Ross Wilson - British U16 & Mens B Racketlon Champion
What is Racketlon?
"In a nutshell, you play your opponent at table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis, each sport is played to 21 points and the player with the most points across all four sports wins the Racketlon match. This relatively simple description hides a wonderful sport filled with intricacy, mental pressure, tactics and a huge amount of fun. Ultimately in Racketlon, every point counts and that makes it an intriguing, exciting and fantastic sport to play."
2018 British Championships
Saturday, April 7, 2018 to Sunday, April 8, 2018
Clapham Prime member Ross Wilson entered the recent Racketlon British Championships, taking 1st place titles in U16 and Mens B categories, playing some particularly impressive table tennis along the way. Results in his last two tournaments have propelled him to 26th in the National Senior rankings.
Below is an excerpt from a racketlon news article regarding the British Championships:
The younger end of the spectrum was dominated by Ross Wilson, one of our four U16s stars in 2017. Ross is an excellent tennis player, however there was little need to show those skills as he processed to a first U16s National Title. In the final he played Matthew Davidson, who pushed Ross harder than anyone else in the event, however it was not to be for Matthew, who did take Ross to tennis, but only for a solitary point. Will Taylor defeated Luke Ralph for third place, while impressively thirteen year old Angus Howard finished 5th, recovering from a quarter-final defeat to Ross.
Ross and some of his U16 compatriots were not done there. Matthew also sealed a tenth place finish in the Men’s B, while after defeat to eventual Men’s D victor Jason Foster in the semi-finals, Angus finished in third place in the Men’s D, Jason going on to seal the title with victory over Stuart Herriott, dominating the badminton and squash after Stuart had started brilliantly in the TT, to set up an easy equation on the tennis court to seal the title. However, the star of the junior show was of course Ross, who alongside his U16s victory, romped to a sensational victory in the Men’s B. He faced a little of everything as he overcame a squash coach, a TT specialist and then a tennis specialist to set up a final against Oliver Close. Ross flew out the blocks to win the first two sports and after weathering a squash court storm from Oliver, Ross dominated the tennis court to wrap up a very deserved second title of the weekend. Conor Savage defeated Patrick Middleton to claim third place in a competitive play off match, featuring exceptionally tough badminton and squash.