Massachusetts tournament winners are an international field
On the weekend of April 28-29, in the nice city of Northampton, over 30 players battled hard to earn the tittle of Racket Master in their category. All of the singles winners are from different countries:
Dan Busby from England won the Elite draw with Patrick Laplante coming in second place. Mr Busby impressed the crowd with some amazing squash and he is very good in the other sports.
Katrin Madre from Estonia/USA finished first in the Women’s elite with Carola Von Hamburg from Germany in second. Katrin’s great table tennis and tricky squash put too much pressure on her opponents.
Rod Bedard from Canada won the Over 50 draw, Robert Loiselle finishing second. Table tennis and Badminton did the trick for Rod. First seed Andy Stenson had to retired in the semis due to a tore calf muscle.
Isak Enström from Sweden and Pontus Olofsson also from Sweden dominated the field in the Men’s B. Table tennis specialist Isak won a close match in the final. Joey Genest came within two points of beaten him in the quarters.
Dan Busby and Pat Laplante won the doubles with Jeremy Easterbrook and Jasmin Felx in second place.
Saturday night’s players dinner was held at a local grill and everyone had a great time. The food was great and the atmosphere was fun. Later in the evening, some of the younger players crossed the street to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs but didn’t not seemed too lousy the next morning.
It was great for a Canadian to play racketlon in the States and being a tournament director myself I can really relate to the effort Andy put in trying to develop racketlon in the States. Hopefully we will be able to get 10 more Canadians and 10 more Americans for next year’s edition.
Thank you Andy.