Tennis, Badminton, Squash and Table tennis combined in one sport
Racketlon is the sport in which you challenge your opponent in each of the four racket sports table tennis, squash, badminton and tennis. A racketlon match contains four sets, one in each sport. Each set is played to 21 points, much like in table tennis, but the total winner of a racketlon match is not the one that wins most sets but the one that scores the most points in total. The winner is the best all round racket player.
It started out originally in Finland and has extended to Sweden and is making steady progress throughout Europe as well. The first world Cup was held in Gothenburg 2002.
Included on the list of applicants for World Open is former top international tennis player Magnus "Gusten"Gustafsson, who started his racketlon career at last year's World Open only one week after he played his last tennis ATPtournament. He finnished no:2 in the Men's Class 1 category but since then Gusten has improved at a rate that is quite alarming for parts of the racketlon community. This year Gusten will take part in the Elite category in pursuit of the title "Best Racketplayer of the World" - and he is not known to give up easily.
This illustrated one of the most interesting aspects of racketlon; The fact that in each individual sport a mediocre player can challenge a top player - on equal terms! The guy may even be on the world ranking in one of the sports - as long as the outcome of the overall match is unclear that set will still make up an interesting game! And this has significant implications for the tactical aspects of the game; It is one thing to play well against a player that is your equal but it is an entirely different matter to deliver a top performance against someone who is far below (or above) your own standard.
A second special characteristic of racketlon is the fact that all points count equal. In any of the individual sports, say tennis, you can afford loosing some points at some stages with no implications for the overall match whereas other points (e.g. set or match points) carry much more weight. A clear indication of this is that a tennis player may well win less points in total and still win the match. In racketlon all points are - to a much greater extent - equally important.
Most racketlon players would agree that this has clear implications for how each of the games are played. "Racketlon badminton", for example, seems like a whole different ball game compared to normal badminton not to mention "racketlon tennis".
It would be interesting to see Andy Roddick hit a backhand in squash, or Juan Carlos Ferrero playing badminton and so on.
I don't think sport would catch on in the US though.
Last edited by Action Jackson; 12-19-2003 at 06:20 AM.