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Hectic British Open buildup for Simpson

Hectic British Open buildup for Simpson

SH16632After playing in every round of England’s unsuccessful European Men’s Team Championship bid last week, Yorkshire’s Chris Simpson continues his hectic build-up to the $150,000 Allam British Open this week.

Not only is the world no.23 playing for Duffield in the Premier Squash League final tonight, he is also featuring for Paderborn in the German League Finals at the weekend.

“It’s a busy lead-up for me, with more matches than training,” commented Simpson, who is feeling the benefits of those matches.

SH16633“My form is good, I’ve had a busy schedule and feel sharp. At this point in the lead-up I’m not working on anything specific; it’s more keeping the body in order and staying sharp with some speed work.”

The Jersey Classic champion thoroughly enjoyed his England debut in Denmark last week, but obviously not the final result.

“Playing in the Euros was a great experience,” he said. “I learned a lot from the more experienced players in the team and very much enjoyed the team atmosphere.

“It was disappointing not to take the title home, but we gave it our all and can be proud of our performance.”

SH16631After three successive team events – the Euros, PSL and German League – it is back to individual action in Hull next Tuesday, when he meets four-time world champion Amr Shabana in round one of the British Open.

“I will have played Shabana in the first round of three Super Series in a row,” said Simpson, who stunned the Egyptian great in front of his home crowd in El Gouna last month after losing to him in the Windy City Open in the USA in March.

“He is a great player, one of my idols when I started on tour, so I always relish the chance to play him.”