Wildcard Shootout

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

COUNTDOWN: [ Wildcard Shootout ] Ben Coleman ] Lyell Fuller ] Max Lee ] New Court ] LJ Anjema ] Eddie Charlton ] Mazen Hesham ] Nick Matthew ]
Canary Wharf Classic 2015 COUNTDOWN : #1

The Canary Wharf Squash Classic has added a novel feature to this year’s final day programme – an on-court shoot-out between two rising English stars to win a coveted wild card place into the main draw of the 2016 tournament.

Ben Coleman and Lyell Fuller are the lucky lads chosen by Tournament Director Tim Garner, who is expecting fireworks in their best-of-three matchon the glass court before the main final on Friday, March 27.

Garner said: “Qualifying tournaments are a brutal part of every major squash event, with young players desperate to reach the main draw. As well as picking up some extra prize money, their main focus is on gaining ranking points.

“Climbing through the rankings is a tough process for players, and every tournament organizer is always inundated with requests for local spots in qualifying and the wild card in the main draw.

“The competition for places is so intense that this year we decided to make a special feature of it and have two very deserving players fight it out for real on the glass court before the final.”

Coleman is the more experienced of the two players. The 23-year-old from Chelmsford, Essex, is currently ranked 65 in the men’s PSA world rankings.

His shoot-out opponent, Fuller, is a 19-year-old from Devon, ranked 164 in the world, who is now based in London as he bids to make a major breakthrough in the senior game.

The two players met in the final of the Croydon Open in December and Coleman won a tough match in straight games.

He said: “Lyell had a fantastic run to get through to the final. He's quickly improving but I managed to stay ahead of him throughout that match and I was playing well. I never gave him many chances, which was nice.

“At Canary Wharf, I expect him to try and dictate the game against me from in front, but my task is to stop that from happening.”

Coleman added: “The shoot-out is a great idea and Lyell and I are very grateful to the Canary Wharf organisers for making it happen.

“Qualifying for big events can be tough because to start with you usually get drawn against a top-seeded player if you make it through.”

Fuller said:

“I’m looking forward to playing on the glass court in front of a big crowd at the East Wintergarden.

“I have never been to Canary Wharf before but I have grown up watching it on SquashTV every year. It looks like a great event so I'm looking forward to experiencing it.”

As for his tactics against Coleman, he added: “That's a secret, but I'm going to try my hardest, keep to my processes and enjoy the experience.”


11 points with
Ben and Lyell ...

COUNTDOWN: [ Wildcard Shootout ] Ben Coleman ] Lyell Fuller ] Max Lee ] New Court ] LJ Anjema ] Eddie Charlton ] Mazen Hesham ] Nick Matthew ]

Wildcard Shootout

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