2008 finalist Laurens Jan Anjema of the Netherlands, currently at a career high No.13 in the world,heads the draw in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) Men’s World Tour event, with England’s World No.14 Alister Walker seeded to meet the Dutch National Champion in the final.
Aamir Atlas Khan of Pakistan and Malaysia’s Ong Beng Hee are seeded No.3 and No.4 respectively, ahead of Joey Barrington, Jonathan Kemp, Chris Ryder and Jaymie Haycocks of England, Davide Bianchetti of Italy, Kashif Shuja of New Zealand, Omar Abdel Aziz of Egypt and German Simon Rosner, ensuring that at least eight nationalities are represented in the main draw.
Qualification will be held on the 1st and 2nd September which will see thirty-two players competing for the remaining eight main draw places.
Now in its fourth year, the Wolverhampton Open, held in association with Banks's, will provide perfect preparation for players competing in the internationalSPORTgroup™ British Open – Manchester 2009 from 8th to 14th September.
“We have been delighted with the interest that the championships have generated over the past two years,” said Tournament Director Stephen Russell. “The enthusiasm and support of our members and all of our sponsors has been integral in developing the championships still further this year, and everyone is looking forward to the club again showcasing some of the world's most exciting players.”
Rachel Pullan of internationalSPORTgroup™ added: “The continued success of the Wolverhampton Open has demonstrated just how exciting a major club-based competition can be for players, spectators and sponsors alike. The championships have quickly established itself as a permanent fixture on the domestic squash calendar and we look forward to working with Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club to deliver another successful event.”
Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club is a members club with around 1,200 members of whom 1,000 regularly use the club’s facilities. Formed over 70 years ago the club has 7 squash courts including two glass backed, 15 tennis courts of which 3 are indoors and a fully equipped air conditioned gymnasium. A bar, restaurant and dance studio complete the facilities.
internationalSPORTgroup are the leading squash management and marketing company, and through its network of business divisions, represent many of the world’s top players, publish the International Squash Annual and its quarterly offshoot International Squash Magazine, and promote several leading events, including the British Open, British Grand Prix and English Grand Prix.
For 2009 Wolverhampton Open Squash Championships tickets please contact Stephen Russell on or Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club on 01902 755265, or for further information email
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The 2009 Wolverhampton Open, the UK’s biggest club-based squash championships, to be staged at the Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club in the West Midlands of England from the 1st to 6th September has once again attracted a high class international field.