Matthew Davidson had a sensational long weekend at the 2019 FIR Racketlon World Championships in Leipzig. He was part of the Great Britain U16s side who once again won the U16s World Team championships, before securing a silver medal in the Boys U18s event and a second gold medal as a member of the Great Britain 2nd team, which won the second tier Nations Cup, confirming their status as the best second team in the world.
In the U16s event, Matt and the GB U16s were thoroughly dominant. From their opening match against Germany to the final against the second seeds Czech Republic, the top seeded GB U16s were unstoppable. Racketlon features players competing in table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis with all four sports played to 21 points (or 11 in the team events) and the winner being the player (or team) with the highest points total. Matthew and the GB U16s were so dominant they won all three of their matches before the tennis set had to be played. This was a sensational performance from Matthew and the team. Great Britain have won this event every year since 2014, and Matthew and the U16s dealt with the pressure of history and delivered another World Title.
In the U18 Singles, Matt raced to the final, defeating the second seed David Ersil from the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals and fourth seed, compatriot Ross Wilson in the semi-finals. Unfortunately for Matt he faced an inspired Swiss opponent, Yannic Andrey, in the final and he was unable to overcome the Swiss on the tennis court, still leaving with a hard fought for and well earned silver medal.
Finally, in the Nations Cup, Matthew played a vital role as the Great Britain 2nd team emerged victorious from the group stage, registering wins over Austria 2 and Switzerland 2 to top Group A. This set up a final against the winners of Group B, which was the Great Britain 3rd team. Unfortunately for lovers of sporting underdogs, there was to be no upset, the second team cruised past the challenge of the third team, with Matt playing in the pivotal second men’s singles role. This outcome was a fantastic advert for Racketlon in the UK, Matt and his team mates are able to hone their skills on the UK Tour with tournaments across the country.