We are delighted to confirm that player registration for the IWT French Open is now open.
The tournament, returning after a superb debut last year, will take place at the Arthur Ashe Center, Montreuil, from October 25th-27th.
The tournament will also host the finale of the FIR Champions League on Friday, October 25th.
“Join us to offer you a tournament of the highest quality”
Tournament Director Josselin Gade says: “Following the success of the first French Open in July 2018, and with the presence of 135 players, Racketlon Montreuil Club and Racketlon France are delighted to invite you to the second international tournament held in Paris.
“It is an honour to have been chosen to host the Champions League on Friday, October 25th at our second international tournament. Hosting the Champions League will ensure that the majority of the best players worldwide will be present.
“So even for non-participants, a spectator experience will be worthwhile. The good conditions of play will guarantee the smooth running of the tournament.”
Information about the IWT French Open
Located just 40 minutes from Central Paris by public transport, the tournament is in a superb location. Paris is easy to reach via public transport and Paris’ two main airports, Roissy-Charles De Gaulle Aiport and Orly Airport, are both located around 1 hour 20 minutes away.
The venue itself is spectacular. Boasting seven table-tennis tables (four for play and three for warm-ups), four badminton, five squash and six indoor tennis courts, the Arthur Ashe Center is a perfect racketlon venue.
There is also a restaurant and sports shop available on site, as well as a sauna. The venue also has wifi available for 30 minute which is renewable for all players and spectators.
Timetable and More Information
Here is the timetable for the tournament, with the earliest matches each day beginning at 9:30am:
- Friday: Champions League, Doubles categories and Junior Singles.
- Saturday: Opening rounds of Men’s, Women’s and Seniors categories.
- Sunday: Semi-Finals and Finals of Men’s, Women’s and Seniors categories.
Entry for the singles categories is 40 euros with 20 euros per person for doubles. For juniors, entry is 20 euros. In addition to entry fees, each player must have purchased an International Licence 2019 via fir.tournamentsoftware.com for 15 euros.
Entry to the tournament closes at 12:00CET on Monday, 14th October.
Every player will receive a welcome gift while the top three in each category will receive prizes for reaching the podium. There is also prize money for the top-five players in the A singles categories.
The Players Party will take place on Saturday night at the on-site restaurant with a complimentary drink and a buffet. The tickets to the buffet are available for 10 euros. For those wanting to, the party will continue into the night in Paris.
Information about accommodation is available on the Racketlon France website here.
The tournament is also the final IWT before the World Team and Singles Championships which ends the season.
Full information about the tournament is available here in English and French.
Below is a teaser trailer made for the 2018 CH French Open.
Hear from the Players
Need more convincing to sign up to take part in the IWT French Open? Here’s what some of last year’s players have to say about the tournament.
Margaux Randjbar: “The venue is beautiful and huge and the organisers do everything they can do for the players.”
Jack Bishop: “My favourite new event in years! Where on-court facilities match off-court hospitality, it was straight in my diary as soon as the tour calendar came out.
Nicole Eisler: “The passion of the organisers was amazing and that there was equal prize money for every category was very much appreciated.”
Roland Pichler: “I personally liked the French Open since there were a lot of local players playing that are usually not on the tour. I had the pleasure of playing against a few of them. The tournament was well organised and everything with within the schedule. One more nice thing is that everything is in close reach.”
If you have any further questions for the Tournament Directors then you can contact them using the following details: firstname.lastname@example.org or +33671142323.
Entry is available for the IWT French Open here.
Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer