A best-of-three games scoring format will be trialled for
a second successive year at the Citigold Wealth Management
Canary Wharf Squash Classic when the PSA World Tour Gold
tournament takes place at London’s illustrious East Wintergarden.
The 2018 edition of the prestigious tournament became the first
ranking PSA Tour event to be played using the best of three
format and saw World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy beat World No.4
Tarek Momen in the final.
This year’s tournament will see a best-of-three games format
used in the first round, second round and quarter-finals,
while scoring for the semi-finals and final will revert to
the traditional best of five format, similar to last year.
"We’re excited to once again trial the best-of-three games
format in Canary Wharf and are confident that it will contribute
to an explosive week of action," said PSA Chief Operating
Officer Lee Beachill.
"Last year’s tournament proved to be one of the most exciting
instalments of the Canary Wharf Classic ever, with the early
rounds showcasing some incredible drama and high-intensity
"The best of three format gives players more recovery time
between matches and this was evidenced by the fact that we had
three terrific matches across the semi-finals and final last
year, with those fixtures averaging over 75 minutes in length."
Tournament Director Tim Garner said:
"The best-of-three games format fits our tournament
perfectly. Not only was the on-court action just as eye-catching
and dynamic as ever, the format gave us more flexibility when it
came to scheduling the matches, which resulted in capacity
crowds for every single fixture.
"The Canary Wharf Classic has been a hotbed of innovation for
the sport in recent years and we are pleased to continue along
that vein as we trial the best of three format once again."
Live action from the
tournament will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World)
and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while mainstream channels
across the globe will show coverage of the semi-finals and
final, including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia,
Astro and more.