World squash stars to play in Bermuda
A handful of the world’s top squash players will be on local shores next week for coaching clinics and exhibition matches at the Bermuda Squash Raquets Association (BSRA) club in Devonshire.
Former world number ones John White of Scotland and England’s Peter Nicol will grace the courts along with Kasey Brown of Australia and Aisling Blake from Ireland.
The matches are a part of the AXIS Squash Challenge and Exhibition that takes place from June 12 to 15.
“To have these world class players in Bermuda will be fantastic and will boost the sport in Bermuda,” said BSRA president Patrick Foster.
“The tournament will be very competitive and it will be a great weekend for all who come out.”
The event combines a corporate team tournament for local amateur players, a pro coaching clinic for junior players and an exhibition match night featuring the four world stars.
Nicol is regarded by some as the greatest player of all time. He held the number on spot for 60 successive months and is a former world champion, British Open champion and a Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
White is no stranger to squash lovers, having previously been number one and the world’s hardest hitter, clocking shots in excess of 176mph.
Brown, who highest world ranking is five, is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, while Blake is the former number 22 ranked player in the world and current Irish national champion.
The amateur event will stage a launch party for the draw on June 11 with competitors playing nightly from 6pm from June12 to the 14th.
The pro coaching clinic for children takes place on June 15 between 3pm and 4pm with all four world stars in attendance.
Amateur play continues from 4pm to 7pm followed by the exhibition matches.