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World's leading squash stars return to ISS Canary Wharf Classic in 2010

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25th February 2010
World's leading squash stars return to ISS Canary Wharf Classic in 2010
ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic

Tickets are now on sale for the 2010 ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic as the game’s leading stars prepare to return to London for one of the world’s major tournaments.

The seventh edition of this PSA Five-Star world-ranking tournament takes place from March 22-26 next year and co-promoter Peter Nicol is urging squash lovers to book tickets early to avoid disappointment.

The former world champion said: "This year we attracted eight of the world’s top ten players and it was no surprise that the event sold out so quickly."

"We are very proud of the fact that we are able to stage the event at the East Wintergarden at Canary Wharf and over the years it has become one of the most popular venues on the world tour for players and spectators alike."

"This year, for the fourth year running, we sold every back-wall seat for every night of the tournament and I can assure you the players love the atmosphere. We have wonderfully loyal and supportive Title Sponsors in ISS Facility Services and we are grateful to them for making it possible to showcase top professional squash in such a spectacular fashion."

The worldwide squash community was bitterly disappointed by the sport’s failure to be voted in to the 2016 Olympic Games at the recent IOC summit but Nicol added: “The decision was a huge disappointment but, as an ambitious sport, we must continue to do what we do best. And that means raising the profile of our game with fantastic events like Canary Wharf.

“We know that squash enthusiasts love the tournament, which is why they keep returning year after year, but one of the biggest thrills is when newcomers to the sport turn up and are absolutely bowled over by the visual appeal of the glass court and the brilliant entertainment served up by the players inside it.”

The 2009 ISS Canary Wharf title was won by Australia’s three-time world champion David Palmer, who beat England’s James Willstrop in the final.

Willstrop had beaten top seed Amr Shabana in the semi-finals but was clearly in some discomfort in the final because of an injured ankle which required surgery in the summer.

Willstrop slipped out of the world top ten as he recuperated from the operation but he is now back up to No.7 in the current PSA rankings, with fellow Englishmen Nick Matthew at five, Peter Barker at nine, Adrian Grant at ten and Alister Walker at 12.  

Nicol has been working hard on court, coaching several of the leading English players, and he added: "Having five England players in the world top 12 shows how strong we are as a squash nation and we look forward to seeing all of them in action at Canary Wharf. They know they will be assured of enormous support from the home crowd."

Tickets for the 2010 ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic are on sale via Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.uk) and the Ticket Hotline is 0844 847 2419.
Full details are on the tournament website: canarywharfsquash.com

Tournament Details

Tournament Title Sponsor: ISS Facility Services, London Division

Host Sponsor: Canary Wharf Group plc

The ISS Canary Wharf Squash Classic at the East Wintergarden is jointly promoted by Eventis Sports Marketing and SquashUK.

Tournament Dates:

Qualifying: March 20-21 at Wimbledon Rackets and Fitness Club.
Main draw: March 22-26, 2010
Venue: East Wintergarden, Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14

Corporate Hospitality: Superb packages are available, enabling spectators to wine, dine and watch all the gripping squash action from the Gallery restaurant within the East Wintergarden.

Full details from Tim Garner at Eventis Sports Marketing
Telephone: 07973 817468.
Email: tgarner@eventis-sports.com

Media information from Alan Thatcher
Text or telephone: 07971 639829.
Email: alan@squashuk.com