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Canary Wharf Classic News

Matthew backs best-of-three

Triple world champion Nick Matthew has come out in support of the PSA Tour’s trial of best-of-three games at the Canary Wharf Classic in March.

The format will be used for the round of 16 and the quarter-finals, reverting to best-of-five for the semi-finals and final.

Matthew said: “In my mind it’s a bit like cricket with Twenty20; that format can contrast well alongside the more traditional side of a Test match.

“A system based on tennis could work, with all of the major events being best-of-five and some of the next-tier events becoming best-of-three.

“This way you would play all the matches in the evening at the prime time to attract more spectators. There would also be more possibility to add a women’s event at glass-court-only venues.”

Tournament promoter Tim Garner explained the reasoning behind the change: “Despite being sold out every year, we witness empty seats for the first and last matches, as people can’t get there from work or need to catch the last train home.

“We think this new format for the first three days will enable everyone to watch and enjoy the matches they have come to see.”

Canary Wharf tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk 


Best Of Three To Be Trialled At 2018 Canary Wharf Classic

The Professional Squash Association have today confirmed that the 2018 Canary Wharf Classic will be the first ranking PSA World Tour event to be played using a best-of-three games scoring format.

The PSA M70 event, which takes place at London's East Wintergarden from March 5-9, will see all round of sixteen and quarter-final matches played under the best-of-three format, while the semi-finals and final will revert to traditional best-of-five scoring. 

"The best-of-three scoring system has featured in the season-ending World Series Finals for the past few years and has contributed to what have been some of the most intense and exciting matches of recent seasons," said PSA Chief Operating Officer Lee Beachill.

"Every point matters under the shorter format, a scenario that increases the intensity of the match from the opening exchange and as a sport it would be foolish not to explore the wider opportunities this format could bring to an event.

"For fans it will deliver a more intense viewing experience - with matches played at a higher, more explosive pace - while best-of-three matches also allow players greater recovery time between matches, essential for them to perform at their best day-in, day-out. 

"We are excited to see how the format will work in practice during the Canary Wharf Classic."

Tournament Promoter Tim Garner said: "Throughout our fifteen year history the Canary Wharf Classic has embraced new technology and developments, forging a reputation as one of the most innovative events on the PSA World Tour.

"The best-of-three format brings a new dynamic to the sport and the crowd at the East Wintergarden - who are amongst the best in the world - will be treated to another instalment of world class squash again in 2018, when the drama and skill on show will be greater than ever before.”