TORONTO – Five of the world’s top-10 players and Canadian number-one Shahier Razik are among the entries for the $60,000 Ludwig Financial Cambridge Cup men’s professional squash tournament set for seven venues in Toronto February 28 to March 1.
The eight players in the tournament are Gregory Gaultier of France; Karim Darwish, Ramy Ashour, and Amr Shabana, all of Egypt, and ranked fourth through sixth in the world; Laurens Jan Anjema of the Netherlands, Thierry Lincou of France, Hisham Ashour of Egypt and Razik.
Shabana is a four-time world champion, Ashour took the world crown in 2009 and Lincou was tops in 2004.
"This is our third consecutive year, it's growing each year with more clubs looking to host matches and fans contacting us in advance for dates/tickets/etc,’’ said Razik, also the tournament director.
‘’The goal is to keep growing the interest and build up to a glass court event in a Toronto venue. It would be a dream to bring the Canadian Open back! We have a fantastic field this year and we think the Toronto squash fans will really enjoy the squash!"
The venues hosting the event are the mian host Cambridge Group of Clubs (Toronto Athletic Club, the Adelaide Club, the Cambridge Club) as well as the Toronto Lawn and Tennis Club, the Georgetown Racquet Club, the Barrie Athletic Club, and the Cricket Club.
"The Cambridge Group of Clubs is proud to continue our tradition of supporting the game of squash. The Cambridge Cup is a prime example. Not only does it provide our members the ability to watch the finest squash in the World, but also ensures that professional squash continues to have a home in the city of Toronto" Dean Brown Executive Vice President, Cambridge Group of Clubs.
“Once I, and some members of the Georgetown Racquet Club (GRC), saw a round in the Cambridge Cup last year, we were so impressed that we immediately agreed the we just had to get these world class players to the GRC,’’ said Murray Jans, Squash Director, GRC. ‘’So far, there is great excitement about this event, not only from our members but from surrounding clubs and people from the town”.
In total,12 matches will be played across the host venues.
For info and tickets www.raziksquash.com