Overseas players to battle for prize money
Professional players from all over the world will converge on Bermuda next month for Men's and Women's Bermuda Open 2020 — an official stop on the PSA Pro World Tour.
The Bermuda Squash Racquets Association has announced that 32 international players will compete for $12,000 in prize money at the event, which runs from March 17 to 21.
Canadian Nikki Todd, who is ranked No 64 in the world, is the top seed in the 16 player women's draw and will take on Ingy Hammouda, of Egypt, in the opening round.
Meanwhile, Rachel Barnes, the island's No 1, will face No 4 seed Karina Tyma, of Poland, in round one.
Other Bermudians competing in the women's event are Juliette Ferrari-McComb and Susie Howells, who both face Columbians for a place in the second round.
In the men's competition, two Bermudians have been confirmed in the draw, with Noah Browne, the national champion and world No 141, taking on world No 272 Faisal Riaz, of the United States, for a spot in the last eight.
The men's draw wild card has been awarded to Browne's compatriot Micah Franklin, the former world No 149, who will start his campaign against Connor Turk, the world No 181, of Canada.
Patrick Foster, the BSRA director of squash, said: “We at the BSRA are looking forward to a thrilling event.
“This year's tournament has an amazing entry with players from 14 countries coming to compete in our club. Everyone is just so excited and can't wait for the matches to start.”
The Bermuda Open 2020 will be held at the BSRA in Devonshire with start times varying through the week.
The first round begins on Tuesday, March 17 with 16 matches to be played on two courts starting from 4pm.
Tickets are available for all sessions for $30 per night. Visit the official Bermuda Open 2020 website for all event information www.bermudasquash.com