August 2019 Newsletter

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 Tournaments

Drummondville Tournament Sept 21st-22nd                                                   

Patrick Laplante and Racketlon Canada are hosting an upcoming tournament in Drummondville Quebec. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Olympique Drummondville Club and all the profits will be reinvested towards the young athletes in this city.  There $1000 in prize money. This tournament is a bit different from a traditional Racketlon tournament as pickleball will be played instead of squash. Register by September 11th

FIR World Championships Nov 19th-24th

Once again Team USA will be headed to the FIR World Championships. This year the tournament will be held in Braunschweig, Germany in November. Next month we will share more about the tournament and who will be representing Team USA! If anyone has interest or questions about the tournament, contact Patrick Moran at pmoran1989@gmail.com

Recent Results 

SWT King of Rackets May 30th- June 2nd (Belgium)

Patrick Moran and Emil Patel paired up in Belgium to participate in one of the largest tournaments on the FIR World Tour, SWT King of Rackets. Emil and Patrick both represented Team USA last year and Switzerland and their experience helped them capture some solid wins over Top 100 level players. (Pictured to below are Pat and Emil during one of their badminton matches).

Ottawa Racketlon Tournament July 6th-7th(Canada)

In July, Ottawa hosted a Racketlon tournament that was played in the following order: table tennis, badminton, pickleball, squash. Over 30 players from across North America participated. Two USA players took home medals. Dominique Canale and Justin D’Antonio backed up their Massachusetts Racket Masters Mixed Doubles victory with another Mixed title in Ottawa. Dominique also won the Women’s singles title. (Pictured below are Dominique and Justin at the end of the tournament)

IWT Latvian Open July 12th-14th (Latvia)

The IWT Latvian Open is a FIR tournament held in Riga, Latvia. This tournament is the second event in the three-part Victor Racketlon series. Emil Patel paired up with Finnish player, Roni Lyytinen for Men’s doubles. The pair had two wins but fell in the Round of 16. 

Stay Connected 

We are working to keep players and fans up to date on what is happening with Racketlon. Please visit us on Facebook, Instagram or the USA Racketlon website!

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Player Spotlight – Patrick Moran

You may have seen on the USA Racketlon Instagram or Facebook that we are introducing a monthly player spotlight. The goal of this is for others to learn a little about different Racketlon enthusiasts across the United States. 

For our inaugural monthly player spotlight post we are focused on Patrick Moran! Patrick is a current member of the USA National Racketlon team and is the current President of USA Racketlon!

Here is a little info about Pat and how he learned about Racketlon:

Pat grew up overseas and started playing tennis (and basically any other sport he could) at the age of 7. His love for chasing balls and people started at a young age. Pat played high school tennis in England where he excelled; finishing third nationally in mixed doubles. He then went to the University of Oregon where he played on the club badminton, squash, and table tennis teams. Pat first heard about Racketlon by googling “triathlon of racket sports” and then shortly after drove 20 hours to Edmonton, Canada to play in his first tournament! Since then, Pat has participated in 9 Racketlon tournaments and organized a Racketlon fundraiser at the University of Oregon for anti-human trafficking. For Patrick, this sport has brought many memories from all the battles, travels and friends made around the world but the best moment for him was competing as Team USA at the FIR World Championships last year in Switzerland. Patrick has had some big wins over Top 100 players over in Europe and in 2019 he won the Men’ Elite Doubles title with Patrick Laplante at the Massachusetts Racket Masters at Smith College! You might catch Patrick practicing at any of his “home” clubs in NYC including Table tennis – Nison’s or Wang Chen’s, Badminton – Stuyvesant high school, Squash – NYSC, and Tennis – Fort Greene Park.

Please share any recommendations for future featured players with Dominique Canale at dcanale2@oswego.edu.

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