World Tour 2018

Next season's World Tour calendar has been finalized. A lot of work have been put in to get the last few tournaments on the list, but we are happy to now announce a total of 14 World Tour tournaments plus another 2 challengers. There can easily be more challengers coming in 2018 as the deadline for applying for one of these is just 4 months prior to the tournament.

The Tour will as usual start in Vienna in the first weekend of the year. The City and Country Club in Vienna, which hosted the European Championships this year, will host the Vienna Classics. In February Swedish Open returns to Malmö including the first leg of the 2018 Champions League. This is followed only one week later by the Club La Santa Open in Lanzarote, Spain, hosted by Racketlon Denmark. April includes the traditional Czech Open and the first challenger (confirmed) challenger of the year, the Massachusetts Racket Masters in USA.

Two tournaments in Nussloch, Germany

In May the World Doubles Championships will be hosted at the popular venue of Racket Center in Nussloch. This will be hosted along with IWT Nussloch Open and will be a 4-day tournament. Thursday and Friday will be the World Doubles Championship and Saturday and Sunday will the IWT, which will only be a singles tournament. Nussloch will also host the traditional German Open like the many past years. Like last year the second leg of the Champions League will be hosted on the Friday of this weekend. Note that FIR and Racket Center Nussloch have decided to move it into start August instead of on the normal date at the end of July.

In between the two tournaments in Nussloch there are three stops on the tour, which will take us to Belgium, France and Latvia. Oudenaarde in Belgium is as always the host of the most popular tournament on the tour, the King of Rackets. In Paris the second (confirmed) challenger of the year, which will take place and Latvia returns for the third straight year with an IWT in Riga.

World Champs in Switzerland

The Team and Singles World Championships will take place in Vitis in Zürich, Switzerland. This venue last hosted the World Champs back in 2013 and is to date still the biggest racketlon tournament ever hosted. The Finnish Open in Helsinki will follow before the tour again goes to Malta for some sun in October. The tour will end in Austria with the World Tour Finals in Wiener Neudorf close to Vienna. Beneath a full overview of the 2018 FIR World Tour. See also fir.tournamentsoftware.com, where all the tournaments have been published.



Date


Type


Tournament Name


Country


Tournament Director


Delegate


5-7.1


IWT


Vienna Classics


Austria


Fabian Hofmann


Radu Ionescu


23-25.2


IWT + CL


Swedish Open


Sweden


Markus Borg


Kresten  Hougaard


3-5.3


IWT


Club La Santa Open


Lanzarote, Spain


Kresten Hougaard


Luke Barnes


20-22.4


IWT


Czech Open


Czech Republic


Svatopluk Rejthar


Kirsten Kaptein


28-29.4


CHA


Massachusetts Racket Masters


USA


Andy Stenson


TBC


10-11.5


WC dbl


WC Doubles


Germany


Matthias Zimmermann


Hans Van Daele


12-13.5


IWT


Nussloch Open


Germany


Matthias Zimmermann


Hans Van Daele


1-3.6


SWT


King of Rackets


Belgium


Hilde van Onderbergen


Morten Jaksland


29.6-1.7


CHA


French Open


France


Josselin Gadé


Johnny Bispham


13-15.7


IWT


Latvian Open


Latvia


Zigmars Puikevics


Johnny Bispham


3-5.8


IWT + CL


German Open


Germany


Matthias Zimmermann


Kresten  Hougaard


22-26.8


WC


WC Singles


Switzerland


Esther Dübendorfer


J. Bishop / R. Middleton


22-26.8


WC


WC Teams


Switzerland


Esther Dübendorfer


J. Bishop / R. Middleton


14-16.9


IWT


Finnish Open


Finland


Poku Salo


TBD


12-14.10


IWT


Malta Open


Malta


Duncan Stahl


Kirsten Kaptein


23-25.11


SWT


World Tour Finals Austrian Open


Austria


Fabian Hofmann


Richard  Middleton

Kresten Hougaard
FIR President