Pros in town for 19th Boston Open
A host of the UK’s top professional squash players are competing in Boston this weekend.
Boston Squash and Racketball Club is holding its 19th annual Boston Open from Friday 4th-Sunday 6th December, which is free for the public to attend.
The tournament is one of 8 events on the UK Grand Prix, with Wimbledon and Edinburgh among the other host towns and cities.
Among the top seeds are last year’s champions Charles Sharpes and Millie Tomlinson. Sharpes returns as the men’s number one seed and is the world #53.
Millie Tomlinson, who is already a world top 50 player at the age of 23, is the women’s second seed. The favourite for the title is former world #3 Madeline Perry, who was still a world top ten player last year before retiring in 2015.
The strength of this year’s women draw is shown by the 3/4 seeding of 2013 finalist and world #73 Victoria Temple-Murray. She’s joined by European under-19 champion Georgina Kennedy.
Nick Mulvey is the men's second seed. He made the semi-finals here last year before losing to Doug Kempsell. This is the 22-year-old's sixth consecutive appearance at the Boston Open. He was knocked out by runner-up Greg Lobban in 2012 and winner Tom Richards in 2013. He made the quarters of the Prague Open and Belfast Open this year.
Ben Ford and Robert Dadds are the 3/4 seeds. With a highest world ranking of #82, Ford finished runner-up at this year’s British O35 National Championship. 23-year-old Dadds makes his third appearance in Boston and was knocked out in 2011 by eventual winner Adrian Waller.
Members of the public are invited to come and watch the event at the club, which is on Rosebery Avenue. The club’s bar and lounge area overlooks the two main courts. Play runs roughly as 3-9pm on Friday and 11.30am onwards on Saturday. The two finals are at 2 and 3pm on Sunday.
For full coverage of this weekend's event, including all the results, reports and pictures, go to bspasquash.com.