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Ricketts Rides Back in with a Win!

Ricketts Rides Back in with a Win!

Anthony Ricketts has waited five long year’s for a return to competitive action, and the hunger was evident as he battled past ex-World no.1 John White to lift the 2nd edition of the 9 Telecom Squash Legends event at St. George’s Hill. It was a fitting finale to a weekend of word-class squash from the Legends, with both players displaying a mixture of court craft, agility and cunning to work their opponent over five tough games.

The first set the tone as Ricketts carefully worked his way to 9/7 before White exploded into action to edge it 11/9. However, the efforts seemed to have taken more out of White as the Ricketts again surged ahead closing out the game in impressive style, using both determination and guile to nullify White’s impressive striking and then lead 8-4 in the third. White bounced back to level at 8-8 before both players raised their game trying to gain the upper hand. A quick racket change by Ricketts seemed to do the trick as he squeezes out the game 12/10.

White wasn’t done and fired in a three wall boast nick followed by an un-returnable forehand straight kill to seize the momentum in the fourth. Despite looking to have run out of energy White managed to throw himself around the court, and on least one occasion was fully off the ground diving for a ball. The final rally of the game had both players diving, White’s final one forcing an error from his opponent to set up a decider.

Both players were clearly keen to get their hands on the trophy but it was eventually ‘youth’ that prevailed as Ricketts maintained an impressive pace through the fifth, forcing White into even more ambitious winners that started to find the tin. After a little over 65 minutes play Ricketts closed out the final to be crowned champion.

Afterwards he explained how much it meant to be back playing ‘Obviously it was tough having stopped my career when I still felt I had a lot more to give, so without getting too sentimental I just want to say how great it is to have the opportunity to get back on court and play with these guys. A big thank you to sponsor Nine Telecom for putting up the money as without it these type of events don’t happen, Danny Lee and the St. George’s Hill Club for all their efforts and to Tim & Peter of Eventis for coming up with this concept and always looking for ways to move things forwards.’

Earlier in the evening Peter Nicol made up for the disappointment of losing his first Legends event by beating Nick Taylor in a fast and furious match to secure third spot. The evening had kicked off with Jonathon Power & Tim Garner teaming up to despatch Simon Parke & Stephan Meads in a doubles matched played on the full size doubles court.

Club Address:

St. George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club
St George’s Hill
Surrey KT13 0LL                  

9Telecom Legends of Squash – St. Georges Hill

Group A
1. Jonathon Power
2. John White
3. Tim Garner
4. Nick Taylor 

Group B
1. Peter Nicol
2. Simon Parke
3. Anthony Ricketts
4. Stephen Meads

Ricketts to Returns to Competive Action at Legends!

 Former world No 3 Anthony Ricketts will roar back into competitive action when he make his debut on the Legends of Squash Tour at the 9 Telecom Legends event at St. Georges Hill Tennis Club, Surrey later this month. The Australian replaces Martin Heath who was forced to withdraw from the 9 Telecom Legends of Squash Tournament with an ankle injury.

As well as competing in Weybridge from 16-19th September, Ricketts will take part in the next leg of the tour which follows hot on its heels and takes place at the Aberdeen Squash & Racquets Club from 23-25th September.

Ricketts, who won titles at the British Open, Tournament of Champions and the Super Series Finals, is keen to get back on court after four years away from the tour. And he has plenty of unfinished business with his former opponents after injury forced him to curtail his professional career at just 28 years of age. After a fifth operation to repair cartilage in his right knee, Ricketts acknowledged in 2007 that he could no longer survive the daily rigours of training and playing matches at the highest level.

After retiring, Ricketts worked as Head Coach of the New Zealand National Squad before returning home to take up his current role as Senior Coach for the Squash Program at the Australian Institute of Sport. He now spends a good deal of his working life hitting on court with the top Australian players as was evident at last month’s Men’s World Teams in Paderborn and the fiery Aussie cannot wait to compete again.

“The 'Legends of Squash Tour' is another fantastic squash venture conceived by the Eventis team. Not only does it give the squash fans another opportunity to see the greats of the game continue to perform, but it also allows the occasion for former top players to once again compete against each other in a sport that they hold dear. I am excited, and nervous, about the challenge of again stepping onto court with the likes of Peter Nicol, Jonathon Power and John White. It is something I do not take lightly and look forward to reliving some of the battles of yesterday.”

Although coming into the event as a late replacement and therefore un-seeded Ricketts is one player that the others won’t relish playing, defending champion Peter Nicol has Ricketts first up on the Friday night and explained ‘Anthony was one of those players that you knew would give 100% every time he stepped on court and whilst it is very exciting to have him join the tour, I might not be feeling quite the same during our opening encounter at St George’s Hill!’

Last year the event was close to a sell-out and tickets priced from £15-£35 for the 9 Telecom Squash Legends event are now on sale from the Ticketmaster at:http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Squash-Legends-tickets/artist/1116114?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name

Contact Tim Garner on Tgarner@eventis-sports.com for more information or see www.legendsofsquash.com for more details.

Club Address:

St. George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club
St George’s Hill
Surrey KT13 0LL


9Telecom Legends of Squash – St. Georges Hill

Group A

1. Jonathon Power
2. John White
3. David Evans
4. Nick Taylor (w/card) 

Group B

1. Peter Nicol
2. Simon Parke
3. Anthony Ricketts
4. Stephen Meads (w/card) 

Friday 16th September

5.00pm: Parke v Meads
5.45pm: White v Taylor
7.00pm: Power v Evans
7.45pm: Nicol v Ricketts
8.45pm Opening Dinner
Charity Auction 

Saturday 17th September

4.00pm: White v Evans
4.45pm: Power v Taylor
6.00pm: Nicol v Meads
6.45pm: Parke v Ricketts 

Sunday 18th September

4.00pm: Evans v Taylor
4.45pm: Ricketts v Meads
6.00pm: Power v White
6.45pm: Nicol v Parke

Monday 19th September

7.00pm Doubles
7.30pm 3/4th
8.15pm Grand Final
9.15pm Presentation

Pool matches and 3/4th Best of 3

Grand Final Best of 5

The Nine Telecom Legends of Squash Tournament will be taking place on the showcase All Glass Court at St George's Hill LTC , Weybridge KT13 0LL from Friday 16th September until Monday 19th September. The 8 "Legends" will be divided into two pools of 4 who will play off from Friday to Sunday to determine Monday's finalists.

Last year we had the dream Peter Nicol v Jonathan Power final, which Nicol won in four games. Former World Champions Power and Nicol will once again be seeded to meet on Monday 19th but both face strong challenges from
last year's semi finalists John White ex World no 1 and Simon Parke ex World no 3. Ex British Open Champion David Evans ,Martin Heath, Nick Taylor and Steve Meads complete a formidable line up.

Tickets are on sale from
http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Squash-Legends-tickets/artist/1116114?tm_link=  and you can select your position around the court on the interactive seating plan.  

We will be running coaching clinics from 11-3pm Saturday17th -Monday 19th with the players. Please contact me if you are interested in attending any of these.