Top flight squash re­turns

Hamilton Metro News - - News -

Af­ter the suc­cess of the 2015 Golden Ju­bilee US$ 5000 pro­fes­sional squash men’s event, it has re­turned to Hamil­ton Squash and Ten­nis Club.

The club has teamed up with the Devoy Squash and Fit­ness Cen­tre in Tau­ranga to run their $ 5000 events backto- back to cre­ate a cir­cuit for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional play­ers to visit New Zealand and play.

The tour­na­ments give valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence and a rare chance for lo­cal play­ers to earn world rank­ing points, with­out hav­ing to travel over­seas for PSA- level events.

Play­ers from all over the world will ar­rive in Hamil­ton to com­pete, along with a num­ber of Kiwi play­ers.

Evan Wil­liams ( world- ranked 101) will be back to de­fend the ti­tle he won in 2015 and is the top seed for this event. Wil­liams will face a qual­i­fier in the first round with sec­ond seed Adam Mur­rills ( world- ranked 134) of Eng­land due to face a qual­i­fier in the first round.

The wild­card slot has been awarded to Zac Mil­lar, who is a Hil­lary Scholar at the Univer­sity of Waikato and look­ing to ad­vance his promis­ing ca­reer through th­ese events.

TheWaikato Open will also run a nor­mal tour­na­ment along­side the pro­fes­sional event, where lo­cal player Joelle King ( world ranked 9) will be back to de­fend her ti­tle.

About 200 en­tries are ex­pected for the event, which will also use courts at the nearby Hamil­ton Old Boys Squash Club.

PSA games will be com­peted on the Su­san Devoy Court, which was orig­i­nally built for the 1971World Cham­pi­onships, and the Mur­ray Day Court that was added on in 1983.

Qual­i­fy­ing rounds for the PSA event will be­gin at mid­day and 12.50pm on Thurs­day, with the main draw start­ing from 5pm on Fri­day.

En­try is free all week­end.

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