EAST London will be hosting the four-day South African Squash Masters Championships, starting today and running until Tuesday.
Approximately 90 teams from all over SA and Zimbabwe have registered, with the total number of players expected to be around 440.
“This will be the 42nd hosting of the IPT in East London. This city is one of the most popular venues for squash in South Africa,” said Border Masters Chairman Peter Allam.
Allam said it was a great honour to host the tournament, and was confident that they would have an extremely competent committee running it. He knows his team will produce only the best for the players.
He said all the top players would be participating. The men’s 35-44 A Section group includes players such as Kelvin Edwards, Jimmy van Niekerk, Kevin Bayman and Deon Poortman. In the 45–54 category are Bradley Worth, Trevor Jordan, Reuben Terblanche, Chris Earl, John Van Oordt and Craig Farrell.
“All of these players have Jarvis Cup experience as well. These indeed are the Border players to watch,” said Allam.
A number of top South African players who returned last month from World Masters in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, are also taking part, such as former South African player Adrian Hansen, Craig Ruane and Jean Grainger.
“Squash is very popular in East London. We have a number of top juniors at the moment and in fact have some national representatives in Tristan Worth and Lara Patrick – both of whom have a great future ahead of them. The sport is growing daily.
“Spectators can expect top squash for four days, at six venues around the city. The clubs that will be utilised are Buffalo Park, Beacon Bay, Cambridge, Old Boys, Hamilton Sports Club and Gonubie. The entrance is free and the clubs have all spent time and effort preparing their facilities for the many matches ahead,