World no.11 Daryl Selby tops the seeding in this year’s Edinburgh Open Squash Championships to be held at Edinburgh Sports Club from 24th to 27th January.
World no.13 and Montreal Open Champion Tom Richards, and World no.17 and Commonwealth Gold Medalist Adrian Grant will also be competing for this year’s title ensuring that the very highest level of squash will be on show. Defending champion Shaun Le Roux and 2012 finalist Andy Whipp are also in the mix.
The ESC Edinburgh Open is the biggest event on the BSPA circuit and after taking the title two years ago Selby went on to beat World Champion Nick Matthew to take the British National title in Manchester.
Scottish interest comes from a number of 2014 Commonwealth Games hopefuls; Greg Lobban is rising sharply up the world rankings, recently taking the Bratislava Open title; Kevin Moran and Douglas Kempsell both represented Scotland at last year’s European Team Championships. Scottish assistant National Coach Stuart Crawford is also competing as are Edinburgh Sports Club coaches Simon Boughton and Ross McHoul.
The ladies event is the only WSA event in the country and world no. 25 Emily Whitlock who recently concluded her junior career by winning the prestigious British Junior Open U19 title tops the seedings in a strong international field. If all goes to seeding Whitlock is scheduled to meet Daryl’s sister Lauren Selby, the world no. 46 in the final.
Local interest comes Scottish National Champion Frania Gillen-Buchert, the up and coming Mhairi Charlton and Helen Nicholl.
“Since its inaugural event in 2001 the championship has become a firm fixture on the international squash calendar and the strength of the draw continues to amaze me,” said Tournament Director Simon Boughton
“It is rare to have the squash of this level on our doorstep and anyone with an interest of the game really should think about coming along to have a look. It is also a great chance to see how our top players fare against those at the top of the world game.”
Jonathan Tait, Manager at Edinburgh Sports Club, is delighted with this year’s entry: “This event continues to attract some of the world’s highest ranked professional players to give spectators a wonderful opportunity to watch squash of the highest quality being played over a four-day period”.
The Championships begin on Thursday 24th January, concluding with the finals on Sunday 27th January.
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