World Masters Squash Championship Hosted in Hong Kong
HONG KONG—The World Masters Squash Championship 2014 under the auspices of the World Squash Federation will be played in Hong Kong from this Saturday July 5 through to Finals Day on Friday July 11. This tournament is run every two years – the last event was in Birmingham, United Kingdom in 2012.
Similar to the previous competition more than 750 squash players will compete for age group titles. Age groups for men and for women are in 5-year age steps ranging from 35+ to 80+ for men and from 35+ to 70+ for women.
Matches will be played at Hong Kong Squash Centre and at the Hong Kong Football Club.
For this year’s event entries include 572 men and 198 ladies comprising players from all across the globe with good representation from many countries including the UK and South Africa, plus a strong contingent from Australia. A number of prominent ex-professionals are taking part.
Egyptian Omar Elborolossy a 2-time British Champion at over 35 years is No.1 seed in the Men’s 35+ event.
Australian Brett Martin who was ranked in the world’s top five players from 1993 to 1996 is making his debut to World Masters Squash in the 50+ group.
South Africa’s Craig van der Wath who has previously won at over 35, over 40 and over 45 will be defending his over 45 title again this year.
South African born Natalie Grainger ex-World No.1 in the early/mid 2000’s is entered in the 35+ age group. Her mother Jean Grainger who is an ex-champion at over 55, over 60 and over 65 is booked to play in the over 70 group and Natalie’s father Chris Grainger is No.3 seed in the men’s over 65 event.
Five times World Champion Sarah Fitzgerald seeded No.1 in the women’s over 45 group, and was looking very impressive in practice at the Football Club earlier this week.
Many prominent Hong Kong players are also taking part in this competition.