British Open squash confirmed for The O2

Squash 3 11WO29370.jpgSquash fans in London can look forward to a double dose of top class sport after the British Open tournament was confirmed at The O2 this May.

The Championships will take place on London Piazza at The O2 from May 14-20. It follows the Canary Wharf Squash Classic, which will be played at the East Wintergarden in March.

Yorkshire pair James Willstrop and Nick Matthew are at world number one and two respectively and have a fierce on court rivalry and both should be in action at The O2.

Londoners Peter Barker and Daryl Selby will also be relishing the chance to play in their home city, with Barker comfortably in the World top ten and Selby sitting just outside.

In the women's event England's World number two Jenny Duncalf will be aiming to overcome the formidable Malaysian Nicol David, who still looks strong, while Lancashire's Laura Massaro is a force to be reckoned with after having a fantastic year on the professional tour, winning the US Open.

The British Open is the most prestigious and iconic squash tournament in the world although it has had a troubled recent history.

It was last staged in 2009, when current world champion Matthew took the title, but sponsorship problems saw the 2010 and 2011 editions cancelled.

It will be at The O2 for just this year before it moves to a specially constructed sports arena in East Yorkshire.

Ticket prices £15-£67.50 are available at theo2.co.uk or by calling 0844 856 0202.