Exciting action in this year’s FIRST CITIZENS Barbados Squash Open is expected all week when play begins from 5:30 p.m. this afternoon July 3rdat the Barbados Squash Club, Marine Gardens, when the Men’s B competition serves off, reports Craig Archer.
The Men’s A and Ladies draws look very competitive and will begin from 4:45 p.m. tomorrow. Karen Meakins is the defending ladies champion and has been named top seed. She has played in this event on thirteen previous occasions and has won it twelve times.
Other top local ladies who have entered are Cheri-Ann Parris (C’bbn #4), Nadia McCarthy (C’bbn #10) and Alex Jordan. The top men’s seed is the defending champion from Guyana: Richard Chin (Guy); (C’bbn #3). Other top players who have entered include: Shawn Simpson (C’bbn #8) and local Men’s Champion, Gavin Cumberbatch (C’bbn #9) as well as some other top Caribbean players, e.g. Colin Ramasra (TRI) and Kevin Bailey (SVG).
As in previous years there is a Ladies event, a Men’s “A” event and a Men’s “B” event with a total of 42 competitors in all. The Tournament Director is Craig Archer who will be assisted by Marlon White. The Tournament Referee is Orson Simpson and he will be assisted by Terry Millar.
All matches will be at the Barbados Squash Club, Marine Gardens, Hastings, Barbados and admission to the venue for the public is free.
(N.B. The #3/4; #5/8 and #9/16 seeds below are listed alphabetically):
#1 – Karen Meakins
#2 – Cheri-Ann Parris
#3/4 – Alex Jordan / Nadia McCarthy
# 5/8 – Meagan Best / Amanda Haywood / Lynn deCambra-McLeod / Lucyla Seale
#1 – Richard Chin (GUY)
#2 – Shawn Simpson
#3/4 – Gavin Cumberbatch / Colin Ramasra (TRI)
# 5/8 – Kevin Bailey (SVG) / Don Benn / Rhett Cumberbatch / Mark Sealy
#9/16 – Craig Archer / Ryan Foster / Cliff Nolan / Jonathan O’Dowd
Stewart St. John / Stuart Tippleston / Leon Truss / Zaki Williams
#1 – Andrew Nunes
#2 – Peter Harris
#3/4 – Martin Goddard / Norman Rice
# 5/8 – Michael Best / Christian Duncan / Jonathan Foster / Copeland Straker
[N.B. There are 18 entries in the Men’s B – i.e. 34 men in all]