Both finalists, competing in the event as part of their final preparations for the internationalSPORTgroup British Open – Manchester 2009 showed remarkable resilience and powers of endurance after a succession of hard matches in earlier rounds.
The 28-year-old Englishman, who reached the final with victories over Aamir Atlas Khan, Campbell Grayson and No.1 seed Laurens Jan Anjema with his unique style of all-out attack overcame spirited resistance form his younger compatriot and world number twelve, to the delight of a knowledgeable capacity crowd at the Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club.
“That is without question the best I have ever played” said the local favourite. “Alister has beaten me on the last three occasions so I am really pleased with my win tonight – I am sure we will have a lot of future battles.”
I had to play my very best having had tough matches in every round. Although the competition for this event is getting stronger each year, I’m already looking forward to coming back to defend my title. I really would like to thank my coaches David Pearson and David Campion, Danny Massaro my psychologist and Jade Elias my physio who have been working with me over the summer, clearly to good effect.”
Stephen Russell, the Tournament Director said “The crowds this year have been fantastic with more or less a full house from the first qualifying round. I would like to add a thank you to four of the professional competitors who stayed to the end of the week and put on a highly entertaining doubles match before the men’s final. Amr Swelim and Campbell Grayson narrowly defeated Simon Rosner and Darren Lewis in a match full of tension and laughter.”
“Without the support of our sponsors we can not stage these events so very many thanks to Marstons, Warley Carriers, First City Developments, TKBS and Digital HDMI.”
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Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, Wolverhampton, England
[6] Jonathon Kemp (ENG) bt [2] Alister Walker (ENG) 11-4, 11-6, 11-9
England’s World No.28 Jonathan Kemp continued his irrepressible form to record an emphatic 11-4 11-6 11-9 win to clinch the 2009 Wolverhampton Open, the UK’s largest club-based squash championships, title.