There is just a month to go until the opening matches in this year’s PSA Jersey Squash Classic tournament, being held at the Jersey Squash and Racquet Club at Greve d’Azette, St Clement.
The PSA Jersey Squash Classic is a major event on the Island’s sporting calendar, bringing top class squash players to the competition and helping to raise the profile of the sport locally, and the Island to a global audience thanks to live streaming of matches, powered by JT.
This year’s professional players will be travelling from as far away as Australia and Pakistan to take part, and there will be a good representation from the home nations, with Scotland, England and Wales all represented.
All of the main draw players are within the world’s top 100, including current number 20 seed, Guernseyman Chris Simpson.
It is also an opportunity for talented local youngsters to gain exposure to the sport at the highest level. Anthony Harkin is one young player who tried squash for the first time on a 6 week taster course while still at Plat Douet Primary School. Now, four years later, he has progressed through the Squash Development Programme and next month will be rubbing shoulders with the world’s best.
Jersey’s Squash Development Officer Nick Taylor said: ‘We have a thriving squash scene in Jersey and this tournament is a showcase of not only local talent, but world class players, for spectators to see how exciting the game can be. We are expecting some terrific matches this year and I would urge people to come down to the courts and experience the thrill of professional squash.’
The PSA Jersey Squash Classic is the only racket sport professional ranking event to be staged in Jersey. The event starts on Tuesday May 20th with the finals being played on Sunday May 25th.