"Grand Slam" for Ratzer?

The whole Racketlon family is excited about the 15th Single World Championships held in Fürth, Germany on Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th of November. Like always players from all over the world will fight for the titles. All draws with 382 entries from 29 different countries are online on fir.tournamentsoftware.com and a livestream on Facebook will give all the fans at home the chance to follow the matches.

 

Men A

Tournament favourite is of course world number 1 Jesper Ratzer from Denmark. He is undefeated in three and a half years and can already call two World Champs Single trophies his own. Still there is one goal he hasn't reached and will try to do so this year: win all four World Champs titles in the same year. After winning the team title with the Danish team for the first time and the doubles and mixed title in Copenhagen this summer, the single title is the last one missing to win the "Grand Slam".
Of course 2nd, 3rd and 4th seeded Kasper Jønsson (Denmark), Lukas Windischberger (Austria) and Michi Dickert (Austria) as well as all other players in the draw will try to give him a hard time.
 

Women A

The ladies draw will generate a new World Champion in any case as defending champion Zuzana Kubanova will not be there. Favourite for the title is world number 1, Christine Seehofer from Austria. Former world number 1 and World Champion from 2012 and 2013, Nathalie Vogel (Germany) is making her international comeback after a baby break and will be dangerous for the title. 2nd seeded Amke Fischer (Germany) is favourite to reach the final from the bottom half of the draw.
 

Men B, C, D,E, Women B

A competitive 32-draw in Men B let first seeded Arturs Zaicevs from Latvia dream of the top of the podium as well as Jo Shelley in the Womens B, which is also a very healthy sized draw with 29 players. Arturs is followed by Austrian Roland Pichler and Richard Middleton from Great Britain and Jo by Czech Zuzana Severinová and Anita Voelkl from Germany.

The biggest draw with 80 players is the Men C draw lead by Christian Ried, one of the three top seeds from the hosting country Germany. The top seeded in the Men D draw is Patrick Bürgi from Switzerland. Men E for the first timers is of course without seeded players.
 

Juniors and Seniors

In three Junior classes, Hungarian Botond Francia is fighting for the gold medal in U13, Emanuel Schöpf from Austria in U21 and Christine Seehofer in Girls U21 for the last time.

The Seniors are looking for their champion in six men classes and three women classes. In the +40 categories the Brits Duncan Stahl and Jo Shelley lead the draws as first seeds. The top seeds of the +45 categories are Barbara Capper from Great Britain and Levente Nandori from Hungary who will both try to defend their titles. Another player on the way to defend her title is Lilian Druve in the +50 where on the men's side we have the second German top seeded player in Thomas Knaack. To fulfill the seeds of the hostcountry Joachim Gersdorf is leading the +55 draw. The top seeds of the oldest guys on court are Graham King (Switzerland) in +60 and Timo Räisänen (Finland) in +65.
 

If your interested in sportsbetting on the World Champs take a look at the information here!

Good luck to everyone!


Natalie Paul
FIR General Secretary