Open welcomes top squash talent

Last year's Bopston Open winners Tom Richards and Jacqueline Kemp.
Last year's Bopston Open winners Tom Richards and Jacqueline Kemp.

World number 27 squash player and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Adrian Grant will be looking to reclaim the Boston Open trophy he last won in 2005.

Boston Squash and Racketball Club are preparing to host their professional tournament for the 18th year in a row, and once again the public are invited to come along and watch some of the sport’s top talent.

The competition will return this weekend with another host of world and nationally-ranked squash players competing for their share of a four-figure prize pot.

It is one of eight events on the British circuit, which also includes tournaments in Wimbledon and Edinburgh.

This year’s men’s draw is headed up by Grant, who won the Boston Open in 2005 before going on to break into the world top 10 in 2009.

Since then, he has won Commonwealth gold with Nick Matthew in the squash doubles at the 2010 Games in Delhi, and silver at Glasgow 2014.

His main competitor will be Doug Kempsell, who is already Scottish number three at the age of 21.

Spectators this weekend could well be watching one of the game’s future superstars as 22-year-old Millie Tomlinson leads the women’s draw.

She is already world number 77, and also won her first WSA (Women’s Squash Association) title just last month in New York.

The achievement was all the more remarkable given that she was unseeded.

The second seed is Lily Taylor, herself in the world top 100 despite only celebrating her 18th birthday this year.

Looking ahead to the tournament, organiser Mark Hildred said: “The Boston Open puts the town and the club on the sporting map.

“We’re delighted to welcome once again some players of outstanding quality.

“We are as ever thankful to all our sponsors who make this possible, and in particular Moore Thompson Chartered Accountants who are continuing their long involvement with the competition.”

The tournament, which is held at the club down Rosebery Avenue, is open to the public and free to attend.

Full draws with times are available online at bspasquash.com, but play is generally from 2-4pm and 6-9pm on Friday, 11.30am on Saturday, and 3pm on Sunday.

Pictured are last year’s winners of the Boston Open Tom Richards and Jaclyn Kemp.