Squash stars heading for Boston Open

Eddie Charlton and Greg Lobban.
Eddie Charlton and Greg Lobban.

Boston Squash and Racketball Club are preparing to host their annual professional squash tournament this weekend.

The 17th edition of the BSPA Boston Open will begin at midday on Friday, and will see a host of world top 100 players competing on the club’s courts for their share of a £4,500 prize pot.

The event is open to the general public and free to attend.

World number 22 Tom Richards heads the men’s draw, having already won this year’s BSPA Wimbledon Cup.

However, the number one seed will have to overcome second seeded world number 44 Jonathan Kemp to take the title.

The strength of this year’s draw is highlighted by the fact that both of last year’s Boston Open men’s finalists, and world top 100 players, Eddie Charlton and Greg Lobban (pictured), return as ¾ seeds.

The ladies’ draw is led by Jaclyn Kemp. The former world number 12 was one half of New Zealand’s squash doubles gold medal winning team at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The current European under 19s champion Victoria Temple Murray is expected to be her opponent in the final, although with Taylor Flavell also in the draw she is not the only teenager in Boston this weekend who is one of the world’s 100 best players.

Play begins at the club from 12.30pm on Friday and will continue until 8pm. The finals will be held on Sunday at 3pm after a full day’s play on Saturday.

For details, log on to www.bspatour.com