Montreal Open 2016
01-06 Mar, Club Sportif MAA,
Montreal, Canada, $35k
02-Mar, Qualifying Finals:
Qualifying complete in Montreal
Qualifying finals at the Club Sportif MAA brought
victories for the US top two of Chris Gordon and
Todd Harrity, and upset win for Jamica's Chris Binnie, and a
typically long four-game win for Canada's Shawn Delierre ...
Eric Belanger reports
Todd Harrity 3-0Mike McCue
Harrity, who had defeated Canadian Thomas King in the previous
qualifying round, picked up where he left the preceding day by
rapidly imposing his rhythm in the match. He was able to
establish court dominance over his second Canadian opponent, who
was searching for answers. This resulted in a quick game that
ended in the American’s favor 11-2.
McCue varied his shots in the beginning of the second game but
Harrity always seemed to have an answer to McCue’s attacks. The
top qualifying seed seemed to be able to predict where the
Canadian wanted to send the ball, and was able to run off with
the second game 11-3. Harrity took advantage of every
opportunity offered by McCue to finish off rallies in the third
game. The Canadian wasn’t able to keep up with the pressure, and
the first seed was comfortably able to take it 11-5.
Chris Gordon 3-0 Joe Chapman
second match of the night sees New York native Christopher
Gordon take on the British Virgin Islands representative Joe
Chapman. The American cruised to a big opening lead as Chapman
couldn’t settle himself in the game, with Gordon able to
capitalize on the sixth seed’s numerous mistakes. A late
resurgence from Chapman proved to be too little, too late as he
served out on game point and Gordon took the game 11-5.
The second game was more evenly contested, as both players
brought up the intensity early on, leading to numerous
interference calls. Chapman seemed more composed and was able to
drag the rallies long enough to force his opponent into
committing mistakes. However, the British Virgin Islands
representative strung a series of unforced errors in the last
portion of the game, allowing the American to take it 11-8.
The third game started in sloppy fashion as both players seemed
out of rhythm. Gordon was able to get on his game first as he
forced his opponent into committing more mistakes. Like his
preceding match against local Jason Delierre, Gordon finished
his rallies in remarkable fashion, much to the disarray of
Chapman. Gordon ended up taking the game 11-7.
Chris Binnie 3-0 Jaymie Haycocks
The match started evenly disputed, and the Jamaican was the
first to take initiative by taking advantage of a few fortuitous
bounces. Haycocks was able to regain composure and storm back as
both players were keen on establishing their presence on the
court. The Englishmen took advantage of a few errors from the
Jamaican to take the first 11-7.
The second game started off with Haycocks applying heavy
pressure on Binnie, who did well to limit the damage by
extending the rallies. The Englishmen was initially rewarded for
his initiative, grabbing an early advantage in the game. Binnie
did well to counter Haycocks’ pressure and come back into the
game, and managed to counter his opponent decisively, taking the
second game 11-9.
Haycocks lost his composure as he piled on mistakes, allowing
the Jamaican to take an important lead by rapidly grabbing the
third game 11-2. Haycocks temporarily calmed down at the
beginning of the game, slowing the rallies. Haycocks again
seemed to lose the edge in the later portion of the game as
Binnie came back and upset the winner of the previous PSA event
held in Montreal, 11-9 in the fourth.
Shawn Delierre 3-1 Joel Makin
The last match of the night sees local favourite Shawn Delierre,
Canada’s top ranked player, squaring off with Joel Makin from
Wales. The match started off with long rallies and the players
showcasing their retrieving capabilities, much to the delight of
the crowd. The local favorite, known for his grueling style, was
able to move Makin around court and create enough opportunities
to capture the first game 11-8 in a long, hard-fought 24
minutes. Makin came out strong in the second, seizing an early
advantage through well-worked rallies.
Delierre’s experience allowed him to come back in the game, by
successfully managing to counter the youngster’s attacks. The
Welshman managed to resist the local favorite's surge, and took
the second 11-9. The Canadian came into the third aggressively,
which took his opponent off guard. Delierre’s tactics frustrated
the Welshman’s who started to accumulate errors as the game
dragged on. The fan favorite was able to keep his lead and take
it 11-7. The fourth game started in the same vein, with both
players still often tangling into each other. Delierre was the
calmer and less affected player as he cruised to a big 7-2 lead.
The match was interrupted for a while due to a blood injury
(small cut on a knee) to Makin as he was attempting a comeback.
Ultimately, Shawn was able to stave off the Welshman’s momentum
and qualified for the main draw by taking the fourth 11-8 and
the match 3-1. The crowd was ecstatic with their favorite's
performance, in a grueling match that lasted 102 minutes and
featured 65 calls.
Montreal Open 2016
Montreal, Canada, $35k
 Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
[Q] Chris Gordon (Usa)
 Adrian Waller (Eng)
Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg)
 Alfredo Avila (Mex)
[Q] Todd Harrity (Usa)
 Tom Richards (Eng)
[wc] David Baillargeon (Can)
Lucas Serme (Fra)
 Gregoire Marche (Fra)
[Q] Chris Binnie (Jam)
 Leo Au (Hkg)
[Q] Shawn Delierre (Can)
 Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
 Ali Farag (Egy)
02-Mar, Qualifying Finals:
Todd Harrity (Usa) 3-0
Mike McCue (Can)
11/2 , 11/3 , 11/5 (29m)
Chris Gordon (Usa) 3-0
Joe Chapman (Bvi)
11/5 , 11/8 , 11/7 (37m)
Chris Binnie (Jam) 3-1
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) 7/11, 11/9, 11/2, 11/9
Shawn Delierre (Can) 3-1
Joel Makin (Wal) 11/8, 9/11,
11/7, 11/8 (102m)
01-Mar, Qualifying Round One:
Todd Harrity (Usa) 3-0 Thomas King (Can)
11/3, 11/2, 11/9
Mike McCue (Can) 3-0 Sebastien Boucley (Can)
11/7, 11/2, 11/3
Joe Chapman (Bvi) 3-0 Tommy Scott (Can)
11/6, 11/3, 11/6
Chris Gordon (Usa) 3-0 Jason Delierre (Can)
11/6, 11/6, 11/5
Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) 3-1 Joeri Hapers (Bel) 11/5,
11/8, 9/11, 11/5
Chris Binnie (Jam) 3-0 Sam Gould (Usa)
11/3, 11/7, 11/5
Joel Makin (Wal) 3-0 Lewis Walters (Jam)
11/8, 11/2, 11/5
Shawn Delierre (Can) 3-0 David Phillips (Can)
15/13, 11/9, 11/8
Eric Belanger reports
The last $35k Montreal Open was held in
Oct 2014, with a $5k invitational event held in Dec 2015.
Mike McCue 3-0 Sebastien Boucley
The Montreal Squash Open 2016’s qualifications started up on
Tuesday with Michael McCue, the 8th seed of the qualifying round
clashing against a local favorite, Sebastien Boucley. The match
started with McCue dictating the play, essentially moving
Sebastien around with a wide array of shots. Boucley was able to
hang in the rallies, but was doing most of the work with the
eight seed establishing his dominance at the middle of the
court. The first game ended 11-7 for McCue, with a visibly
exhausted Sebastien stepping off the court.
The second game was a little bit more of the same, with the
Ontario representative still dictating most of the rallies and
moving Sebastien around. Ultimately, Seb's energy level visibly
began to drop, and the unforced errors started to pile up which
offered a healthy lead for McCue. The second game finished
quickly with a score of 11-2.
The third game was similar, with McCue, who was a finalist at
the last MAA Invitational in December, able to take a
comfortable early lead. Sebastien was not able to find an answer
to McCue’s dominance, who quickly grabbed the third game 11-3.
Shawn Delierre 3-0 David Phillips
Two old rivals were clashing off on court 1!
The match started off a little slow, with both players taking a
while to settle into the match. Phillips showed some impressive
offensive display and was able to surprise Shawn, known for
being an extremely fast and resilient player, with some
well-placed drops. The first game required a tiebreaker to
separate the two players, with Delierre surviving two game balls
before being able to take it 15-13.
The second started in a similar fashion: David was pressing
Shawn with some well-placed drop shots, while Shawn was using
his stamina to stay in the rallies and wait for an opening. His
impressive retrieving skills were really the deciding factor, as
he was also able to catch Phillips off guard with a couple of
drop shots from the back. Canada’s top ranked player was able to
come back from an early deficit to capture the second game 11-9.
In the third game, Shawn was able to utilize some great
placement shots to grab an early lead at 5-1. Phillips however
was still willing to fight for this match, and capitalized on a
couple of unforced errors from Shawn to close down his lead and
come back to 5 all, sending Shawn the wrong way on multiple
occasions with some deceptive shots. However, nearing the end of
the game, Shawn’s fitness proved to be the difference as he was
able to close off the court well after Phillips tried to apply
pressure, and Shawn was able tot ake the third game 11-8.
Joe Chapman 3-0 Tommy Scott
Our following match on court one had Montreal's top junior
player Tommy Scott (aged 17) playing against the sixth seed, Joe
Chapman from the Virgin British Islands.
Early on in the match, Chapman proved to be the more consistent
player. Even though Scott was able to aggressively grab a few
rallies with some inch-perfect drop shots, the majority of the
points were dictated by the sixth seed. He was able to keep
Scott from attacking by keeping him at the back, and
establishing positional advantage on the court. The 99th world
ranked player was able to string a series of points, cruising to
a 11-6 advantage in the first game.
In the second game, Scott looked a little nervous on court and
strung a couple of unforced errors, allowing Chapman to build a
big lead. After a comical trade-off of missed serves, the sixth
seed consistency allowed him to make a statement by taking the
second game 11-3.
Scott entered the third game strongly, able to establish a
couple of well executed offensive shots and grab an early lead.
However, this advantage was short-lived as a series of unforced
errors ultimately cost the youngster his lead, and ultimately
the match as the third game reflected the experience gap between
the two players. Chapman ended up taking the game 11-6, and the
Chris Gordon 3-0 Jason Delierre
The next match on court 2 was played between Jason Delierre from
Montreal and Christopher Gordon from New York, ranked 57th in
The match started off with some long rallies which allowed the
players to showcase their impressive retrieving capabilities as
well as their nifty footwork. Both players were able to move the
ball around the court. However the American’s finishing touch on
a lot of these rallies proved to be too much for the local
Montrealer. Gordon managed to pick up the first game 11-6.
The second game played out in a similar fashion, with Gordon
capitalizing on most of the opportunities to end the rally. This
allowed him to take an early advantage in the score, and was
able to protect his lead and take the second game 11-6 as well.
The third game saw both players still willing to leave it all
out on court. Delierre, eager to impress his home crowd, was
able to take an early lead with some well constructed rallies.
However, winning those points began to take its toll, and the
57th world ranked American was able to recover and come back in
this game. The players were even at 5, until Gordon was able to
show his fitness advantage, 11-5 in the third game, taking the
Jaymie Haycocks 3-1 Joeri Hapers
Jaymie Haycocks was back on the courts where he won a 5k event
this past December.
He started out on the offensive and was rewarded with an early
lead in the first game. It was his defensive capabilities that
were then showcased, staving off a lot of the pressure Hapers
tried to bring into the game. The Englishmen was able to
comfortably take the first game 11-5. The second played out
similarly, with Haycocks absorbing the Belgian’s pressure well
and showing excellent counter-attacking skills.
Hapers did mount a comeback, but ultimately went down 11-8 . The
Belgian started off the third game strongly, and roared to a 8-3
lead. However, Haycocks finally found his composure and was able
to come back to 8-8. Ultimately, Hapers managed to take the
game, in a fortunate frame shot, 11-9. Haycocks started the
fourth game strongly and made amends for the third game by
grabbing an early commanding lead. Hapers was never really in it
in the 4th and Haycocks took the game 11-5 and the match 3-1.
Chris Binnie 3-0 Sam Gould
Binnie started the match by putting the American under
tremendous pressure. As a matter of fact, the only saving grace
for the American was an unforced error at 10-0. Binnie took the
first game 11-3. The second game was a lot closer, with Gould
showing more presence in the rallies. However, the Jamaican
upped his game on the crucial points at 7-5, and ran off
deservedly with the second game 11-7. The third game again
showed Binnie’s dominance, as he had answers to everything Gould
did. Ultimately, the fifth seed took the third game 11-5 and the
Todd Harrity 3-0 Thomas King
The 8:30 match on court 2 opposed Thomas King from Regina and
the first seed, Todd Harrity from USA. The American rapidly
imposed his rhythm, and was able to keep the Canadian away from
the middle of the court. This allowed him to seize an early
commanding lead, and ultimately taking the first game 11-3. The
second game was more of the same, with Harrity again controlling
play, with the Canadian only able to look for ways to survive.
Harrity rapidly took the second game 11-2. The third game saw
Harrity again take an early lead, but King finally found a way
back in the game and brought back the score to 6-7. This would
prove to be the Canadian’s last ditch effort in the match, as
Harrity regained composure and managed to finish off the match
with a score of 11-9 in the third.
Joel Makin 3-0 Lewis Walters
The last match of the night opposed Joel Makin, the seventh seed
and Lewis Walters from Jamaica. The first game was played at a
frantic pace, and there was not much separating the two players.
The rallies were long and grueling, with both players moving
well on the court. Ultimately, towards the later stages of the
game, Makin was able to capitalize on opportunities given by the
Jamaican and was able to take the first game 11-8.
The second game was lopsided in the Welshmen’s favor, with
Walters seemingly tired from the first game. The seventh seed
was able to take control of the rallies taking the second game
11-2. The third started off evenly between both players but at
3-all, a couple of errors from the Jamaican put Makin in a
commanding position. He was able to close off his opponent, and
establish control of the court on his way to an 11-5 win.