By ALAN THATCHER
Tickets go on sale next week for the 2019 Citigold Wealth
Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic, which will take place
between March 10-15 next year.
There will be an extra bonus for squash fans in March with an
extra day’s play at the stunning East Wintergarden venue in
Canary Wharf for this PSA World Tour Gold tournament featuring
the game’s leading players.
Following the new PSA tour structure – which came into effect on
August 1st – there will no longer be a qualifying competition,
meaning the draw size has increased from 16 players to 24.
This means that play will start on Sunday March 10th with
eight matches on the glass court, while the tournament will once
again feature a best-of-three games format up until the
semi-finals stage following a successful trial of the format at
last year’s event, which was won by World No.1 Mohamed
Tournament Director Tim Garner said:
“We are delighted to announce that this year’s event will
feature an extra day’s play. For the first time action will take
place on the all-glass court at the weekend.
“People’s Sunday will kick off the 2019 event with eight
matches. When the event started 15 years ago there were few
visitors to the Canary Wharf estate at weekends but now the
whole area is a hive of activity with the retail malls bustling.
“People’s Sunday will allow us to have a bigger attendance to
the event, which sells out in a matter of weeks, and will open
it up to a new audience that is not able to make the trip to
Canary Wharf during the working week.”
With the removal of a qualifying competition,
the top eight seeds receive byes into the second round on Monday
and Tuesday, while the remaining entrants will battle it out on
the Sunday to join them in the last 16.
Tickets will go on pre-sale on October 3rd and general sale on
October 5th and will available for purchase via Ticketmaster.
Salman Haider, Head of UK Consumer Bank and International
Personal Bank EMEA, Citi, added:
“We are pleased to be the title sponsor of the 2019 Canary Wharf
Squash Classic tournament. It is great to support such a
prestigious event and one that is held right on the doorstep of
our Citigold lounge in Canary Wharf.”
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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.