Squash aces set for the Boston Open

Defending champions Millie Tomlinson and Charles Sharpes.
Defending champions Millie Tomlinson and Charles Sharpes.

A host of the UK’s top professional squash players are competing in Boston this weekend.

Boston Squash and Racketball Club is holding its 19th annual Boston Open, which is free for the public to attend.

The tournament is one of eight events on the UK Grand Prix, with Wimbledon and Edinburgh among the other host towns and cities.

Among the top seeds are last year’s champions Charles Sharpes and Millie Tomlinson.

World number 53 Sharpes returns as the men’s number one seed.

Millie Tomlinson, who is already a world top 50 player at the age of 23, is the women’s second seed.

The favourite for the title is former world number three Madeline Perry, who was still a world top 10 player last year before retiring in 2015.

The strength of this year’s women draw is shown by the 3/4 seeding of 2013 finalist and world number 73 Victoria Temple-Murray.

She’s joined by European under 19 champion Georgina Kennedy.

Scottish number three and world top 100 player Doug Kempsell, who was beaten by Sharpes in last year’s final, is also back as the men’s second seed.

Ben Ford is a 3/4 seed.

With a highest world ranking of number 82, he finished runner-up at this year’s British over 35 National Championship.

Members of the public are invited to come and watch the event at the club, which is on Rosebery Avenue.

The club’s bar and lounge area overlooks the two main courts.

Play runs from approximately 3-9pm on Friday and 11.30am onwards on Saturday.

The two finals are at 2pm and 3pm on Sunday.

Full draw times are available at bspasquash.com