Gerrard Super 8 Grand Prix
National Squash Centre, Manchester
22-25 October 2004


EVENT DETAILS & PLAYER PROFILES                 Results/Reports

The Gerrard Super 8 Grand Prix Squash Championships is an exciting new tournament on the menís professional squash calendar.

Peter Nicol, David Palmer, John White, Thierry Lincou, Lee Beachill, Karim Darwish, James Willstrop and Nick Taylor will compete for the title at the National Squash Centre in Manchester from the 22nd to 25th October 2004.

Players will compete in two pools of four on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, followed by positional play-offs on Monday evening.

Peter Nicol, from Inverurie, Scotland, has dominated the modern era of menís professional squash.

A World Champion, two-times British National and Open Champion, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist in singles and doubles, Peter has consistently been ranked as the Worldís No1 player since rising to the top of the professional menís rankings in February 1998, winning a total of 46 PSA World Tour titles.

Peter has represented both Scotland and England with distinction, and more recently played a pivotal role in England successfully retaining the 2004 European Team Championships.

Peter is based in London and is part of the England Squash World Class Performance Programme.

Hi-Tec Group:
Peter Nicol
   John White
   James Willstrop
   Nick Taylor

Head Group:
Thierry Lincou
   David Palmer
   Lee Beachill
   Karim Darwish


Friday 22nd October 2004:
Lee Beachill v Thierry Lincou
David Palmer v Karim Darwish
John White v James Willstrop
Peter Nicol v Nick Taylor

Saturday 23rd October 2004:

11.00: David Palmer v Lee Beachill
12.00: Women's  Semi-Final
1.00 Thierry Lincou v Karim Darwish
2.00: James Willstrop v Nick Taylor
3.00: Women's Semi-Final
4.00: Peter Nicol v John White

Sunday 24th October 2004

2.00: Lee Beachill v Karim Darwish
3.00: David Palmer v Thierry Lincou
4.00: Womenís Super 8 Final
5.00: John White v Nick Taylor
6.00: Peter Nicol v James Willstrop

Monday 25th October 2004

6.00: 7/8 Play-off
7.00: 6/5 Play-off
8.00: 4/3 Play-off
9.00: Final


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David Palmer is from Lithgow, NSW, Australia, and is a two times British Open Champion.

David became World No1 in September 2001, and has won 13 PSA World Tour titles; Escudor Open, Chile Open and Rio International in South America, Philadelphia, Motor City and US Opens in the USA, CAS International in Pakistan, British Open (twice), Hong Kong Open, South African Challenge, PSA Super Series Finals, and the World Open in his adopted home of Belgium.

Coached and managed by Shaun Moxham, David is based in Antwerp, Belgium and has represented Australia with distinction since 1998, including the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games, and leading his country to success in the 2003 World Team Championships.
Thierry LINCOU
Thierry Lincou is from Paris, France, and is Franceís most success squash player of all-time, winning seven successive French National titles and being crowned World No1 in January 2004.

Thierry has won ten PSA World Tour titles; the Tirolean Championships in Austria, Pakistan Circuit No2, Bogata and Escuador Opens in South America, Clermont-Ferrand and Exterieur Opens in France, South African Open, Pittsburgh Open and Windy City Opens in the USA, and the PSA Super Series Finals.

Thierry has represented France at junior and senior levels, and captained the French team that reached the final of the 2003 World Team Championships.
John White is from Mount Isa, Australia, a two times Scottish Champion, Scottish No1 and British National Champion.

John, regarded by many as the hardest hitter of a squash ball on the PSA World Tour became World No1 for the first time in March 2004 and has won seven  PSA World Tour titles; the Balzano Open, Mega Italia Open and Circuit No4 titles in Italy, Flanders Open (twice) in Belgium, PSA Masters in Qatar and the English Open.

John led his adopted country Scotland to a best-ever 4th place in the 2002 World Team Championships, and is currently based at Nottingham Squash Club in England.
Lee Beachill is from Wakefield, England, a two times British Champion, English No1 and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist.

Lee has won nine PSA World Tour titles; the Cannons Satellite, Japan Open, Adelaide Club Open in Canada, South African Open, Pittsburgh Open, Qatar Classic, Bermuda Open, English Open and US Open, and became world number one in October 2004.

Lee has represented England at junior and senior levels, captaining the U19 junior team to victory in the 1997 World Junior Team Championships, and playing for the senior team from the 1999 European Team Championships.

Lee is part of the England Squash World Class Performance Programme, based in Pontefract, Yorkshire under the guidance of coach Malcolm Willstrop.
Karim Darwish is from Cairo, Egypt, an Egyptian No1 and National Champion, and former World Junior Champion.

Karim has achieved a highest PSA World Ranking of five and has won ten PSA World Tour titles; the Maadi Open (twice) in Egypt, Shellcast Open in Canada, Pak-Telecom International, CNS International, COAS International and Circuit Event No2 in Pakistan, Apawamis and Dayton Opens in the USA, and the Swedish Open.

In a distinguished junior career, Karim was the British Junior Open & World Junior Open Champion as well as collecting the World University Championships title.

Karim has represented Egypt at junior and senior levels, captaining the U19 junior team to second place in the 2000 World Junior Team Championships, and playing for the senior team from the 2001 World Team Championships.
James Willstrop is from Pontefract, England, and the 2002 World Junior Champion.

In 2002, James claimed his third consecutive British Junior U19 National Championship title to establish himself as Englandís most successful junior squash player of all time, having won British National titles at all age groups U/12, U/14, U/17 and U/19, and British Junior Open trophies at U/14, U/17 and U/19. Also in 2002, James established himself as the World Junior No1, claiming European, British National, British Open and World Junior Championships titles.

James represented England with distinction at all junior levels, captaining the England U19 junior team to victory in the European Junior Team Championships and has gone on to be one of the youngest players ever to play for the senior England team, representing his country at both European & World Team Championships in 2003.
James has won three PSA World Tour titles; the 2002 Swiss Open in Geneva, the 2002 Santa Barbara Open in the USA, and the Dutch Open in Maastricht in November 2003.
Nick Taylor is from Manchester, England, a twice British National finalist, English No3 and England international.

Nick has achieved a highest PSA World Ranking of 14 and has won ten PSA World Tour titles; the Winners Open in Luxemburg, Portuguese Open, Swiss Open, Squash Mutualite Open in France, Finish Open, and the Albuquerque, Apawamis, Chicago, Windy City and Motor City Opens in the USA.

Nick was a Commonwealth Games squad member in 1998 and 2002, and represented England at the 1997 and 2001 European Team Championships, winning a total of nine caps for his country and remaining undefeated through-out.

Nick is the Head Coach at the National Squash Centre, in Manchester.
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