Willstrop heads men’s field
for Forexx Dutch Open
organizers of the Forexx Dutch Open Squash 2008 have secured a
fantastic entry for the men’s draw of the biggest squash
tournament in mainland Europe this year, which takes place from
September 2-7 in the renowned Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam.
World number three James Willstrop heads the entry list
of the PSA three-star championship, which also includes his
compatriot Nick Matthew (7), Dutch champion Laurens
Jan Anjema (15), Australia’s Cameron Pilley (18), the
always spectacular and entertaining John White (19) and
the 18-year old Aamir Atlas Khan (24) from Pakistan, who
finished runner-up in the World Junior Championships in Zurich
and hopes to lead Pakistan to the team title later today.
The 24-year old Willstrop starts his 2008/2009 campaign in the
Dutch capital after a remarkable run of results during the end
of 2007 and the first six months of 2008 saw him shoot up the
rankings to his current position of number three. The Englishman
managed to win four of the last seven PSA tournaments he played
and also narrowly lost out in the final of two of the other
events, including the Dunlop British Open where he lost a nail
biting 5-setter against David Palmer.
the same period Willstrop claimed the British National title for
the second year in a row and was part of the successful English
team which became both European and World Champions. The event
will mark Matthew's return to action after a long injury lay-off
- the last competitive match he played was against Willstrop in
the final of the English Open in December, which was the start
of the Englishman's sensational run.
"We are delighted with the men’s field for the Forexx Dutch
Open," said tournament director Tommy Berden. "Obviously
we are very proud that James and Nick decided to play our event,
as they are two of the best players in the world. But we are
also extremely pleased that Laurens Jan, Cameron and John will
be there to challenge for the Forexx Dutch Open title.
"In particular Whitey’s style of play will definitely excite all
our spectators, especially because he used to live in the
Netherlands for many years. On top of that we have two more
Dutch players, Dylan Bennett and Piedro Schweertman,
in the main draw as well as a few younger guys who can have a
crack in qualifying," said the former Dutch champion and world
Yesterday WISPA announced a world class line-up for the Forexx
Dutch Open Squash 2008. With 21 out of the 25 highest-ranked
players in the world entered, including world number one
Nicol David, Dutch ace Natalie Grinham (2), World
Champion Rachael Grinham (3), America’s Natalie
Grainger (4) and former World Champion Vanessa Atkinson
(9), the Forexx Dutch Open shapes up to be the strongest women’s
event so far this year.