Host of challengers gunning for Franklin
Micah Franklin and Runa Reta are the top-ranked players in the Digicel Bermuda National Championships, starting on Monday.
The competition, which will be held at Devonshire Courts, will host more than 90 competitors in four divisions.
“This year we have an excellent entry again, not only in size but in the quality of players,” said Patrick Foster, the BSRA director of squash and men's defending champion. “The veterans, ladies and men's events are all wide open and we could see new champions for 2014. It should be a great week.”
Foster is in the same half of the draw as Robert Maycock, the 2012 runner-up who is based in New York, while in Franklin's half, Nick Kyme, the former champion whose world ranking reach as high as No 63, is scheduled for a possible clash with newcomer John Fletcher in the last eight.
Noah Browne, a rising college star, could lie in wait for Franklin in the other quarter-final.
Among the women, Reta can potentially meet former champion Liz Martin in the semi-finals, while Laura Robinson and Rachel Barnes are favourites to make the last four from the other half of the draw.
Robinson, the club champion, is a former national champion and Barnes brings solid credentials from Bowdoin College, in Maine, where she is a regular on the squash team. Play begins at 6pm each day, with the finals held from 5pm on March 22.