select gaming Kent Open Squash Tournament

Alan Thatcher

Tournament Preview & Fact File

By ALAN THATCHER

STARS HEAD TO THE MOTE

The Mote Squash Club is ready to welcome another top-class international field to the county town next month.

The annual Select Gaming Kent Open, presented by First Business Finance, runs from June 11-18.
This is the eighth edition of the Kent Open as a world-ranking tournament, and promises to be a real humdinger.

Joel Makin, the runner-up last year, is back as the top seed after a rich run of recent success which culminated in him winning the British Under-23 Championship in Cambridge on Sunday 7th May.

In the final, Welsh number one Makin beat former European junior champion Richie Fallows, who is number three seed at The Mote this year. The two are seeded to meet in the Kent Open semi-finals.

In the bottom half of the draw, Maidstone-born Josh Masters, from Walderslade, is seeded four. The 6ft 3in tall Masters, aged 22, is currently ranked 60 in the world. He is seeded to meet American number one Todd Harrity, a semi-finalist two years ago, in the semi-finals.

Masters and number two seed Harrity train together in Bristol, where Masters attends the University of the West of England (UWE).

A pre-qualifying tournament on June 11-12 gives local players the chance to pit their skills against some of the rising professionals who are desperate to get into the main competition to earn PSA World Tour ranking points and a chunk of the £8,000 prize money on offer.


Joel Makin

We are delighted to be welcoming Welshman Joel Makin back to the Mote for the Select Gaming Kent Open. He is our No 1 seed.

 
Last year’s runner-up to Tom Ford , Joel has been climbing up the rankings since last year’s visit, and currently occupies the No. 50 spot on the world list.

Some impressive performances include winning the Wimbledon Cup, and on the PSA tour has twice been runner up; to Peter Creed in the Welsh Nationals, and in the Edinburgh Open to Alan Clyne.

 

Date of Birth: 27/10/1994 (age 22)
Height (cm): 180
Weight (kg): 80
Birthplace: Pembrokeshire
Residence: Birmingham, England
Coach: Rob Owen, David Evans
Highest WR: 50 (Mar 2017)
Racket Sponsor Unsquashable

joel makin

Joel Makin


Todd Harrity

Todd Harrity

Todd Harrity (No. 2 Seed)

Date of Birth: 16/9/1990
Height: 185cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight: 79kg (12 st 6 lb)
Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, PA
Residence: Bristol
Coach: Hadrian Stiff
Highest WR: 45 (Jun 2016)
Joined PSA: 2013
Racket: Harrow

Richie Fallows (No. 3 Seed)

Born: 17/6/1995
Height: 180cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight: 80kg (12 st 8 lb)
Birthplace: London
Residence: Stratford, London
Coach: Ben Ford, David Campion
Highest WR: 58 (May 2017)
County: Essex
Racket: Tecnifibre

Richie Fallows

Richie Fallows


Josh Masters (No 4 Seed)

In the bottom half of the draw, Maidstone-born Josh Masters, from Walderslade, is seeded four. The 6ft 3in tall Masters, aged 22, is currently ranked 60 in the world. He is seeded to meet American number one Todd Harrity, a semi-finalist two years ago, in the semi-finals.

Masters and number two seed Harrity train together in Bristol, where Masters attends the University of the West of England (UWE).

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Date of Birth: 6/4/1995
Height: 185cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight: 77kg (12 st 2 lb)
Birthplace: Maidstone
Residence: Bristol
Coach: Hadrian Stiff
Highest WR: 53 (Jan 2017)
County: Kent
Racket: Harrow

JOshua Masters

Joshua Masters


adam-murrills

Adam Murrills – Photo Steve Cubbins

Adam Murrills (No. 6 Seed)

Date of Birth: 23/3/1990
Height (cm) 177
Weight: 70kg
Birthplace: Manchester
Residence: Cheshire, England
Coach: Pete Billson
Highest WR: 85 (May 2017)
Racket Sponsor Climax Pro Squash
Clothing Sponsor 305 Squash

Jan Van Den Herrewegen (No. 6 Seed)

Date of Birth: 17/6/1995
Height: 187cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight: 75kg (11 st 11 lb)
Birthplace: Belguim
Residence: Oudenaarde
Coach: Mark Burke
Highest WR: 89 (Feb 2017)
Racket: MANTIS

Jan Van den Herrewegen

Jan Van den Herrewegen – Photo Steve Cubbins


wild card

WILD CARD 2017:

This year’s Wild Card has been awarded to Daniel Poleshchuk, the Israeli number one.

Daniel is making great strides in the sport and we look forward to welcoming him to The Mote Squash Club in June.

As a “Thank You” for the Wild Card, Daniel will be holding several training camps during the week, for adults and juniors.


WOMEN’S EVENT:

This year we are proud to announce the inclusion of an
exhibition match between Elise Lazarus and Gina Kennedy on Sunday before the men’s final.

Gina Kennedy (L) with Amelia Henley

Gina Kennedy (Left) with Amelia Henley


FINALS WEEKEND – SAT 17th-SUN18th:

Play Squash / Watch The Pros / Party          …Sounds like the perfect combination for squash lovers!

 

We will have more matches to enjoy, with the women’s event being added to the men’s, and we hope that will help to make the club busier than usual during the weekend.


SELECT GAMING KENT OPEN SQUASH TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Sunday June 11th: Pre-Qualifying (4pm start)
Monday June 12th: Pre-Qualifying Finals (6pm)
Tuesday June 13th: PSA Qualifying First Round (5.30pm)
Wednesday June 14th: Qualifying Finals (6pm)
Thursday June 15th: Main Draw First Round (5.30pm)
Friday June 16th: Quarter-Finals (6pm)
Saturday June 17th: Semi-Finals (5pm) , TOURNAMENT PARTY.
Sunday June 18th: Final (4pm)


SELECT GAMING KENT OPEN SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP PAST WINNERS

2016:

Tom Ford (England) beat Joel Makin (Wales) 8-11, 12-10, 11-13, 11-5, 11-9 (83 minutes)

2015:

Charles Sharpes (England) beat (Q) George Parker (England) 11-4, 6-11, 11-8, 6-11, 12-10 (74 mins)

2014:

Jonathan Kemp (England) beat Steve Finitsis (Australia) 13-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9 (60 minutes)

2013:

Jonathan Kemp (England) beat Adrian Waller (England) 11-5, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9 (48 minutes)

2012:

Chris Simpson (England) beat Karim Ali Fathi (Egypt) 11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (45 minutes)

2011:

Chris Ryder (England) beat Max Lee (Hong Kong) 11-9, 16-18, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 (121 minutes)

2010:

Alan Clyne (Scotland) beat Jonathan Harford (England) 11-8, 11-3, 11-8 (35 minutes)

2009:

The Mote Classic Invitation Tournament:

Chris Ryder (England) beat Aaron Frankcomb (Australia) 11-13, 13-11, 11-2, 11-6 (82 minutes)


KENT OPEN FACT FILE

Where are they now?

Did you know that of the current world’s top 50 players, 14 have played in the Select Gaming Kent Open?

The two current high flyers are Max Lee – currently holding the number 16 slot, and Chris Simpson at 27.

Other Kent Open visitors include Alan Clyne (31) and Leo Au (33), who in 2011 went out in his semi-final to Chris Ryder – then a world top 40 player, in an epic and unforgettable 5 game match.

 

  • The Select Gaming is part of the PSA World Tour. It is the sixth biggest PSA squash tournament in England. Players compete for ranking points and 10,000 dollars of prize money.
  • Nationalities represented at the Kent Open have included: France, Germany, Portugal, Australia, Finland, USA, Egypt, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Bermuda and Czech Republic, as well as the home nations.
  • There are two days of pre-qualifying for local players on Sunday and Monday, with the winner going into the PSA qualifying competition on Tuesday and Wednesday. The four qualifying winners go into the main draw of 16 players, which starts on Thursday 15th June.
  • It costs more than £10,000 each year to stage the Kent Open. Sponsors include Select Gaming, Shepherd Neame, Craft Insure, Blade Rackets and Lashings, with extra cash raised from signage on the courts and fund-raising activities organised by Mote members.
  • Squash is rated the best sport for fitness. An hour of squash can burn around 900 calories.

Admission is free all week. There is also free junior coaching with the professionals each afternoon from Tuesday to Friday at 4pm. To book a place, parents can email Tournament Director Alan Thatcher on alan@squashmad.com


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