TWENTY-FOUR DIRECT ENTRIES CONFIRMED FOR INTERNATIONALSPORTGROUP BRITISH OPEN MEN'S SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIPS

The internationalSPORTgroup™ British Open – Manchester 2009 will boast prize money of US$92,500, the largest offered by any World Tour ranking event in Europe.
 
World No.1 Karim Darwish heads a star-studded list comprising players from nine countries from around the world:
 
  1. Karim Darwish (Egypt)
  2. Gregory Gaultier (France)
  3. Amr Shabana (Egypt)
  4. Nick Matthew (England)
  5. David Palmer (Australia)
  6. Peter Barker (England)
  7. Thierry Lincou (France)
  8. Adrian Grant (England)
  9. Wael El Hindi (Egypt)
  10. James Willstrop (England)
  11. Alister Walker (England)
  12. Mohd Azlan Iskandar (Malaysia)
  13. Mohamed El Shorbagy (Egypt)
  14. Aamir Atlas Khan (Pakistan)
  15. Cameron Pilley (Australia)
  16. Ong Beng Hee (Malaysia)
  17. Farhan Mehboob (Pakistan)
  18. Daryl Selby (England)
  19. Joey Barrington (England)
  20. Jonathan Kemp (England)
  21. Davide Bianchetti (Italy)
  22. Saurav Ghosal (India)
  23. Tom Richards (England)
  24. Jens Schoor (Germany) Wild Card
 
Qualification for the internationalSPORTgroup™ British Open – Manchester 2009 will be held on the 8th and 9th September at The Northern Club with thirty-two players competing for the remaining eight main draw places.
 
Wildcard, Jens Schoor, the German No.1, will have the honour of playing the first match of the internationalSPORTgroup™ British Open – Manchester 2009 on the spectacular all-glass show court at the National Squash Centre on the 10th September.
 
Event Director Paul Walters said: "We are delighted that once again the British Open has attracted such a strong entry. As well as comprising the World’s two leading players, Karim Darwish and Gregory Gaultier, it is fantastic that competitors from all of the major playing nations will be represented at championship which is a great boost for everyone associated with the event, including our event partners and sponsors Manchester City Council, England Squash & Racketball, HEAD Sport, Michael Spiers Jewellers, Imperial Consultants, ASB Squash Courts and ROWE Motor Oil.”
 
Tickets for the British Open – Manchester 2009 can be booked online at www.isportgroup.com/ticketing by telephone on 0870 220 0735 or for further information email: info@isportgroup.com.
 
For further information, visit the internationalSPORTgroup™ British Open – Manchester 2009 Official Website, www.isportgroup.com/BritishOpenSquash or email: info@isportgroup.com or contact Press & Media Manager Peter Schmidl on mobile +49 172 7211162, Skype: peter.schmidl1 or email schmidl@squashnet.de
 
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The Professional Squash Association (PSA) have today confirmed the twenty-four direct entries to compete in the internationalSPORTgroup™ British Open Squash Championships which will be staged in Manchester from the 8th to 14th September.