The most iconic and prestigious squash tournament in the world is back – The Allam British Open.
In May the world’s best players head to Yorkshire, home to world no.1 James Willstrop and world champion and three time British Open champion Nick Matthew, to compete at the KC Stadium in Kingston Upon Hull.
Running from 20-26 May this year’s tournament, graded at the highest level as a Platinum World Series Event, promises to be a fantastic spectacle building on the success of last season at the O2 Arena.
The sport’s oldest tournament also welcomes the world’s best female players to East Yorkshire including Malaysia’s Nicol David, the pre-eminent female player of her generation, who has won the tournament a stunning four times.
Chief Executive of England Squash & Racketball, Nick Rider commented: “We’re delighted to welcome the Allam British Open to Hull, East Yorkshire, for what promises to be a spectacular tournament featuring the world’s best players. Dr. Allam’s support for squash is unequalled and we look forward to delivering an event in his home city that will reward his vision and showcase our sport at its highest level.”
Dr Assem Allam, headline sponsor of the Allam British Open, said: “I am proud to bring this most prestigious of contests to Hull and East Yorkshire as I don’t believe the region has ever staged a sporting event of such magnitude before.
“I believe my sponsorship of the Allam British Open is different to previous years because I am involved not for commercial reasons, but due to my long family association with the sport which started with myself and my brother Galal, a former world champion, and continues to this day with my grandchildren who are becoming very good players.
“When I spoke at last year’s winner’s ceremony, at the 02 arena, it was not as a corporate man but as a proud and passionate Ambassador for Squash. This year will be even more satisfying because we are bringing the world’s greatest players to Hull and East Yorkshire, and so for one week the eyes of the world will be focused on a wonderful sport played at the highest level in a fantastic part of the UK.”
Chief Executive of the PSA, Alex Gough, said: “With the British Open seeing a welcome return to the PSA World Tour last year, we are looking forward to another great event next May. PSA is excited to again be working with England Squash & Racketball for the event’s new location in Hull and would like to thank Dr Allam, the main sponsor of the event again, whose support has been invaluable for the tournament.”
WSA Chairman Ingrid Lofdahl-Bentzer added: “We are delighted to see the prestigious 2013 Allam British Open move to its new home in Hull. It will give fans in Yorkshire and surrounding areas an opportunity to see live world class women’s squash, including their local top-ranked stars, Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf.”
Tickets go on pre-sale exclusively to England Squash & Racketball members today.