Today marks the return of squash on the major stage! The first day’s play of the Manchester Open takes place today at the National Squash Centre, as the Tour returns!
Squash returns to this venue 16 months after witnessing the inaugural Manchester Open, which was a female-only event. Joelle King was the champion of the tournament in May 2019, and she is part of the line-up as she aims to defend her title.
The Kiwi will be on court at 18:30 in the final women’s match of the day on the showpiece glass court, where she will face Latvia’s Ineta Mackevica. That clash will follow World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, who is in action against Germany’s Raphael Kandra.
Also in action on the glass on the opening day of the tournament are World Champion Tarek Momen, women’s No.1 seed Camille Serme, and Black Ball Women’s Open champion Hania El Hammamy.
There are English hopes in Richie Fallows and George Parker on the opening day, with the former involved in an all-British affair against Scottish No.1 Greg Lobban.
There is also side court action for the opening couple of days of the PSA Silver level event, with a strong English contingent also featuring on day one. All four of this evening’s matches feature an English player, with Tom Richards in action against British No.1 Joel Makin in the standout clash.
James Willstrop and Lucy Turmel are also in action, with wildcard Lily Taylor facing No.10 seed Nele Gilis in her first round clash. New Zealand’s World No.5 Paul Coll is another man to feature on the traditional plaster courts, with the Egyptian trio of Fares Dessouky, Nadine Shahin and Hana Ramadan also on court.
Order Of Play
Glass Court Schedule
Court 3 Schedule
11:00 – Hana Ramadan (EGY) v  Coline Aumard (FRA)
11:45 –  Paul Coll (NZL) v Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
13:30 –  Nadine Shahin (EGY) v Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
14:15 – Alan Clyne (SCO) v Fares Dessouky (EGY)
16:00 –  Nada Abbas (EGY) v Lucy Turmel (ENG)
16:45 – Tom Richards (ENG) v  Joel Makin (WAL)
18:30 – [WC] Lily Taylor (ENG) v  Nele Gilis (BEL)
19:15 – Tayyab Aslam (PAK) v  James Willstrop (ENG)
You can catch all the action live from the National Squash Centre on SQUASHTV (Rest of World), Eurosport Player (Europe only), and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (excluding Europe, Japan and the Caribbean).
You can also keep up with the live scores from the event here.