Daryl Selby and Tom Richards head the seedings for the men’s draw. They are World Ranked 11 & 13 respectively so they will be tough to beat, but ex-winner Adrian Grant (seeded 3/4 and World Ranked 17, now playing with Harrow rackets) will be looking to upset the seedings and retake his crown.
There will also be some top Scottish players there to enjoy the home support. Including ‘Team Harrow’ (!) Greg Lobban (world Ranked 105), Dougie Kempsell and Stuart Crawford, but also Kevin Moran and many others. To see the Full Draw click here
The Women’s even has also got some great players in Emily Whitlock and Lauren Selby (seeded 1 & 2), but home interest will be spearheaded by Frania Gillen-Buchert.
To see the Women’s Draw click here
(phone the club to check for tickets for Sunday’s final on 0131-539 7071)
Dates for the Scotland’s premier squash event The 2013 ECS Open will be January 24th-27th in the New Year.
The prize fund for this year will be £10,000 ($16K) and so it’s no wonder that previous winners have included legends of the game like Nick Matthew, John White, Peter Barker, Daryl Selby, Adrian Grant, Simon Parke, Aslan Iskandar etc as well as stars of the Ladies squash tour like Vanessa Atkinson, Vicky Botwright, Madeline Perry, Rachel Grinhan etc.
So book of the dates in your diary now and come to see this wonderful tournament in January (or play the graded side of the tournament – or the BSPA side if you’re feeling lucky!)
Daryl beat the very exciting and attaching Andy Whipp (No.3/4 seed) in three straight games. And although the quality of the match was excellent it was always going to be physically tough for both players to raise their game’s after both had tough 3-2 victories in the semi-finals (Daryl’s lasting an hour and a half!)
Dominique also won 3-0 against No.2 seed Orla Noom (from the Netherlands) and celebrated her first victory after a 6 month injury-forced lay off.
2011 Champions and runners-up
Chris Ferguson flew the flag for Scotland by reaching the quarter finals and only narrowly losing to Arthur Gaskin (Ireland’s World ranked No.#90).
Harrow’s Kevin Moran also lost to Arthur Gaskin in the previous round (3-1) and tournament organiser Ali Gorrie lost to Irishman and the former World No.7 Derek Ryan.
To see the results click here.
In an upset to the seedings Adrian’s opponent in the final was Saurav Ghosal World No.#29 (as he beat Daryl Selby World No.#13) and the Indian No.#1 made Adrian work very hard for the 3-1 victory in the final, which took an hour and 10 minutes.
Vanessa managed to win her final with a 3-0 victory over Nicollett Fernandes in just half an hour; after returning last Thursday just-in-time from New York (where her boyfriend James Wilstrop won the ‘Tournament of Champions’ title).
The Edinburgh leg of the BSPA tour has once again reached us and Edinburgh Sports Club will play host to some top-class squash (last year’s winners were Peter Barker World No.#6 and Vicky Botwright former World ranked No.#5).
The Artemis sponsored tournament (with a £10K prize fund) will be on from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st of January 2010 and everyone is more than welcome to come over to watch and support the event according to event co-ordinator Simon Boughton.
Scotland’s top players will be pitting themselves against some seasoned pros from south of the border and looking to take some scalps, just as Peter O’Hara did last year with a magnificent run to the quarter-finals beating Joel Hinds (PSA No.#127) on the way. And not forgetting Harrow’s Alan Clyne who was only stopped at the semi-final stage by Irishman John Rooney (PSA No.#84).