Aberdeen Squash and Racketball Club (ASRC) are again hosting the largest event of its kind in Scotland next week from Tuesday 6th March to Sunday 11th April 2018.
The TRAC North of Scotland PSA (Professional Squash Association) event is now in it’s fifth year making it an anticipated event in the annual professional squash calendar.
This year for the first time it is running both a PSA10 Men’s and PSA5 Women’s event in tandem ensuring a feast of competitive squash will take place over an exceptionally busy 6 days’ play at ASRC
Qualifying for the main event in both Men’s and Ladies’s starts on Tuesday 6th at 1pm. In a truly global field 16 players from England, Scotland, Wales, Czech Republic, Belgium, Jordan, Denmark, Austria, India and Ireland will do battle on the Tuesday and Wednesday for the highly coveted 4 Qualifying places in the main draw. Local interest will be guaranteed in each event with a selection of both local and Scottish talent ready to do battle against some of the best squash players in the world.
Thursday sees the start of the main draw with the highly talented English youngster Joshua Masters topping the bill as Number 1 seed and is World Ranked 57. For the ladies event the Number 1 seed is Montrose’s Lisa Aitken.
Lisa, who has been recently selected for the Commonwealth Games Team this year and is currently ranked 1 in Scotland says that winning the TRAC Oil & Gas North of Scotland Open in Aberdeen next week would be a career highlight. The 28-year-old grew up playing on the courts at Aberdeen Squash & Racketball Club and is thrilled the club is hosting its first ever Women’s PSA World Tour event.
“Yes I won a couple of tournaments last year but to win a $5k event in Aberdeen would be the best win out the three.
“It’s the club where I grew up and having my friends and family coming to watch will be brilliant.”
She continued: “By the end of March, Scotland will have hosted two PSA World Tour events this year which I can’t ever recall before.
“It’s great for women’s squash in Scotland and the organisers of this year’s TRAC Oil & Gas North of Scotland Open have done a great job getting a PSA women’s event to Aberdeen.”
Guaranteed local interest in the Men’s main draw will come in the form of Aberdeen’s Chris Leiper. Chris, who is now studying and training in Edinburgh and is on the fringes of the full Scottish Team, was delighted to be awarded a place in the First Round proper. The former ASRC Singles and Doubles Club Champion is looking forward to the week ahead :
“ I am very much looking forward to returning to Aberdeen to compete and play against some of the World’s best players on my “home” courts. Like Lisa this is the club where I grew up so hopefully I can make home advantage and a strong vocal support count in my favour!!” – Chris Leiper
Over the week there will be 54 matches played at the Mannofield Club culminating with the final on Sunday at 3pm. Alongside the main event is a graded tournament for amateurs which has attracted an entry of around 50 players from all over Scotland who will both wish to compete on court with each other and watch some top quality squash.
“Thanks to our sponsor TRAC Oil and Gas, we have been able to secure this event in the calendar almost 1 year in advance. I would like to thank them again for the support they have shown the club in enabling this to happen consistently year on year. The TRAC North of Scotland PSA is now and event that the players look forward to very much” – Club Treasurer Blair Mckenzie
Play commences at 1pm on Tuesday 6th March with last match on at 8pm. Weds 7th 5pm – 9pm. Thurs 8th 1pm – 8pm. Fri 10th 5pm – 9pm. Sat 11th – 3pm and 5pm (Semi Finals). Sunday 12th April 3pm – Final. Spectators are welcome and the event is free to watch at ASRC on Cranford Road in Mannofield.