England Squash & Racketball (ESR) has finalised agreements with two top squash clubs in London and Surrey to stage Allam British Open support events ahead of the prestigious tournament being held atThe London Piazza, O2 Arena, 14 – 20 May 2012.
Following the completion of a million pound redevelopment programme, providing four state of the art glass backed squash courts, Coolhurst Tennis and Squash Club in Crouch End, North London, will host the British Open Masters Championship.
The British Open Masters, 12 – 16 May 2012, is an open competition divided into nine age categories spanning over 35s to over 75s and is expected to draw a strong entry from clubs nationwide and across Europe.
Across London, in the heart of Surrey, the final qualifying tournaments for the men’s and women’s British Open will be held at St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club, Weybridge.
The Allam British Open Men’s qualifying tournament from which the top eight players will earn the right to join the 24 elite players pre-selected from their Official PSA World Rankings, will be staged at St George’s on the weekend of the 12 – 13 May 2012, with the women’s qualifying running alongside and extending to Monday 14th May.
With the Men’s tournament commencing on the ASB Championship Court at the O2, the opening round of the women’s British Open will continue at St. Georges Hill on Tuesday 15 May, before switching to the London Piazza from round two.
Nick Rider, Chief Executive of England Squash & Racketball enthused, “Part of the magic of the British Open is the way in which it reaches deep into the heart of the squash community and engages with recreational players. With the support of these two high class venues, we are guaranteed to enjoy the perfect prelude to the world’s most popular squash championship, the Allam British Open.”