Who are we?
Welcome to USA Racketlon! If you are interested in playing, hosting or just learning more about Racketlon in the US and across the world, you are in the right place.
What is Racketlon?
It is an amazing sport for all racket sports enthusiasts. In Racketlon, you play your opponent in TABLE TENNIS, BADMINTON, SQUASH, and TENNIS. Each sport is played to 21 points: the player with the most points across all four sports wins the match. Every point matters! All Racketlon tournaments have classes for all abilities and ages, they are open to everyone: from beginners to elite players.
It is common for players to first come to Racketlon with experience in only 1 of the 4 sports. However, racket sport athletes are able to pick up the basics of all the sports very quickly and after their first tournament, soon catch the Racketlon bug and find themselves eager to improve in all the sports at their local clubs!
Where to play
Racketlon is played all over the world with events for all ages and abilities.
Racketlon began in Finland over 30 years ago and has continued to grow across the globe. Some say Fred Perry was the initial pioneer of Racketlon. He was the world table tennis champion in 1929 and won Wimbledon in the 30’s.
In the US there have been a number of local tournaments over the years. Cliff Wenn organized a tournament at the Maugus club in 2007. Tim Bacon, former squash coach at Smith, hosted a small “taster” tournament in 2009. Shona Kerr, head squash coach at Wesleyan University, even has a Racketlon class! A tournament was also organized at the University of Oregon in 2012 as a fundraiser.
The first officially sanctioned tournament in the US was held in April of 2017 at Smith College in Northampton, MA. The tournament was held for its 3rd consecutive year in 2019. Check out the most recent results. It will be back in April 2020!
So much has happened in the last two months. In January we shared our excitement for the year ahead including North American tournaments, world championships and community outreach initiatives to expand the awareness of Racketlon. Now we find ourselves where no one expected, in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 has put everything on pause […]
To help keep players informed about what is going on in the Racketlon World we have decided to start a monthly newsletter. Tournament results, a spotlight piece on a chosen player and any other news worth sharing will be shared. Please feel free to request anything else you would like included in the newsletter. Upcoming […]
Below is the second installment of our new USA Racketlon Newsletter. If you have any feedback or stories to share for next month, please let me know! Enjoy! September was a busy month in the racketlon world! Multiple USA players participated in tournaments across the world. FIR announced a preview of the 2020 World Tour. The World Championships tournament […]
Hello – below is the third installment of our new USA Racketlon Newsletter. If you have any feedback or stories to share for next month, please let us know! Enjoy! October was focused on USA Racketlon development and FIR World Championship preparation. Patrick Moran sat down with “Thirty Love” podcast, hosted by Carl Bialik, to […]
The hot event that took place in November was the FIR World Championships. The Championships were full of excitement, including a new victor in the Team Elite category. We will share more about the results of the tournament below and next month we will hear more about Team USA’s results and experiences first hand. As […]
As we say farewell to 2019, we are excited to share about some upcoming goals and events for 2020. Behind the scenes the USA Racketlon Board is working to help grow the sport and bring more opportunities to players in North America to compete on home soil. In addition to reading about what is in […]
The first month of 2020 has been a busy one in the Racketlon community. In North America, tournaments are on the calendar and are open for registration. The Asian Swing of the FIR World Tour was a success and tournaments in Europe are underway. The efforts to broaden the local Racketlon community here is the […]