Chris Walker at the British Open
last updated on: April 11, 2002 14:27
THE OPEN – 2002 EDITION
London April 11 2002 © 2002
Photos special to SquashTalk by Fritz Borchert, © 2002
|First round action
at the Lambs Club
|David Palmer, defending
champ, couldn’t contend with Lamb’s hot courts.
The Open 2002. Well, here we go again!
The British has arrived a little earlier
than last year (it was in June 2001) but all the players are here and hungry
Mike Corby, the owner of Lambs Squash
Club (where all the age group events and the first 2 rounds of the main draws
are being held), is the man responsible for digging into his pocket and effectively
underwriting the costs of the tournament to ensure it’s continued success
at the very highest level.
For it was only a month ago that the event
date and venues were secured because of financial worries that needed to be
So we have the unusual situation of the
qualification and first 2 rounds being played in London at Mike Corby’s ‘Lambs
Then on Friday, the designated rest day
for competitors in both men’s and women’s events, the whole tournament moves
200 miles North to Manchester where the new Commonwealth Games Stadium awaits
the quarter finals onward.
This state of the art facility features
a full 4-walled glass court set permanently in the building and compares to
some of the facilities I have had the pleasure to see at colleges throughout
The Lambs courts are conventional plaster
walled courts which are warm to say the least, so those players that make
it to Manchester are going to be tested on their ability to adapt from the
bouncy London courts of rounds 1 and 2, to then perform on the cooler and
less lively glass court in Manchester.
The first round held a couple of surprises
with David Evans going down convincingly to Pete Genever 3-0, and Peter Nicol
going to five against qualifier Renan Lavigne.
And I smiled last night when I turned
on the TV to watch CNN and what came up on the ticker???? “SQUASH:
David Evans, unexpected winner of the British Open 2000, surprizingly lost
to a Qualifier last night in this years event”!! So who said squash hasn’t
made it to the big time!!!
More from Manchester, including some pictures
of the Commonwealth Games Squash Stadium venue.