In a bold move to take squash to a wider audience, top English players Nick Matthews, Peter Barker, James Willstrop, Daryl Selby and Joey Barrington, showed off their talents on an Urban Court created using the natural walled surroundings of London’s South Bank in the Skate Park.
The venue, usually reserved for boarders and BMX’ers, was taken over by England’s elite players for an exhibition of trick shots, skills and games in front of passersby, media and local school children.
Squash rackets are plaguing London—on advertising billboards, shop fronts, lampposts and trees, indeed anywhere they will stick!
“It was very exciting to play outdoors and demonstrate just how fast-paced and entertaining squash can be. Squash is a sport that requires huge amounts of fitness and skill but this event was all about appealing to a younger audience and getting new and different fans for the sport” said Nick Matthews, currently world number 1 and double Commonwealth gold medallist.
The Queens Club – Home of Racquet Sports
Squash fever is beginning to grip the capital in the build up to the Super Series Finals in January at Queen’s Club, renowned as one of the premier racquets clubs in the world. 2011 will not only be the 125th anniversary of the Club but will mark the second anniversary at the Club of the most important squash championship on the PSA tour – the World Masters Super Series squash finals. The Queen’s Club will once again see the top eight male players in the world competing at the four-day event from 11 – 15 January 2011.
Visitors can see the whole historical evolution of squash laid out within the confines of a single Club, is a natural environment for the world’s most prestigious squash tournament.
The Finals will take place in an iconic inflatable structure, specifically created for the show-piece event. Inside the structure the ‘Z-Court’ will contain the very latest in squash viewing enabling uninterrupted 360° views of the action. The purple glass court features innovative lighting and natural flooring, and combined with the new coloured ball has been specifically developed to capture the speed of the game on camera and produce the best quality viewing experience.
The event also includes an exhibition match between Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf as well as the introduction of court cleaners who double up as dancers bringing a feeling of a theatre to the Squash event and creating a superb atmosphere.
Players – Men:
Wael El Hindi
Players – Women:
The complete draw can be found at http://www.worldseriesfinals.com/matches/
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