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Qualifying

Round One

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DRAW

Canary Wharf Classic
04-10 March 2017
London, UK
, $70k
Round One
05/06 Mar
Quarters
07 Mar
Semis
08Mar
Final
9
Mar
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
11-5, 14-12 (44m)
[Q] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
11-9, 11-4 (28m)
Simon Rösner
Mohamed ElShorbagy
8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 (71m)
Marwan ElShorbagy
Mohamed ElShorbagy
11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-3 (86m)
Tarek Momen
[Q] Nicolas Müller (SUI)
7-11, 11-8, 11-5 (48m)
[5] Simon Rösner (GER)
[8] Daryl Selby (ENG) (EGY)
11-7, 11-5 (25m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Daryl Selby
11-3, 8-11, 11-9 (51m)
Marwan ElShorbagy
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
11-6, 11-6 (25m)
[3] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-7, 11-6 (32m)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA)
Tarek Momen
11-5, 9-11, 11-7 (46m)
James Willstrop
Tarek Momen
11-5, 6-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6 (68m)
Ali Farag
[Q] Greg Lobban (SCO)
11-6, 11-7 (33m)
[6] James Willstrop (ENG)
[7] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
11-5, 6-11, 11-7 (63m)
Borja Golan (ESP)
Ryan Cuskelly
11-9, 10-12, 11-4 (47m)
Ali Farag
[WC] Nathan Lake (ENG)
11-8, 11-9 (32m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY)
 Qualifying
Qualifying at Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club, London, England:

Qualifying finals:
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Declan James (ENG) 11-9, 11-3 (27m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Chris Simpson (ENG) 11-9, 13-11 (41m)
Nicolas Müller (SUI) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 14-12, 11-6 (31m)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 14-12, 11-4 (27m)

1st qualifying round:
Declan James (ENG) bt Charlie Lee (ENG) 12-10, 11-5 (29m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Youssef Soliman (EGY) 10-12, 11-7, 11-6 (54m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 9-11, 11-2, 11-8 (38m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Joel Makin (WAL) 11-7, 8-11, 11-7 (54m)
Nicolas Müller (SUI) bt Lyell Fuller (ENG) 12-10, 8-11, 11-2 (33m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Sean Conroy (IRL) 11-5, 11-5 (21m)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Joshua Masters (ENG) 11-5, 11-6 (21m)
Ben Coleman (ENG) bt Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 12-14, 11-5, 11-9 (68m)
 

 REPORTS

Final

ElShorbagy Wins 15th Edition of Canary Wharf Classic

World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy became the first ever Egyptian winner of the prestigious Canary Wharf Classic after he defeated compatriot Tarek Momen in a thrilling five-game contest inside London’s stunning East Wintergarden to bring an end to the 15th edition of the PSA M100 tournament.


World Champion ElShorbagy, who returned to the summit of the World Rankings earlier this month, has been in stunning form this season and was appearing in his eighth PSA World Tour final of the season, while his meeting with Momen was a repeat of November’s Qatar Classic, which also went ElShorbagy’s way.

A captivating contest saw some incredible rallies enrapture a sell-out crowd, with ElShorbagy pulling ahead to a 2-1 lead, only to see a gutsy fight back from Momen send the match into a decider.

But a determined ElShorbagy ran away with things in the fifth game as he rattled off a succession of points to complete an 11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-3 victory to draw a captivating 86-minute battle to a close.

27-year-old ElShorbagy, who has lost just one of his last 31 matches, has now won an incredible seven PSA World Tour titles from nine tournaments this season, while his triumph in East Wintergarden was the 32nd PSA title of his career - a total which puts him joint 11th on the list of all-time male PSA World Tour title winners.

"This is the best ever match we’ve played against each other and what a venue to play that kind of battle in," said ElShorbagy.

"The crowd have been supporting us all week, they come to support this event every year, so it’s amazing to play such a high quality match like this with Tarek and the crowd made it more exciting for both of us.

"I’m really happy to win this for the first time, I’ve never won this title before and it’s a title that has had a lot of great names win it in the past. I’m really glad to put my name on that trophy."

Momen said: "The only thing that’s bothering me is that I’ve been in this position many times. I wish I could go on this court once holding the trophy, but for me to get to this stage I have to play against so many great players, so it’s hard to get the successive wins.

"But I’m getting there, I’m learning every tournament and Mohamed has been amazing this season. He’s an unbelievable fighter and all credit to him, he played really well."
 

Semi Finals

Mohamed ElShorbagy and Tarek Momen to Contest Final

Egyptian duo Mohamed ElShorbagy and Tarek Momen will compete in their maiden Canary Wharf Classic finals after they beat compatriots Marwan ElShorbagy and Ali Farag, respectively, on semi-finals day of the PSA M100 tournament taking place at East Wintergarden.

World No.1 Mohamed had won 10 of his previous 12 meetings with younger brother Marwan and had prevailed in their last three fixtures, including last week’s Windy City Open final and the title decider of December’s PSA Men’s World Championships.

The latest chapter of their gripping rivalry looked to be going the way of Marwan as he played some sublime squash to twice take a one game lead, but Mohamed came back in the fourth to level, before coming back from 8-6 down in the fifth to claim an 8-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 victory.

“We just played last week and he definitely played better this week,” said Mohamed, who has now reached nine finals in his last 10 tournaments.

“Playing someone with the quality of my brother twice in the same week is definitely not easy. After I beat him last week he would have learned so much and he wanted to do things better this time.

“I could see from the first point in the first game that he wanted to win badly today, but I had to try and fight. There were times when he was unstoppable and I couldn’t really cope with his pace, but I had to keep digging in and hope he made a few errors and I think my experience got me through in the end."

Momen will take on Mohamed for the second time in as many tournaments after the World No.6 also prevailed in a five-game battle against Farag.

The 30-year-old came flying out of the traps as he hit winners for fun and made it difficult for Farag to put any points on the board.

Farag was much improved in the second and third games as he overturned the deficit but, with the scores locked at 6-6 in the fourth, Momen rediscovered his best squash and punished a rapidly tiring Farag to complete an 11-5, 6-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6 victory and he will aim to avenge defeats to Mohamed in the Qatar Classic final and Windy City Open semi-final in tomorrow’s title decider.

“I just tried to give it my best because I know Ali is an unbelievable opponent,” said Momen.

“What he achieved in less than three years on Tour is remarkable. I’ve been playing for 12 years and look where he is at with only three years of experience, so I salute him for that.

“He’s such a tough opponent to break, he’s very tough physically and mentally, with some good racket skills as well. He has the full package and to beat him is just unbelievable."

The final of the 2018 Canary Wharf Classic - which this year celebrates its 15th edition - takes place at 19:30 GMT and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and mainstream broadcast channels around the world including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia, Astro and more.

An exhibition match to mark the event’s 15th edition, featuring the tournament’s co-founder and former World Champion Peter Nicol against two-time runner-up Peter Barker, will be held at 18:00 and will be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 

Quarter Finals  

Egyptian Quartet to Line Up in Semi-Finals

The prestigious Canary Wharf Classic will have its first ever Egyptian winner after a quartet of Egyptian players - led by World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy - advanced to the semi-finals of the PSA M100 tournament held in East Wintergarden.

Today featured the end of the best-of-three games scoring format being trialled at this tournament and ElShorbagy earned his place in the semi-finals - which will revert back to the traditional best of five scoring - courtesy of a 2-0 win over Germany’s Simon Rösner.

The reigning World Champion came through to win by an 11-9, 11-4 margin to ensure that he has now won 19 games on the bounce and he will take on younger brother Marwan for a place in the final.

“I’m really happy to be in the semis, I’ve never reached the final here before so I would love to play a final here," said Mohamed.

"I don’t think an Egyptian has won this tournament before, so I would love to be the first one to do it.

“It’s always exciting for me to be back playing here, I love it here and I look forward to playing another match here.”

Mohamed and Marwan will meet for a fourth time this season - with Mohamed claiming major wins in the World Championship and Windy City Open finals - after Marwan defeated England’s Daryl Selby in the first match of the day.

"It was a tough match today against Daryl, he played really well,” Marwan said.

“He had a very clever tactic today against me and all credit to him. He’s been playing really well, he’s been pushing hard and this match could have gone either way."

The ElShorbagy brothers will be joined in the semi-finals by World No.3 Ali Farag and World No.6 Tarek Momen, who claimed respective wins over Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly and England’s James Willstrop.

Farag will appear in a sixth successive PSA World Tour semi-final after he claimed an 11-9, 10-12, 11-4 victory over World No.19 Cuskelly, who suffered a hamstring injury during the second game and was unable to move to the best of his ability in the third.

“I am happy but I can’t say I’m very happy because I’m sad for Ryan,” said Farag.

“It’s never the way you want to win. The first game was very high quality squash, it was a flip of a coin and I won it. It was a shame to see him limping because of his hamstring and you can see how great of a player he is because he almost beat me on one leg."

Momen, meanwhile, had to be at his best to overcome a tenacious display from four-time Canary Wharf Classic champion Willstrop, winning a high-quality affair by an 11-5, 9-11, 11-7 margin.

“I have a lot of respect for James, I’ve played him many times and he used to beat me easily,” said Momen.

“I’m just happy that I’m at a level now where I’m competing with him and it’s unbelievable. He’s a great fighter and has such good racket skills and he kept pushing until the end."

The semi-finals of the Canary Wharf Classic begin at 18:30 GMT tomorrow and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and a number of mainstream broadcast channels around the world including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia, Astro and more.

A challenge match to celebrate the 2018 International Women’s Day will also be staged at East Wintergarden before the final, with England’s Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters going head-to-head in the Rackets Cubed Cup at 17:15, with the action to be shown on SQUASHTV.
 

First Round Lower Half 

England’s Willstrop Gets Canary Wharf Classic Campaign Off to Winning Start

Four-time Canary Wharf Classic champion James Willstrop got off to a winning start at the 2018 edition of the PSA M100 tournament as all seeded players claimed victories for the second successive day inside London’s East Wintergarden as the trial of the best-of-three games scoring format continued.

34-year-old Willstrop is a real crowd favourite at East Wintergarden and has been a perennial title contender at the prestigious tournament since his first appearance here in 2006, winning four of the seven finals he has participated in.

Lobban, meanwhile, had beaten top qualifying seed Declan James to qualify for the main draw of this tournament for the first time and brought the best out of Willstrop as he covered the court well and hit some fine shots of his own to push the Yorkshireman hard at the beginning of both games, but Willstrop showed his class to come through by an 11-6, 11-7 margin.

“I’m very pleased to win that,” Willstrop said afterwards.

“He’s so strong and so fast and I know that the rankings show a certain story but the players don’t even look at that story really. I had to prepare so well and I’m really pleased to win.

“This best of three is a fantastic sharpener for everyone and you have to bring more out of yourself. It’s completely different, it changes the whole thing and it’s fascinating stuff for us. The idea is that it’s fascinating for the crowd, so hopefully it’s working. "

Willstrop will take on the in-form World No.6 Tarek Momen in the last eight after the Egyptian came out on top against French qualifier Gregoire Marche, winning it 11-7, 11-6 on his first Canary Wharf Classic appearance since 2012, when he lost out to Willstrop in the quarter-finals.

“I’m feeling good, it’s my first time here since 2012 and it’s been six years,” said Momen.

“I’ve always loved this venue and every year I skip it I feel it is a shame because the draw is just too strong and sometimes you’re seeking points. I’m happy that I’m in a position now where I can afford to play."

Elsewhere, World No.3 Ali Farag capped his Canary Wharf Classic debut with a 2-0 win over tournament wildcard Nathan Lake.

Cheltenham-based Lake came flying out of the traps as he matched Farag stride for stride and played at a level that belied his ranking of World No.50, but Farag finally adapted to the left-hander’s style of play and he claimed a closely-fought victory by an 11-8, 11-9 scoreline.

“It’s too early to form an opinion [on best of three] at the moment but I think the most important thing is that we need to try it out," Farag said.

"For anything in life, if it’s sport or a business, you have to change and always evolve and I think that, even if it’s not the right change for the sport, we need to keep trying new things. Thanks to Canary Wharf because it always takes the initiative, such as the three referees system to start with, then back to the one referee system with the video decisions and now with the best of three.”

Farag will do battle with Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly as he claimed his first ever win over Spain’s Borja Golan to ensure a clean sweep for the seeded players.

"It was a tough match,” said Cuskelly.

“It was my first time playing best of three and I was very edgy because every point is pretty important and he [Golan] has had some good results in the last few weeks."

The quarter-finals of the Canary Wharf Classic take place tomorrow (March 7) when the best-of-three games scoring format will be used for the final time in this tournament, with the traditional best-of-five games format coming into play for the semi-finals and final.

Play starts at 18:00 local time (GMT) and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).
 

First Round Top Half

ElShorbagy Brothers Claim Wins on Opening Day

Bristol-based Egyptian brothers Mohamed and Marwan ElShorbagy claimed wins on the opening day of the 15th edition of the Canary Wharf Classic, PSA M100 tournament as a best-of-three games scoring format was used for the first time in a ranking PSA World Tour event.

World No.1 Mohamed marked his first Canary Wharf Classic appearance since 2013 with a 2-0 victory over fellow Egyptian Mazen Hesham inside London’s iconic East Wintergarden.

Hesham showed glimpses of the shot-making talents that have made him one of the most mercurial talents on the PSA World Tour but he was held at arm’s length for the majority of the match by ElShorbagy, who wrapped up an 11-6, 11-6 victory to make it 27 wins out his last 28 matches.

“He’s [Hesham] an amazing player,” said Mohamed.

“He got to World No.13 and he had a really bad injury. He’s making his way back and he’s been playing well. Every tournament he’s been getting better and once I saw that I had him in the first round I had to have a special preparation for him because he is very tricky.

“I knew he would be good in a best of three as well because of the shots he plays, so I had to be on my toes and be sharp from the very first point. I’m just really glad my plan worked out in the end."

Mohamed will line up against Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rösner in the next round after Rösner defeated best friend Nicolas Mueller 2-0.

Meanwhile, World No.4 Marwan claimed his first ever victory at the Canary Wharf Classic after he defeated Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez. Marwan hadn’t tasted victory at this tournament in four previous appearances but a comfortable victory in the opening game laid the foundations for an 11-5, 14-12 victory for the man from Egypt.

“I think concentration is the key in best of three and you try not to lose your concentration," said Marwan.

"Of course, in the second Miguel played really well and came back from 6-2 down and I’m happy to win.

“I’ve played this tournament four times, this is my fifth time and it’s my first win in Canary Wharf. I’m so happy to finally get my first win here and hopefully I can keep going.”

Marwan will line up against England’s Daryl Selby for a place in the semi-finals, with Englishman Selby coming back from a game down to defeat Australia’s Cameron Pilley.

“Best of three is so different and anyone who said it’s not as physically hard [as best of five] is wrong because there were some really brutal rallies in that and I’m glad I didn’t have to play any longer than three games,” said Selby, who this month celebrated his 100th month inside the world’s top 20.

“Me and Pilley are good friends and we’ve been doing a podcast [Comments from the Couch] together, which has been good fun. We’ve known each other for 20 years and it’s always a pleasure to play against him, he’s a great competitor and can hit some unbelievable shots."

The first round of the Canary Wharf Classic continues tomorrow (March 6), with Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly and Spain’s Borja Golan getting proceedings under way at 18:00 local time (GMT).

 

Qualifying

Lobban Upsets Fellow Brit James To Qualify For Canary Wharf Classic Main Draw

Scotland’s World No.31 Greg Lobban upset England’s top qualifying seed Declan James in the final qualifying round of the 2018 Canary Wharf Classic to reach the main draw of the PSA M100 tournament for the first time.

This year’s Canary Wharf Classic is the first ranking PSA World Tour event to use a best-of-three games scoring format during the qualification stages, first round and quarter-finals, while the traditional best-of-five scoring will be used for the semi-final and finals.

Lobban, the Edinburgh-based 25-year-old, followed up a 2-1 victory over Egypt’s Youssef Soliman in the first round with a 2-0 victory over World No.26 James, taking it 11-9, 11-3 to set up a clash with four-time winner James Willstrop in round one of the main draw.

James was one of four Englishmen to fall in the final round of qualifying as Chris Simpson, Tom Richards and Ben Coleman all suffered defeats.

Simpson, who played above his seeding to dispatch compatriot Adrian Waller in the previous round, saw his tournament come to an end at the hands of France’s Gregoire Marche, with the Frenchman prevailing 13-11, 11-9.

Marche’s reward is a meeting with World No.6 Tarek Momen, while his fellow European, World No.18 Nicolas Mueller, defeated Richards 14-12, 11-6 and he will line up against close friend and Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rösner in round one of the main draw.

Egypt’s Mazen Hesham was also victorious on the final day of qualifying as he defeated Coleman 2-0. The World No.32 will contest his first round fixture with World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy,

The opening day of first round action at the 15th edition of the Canary Wharf Classic takes place tomorrow. Matches start from 18:00 local time (GMT) and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).

Preview

Hamstring Injury Sees Matthew Withdraw from Canary Wharf Classic

Six-time Canary Wharf Classic champion Nick Matthew has been forced to pull out of the 2018 edition of the PSA M100 tournament due to a hamstring injury.

The 37-year-old, who will retire at the end of this season, is a crowd favourite at London’s East Wintergarden and was in line to make his final appearance at the prestigious tournament but will now miss out on defending his title.

“It’s with a heavy heart I’ve decided today to withdraw from the Canary Wharf Classic," said Matthew.

"It is one of my favourite tournaments on the Tour, the atmosphere is second to none and I've always had a fantastic welcome in London, which has led to some memories to cherish on court.

"However, I felt an old hamstring injury resurface during the National Championships final and, with Chicago [the Windy City Open] last week, I haven’t had the necessary time to fully shake it off.

"With the Commonwealth Games in April fast approaching, I have been advised by my team to lean on the side of caution and make sure I’m fully recovered and prepared for the Gold Coast.

"I wish [Tournament Promoter] Tim Garner and all of the players the best of luck with the event. I know the tournament will continue to go from strength to strength and I am gutted I can’t be there this time.”

Matthew’s withdrawal means that Egypt’s Tarek Momen replaces him as the number four seed and will take on a qualifier, while Matthew’s compatriot - World No.17 Daryl Selby - moves up to the number eight seeded position and he will play Australia’s Cameron Pilley.

Meanwhile, Colombia’s former World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez moves into the main draw from qualifying and he will go head-to-head with World Championship runner-up Marwan ElShorbagy in round one.

The 2018 Canary Wharf Classic will be held between March 5-9 and World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy will head up the draw. Live coverage from the tournament will be shown on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while the semi-finals and final will also be shown live on mainstream broadcasters such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia, Astro and more.

This year’s instalment will become the first ranking PSA World Tour event to be played using a best-of-three games scoring format up until the semi-finals and final, where it will revert to the traditional best-of-five scoring.

Tickets for the 2018 Canary Wharf Classic are sold out, but the tournament have a waiting list, which can be joined by emailing cw@eventis-sports.com
 


Canary Wharf Classic to Celebrate International Women’s Day with Perry v Waters Rackets Cubed Cup Challenge Match

The upcoming Canary Wharf Classic will mark the 2018 International Women’s Day on March 8th by hosting a challenge match featuring English duo Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters before the tournament’s semi-final matches at London’s East Wintergarden.

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe and this year’s theme is #PressforProgress, which is a call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.

Perry, the World No.8 from Birmingham who reached the Windy City Open semi-finals earlier this week, and London-born Waters, ranked No.10 in the world, will go head-to-head in the Rackets Cubed Cup at 17:15 local time (GMT), with the semi-finals of the Canary Wharf Classic - a PSA M100 tournament - set to follow at 18:30.

The challenge match will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

"Canary Wharf is always a favourite event amongst the men, so I'm really looking forward to playing in such a fantastic venue," said Perry.

"Squash is a sport that is pushing equality, particularly in the professional game, which makes it even more fitting that we will be showcasing women's squash on International Women’s Day."

Waters said: "I’m really looking forward to playing the challenge match with SJ at Canary Wharf this year to coincide with International Women’s Day. It’s an amazing location and it’s always a fantastic event, so I’m excited to be a part of it this year.

"Thank you to Rackets Cubed, who are supporting our challenge match. It should be a great evening of squash."

As well as sponsoring the challenge match, Rackets Cubed have been named as the tournament’s Official Charity for the second year running and will run a clinic throughout the day on Wednesday March 7 for children from the Sacred Heart school in Roehampton.

Rackets Cubed are a UK-registered charity and provide inner-city children with significant extra-curricular support through an integrated sports, educational and nutrition programme and are partnered with both the PSA Foundation - the charitable arm of the Professional Squash Association - and England Squash in enhancing grassroots participation in squash throughout the United Kingdom.

"Alison has been a great patron and role model for the children and we are delighted to see that SJ has joined her in supporting this fantastic cause," said Rackets Cubed Founder & Chairman Michael Hill.

"The women’s tour has never been stronger, seeing elite women’s squash not only inspires the next generation of female players, but also brings all of the health benefits associated with the game."

Tournament Director Tim Garner, of Eventis Sports Marketing, said: "Rackets Cubed are a fantastic charity which do a lot of good for children in deprived areas and we are pleased to feature them as the tournament’s Official Partner once more.

"Their clinic at last year’s Canary Wharf Classic was a complete success and provided children from the Sacred Heart School in Roehampton with an unforgettable experience."

The 2018 Canary Wharf Classic takes place between March 5-9 and features stars such as World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy, World No.3 Ali Farag, three-time World Champion Nick Matthew and four-time winner James Willstrop.

This year’s instalment will become the first ranking PSA World Tour event to be played using a best-of-three games scoring format up until the semi-finals and final, where it will revert to the traditional best-of-five scoring.

Live coverage from the tournament will be shown on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while the semi-finals and final will also be shown live on mainstream broadcasters such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia, Astro and more.

Tickets for the 2018 Canary Wharf Classic are sold out, but squash fans can join the waiting list here: cw@eventis-sports.com
 



Canary Wharf Classic Announces Partnerships with
Veblen Wine and Ashmax Associates


The 2018 Canary Wharf Classic has announced partnerships with two Kent-based companies - Veblen Wine and Ashmax Associates - which will see both organisations become associate sponsors of the prestigious PSA M100 tournament held in London’s iconic East Wintergarden between March 5-9.

Veblen Wines are a fine wine investment advisory company and are specialists in assisting private clients in managing, servicing and trading their interest in fine wine.

Veblen is one of only 450 companies licensed to trade on the London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-Ex) and has developed into one of the most successful wine investment companies in the world.

"Squash has helped my health and fitness and I have met some great people through playing the game," said Veblen Wine Founder & Director Lazare Morel.

“Our policy at Veblen is always to put the customer first and our business model looks after the customer from start to finish.

“More and more people are looking at wine as an investment, and with an average annual return of 12% over the past 25 years, it is a very attractive alternative to the more traditional forms of investment.”

Financial planning and wealth management company Ashmax Associates are a family-based business which offers independent and trusted financial advice for clients across the United Kingdom.

Working primarily in the fields of business, sport, music and entertainment, Ashmax Associates operates in key areas, including mortgages, future wealth and income planning, as well as wills, tax and trust advice.

Ashmax Associates Financial Adviser Ryan Briggs - formerly a professional footballer for West Ham United - plays in the same Kent League squash team as Morel and said: "We currently work with people in sport at various levels including football and rugby and I would love to extend this to squash.

"Since retiring from playing professional football, I have started playing competitive squash and am passionate about the game.

"Both Lazare and I are excited about being involved with the Canary Wharf Classic, one of the greatest tournaments in the game, and watching many of the world’s leading players in action at the East Wintergarden.”

Tournament Director Tim Garner, of Eventis Sports Marketing, said: "We are pleased to welcome Veblen Wine and Ashmax Associates to our expanding portfolio of sponsors.

"Both Lazare and Ryan are very passionate about the sport and we look forward to working with them over the next month."

Both companies will have a presence at East Wintergarden throughout the tournament, offering spectators the chance to win a high-quality bottle of wine every day through a draw.

The 2018 Canary Wharf Classic is headed up by World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy, while the likes of World No.3 Ali Farag, three-time World Champion Nick Matthew and four-time winner James Willstrop will also be in action.

This year’s instalment becomes the first ranking PSA World Tour event to be played using a best-of-three games scoring format up until the semi-finals and final, where it will revert to the traditional best-of-five scoring.

Live coverage from the tournament will be shown on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while the semi-finals and final will be shown live on BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro and more.

For more information on Veblen Wine, please visit www.veblenwine.com

Meanwhile, more information on Ashmax Associates can be found here: www.ashmax.co.uk

 

 
NEWS
 

Schedule

First round
5
th March
(top half)

First round
6th March
(lower half)

Quarters
7th March

Semis
8th March

Final
9th March

 

INFO


Host Sponsor: Canary Wharf Group plc

The Canary Wharf Squash Classic at the East Wintergarden is jointly promoted by Eventis Sports Marketing and SquashUK

Tournament Dates: March 5-9
Venue:
East Wintergarden, Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14

Corporate Hospitality: Superb packages are available, enabling spectators to wine, dine and watch all the gripping squash action from the Gallery restaurant within the East Wintergarden.

Full details from Tim Garner at Eventis Sports Marketing
Telephone: 07973 817468. Email:
tgarner@eventis-sports.com

Media information from Alan Thatcher
Text or telephone: 07971 639829. Email:
alan@squashuk.com
 
 

 

TICKETS


Tickets for the Canary Wharf Classic have sold out but a waitlist is open in case any tickets are returned. Email
cw@eventis-sports.com

The fabulous East Wintergarden also 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.
 

 

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