World squash stars set for Boston Open

Boston Open 2017 winners Millie Tomlinson and Rory Stewart.
Boston Open 2017 winners Millie Tomlinson and Rory Stewart.

Some of the best squash players in the world will come to Lincolnshire this weekend to compete in the professional Boston Open tournament.

The event, hosted by Boston Squash and Racketball Club, is in its 22nd consecutive year.

For the first time since 1999 though, it is not linked in with the BSPA Tour (effectively the UK Grand Prix of the sport), as the circuit disbanded earlier this year.

While the number of entries is down, the standard of the top seeds is as high as ever.

Indeed, men’s 2015 runner-up Robert Dadds is not even seeded this time around.

The women’s draw is led by world number 25 Millie Tomlinson.

She has won the Boston Open for the last four years, a feat only matched by Lincolnshire’s former world number four Tania Bailey.

Just last month Millie beat world number 12 and eight-time world champion Nicol David in Hong Kong - probably the biggest win of her career.

The second seed in the women’s draw is American Haley Mendez from Brooklyn, New York.

The 25-year-old returned to her career-high world ranking of 43 this month.

Haley’s boyfriend and men’s top seed Nathan Lake has his base in Cheltenham and Brooklyn.

He is currently the world number 49.

Sheffield’s Nick Wall is the men’s second seed.

The rising star won the British Junior under 19 Nationals in October, and the English Junior under 19 Championship in March.

As always, the Boston Open is free for the public to attend.

Everyone is welcome to visit the club on Rosebery Avenue to watch the professionals in action.

Play runs roughly from 6.30pm-8pm on Friday and 11am-7pm on Saturday.

Sunday’s finals will be held at 2pm and 3pm.

Full draws and times are available at bostonsquash.co.uk.