Jul 23, 2009, 6:25:23 AM7/23/09
to The Racketlon Chat
50% returning faces and the rest new, this either shows that Racketlon
has yet to tap the market out there who enjoy a good run, who love all
the racket sports and who get a kick out of seeing how everyone copes
with the psychology of altering and swiftly moving between the codes
of table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis. Or it simply means its
just too much for some to handle. The arguments and discussions are
furious and no one has yet to agree which player from what background
copes best. Besides the obvious of some lucky few who have had the
opportunity to play all 4 at an early age I believe it’s the squash
and badminton players who do best. They are used to much more physical
extremes, agile movements and delicate touch. Table tennis players
have spin capabilities which will fit well in a circus act but have
little or no fitness levels (this coming from a table tennis player
himself). Then again I find that the 3 codes who haven’t played squash
struggle, they struggle with the angles, the walls and the opponent
which isn’t separated by a safety net.
The 3rd Cape Open this Sunday will be no different where the best of
their disciplines put their wits against each other and try to prove
who is the best racket player out there. Will it be number 2 and 4
seeds Christos Yiatses and Willem Theart with their badminton agility
or number 1 seed David Darlington who has yet to win a tournament with
his all round ability and tremendous hand eye coordination.
From long breaks we see the return of tennis specialists Barry
Fransman and Belford Hendriks, what secret training have they been up
to?. Making their debuts are Rob Pringle, Simon Nainkin who may pull
some surprises. All in all a tough draw for Men’s A group.
Men’s B sees Michael Frylink seeded 1 hoping to take the title, but
being a new sport here in SA the talents will soon be discovered.
Racketlon is for anyone and everyone, from social players to
competitive athletes looking for a new challenge. They have come to
the right place.
Ladies number 1 seed Cheryl Anne Murphy will have experience on her
side as she fends off number 2 Danielle van Niekerk and previous
Ladies B winner Jennifer Houston. This should be a cracker.
Juniors turnout was a little disappointing, could be due to the
holidays and exams, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
Play will start 9am sharp at the University of Cape Town, it promises
to be a day of camaraderie and great games, but the main target is
fun. Time schedules are tight and finals are planned for 15:45.
Weather forecast 21 degrees, sunshine and basically windless beautiful
day. We invite you to come and enjoy the day with us.