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International London Open squash tournament returns to Cumberland

PUBLISHED: 11:27 19 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:27 19 November 2015

Zubair Khan, tournament director for the upcoming London Open squash tournament, which will be held at Cumberland Tennis & Squash Club. Pic: Nigel Sutton

Zubair Khan, tournament director for the upcoming London Open squash tournament, which will be held at Cumberland Tennis & Squash Club. Pic: Nigel Sutton

© Nigel Sutton email pictures@nigelsuttonphotography.com

The world’s best squash players will square up in Hampstead next week as Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club hosts the annual international London Open.

With $15,000 (£9,861) in prize money up for grabs competition promises to be high.

Play begins with the qualifiers on Tuesday and Wednesday as the men and women fight for their places in the first round on Thursday.

The quarter-finals take place on Friday, the semi-finals on Saturday and the final on Sunday.

There is plenty of home nation interest, with 14 of the 28 male competitors from England – including second seed Ben Coleman and third seed Richie Fallows – and 10 English players in the women’s side of the draw.

English Squash has also chosen four ‘local’ players – emerging homegrown stars Charlie Lee, Steven London, Matthew Broadberry and Bradley Masters – who will take their places in the qualifiers.

The tournament is organised each year by Zubair Khan, a former professional player who was world No 8 in 1996.

Entry for the qualifiers is free, while spectators can watch the first round for £12, the quarter-finals for £16, the semis for £20 and the final for £24.

Sponsors for this year’s event are Aspect Capital, Hellman & Friedman LLC, Heathcote and Lvory and Wolfe Property.

Call 0207 435 6022 for tickets and more information.

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