m staying a couple of further days after the match to take a look round and see what the centre of Canada is all about.”
Hougaard is working to get higher virtually each single day when he’s again dwelling. He performs squash on his lunch break, performs badminton within the evenings, tennis on weekends and desk tennis through the winter months. He’s competed at a number of world and European championships and says every year the game appears to be rising.
“5 years in the past, most racquet sport gamers have by no means even heard of (racketlon). However I don’t assume there are any racquet sport gamers within the nation that haven’t heard of it now,” he mentioned.
Mancer want to see the sport have related progress in Canada, which is an enormous purpose why he determined to prepare the occasion. He mentioned the game is rather more in style in Europe, as they’ve a match each two to a few weeks, the place in Canada they solely have one match that counts in the direction of the racketlon world rankings.
“Any person must be loopy and put one in every of these (tournaments) on,” Mancer mentioned. “Somebody’s acquired to take the lead and take a look at one in every of these and I felt this was my yr.”
The match options males’s, girls’s, doubles, combined doubles, newbie and senior occasions. The three-day occasion finally ends up Sunday night on the Winter Membership. There isn’t a value for spectators.
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