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Freddie gets GB call up

Freddie gets GB call up

Lower Sixth student, Freddie Whitfield, has been making a racket over the summer, catching the eye of the GB Selection Panel who have chosen him to represent his country at the Racketlon World Championships in Leipzig, Germany, this November.
 
Already ranked in the top 10 UK U21s category, Freddie has competed around the country during 2019, notching up wins in Nottingham, Northumberland and Staffordshire, rounding off the season in Manchester by winning the coveted Super Series Futures Title. The latter is no mean feat and involved him winning the most points in the U16 category over four qualifying tournaments - Nottingham Open, British Championships, Staffordshire Open and Manchester Open - following a tight battle right to the end.
 
The basic concept of Racketlon is fairly simple. In a nutshell, players compete against each opponent at tabletennis, badminton, squash and tennis, in that order. Each element is played to 21 points and the winner of the match is the one with the most points after playing all four elements.
 
Although Racketlon has been around for about 30 years, Freddie first discovered the concept just over a year ago.  Having always loved racquet sports, playing for the RGS and home club tennis teams and the school squash team, from his first taste of Racketlon, he was completely hooked.
 
Freddie’s ambition is to break into the top 100 ranked UK players overall (he is currently ranked 106) and he would love to bring a medal home in November, on his debut for the national team.