Squash stars set to get 2013 off to a flying start
The biggest stars in world squash are coming to London this week for the ATCO PSA World Series Squash Finals at Queen’s Club, ready to get the New sporting Year off to a flying start.
The tournament, which starts on Wednesday 2nd January, boasts a glittering line-up of the most accomplished players from around the globe, including World No.1s James Willstrop and Nicol David. Willstrop leads a strong contingent of British players, which also includes Nick Matthew, Peter Barker, Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf.
Only the best eight performers from squash’s elite World Series events get to compete at Queen’s Club, where there is a (US) $100,000 prize-money purse up for grabs as well as one of the most prestigious trophies in squash.
The ATCO PSA World Series Finals will offer another squash showcase to help its campaign to gain inclusion in the 2020 Olympics. The sport is already making a powerful case to be part of the Olympics, with players like David, Willstrop, Matthew and Egyptian superstar Ramy Ashour all spearheading the effort to get the world of sport to ‘Back the Bid’ for 2020.
Many of next week’s sessions are already sold out, with only a handful of tickets left and selling fast. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster on 0844 847 1929 or by clicking here. Eurosport and Sky Sports will both be broadcasting live from Queen’s Club, with Sky Sports showing the weekend’s semi-finals and finals exclusively (Sat 5th Jan 6-10pm and Sun 6th Jan 4-7pm).
Men’s line-up Women’s line-up
James Willstrop (ENG) Nicol David (MAS)
Nick Matthew (ENG) Raneem El Weleily (EGY)
Gregory Gaultier (FRA) Laura Massaro (ENG)
Amr Shabana (EGY) Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
Karim Darwish (EGY) Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) Annie Au (HKG)
Peter Barker (ENG) Camille Serme (FRA)
Simon Rosner (GER) Natalie Grinham (AUS)
Wednesday’s full order of play here
For more information on the ATCO PSA World Series Finals, go to ATCO PSA World Series Squash Finals.