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JBM Patrol Madison Spring Classic 2016
07-10 Apr, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, $10k

10-Apr, Final: 

[5] Angus Gillams (Eng) 3-1 [4] Martin Knight (Nzl)
                  12/10, 11/9, 5/11, 11/8

Gillams stays undefeated in Madison
Damon Bourne reports

In a hard-fought final, Angus Gillams was able to take first blood by squeezing the first game 12-10. Rallies were long and arduous and it could have gone either way. Second game was the same with Gillams able to hold his nerve at the crucial points to take a solid 2-0 lead.

Marty fought back hard in the third though to take a commanding lead that he never relinquished, taking it 11-5.

The crowd, which was solidly behind Knight throughout the match (probably because of his epic win the night before with Danish Khan) couldn't will him to victory though as Angus just proved too strong and too consistent for Knight to get an advantage.

Gillams pushed through to win 11-8 and was met with warm applause and appreciation for his well earned victory - his third PSA title and a second in a row in Madison.

In his speech to the crowd afterwords, Gillams dedicated his win to his good friend Harry Faulkner who died of a heart attack at the age of 18 while playing squash in 2013.


photos by
Tom Mcinvaille

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Madison Spring Classic 2016
07-10 Apr, Madison, USA, $10k
Round One
07 Apr
08 Apr
09 Apr
10 Apr
[1] Karim Ali Fathi (Egy)
7/11, 11/5, 11/5, 11/4
Cameron Stafford (Cay)
[1] Karim Ali Fathi

12/10, 11/6, 11/9

[5] Angus Gillams
[5] Angus Gillams

10/12, 11/9, 11/6, 11/4

[6] Jan Van Den Herrewegen

3rd PSA title for Angus

[5] Angus Gillams


12/10, 11/9, 5/11, 11/8


[4] Martin Knight

[5] Angus Gillams (Eng)
10/12, 11/2, 11/4, 11/6
Jaakko Vähämaa (Fin)
[6] Jan Van Den Herrewegen (Bel)
11/5, 11/7, 11/8
[wc] Jonas Knigge Laursen (Den)
[6] Jan Van Den Herrewegen

9/11, 11/7, 12/10, 4/11, 11/4

[3] Peter Creed
Charlie Johnson (Eng)
11/1, 11/7, 11/4
[3] Peter Creed (Wal)
Reuben Phillips (Eng)
11/2, 11/4, 11/6
[4] Martin Knight (Nzl)
[4] Martin Knight

11/2, 11/3, 11/3

Anthony Graham
[4] Martin Knight

11/8, 12/10, 9/11, 11/13, 11/6 (110m)

[2] Danish Atlas Khan

Anthony Graham (Eng)
11/4, 11/5, 11/3
[7] Josue Enriquez (Gua)
Sunil Seth (Guy)
11/7, 12/10, 9/11, 1/5 rtd
[8] Thoboki Mohohlo (Rsa)
[8] Thoboki Mohohlo

11/6, 11/8, 10/12, 6/11, 11/7

[2] Danish Atlas Khan
Ben Coates (Eng)
11/5, 11/2, 11/6
[2] Danish Atlas Khan (Pak)
09-Apr, Semis:
Knight and Gillams win Madison Marathons
Damon Bourne reports

... and I thought I was going to get home early for dinner tonight.

Martin Knight 3-2  Danish Atlas Khan

This was the probably the highest quality match ever played at Madison Squash Workshop. And the longest. The stands were packed for this and the crowd was captivated by the amazing agility and speed of both our semi finalists.

In a very fair match between two players who showed a lot of respect for each other throughout, Martin Knight, the oldest competitor in the draw, showed that he can still move well and absorb an enormous amount of pressure.

I sat next to one of the other pros and heard the comment, "he's way too old to be moving like that."

Just as last night, Danish showed he can read the game very well, but he threw in too many errors to stay with the consistent Kiwi.

That said, Martin had match ball in the 4th, and with an opening to the front right, and pushed the ball right into the tin, then managed to lose the game after consistent play from Khan kept him in it.

Fifth game, Martin just dug in and finished the match with an ungettable ball down the left wall. Classy match by both players.

Angus Gillams 3-1 Jan Van Den Herrerwegen

This match was a bit of a contrast compared to the first. Whereas the first was filled with attacks, drops, counter drops, and sky-high lobs, this one was a bit of a grind.

Long, long hard-hitting rallies, lots of discussion with ref, dodgey movement patterns (oh to have video review at small events!), and a couple of blood injury breaks.

Gillams just simply wore down the amiable Belgian.

photos by
Tom Mcinvaille
Seeds suffer in Madison quarters
Damon Bourne reports

Well that was interesting.

Seedings indicate who "should" win a match on paper. In Spring, we are supposed to have warming temperatures and spring flowers. It snowed today, and the seedings took a beating here Madison, Wisconsin.

Martin Knight 3-0 Anthony Graham

The night started out going according to play with Martin Knight simply absorbing everything that Anthony Graham could throw at him. Graham looked to be controlling rally after rally, but managed to lose move of them.

Not much to say here. Martin was moving beautifully and Anthony couldn't find a solution.

Danish Atlas Khan 3-2 Thoboki Mohohlo

The impressively quick Pakistani looked to be rolling this match, but then the amiable South African started to fight back and we had ourselves a real tussle. As the match progressed and got tighter, there was some questionable movement patterns and following discussions with the referee, but Khan prevailed much to the delight of the Pakistani hopeful in the crowd.

Afterwards, Mohohlo said that Danish reads the game exceptionally well and he found it difficult to keep the ball away from him.

Angus Gillams 3-0 Karim Ali Fathi

So this is where the seedings started to fall apart... Interesting match as both players exude confidence beyond their years. Fathi, who won here in 2013 has been playing well lately and was moving well.

Gillams, who won here in 2015, also moves very well and ground out the first game with some gifts off the Egyptian's racquet. Fathi tried to force a bit more in the second and third, but gave up errors at crucial times.

Fathi, gracious in defeat, said "He was better today. I need to accept it and move on."

Jan Van Den Herrewegen 3-2 Pater Creed

In an entertaining, and sometimes chippy match, The strong young Belgian Jan Van Den Herrewegan beat third seed Peter Creed. Things seemed pretty even in the first but Creed ended up on top and came off the court with some confidence.

Next thing you know though, VDHW, worked his way back by winning the second and squeezing out the third. Creed pushed back hard and wore the Belgian down in the fourth.

At times in the fifth the very large crowd gathered behind the court were wondering how Jan was still walking after the amount of work Creed was forcing him to do. In the decider Creed was on the working end of more rallies than he would have liked and couldn't pull it back.
photos by
Tom Mcinvaille
07-Apr, Round One:
Graham joins seven seeds in Madison quarters

Round one of the Spring Classic at the Madison Squash Workshop saw victories for all but one of the seeded players.

Top seed Karim Ali Fathi recovered from a game down to beat Cameron Stafford, and now faces Angus Gillams, who also had to come from a game down to beat Jaako Vahamaa.

Third-seeded Welshman Peter Creed, a favourite of the home fans, beat US-based Englishman Charlie Johnson in straight games and faces another European opponent in Jan Van Den Herrewegen who beat Squash Workshop pro Jonas Laursen.

Another US-based Englishman, Anthony Graham beat seventh seed Josue Enrique and now meets fourth seed Martin Knight, who beat Reuben Phillips in a match between two former Madison champions.

Second seeded Pakistani Danish Atlas Khan beat Ben Coates in straight games to set up a meeting with seventh seed Thoboki Mohohlo who benifitted from the injury retirement of Sunil Seth in their fourth game.

Round One photos from Tom Mcinvaille

Squash Workshop gears up ...
Preview from Damon Bourne

The 2016 JBM Patrol Spring Classic will take place April 7th through 10th at Madison's famed Squash Workshop! In addition to our wildly popular amateur tournament, we will have a PSA World Tour event featuring 16 players from around the world.

2013 Madison Open winner, Egypt's World #43 Karim Ali Fathi, is our top seed and will take on Cameron Stafford of the Cayman Islands in the first round.

Last fall's Madison Open Winner, Angus Gillams, starts his campaign against Jaakko Vähämaa of Finland. If the seedings hold, Gillams will take on Fathi in a mouth-watering quarter-final.

Madison favorite Peter Creed goes up against Charlie Johnson of England, who only last week destroyed the seedings in Sacramento to make it to a final unseeded.

Two past Madison Open players Martin Knight and Reuben Philips have an opening round tussle. Reuben was our #2 seed last time he was here, but he'll be playing the underdog role against the very experienced New Zealander.

Englishman Anthony Graham plays Guatemalan Josue Enriquez, and Danish Khan of Pakistan has a quarterfinal date with South Africa's Thoboki Mohohlo if seedings hold true.

Home-town favourite Jonas Knigge Laursen takes on Jan Van Den Herrewegen, in a Northern European battle for the longest, most unpronouncable name. (Hmmm, Jaakko probably wins this battle.) Laursen, a tour veteran has recently renewed his PSA career and is training very hard to get back up to tour speed. Let's cheer our head pro on!


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