Countdown begins for Canary Wharf Squash Classic

By Rob Virtue on February 20, 2013 12:21 PM |


The Canary Wharf Squash Classic is heading back to the East Wintergarden with a host of leading stars set to provide a week of stunning entertainment on the all-glass court.

English aces Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, with three titles each, are all set to renew their rivalry.

But rising Egyptian star Mohamed El Shorbagy, the number three seed, will be trying hard to break their dominance at the March 18-22 tournament.

Matthew has won three Classic finals in a row and has the upper hand over Willstrop after beating him in the final of the British National Championship in Manchester on Sunday.

Willstrop was pushed to the limit in a 99-minute semi-final against former Limehouse resident Peter Barker, and he had little energy left for his final battle with Matthew.

Tournament co-promoter Peter Nicol, a former world champion, is delighted at the strength of the field.

He said: "This is probably the strongest line-up we've had. We have three of the top five players in the world with Nick, James and Mohamed, and there will be enormous local interest with Londoners Adrian Grant, Tom Richards, wild card Charles Sharpes and the two Essex boys, Peter and Daryl Selby.

"The East Wintergarden always generates a fabulous atmosphere and we know the crowd will get right behind their favourites."

The Wharf is offering tickets to a first round clash at the Classic and also a subscription to Peter Nicol's website

Click here to find out how to enter.