Palmer Goes for the Double
[Complete English Open Draw]
HOPES FOR DOUBLE
AND LINCOU ABSENT
‘It is always tough playing the British players on their home soil, which is what makes the British Open title so special, and the English Open will present the same challenges, especially being in the heart of English squash in Yorkshire’ commented Palmer.
Palmer faces a tough path to his seeded berth in the final, with the prospect of a quarter-final with 2003 champion John White and a huge clash with recent World Games Champion Peter Nicol on the cards for the sem-finals! However, the big Australian appears to relish those sorts of encounters and as former World Champion is well equipped to deal with whatever the field though at him.
The Mamut English Open hosted by Sheffield City Council also has a history of propelling the winner to the World no.1 spot later in the year, and this will not have gone unnoticed by Palmer who held the top spot for a number of months three years ago.
But Palmer, who has struggled for the past two seasons to regain the number-one form that he enjoyed, will have more motivation to win here at Sheffield. With his near-miss in Karachi last weekend, he will be looking to achieve the podium.
FIRST ROUND CONTEST
Meanwhile, tournament promoter and long time #1 player Peter Nicol has a crowd-pleasing first round matchup scheduled against countrymate Simon Parke. Nicol and Parke have been competitors since they both came through the junior ranks and have had some incredible, closely fought battles over the years, most notably in the 1999 US Open (won by Parke) and the 2000 Superseries Final (won by Nicol.) Parke will most surely have in mind keeping Nicol on court much longer than Nicol will want.
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