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Day 5 Final

Matthew Massacre Makes It Four Canary Wharf Titles

World champion Nick Matthew overwhelmed his great rival James Willstrop to claim his fourth Canary Wharf Classic title.

Matthew's high-paced attacking game and astonishing court coverage nullified Willstrop's best shots.

Matthew clinched an 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 victory in just 51 minutes, the shortest final on record.

Four years ago these two players battled to a standstill in an epic semi-final at the East Wintergarden that finished with Willstrop collapsing with cramp after two hours and seven minutes.

More recently, Matthew beat his Yorkshire neighbour in the National Championship final in Manchester lasting 76 minutes.

The sell-out crowd at this spectacular venue must have been disappointed that this showdown was over so quickly, but were spellbound by the sheer quality and intensity of Matthew's performance.

At 33, he is one of the fittest players on the PSA World Tour and ran his rival ragged for most of the match.

Willstrop made an uncharacteristically high number of errors, which hastened his decline.

As five of his shots found their way into the tin in the first game alone, Matthew was driving the ball to a dying length in the back corners.

Matthew began the evening attending a photocall with fellow world champion Laura Massaro.

He ended it lifting the Canary Wharf trophy for a fourth time to draw level with Willstrop and joked: “I was aware before the game that James had four titles and I had three. So we’d better come back next year to fight for the fifth title and then both hang up our rackets together.”

He added: “I said to Laura she was going to inspire me this week so when you say something like that you have to back it up. I’m so proud of her.

“Me and James both got through to this final fresh and it was one of the first time I was ready to start strong because I knew that he was on great form.

“And maybe that worked in my favour that he’d not quite been pushed, because he’s sometimes more dangerous when he’s had a four-setter, because then he gets more time to practise those backhand drops.

“Maybe he didn’t have enough practice on those but there was still some amazing shots, and I think it’s the best I’ve moved all year and that really helps.
“I got my tactics right this time but he’ll get his right next time, and it could be his turn.”

The players exchanged some dialogue as Willstrop complained about crowd noise during the rallies. Matthew added: “Me and James differ slightly on the noise level. It’s the more the better for me, and James prefers less. I see his point. It’s not like us to have two different opinions…”

After lifting the trophy in front of a batter of cameras, Matthew turned to his opponent and said: “James, we’ll have some battles, there’s no doubt about that. I can’t play like that every time.

“I thought you would be used to the noise now with a young son. I’ve got that to look forward to with our first baby due later this year.”

Willstrop countered: “I just want to correct Nick – it’s not the noise I have a problem with, it’s the, sort of, intermittent thing. I love the noise.

“The best venues, like Canary Wharf, like the Tournament of Champions, have brilliant atmospheres and people getting involved, so I’m just putting you right there, Nick.”

He added: “Congratulations to Nick. I just have to take my hat off. I don’t know if it looks like it off the court, but I really gave it everything tonight.

“I feel spent and I’ve tried my best, but Nick is on top form, he’s had a great year.

“I can’t really say anything more – he’s given me a bit of a trouncing.

“So I have a lot to learn and many congratulations to him. And thanks to the crowd for turning up, I know it wasn’t a great final, but I hope there were some decent rallies.”

. Draw 

. Semi Finals
 . Quarter Finals
 . Round 1, Lower Half
.  Round 1, Top Half
.  Previews
 Alan Thatcher Reports

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The Venue

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Laura Massaro
2014 Women's World Champion Interviewed By Alan Thatcher

ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic
 East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London, England $50k
14-28 March 2014
First Round
March 24-25
March 26
March 27
March 28
[1] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (39m)
Alan Clyne (Sco)
Nick Matthew
11/5, 11/9, 11/8
 Omar Mosaad
Nick Matthew
11/4 11/2, 11/9 (39m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
Nick Matthew
11-5, 11-5, 11-5
(51 min)
James Willstrop
[7] Omar Mosaad (Egy)
 11/6, 5/11, 14/12, 11/9 (71m)
Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
[8] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
11/7, 5/11, 11/5, 7/11, 11/8 (87m)
Adrian Grant (Eng)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
11/9, 7/11, 11/6, 12/10 (68m)
 Max Lee
[4] Karim Darwish (Egy)
11/8, 13/11, 19/17 (48m)
[Q] Max Lee (Hkg)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
11-5, 11-3, 11-4 (35 mins)
[3] Peter Barker (Eng)
Peter Barker
8/11, 11/8, 11/4, 13/11
Simon Rosner
Peter Barker
12/10, 11/2, 11/7 (50m)
James Willstrop
[Q] Ali Anwar Reda (Egy)
11-5, 11-5 11-9 (37 mins)
[6] Simon Rosner (Ger)
[Q] Jonathan Kemp (Eng)
5-11, 14-16, 11-8,11-8, 11-6 (76 mins)
[5] Daryl Selby (Eng)
Daryl Selby
11/3, 11/4, 11/6
James Willstrop
[Q] Adrian Waller (Eng)
11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (34 mins)
[2] James Willstrop (Eng)


23rd March, Finals:
Adrian Waller (Eng) 3-1 Charles Sharpes (Eng)                11-5, 5-11, 11-3, 11-6 (50m)
Ali Anwar Reda (Egy) 3-2 Joe Lee (Eng)               1-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-1, 13-11 (88m)
Jonathan Kemp (Eng) 3-1 Leo Au (Hkg)                         12-14, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5 (44m)
Max Lee (Hkg ) 3-0 Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy)                        
11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (33m)

22nd March, Round One:
Adrian Waller (Eng) 3-0 Ben Coleman (Eng)                                 11-2, 11-7, 11-2 (35m)
Charles Sharpes (Eng) 3-2 Steve Finitsis (Aus)          11-13, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 (92m)
Ali Anwar Reda (Egy) 3-2 Joel Hinds (Eng)                  12-10, 6-11, 11-6, 1-11, 11-7 (45m)
Joe Lee (Eng) 3-0 Lewis Walters (Eng)                                          11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (40m)
Leo Au (Hkg) 3-1 Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)                              11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (58m)
Jonathan Kemp (Eng) 3-1 Zahed Mohamed (Egy)                   8-11, 11-7, 11-1, 11-8 (38m)
Mohamed Abouelghar (Egy) 3-1 Eddie Charlton (Eng)            11-7, 4-11, 11-6, 11-9 (44m)
Max Lee (Hkg ) 3-0 Steve London (Eng)                                        11-4, 11-4, 11-3 (25m)

Day 4 Semi Finals

English rivals to meet in Canary Wharf Classic final

Top seeds Nick Matthew and James Willstrop resume their intense rivalry in what promises to be an epic battle in the final of the Canary Wharf Classic.

Both swept aside their semi-final rivals in straight games, meaning that both players have reached the final without dropping a game all week.

Willstrop almost slipped up in the first game against England team-mate Peter Barker as his opponent drew level from 10-8 down, but the number two seed recovered to win 12-10.

The second game was actually longer, although the 11-2 scoreline reflected the number of errors from Barker as he attempted to bring massive rallies to a conclusion with ambitious shots that frequently clipped the edge of the tin.

Barker led 4-2 in the third and his fans in a sell-out crowd at the East Wintergarden were willing him to make an impact on the match, but Willstrop strung five points together with some devastating drop shots on both sides of the court to regain the ascendancy.

Barker fought bravely but Willstrop closed out the match to reach his seventh Canary Wharf final.

He lost in the final to Matthew two years ago and the two great Yorkshire rivals produced one of the greatest matches in the history of the sport when they contested a two-hour battle in 2010 that ended with Willstrop lying in a heap in the back left corner after an attack of cramp.

Matthew had taken just 39 minutes to see off the challenge of acrobatic Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez, winning 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 in just 39 minutes.

The 33-year-old world champion knew he had to be mobile around the front of the court to combat the Colombian’s trickery, and his fast-paced attacking game prevented his opponent from building any momentum.

Rodriguez played several astonishing shots between his legs but Matthew was finding all the corners of the court as he dominated proceedings throughout the match.

He said: “It’s nice to know that people think I’m speeding up as I get older, so these days it can sometimes be a relief to lose early in a tournament so that you can give your body a rest and prepare for the next tournament.

“That happened when I lost in the quarter-finals in New York and then won the Swedish Open and the British Nationals. You don’t always have much time to prepare between events.

“I have felt good on court this week and I was pleased to contain Miguel to just the one dive tonight when I was on match ball.”

Willstrop hates anyone bringing up the subject of his long losing run against Matthew in PSA events. He said: “It might be something that everybody outside this glass court wants to talk about but in reality it’s just the kind of thing that sport throws up.

“Naturally I hope it comes to an end on this court, where I also ended a similar run against Lee Beachill a few years ago. I have enjoyed some great moments on this court, and naturally hope to put on another good performance in the final.

“It’s been a great week for English squash with Laura Massaro winning the world title at the age of 30 and gaining a deserved reward for her years of hard work and dedicated training.

“With Nick as world champion and England the world men’s team champions it has been a magnificent period for squash in this country.

“I am sure the crowd will be looking forward to another all-English battle between Nick and me. We’re both playing well and it should be a great match.”


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Nick Matthew Sweeps Away Miguel Angel Rodriguez

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James Willstrop almost slipped up in the first game against England team-mate Peter Barker, But Went On To Win In Three

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Day 3 Quarter Finals

Matthew and Willstrop march towards Canary Wharf showdown

JOEL DURSTON reports from the East Wintergarden

English rivals Nick Matthew and James Willstrop are on course to resume their long-running and fractious rivalry.

They are now just one match away from meeting in the final of the Canary Wharf Classic following comfortable victories in the quarter-finals of this sell-out PSA International 50 event.

Both players won in straight games to set up semi-final clashes with Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Peter Barker, each of whom had to endure physically demanding encounters before a packed crowd at the East Wintergarden.

Matthew has won 16 straight PSA matches against Willstrop, including a Canary Wharf final in 2012 (3-0) and an epic semi-final in 2010, which lasted more than two hours.

Both players looked sharp last night. Neither has dropped a game this week, with Willstrop looking in imperious form while Matthew admitted being a little frustrated after surrendering a massive lead in the third game of his battle with giant Egyptian Omar Mosaad.

Matthew survived a late fightback from the 6ft 4in Mosaad, who recovered from 8-2 down to draw level at 8-8, before the world champion from Sheffield closed out the match.

Matthew revealed: “He picked off one of my serves (at 8-2 in the third) and it wasn’t that bad a serve. He went for it and started flying it in, and when you play like that the margins are tight. But he tinned a couple at 8-8, and that’s what happens when you go for it.

“So I’m pleased to get through, but a little bit annoyed with myself because when you get to my age you should be better from 8-2. You shouldn’t allow that to happen. You’ve got to be hard on yourself and that’s something I need to improve on for tomorrow.”

Willstrop made light work of Daryl Selby, who was clearly far from 100 per cent, beating the world No.10 11-3, 11-4, 11-6 in just 30 minutes.

Selby has recorded only one PSA win against Willstrop, 3-2 in the Qatar Classic last year, and in truth the Essex man never looked like he was going to add to that tally here.

Asked if Selby was feeling the effects of his prolonged encounter the previous day with Jonathan Kemp, Willstrop said: “I would have thought so. Obviously his movement was slower and I know, and I’m sure he knows and the crowd knows, that that’s not Daryl at his best.

“It was tough on him last night. Jonathan played really well, made him move very fast. But I suppose that’s what squash tournaments are about; you have to keep backing up performances from day to day.

“But credit to him, he put a big effort in in the third here and that just shows what he’s like, and why he wins crucial matches. He’s one of England’s World Team champions and he’s a very, very tough competitor.”

Willstrop’s line-and-length game was almost flawless as he produced the kind of measured control that took him to the pinnacle of the world rankings two years ago.

Selby mounted some resistance in the third game, with a couple of impressive smash nicks and, at 5-2 to Willstrop, one backhand cross-court flick from the back of the court which landed in the nick and had even Willstop looking to him in astonishment.

But, from 7-5, Willstrop pulled away to clinch victory with a shot so tight that Selby could not scrape it off the side wall. It was a fitting snapshot of the match.

Lively Colombian Rodriguez overcame stiff resistance from his friend and training partner, Hong Kong qualifier Max Lee, to win 3-1 and set up a repeat of last year’s first round match with Matthew.

Rodriguez, nicknamed the ‘Superman of squash' for his outrageous full-length dives, trailed 7-1 in the fourth game, but recovered to beat the player who sprang the upset of the tournament in removing former world number one Karim Darwish 3-0 in the first round.

“I want to congratulate Max for one of the greatest victories of his career,” Rodriguez said. “It was very tough for me today, mentally and physically”.

Not least because, as Rodriguez admitted, Lee knows all of his shots since they train together in Orlando with former world champion David Palmer.

Lee looked odds-on to take the match to five as he built a significant lead, but Rodriguez drew level and won the match by smashing the ball straight at Lee down the middle of the court and the Hong Kong man’s attempt to play a shot between his legs failed to come off.

World No.9 Barker will face England team-mate Willstrop after what, at times, seemed like two personal duels for him - one against Simon Rosner and the other against the officials.

Barker, on what is basically home turf for the Shenfield player, fought back from a game down to beat the German “Tree Chopper” 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 13-11, but not before many calls and tense verbal exchanges with the referee, some involving world No.11 Rosner as well.

At the moment of victory, Barker celebrated with an emotional fist-pump against the front wall.

He claimed he did not get the rub of the green from the referees until the final few points, when a couple of “50-50” calls were given in his favour.

He said: “The refs don’t get paid enough and I certainly gave them a run for their money tonight.

“I lost to Simon last time we played and I probably didn’t pay him the respect he deserves. I sort of did today ... believe it or not.

“It was a really, really tough match. I don't think I played as well as I did yesterday, but hopefully I showed a few different qualities. It wasn’t a vintage performance today, but I’ll hopefully play a little better tomorrow.”

Judging by the form of Willstrop, who beat him in last year’s final, Barker will need to.



English rivals Nick Matthew (above) and James Willstrop (below) are on course to resume their long-running and fractious rivalry

Daryl Selby after Loosing In Three To James Willstrop

World No.9 Barker will face England team-mate Willstrop after Q-Final win over Simon Rosner

Miguel Angel Rodriguez through to Semis after beating Max Lee

Day 2 Round 1, Lower Half

Daryl Selby Narrowly Through To Quarter Finals

DARYL SELBY narrowly dodged a first round bullet after part-timer Jonathan Kemp took him to the limit at the Canary Wharf Classic in London tonight.

The world number 10 from Essex, playing in front a huge bank of his own fans, looked like heading for the exit from this renowned PSA International 50 event as Kemp produced a master class of racket skills to take a two-game lead to leave Selby facing a mountain to climb.

Qualifier Kemp, now 33 years of age and playing only a limited  PSA calendar, blitzed through the opener 11-5 in seven minutes and survived three game balls in the second to take it 16-14 in a punishing 25 minutes.

The shock was on, but could the man from Ipswich hold his nerve, and would his legs survive a Selby charge?

The answer in the third game was an emphatic NO as errors plagued the world ranked number 47. Selby cranked up the pace, led 7-2 and banked an 11-8 game win to signal the comeback.

“I told Daryl to increase the pace and take more risks,” said his coach and father, Paul Selby. “At two love down it was pointless playing to Kempy’s strengths. We had to push him back in the court and take chances.”

The tactic unsettled Kemp and paid dividends for Selby. The fourth game was secured 11-8 and the match was as good as over as the hard yards began to take their toll on the part-timer.

A quickfire fifth went Selby’s way 11-6 and Kemp’s final task was to accept the cheers and applause of a full-house who stood as one to salute the player’s efforts.

“That was tough, tough, tough,” admitted Selby afterwards. “It was probably good for the fans and good for Kempy, but it was horrible for me going two down.

“But he allowed me back in and the fact that he is not playing on the tour full time probably made the difference. I’m now looking forward to an ice bath and 12 hours’ sleep, if my wife Lucie will let me.”

In complete contrast to the punishing Selby-Kemp showdown, four-times Canary Wharf champion James Willstrop barely broke sweat as he easily despatched qualifier Adrian Waller.

World number five Willstrop strolled to a 3-0 win in little over 30 minutes. The 6ft 3in Waller, from Enfield, north London, found the gap in class too tough a hurdle as he was put to the sword 11-5, 11-6, 11-4.

Even Willstrop and MC for the evening, former world champion Peter Nicol struggled for words to big-up the game afterwards. Instead they discussed the quality of the East Wintergarden venue. “I love coming to Canary Wharf. It’s one of my favourite venues,” said Willstrop.

Peter Barker became the second Essex man into the quarters with an equally uncomplicated win against India’s Saurav Ghosal.

Barker found little resistance from the 27-year-old world number 18, who put up slightly more opposition that Waller, although the outcome was equally as routine.

Barker’s strength was the key, often leaving Ghosal chasing shadows. As PSA TV commentator Lee Drew said at one point:” I’m not sure that Ghosal knows what to do here.”

Drew’s fellow broadcaster, Kate Mason, weighed in: “I feel sorry for Ghosal. I want to give him a hug.”

Barker wasn’t handing out hugs, but it was close to becoming a lesson as the England international romped home 11-5, 11-3, 11-4.

Afterwards he refused to tip himself for tournament glory but conceded: ”I would like to win this before I retire. I got to the final last year. I’d like to go further.”

The evening’s final match saw German No.1 Simon Rosner end the challenge of Egyptian qualifier Ali Anwar Reda.  Rosner secured his third quarter final berth in four years using his explosive power to full effect winning 11-5, 11-5, 11-9.

He will face Barker on Wednesday while Selby is paired with Willstrop, Nick Matthew goes  up against hard-hitting Egyptian Omar Mosaad and Miguel Angel Rodriguez gets a crack at Max Lee, who removed former world number one Karim Darwish in the shock result of the first round.




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Selby (above) and Willstrop (below) through to Quarter Finals

Barker (Above) and Rosner (Below) Will Meet In Q-Finals

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Day 1 First Round, Top Half

Mighty Max Shocks Darwish At Canary Wharf
Max Lee, the World Ranked No.33 from Hong Kong, pulled off an astonishing upset in the first round of the 2014 Canary Wharf Classic, recording an emphatic 3-0 victory over No.4 seed and former World No.1 Karim Darwish.
The 26-year-old, who earned his berth in the first round after progressing through qualification, delighted the packed house at London’s spectacular East Wintergarden as his attacking approach saw him complete a dramatic and tense 11-8, 13-11, 19-17 win. 
Lee, who reached a career-high World No.30 ranking in 2012, produced some of his best squash in recent years to open up a one game lead in just eight minutes and he then showed his steel to see out two tie-breaks and earn the victory.       
“I had nothing to lose so I had no fear to play him,” said Lee. “I have played him since I was 22 and he has beat me quite a few times.
“He is one of the best players in the world but I have learnt from every match against him and I’ve watched his recent matches to find some areas where I could attack.
“I just tried to get to the ball early and try and be positive. It can be a fear to attack against the top players but it’s an awesome feeling to win and I’m very happy.”
Having previously failed to reach the main draw at any PSA World Tour event in 2014, Lee will now take on World No.14 Miguel Angel Rodriguez in his first quarter-final since the 2013 Alwatan and Asnan International after the Columbian beat London’s Adrian Grant.
“Miguel and I train together so we know each other very well,” he said.
“We are similar players and I think we have some of the same strong points so I have to get focused and prepared but I’m ready for it.”
English World No.1 and current World Squash Champion Nick Matthew eased through his opening match-up, taking just 39 minutes to see off Scotland’s Alan Clyne 3-0.
Matthew, who will be hoping to add to the Canary Wharf titles he won in 2010, 2011 and 2013, was at his aggressive, attritional best to pull off the 11-6, 11-7, 11-5 victory.
“Alan seemed to have his best patches at the end of each game so it was lucky that I got a good start in each game to help see me through,” said Matthew.
“He plays at a fast pace and is very tenacious so I’m happy to get that win.”
In the day’s final match-up, Egypt’s World No.11 Omar Mossad beat compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1 to book his place against Matthew in the quarter-finals.
Canary Wharf Classic - First Round Results, Top Half

Event website:
Host Sponsor: Canary Wharf Group plc
The Canary Wharf Squash Classic at the East Wintergarden is jointly promoted by Eventis Sports Marketing and SquashUK.

Tournament Dates: March 24-28, 2014
Venue: East Wintergarden, Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14
Media information from Alan Thatcher
Text or telephone: 07971 639829.


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Max Lee, the World Ranked No.33 beats No.4 seed Karim Darwish

Nick Matthew eased through his opening match-up to see Alan Clyne

Omar Mossad beat compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad 3-1

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Alan Thatcher Reports


Rivals Matthew And Willstrop Set To Clash Again

SQUASH rivals Nick Matthew and James Willstrop are seeded to meet in the final of next month’s sold-out Canary Wharf Classic.

The two English stars have dominated London’s most popular squash tournament, with reigning champion Willstrop claiming four titles and Matthew three.

This PSA World Tour International 50 event takes place at the stunning East Wintergarden venue from March 24-28 and the prospect of another high-quality all-English showdown resulted in every ticket being snapped up eight weeks in advance.

However, Matthew and Willstrop face a number of daunting obstacles in every round, with a strong international field lying in wait. In the top half of the draw, Matthew faces Scottish wild card Alan Clyne in the first round, with the winner facing an Egyptian after world No.13 Omar Mosaad was drawn against compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad.

Matthew began the month as joint world number one with French ace Gregory Gaultier, but his triumph over Ramy Ashour in Sunday’s Swedish Open final, following victory over Gaultier in the semi-finals, means that he will be undisputed number one in the March rankings.

Karim Darwish is another celebrated Egyptian making his debut appearance at Canary Wharf. He faces a qualifier in the first round, with a mouthwatering second round clash in prospect against either Londoner Adrian Grant or the hugely popular Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez. The world No.14 is one of the most agile and athletic players on the PSA Tour.

There is a strong domestic presence in the bottom half of the draw, with Willstrop and world No.10 Daryl Selby both meeting qualifiers in the first round before a scheduled clash in the quarter-finals.

No.3 seed Peter Barker, the world No.7 from Essex, faces a difficult first round tie against Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal, one of the quickest players in the game, before a seeded quarter-final clash with Germany’s Simon Rosner. The tall world No.11 faces a qualifier in the first round.

Monday March 24:
5.30pm: (8) Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col) v Adrian Grant (Eng)
6.15pm: (4) Karim Darwish (Egy) v Qualifier
8.15pm: (1) Nick Matthew (Eng) v Alan Clyne (Sco)
9.00pm: (7) Omar Mosaad (Egy) v Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
Tuesday March 25:
5.30pm: (5) Daryl Selby (Eng) v Qualifier
6.15pm: (2) James Willstrop (Eng) v Qualifier
8.15pm: (3) Peter Barker (Eng) v Saurav Ghosal (Ind)
9.00pm: (6) Simon Rosner (Ger) v Qualifier

With all tickets sold out, a waiting list is being set up should any tickets be returned.To add your name to this list, please email

The fabulous East Wintergarden offers superb opportunities for corporate hospitality, and with the gallery restaurant offering “the best view of squash anywhere in the world” according to former world champion Peter Nicol.

Superb packages are available, enabling spectators to wine, dine and watch all the gripping squash action from the Gallery restaurant within the East Wintergarden.
Full details from Tim Garner at Eventis Sports Marketing
Telephone: 07973 817468.

The qualifying competition takes place at Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club over the weekend of March 22-23 with four winners joining the top 12 seeds in the main draw.

Event website:
Host Sponsor: Canary Wharf Group plc
The Canary Wharf Squash Classic at the East Wintergarden is jointly promoted by Eventis Sports Marketing and SquashUK.

Tournament Dates: March 24-28, 2014
Venue: East Wintergarden, Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14
Media information from Alan Thatcher
Text or telephone: 07971 639829.

Darwish Leads Egyptian Charge
EGYPTIAN legend Karim Darwish makes his debut appearance in next month’s star-studded Canary Wharf Squash Classic.

Darwish, the 32-year-old current world No.8, is one of the most stylish players in the game. He is one of five top-ten players in the draw for this PSA World Tour International 50 event which takes place at the East Wintergarden from March 24-28.

Former world number one Darwish, from Cairo, will be aiming to become the first Egyptian winner of London’s favourite squash tournament. Tickets sold out last week and organisers are predicting one of the most entertaining competitions in the event’s 11-year history.

Darwish is joined in the draw by two other Egyptian aces, Omar Mosaad and Karim Abdel Gawad. Mosaad is placed 13 in the PSA world rankings with Gawad four spots below him.
Mosaad, one of the tallest players on the PSA World Tour, has a phenomenal reach and possesses a powerful, attacking style. Gawad has a more slender physique but is no less ruthless and this week celebrated his seventh PSA title by beating former England international Alister Walker, now representing Namibia, in the final of the Pittsburgh Open.
The Canary Wharf Classic follows a run of major events in America, with England’s top two seeds Nick Matthew and reigning champion James Willstrop keen to hit peak form for the event.

Tournament Director Tim Garner said: “We are delighted to welcome back Nick and James, and local favourites Peter Barker and Daryl Selby make it four Englishmen from the world top ten.
“James won his fourth Canary Wharf title last year, and although Nick was disappointed to lose in the semi-finals he used that as a springboard for a great run of form later in the year that took him to his third world title in Manchester.

“The quality of the draw this year is outstanding with three players who have been world number one and six who are or have been their national number one.”

Adding international flavour to the event are German No.1 Simon Rosner, Colombia’s incredibly athletic Miguel Angel Rodriguez, and India’s Saurav Ghosal.

Londoner Adrian Grant makes it five Englishmen in the main draw, with the wild card being awarded to Alan Clyne as a major boost ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.


Sports Minister Helen Grant Gets on the ball with squash

Sports Minister Helen Grant looked on the ball as she got on court during her visit to The Mote Squash Club’s Open Day.

The Maidstone and Weald MP showed plenty of skill as she enjoyed a fun game with Mote’s England junior international James Evans after borrowing a racket.

When faced the choice of a blue or red one, she diplomatically stated: “I’d better choose the blue one.”

She was impressed by the club’s ambitious development plans, which include a possible all-glass show-court where events like the world-ranking Kent Open, hosted by the club for the past five years, can accommodate more spectators.

The Minister said: “I was delighted to be able to visit Mote Squash Club and meet with some of their members. They really are a great group of people, and having a club like this in Maidstone can only be of substantial benefit for the local community.

“Squash is a wonderful sport and a great way to keep active, and I would heartily recommend that anyone interested should come down to the club and give it a go.” 

Mrs Grant revealed she had played squash at school as she chatted to chairman Dave Verga and several of the club’s junior members.

Mr Verga said he hoped that Mrs Grant’s visit to the club (especially in her role as Minister of Sport) would raise interest in squash, which does not receive the same amount of attention as other high-profile sports.

He added: “The junior members of the club were especially delighted to meet her. She had obviously played squash before and we would be delighted to see her back at the club in the future, especially during the Kent Open.”

The Open Day offered free squash and racketball coaching all day, plus on-court fitness sessions such as Squashercise, and attracted several new members.

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Sports Minister Helen Grant meets the juniors at The Mote,
enjoys a game with junior international James Evans,
and chats to club chairman Dave Verga

Canary Wharf Classic sold out with eight weeks to go

THE 2014 Canary Wharf Squash Classic is a complete sell-out – an astonishing EIGHT WEEKS before London’s favourite squash tournament takes place.

This PSA World Tour International 50 event takes place at the East Wintergarden from March 24-28 and a delighted Tournament Director Tim Garner made the announcement as he put the “sold out” signs on the tournament website.

He said: “This is wonderful news, and proves just how popular the tournament has become down the years. A handful of places are still available for the corporate hospitality section, and we are setting up a waiting list should any tickets be returned.

“This is our 11th year of staging the Canary Wharf Classic and there so many ingredients that make it so successful. First and foremost is our relationship with Canary Wharf Group plc, which provides one of the most stunning venues anywhere in the world of squash.

“The East Wintergarden is the perfect location for the glass court and a full-house venue always provides a wonderful atmosphere. In turn, that inspires the greatest players in the world to produce squash of the highest calibre.”

The announcement came hot on the heels after finals day of the Tournament of Champions in New York, which Garner believes is the only other squash event in the world to match Canary Wharf’s popularity.

He added: “The ToC is probably the jewel in the crown in squash, with a magnificent venue at Grand Central Station. As far as I am aware, it is the only other major squash event that sells out every ticket every day.”

Garner kept a close eye on the results from New York as Egyptian ace Amr Shabana beat England’s Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, then swept past Gregory Gaultier in the final. 

The Frenchman, runner-up to Matthew in the 2010 Canary Wharf final, needed to win to hold the world No.1 position outright and will now share top spot in the February rankings with Matthew.  


Canary Wharf Classic 2014: Rush To Buy Hottest Tickets In Town

TICKETS are already selling quickly for London’s premier squash tournament, the 2014 Canary Wharf Squash Classic.

If early sales are anything to go by, this PSA International 50 event is heading for a sell-out for the fifth year in a row.

The event takes place from 24-28th March 2014 and more than 650 tickets have been sold within a fortnight of going on sale as fans rush to secure their prime spot in front of the action.

Tournament promoter Peter Nicol, the former world champion, is delighted by the response.

Nicol, a director of Eventis Sports Marketing, said: “I think everybody agreed that last year’s tournament was the best in terms of quality and we were able to serve up high-class entertainment every day.

“As our tenth anniversary tournament it was quite a landmark event and it was especially fitting that James Willstrop should win his fourth title, having played in every single Canary Wharf Classic since its inception.

“We are now in our 11th year of working in partnership with the Canary Wharf Group to bring the world’s best players to the magnificent East Wintergarden venue.

“The feedback from the players is always enormously positive. They love the atmosphere generated by a sell-out crowd and we would be delighted to see that happen for a fifth year running.” 

Nicol and Tournament Director Tim Garner set a record for endurance and stamina in the summer as they took part in the incredible Xodus 7 Continent Challenge to promote squash’s Olympic bid.

They played seven matches in seven days in the Falkland Islands, Chile, Australia, Malaysia, Egypt, London and New York in an astonishing display of support for the sport they love.

Garner added: “It was an amazing week and Peter and I are probably still recovering!

“Even though the IOC decision to re-admit wrestling was frustrating for the squash community, events like Canary Wharf continue to showcase the sport at the highest level and the sport is better placed thanks to a quality bid.”

Tickets for the 2014 Canary Wharf Classic cost from £17.50 (£10 U16s/OAPs) and are available from Ticketmaster.

The fabulous East Wintergarden offers superb opportunities for corporate hospitality, with the gallery restaurant offering “the best view of squash anywhere in the world” according to Nicol.

The qualifying competition takes place at Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club over the weekend of March 22-23 with four winners joining the top 12 seeds in the main draw.

Ticket Hotline: 0844 8472419

Host Sponsor: Canary Wharf Group plc

The Canary Wharf Squash Classic at the East Wintergarden is jointly promoted by Eventis Sports Marketing and SquashUK.

Tournament Dates: March 18-22, 2013
Venue: East Wintergarden, Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14

Full details from Tim Garner at Eventis Sports Marketing
Telephone: 07973 817468.

Media information from Alan Thatcher
Text or telephone: 07971 639829.


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Ticket Information and Contacts
Tickets for the ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic are on sale via Ticketmaster ( and the Ticket Hotline is 0844 847 2419.

Tournament Title Sponsor: ISS Facility Services, London Division
Host Sponsor: Canary Wharf Group plc
The ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic at the East Wintergarden is jointly promoted by Eventis Sports Marketing and SquashUK.

Main draw:
Venue: East Wintergarden, Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14

Corporate Hospitality: Superb packages are available, enabling spectators to wine, dine and watch all the gripping squash action from the Gallery restaurant within the East Wintergarden.

Full details from Tim Garner at Eventis Sports Marketing
Telephone: 07973 817468. Email:

Media information from Alan Thatcher
Text or telephone: 07971 639829. Email: