British National Squash Championships 2014  •  10-16 February  •  Manchester


Barker out of Nationals

Joint third seed Peter Barker has been forced to pull out of this week’s National Championships in Manchester.

The 30-year-old left-hander from Essex suffered what he described as “a very tight calf” during his straight-games quarter-final defeat by second seed Greg Gaultier in last week’s Swedish Open.

“I don’t want to tear it again if I continue to play,” added Barker, who was sidelined for two months after tearing the calf in his second-round match with Finland’s Henrik Mustonen at the 2013 World Championship in Manchester.

Barker’s next scheduled PSA tournament is the Windy City Open in Chicago, which begins on February 26. He is seeded eighth in the $115,000 World Series event.

As a result of Barker’s withdrawal, two seeds below him have moved up a place in Manchester, with Kent’s Adrian Grant now a 3/4 seed in the bottom half of the draw and Surrey’s Joe Lee a 5/8 seed in the top half, while Nottinghamshire’s Declan James is seeded for the first time in the event at 9/16.

Instead of facing second seed James Willstrop in Wednesday’s first round, James now takes on a qualifier, while Willstrop will meet Scotland’s Kevin Moran, who has been spared qualifying.

Lincolnshire’s Adam Auckland has also been promoted into the main draw following the withdrawal of Sussex’s Olli Pett and will play Scotland’s Greg Lobban in round one.

Revised men's main and qualifying draws

Evans out too

In the women's draw welsh #1 Tesni Evans is out, her place against top seed Laura Massaro taken by Carrie Ramsey, plus some qualifying changes ...

Revised women's draws

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