• Canary Wharf Squash Classic • 23rd to 27th March 2015 • London •  

by Alan Thatcher

THE final of the 2015 Canary Wharf Squash Classic is already a sell-out.

London’s favourite squash tournament takes place from March 23-27 and organisers expect the quarter-finals and semi-finals to follow suit within a few days as just a few tickets remain for both sessions.

The event has been a complete sell-out for the past five years and Tournament Director Tim Garner says:

“Once again our loyal army of fans has rushed to buy tickets knowing how popular this brilliant week of top-class squash has become.

“We are delighted to receive feedback from the players, and they always say how much they enjoy playing in front of such passionate, knowledgeable, full-house crowds at the East Wintergarden venue.

“Major events, which showcase what an amazing sport we have, help to support squash’s bid for a place in the Olympic Games. Everyone in the sport was pleased to see how successful the Commonwealth Games were in the summer, with squash playing to sell-out crowds every day in Glasgow.

“The men’s final between Canary Wharf favourites Nick Matthew and James Willstrop was an absolute classic, reminiscent of their huge battle at the East Wintergarden in 2010.”


Tickets for the 2015 Canary Wharf Classic cost from £20.00 (£15 U16s/OAPs) and are available from Ticketmaster.

The fabulous East Wintergarden offers superb opportunities for corporate hospitality, with the gallery restaurant offering “the best view of squash anywhere in the world” according to former world champion Peter Nicol.

The qualifying competition takes place at Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club over the weekend of March 21-22 with four winners joining the top 12 seeds in the main draw.



Organisers this week announced that Harrow has been appointed the Official Racket Partner for the Canary Wharf Classic. To mark the partnership, Harrow will be launching a special edition Canary Wharf Classic racket, which will soon be on sale in the build-up to the tournament.

The Canary Wharf racket is a special edition customized Vapor, one of the most popular products in the Harrow range.

Simon Scott, whose company KBS Squash is the UK Distributor for Harrow, said: “Any individual who buys one will go into a draw and the winner will play a Harrow-sponsored player on the new glass court at Canary Wharf during the tournament.

“Pre-Orders are available now via the company website and the rackets will be available to purchase in the New Year. They will also be on sale from the Harrow stand during the Canary Wharf Classic tournament in March.

“We are delighted to be associated with such a successful tournament. Canary Wharf has always been one of my favourite events. This partnership follows six years of supporting the Kent Open and I look forward to building a similar partnership with the team at Canary Wharf.”

Harrow specialise in offering customised equipment for clubs, universities and businesses, including rackets, clothing, bags and footwear.

The Harrow brand is growing steadily in the UK and Scott adds: “ The growth of market share is most significant in county level to pro level players. A good example is the British Under-23s where I would estimate that 40 per cent of the pros use Harrow rackets. Within that group we have players using at least five of our main models of racket.”


The Harrow squash range includes 26 different racket models, including juniors and hardball squash for the flourishing USA market.

Simon says: “With Harrow, what you see is what you get. It is outright racket design and not marketing hyperbole that people respect and appreciate.

“We try to drive a very strong brand image and people enjoy being part of that brand image in the same way that someone who drives an Aston Martin is immensely proud of owning one, and that puts Harrow in the company of high-end company products.”


The three top-selling Harrow rackets are the Vapor, JP Spark, and the Stealth Ultra-Lite.

Simon says: “This is special because it has a reputation for offering pro squash players the power and control they are looking for. When you hold the racket it feels very comfortable in your hand, like an extension of your arm.

"It feels like your own hand hitting the ball, which gives you confidence in all areas of the court, when you are attacking or playing defensively. With that you can step on court with a more positive outlook.”

Simon says: “Harrow gave Canada’s former word champion Jonathon Power the Vapor and asked him ‘What would you do to this racket to make it a better and one that would be right for you?’

“Jonathon is a former world No.1 and world champion, and one of the ultimate stroke maker in the history of the game. The outcome of that analysis has been the Harrow JP Spark.

“Refinements made were an overall lighter weight, but a slightly head-heavy balance. Because of this the racket is a little bit more manoeuvrable but with the extra head weight can generate more power.

“Having JP’s name the racket sales have improved significantly, and also applies to the UK, where non-Harrow players, (shops and consumers) have approached Harrow wanting to know more about the racket.

“All of the above is helping to grow the brand awareness in a very difficult UK market which has considerable competition from a wide range of brands.”

Simon says: “This is an advancement on the Stealth racket at 140 grams has a slight head-light feel, but in the same way as the JP Spark, it feels like an extension of your arm. It has a different feel to the other two and the advantage is that the light head does not impact on the lightness of the feel where you lose perspective of the pace of the racket.

"It is not just about touch. The stiff frame offers a very pure feel to each shot no matter what pace of shot your are trying to hit."


Simon says: “Harrow will always emphasise customer service. Offer very generous time period for guarantee and the feedback from our customers is very important to us.

“Our customer loyalty is outstanding, following from people who are brand loyal and these people are helping to spread the name through word of mouth.

“Building the business in the UK has been hard work but the customer loyalty has made it all worthwhile. Launching in a difficult market, during a recession, I put all my efforts into putting Harrow rackets into the hands of pro players who are knowledgeable and experienced ,and able to offer the best advice to potential customers and give them a product that they are truly looking for.”


Harrow-sponsored players include:

Laurens Jan Anjema (Netherlands), Chris Simpson and Adrian Grant (England), and Egyptians Karim Ali Fathi, Karim Abdel Gawad, and Raneem El Welily, the women’s world No.3.

Harrow ambassadors include Joshna Chinappa (India) and Scotland’s Alan Clyne, who was this year’s wild card at Canary Wharf in his build-up to the hugely successful Commonwealth Games in Scotland, where Joshna and Dipika Pallikal won gold in the women’s doubles.

In America, Harrow sponsor the US College League and Hardball Doubles Pro circuit, where 20 of world top 30 use Harrow rackets.


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