The PSA have released the draw for the Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy Steel City Open event to be held at the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club between Thursday the 27th and Sunday the 30th November 2014. Run over four days, the PSA $5,000 prize money event will feature 16 World Ranked, young professionals in a knockout format. The tournament includes players from Bermuda, New Zealand and South Africa as well as home grown talent from within the UK; Ashley Davies and AdamTurner represent the Hallamshire, and James Earles has local Yorkshire connections whilst Kevin Moran and Greg Lobban were Scottish representatives at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow.
Home to three time World Squash Champion, and 6 times British Champion, Nick Matthew, the Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club is currently having extensive refurbishment work (including replacing 6 squash court floors) done on its courts by title sponsor Courtcraft, the leading squash court contractor in the UK.
Managing Director of Courtcraft, Thomas Smith, said, ‘The build up to the tournament has been well supported, starting with the Night of Champions a few weeks ago. We are pleased that such a strong list of young talented squash players will be playing in this first Courtcraft Nick Matthew Academy event and look forward to seeing it develop over the next few years’.
Promoter, Trevor Davies of Prosquash Events said, ‘We are pleased to have such a reputable and long established brand name associated with this event. Courtcraft are well known as experts in their field throughout the UK squash world. We are proud to be working alongside such an inspirational player as Nick. He, and the club have supported this project 100% and are keen to see it evolve. We started with a 1K Closed Satellite Event in 2013, so to hold our 2nd event at the club, and our first 5K Challenger, shows we are progressing in the right direction. This is a very exciting time for Prosquash Events and the Hallamshire, as we hope to build the tournament over the next few years into a major Sheffield event.’