One of the FIR World Tour events with the biggest tradition is back this weekend (29-30.9) in Surrey/England: STEALTH British Open is run as the second FIR Challenger event of the year with the same main sponsor as last year. In 2003 and 2004 the event was run as an International World Tour event with Rickard Persson and Magnus Eliasson capturing the titles and former world champion Sarah McFadyen from Scotland the winner in 2004. British Open also took place in 2008 won by Jermaine Manners and Jane Cook. Last year the Britsh Open returned as a Challenger with Alex Hartley the defending champion (no ladies competition in 2011). The Ladies entries in 2012 in UK events have been much better. Some draws are now online on www.resulreporter.com
Can Capper challenge Tyrrell?
In this years 12-player Men's A - elite draw Hartley faces topseeded Ray Jordan in round two already, while Duncan Stahl looks like the favourite to march to the final on the bottom half of the draw. Stahl will have tough matches against either Steve Appleton / Dave Ridout and Jeremy Krystiniak if they get there. Don't underestimate Alexander Oliver either who is improving all the time. Seniors (+45) and Men B – advanced are also competing. Rakesh Gupta, Duncan Marlow, Richard Boreham and Michael Appleton all have England +45 caps and are the 4 favourites in the +45. In the Ladies it is hard to look past Barbara Capper who some say is as good as England revelation Isabelle Tyrrell.
Some draws are now online on www.resulreporter.com - the rest can be found here - http://englishracketlon.org/images/events/120929_british_open_2012/info-draw-schedule.pdf
*Note the Mens C draw is draft and is likely to change.
This is of course a great warm up for the main UK event of the year - The English Open & Champions League.
Marcel Weigl and Keith Lesser