Nottingham Open Doubles 2022
Tournament Report and Results Published - Monday 21st February
The Mixed Grade got things underway over on court 10, with an early start and matches continuing throughout the day. There were close matches and upsets throughout, with the grade being best summarised by Group C. Three pairs finished on 5 points, and having each beaten one of the other there was no way to split them at the end of the group stage! Matt Thompson/Jess Morgan, Andy Hopwood/Saoirse O'Sullivan, and Alex Whitehouse/Elaine Radcliffe then played a mini-knockout to see who would progress, with Thompson/Morgan going through as winners and Whitehouse/Radcliffe in second. Number 2 seeds Sam Gibbon/Faiza Zafar would knock out the Number 1 seeds Mike Andrews/Hayley Openshaw-Blower in a tight 2/1 Semi-Final, with Gibbon/Zafar going on to beat local pair Elliot Green/Lucy Townley in the final, a repeat of their earlier group stage match.
In the E Grade, top-seeded Nottingham pair Jane Berry/Susan Pynegar won all of their group matches, and were joined in the semi-finals by Brian Gibbon/Greg Robson. In Group B Richard Burton/Mike Sturrock, Garrie Darling/Mick Deakin, and Ed Purse/Richard Davies each won 2 lost 1. Burton/Sturrock came through as group winners by virtue of an extra game, with Purse/Davies in second having beaten the Darling/Deakin pair earlier. In the final, Burton/Sturrock would put a stop to Berry/Pynegar's excellent run of form to take the title for the E Grade.
The D Grade continued the trend of tight matches and unseeded pairs taking the fight to higher-ranked teams. Group D presented another closely-fought group with all pairs scoring wins throughout. 3 pairs finished on 4 points, with the final pair close behind on 3. Elaine Radcliffe/Roxy Keshavarz and Mike Broadbent/Jet Stoker would progress to the Quarters having won the most matches, with Radlcliffe/Keshavarz going through as group winners by virtue of victory over Broadbent/Stoker. With the 1, 4, and 6 seeds not making it through, this grade was wide open as the quarter-finals progressed and the title looked to be anyone's for the taking. In the first SF, 5 Seeds Wayne Scott/Graeme Pembury got past 8 Seeds Frank Sheeran/Nick Gollaglee in a close encounter. The second SF saw the 2 and 3 seeds go head-to-head, with Aisling Guerzoni/Hayley Openshaw-Blower winning a spot in the final over Radcliffe/Keshavarz. Guerzoni/Openshaw-Blower would go on to win the final, dropping just the one game the whole day.
The C Grade saw a last-minute change, with an on-the-day dropout opening the way for Metheringham Daniel Carlile/Jack Buckley to play. They made the most of the opportunity, winning 2 of their group stage matches and coming through in second place. 3 of the top 4 seeds had been knocked out by the time the Semi-Finals came around, with Carlile/Buckley losing out to Angus Clapham/Sam Burton in the first and 3 Seeds Matt North/Josh Stinson overcoming Toby Westall/Mark Oliver in the second. NTU pair North/Stinson would go on to win the final and take the title for the C Grade.
The B Grade was filled with drama, as injuries and upsets took out the 2 and 5 seeds in the group stages. Top seeds Ivan Garrahan/Kieran Heaphy looked in cruise control for most of the day, comfortably winning their group and making it through both the Quarters and the Semi-Finals. They were joined by 4 Seeds Tom Pepper/Jonny Duffield from Wigginton, who enjoyed a similar run of form to set up a highly-anticipated final. In a match which saw momentum swing one way and another, the neither pair wanted to give an inch but it was Pepper/Duffield who eventually completed the upset and took home the title.
It's a testament to the quality of the grades and the competitiveness of everyone involved that it was only during the A Grade that the seeded pair all made it through unscathed. Top seeds Adam Turner/Nick Wall Jnr and 3 seeds Owain Taylor/Michael Andrews looked in ominous form, both pairs coming through without dropping a game. The semi-finals saw the top 4 pairs battle it out, with Adam Taylor/Tom Bamford putting up a huge fight against Turner/Wall Jnr in the first SF but not able to pull off the upset. Fresh from his Mixed Grade SF, Michael Andrews joined Owain Taylor in the second A Grade SF against Adam Auckland/Matt Gregory, with the former proving a bit too consistent for the 2 seeds. In the last match of the day, Taylor/Andrews took on Turner/Wall Jnr in front of a packed Nottingham crowd. Drawing on the support from behind the glass, Taylor/Andrews put up a huge fight with both pairs enjoying spells of momentum and swings of points in their favour. The Sheffield pair eventually pulled away, and when they won the second 12/10 Adam Turner and Nick Wall Jnr took the Nottingham Open Doubles title for the first time.
Congratulations to everyone involved, and a huge thank you to Nottingham Squash Rackets Club and all the staff who made the day possible.
We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
See below for the full results.
Court Schedule published - sunday 13th february
After a long break, it's great to be back for the biggest doubles event of the country, and we've got a great mix of new faces and returning players. We're looking forward to seeing you all for what should be a fantastic day of squash.
Mixed Doubles players should be aware that the matches are across several different courts and times due to the number of players entering other grades. Please remember to stay on top of when and where your next matches are.
We've tried to concentrate other grades around times and courts, so that players have some time off between matches but aren't waiting around for hours just for one match.
In the past, this balance has worked well across all our events.
We've tried to minimise back-to-back matches, but due to numbers and the amount of players entering multiple grades there are a few of these. Remember, all matches are Best of 3, so those of you who are in this situation shouldn't feel it too much!
We still have a number of pairs on the reserve list, so anyone who does want to drop out please let us know so that we can offer the place to those who do want to play in time for them to make the necessary arrangements.
As always, NSRC will be putting on food and drink throughout the day. We'll publish details of any deals as soon as we can, and hopefully we'll see lots of you sticking around afterwards for the social!
On The Day
We had close on 200 entrants this year, so it's been one of the biggest and most challenging to-date. We've tried to avoid back-to-backs as much as possible, but with some players it's been unavoidable - that's part of the day when you sign up for multiple grades! If there are any direct clashes that we've missed, please let us know ASAP so that we can juggle the courts around.
We will of course be running the usual tournament desk on the day to ensure things go smoothly, so remember to check with us for live timings and updates.
We look forward to seeing you all again, best of luck to everyone!
draws published - friday 11th february
Match schedules will be released by the start of next week, so keep an eye out to know when your first matches will be on.
Remember to stick around after the finals and prize ceremony for the famous Boat Race, and a much-needed evening of socialising in the Club Bar and Nottingham city centre.
Please see below for the 2022 Nottingham Open Doubles Draws.
However, we have also juggled pairs depending on home clubs within the group, for example if the 4 and 5 pairings from one grade are both from Nottingham Squash Club, we have split them up to give everyone a chance at playing new opponents.
We have found this balance to be the fairest and best for the community in the past.
updated entry lists - thursday 3rd February
We've arranged the grades by Combined Squash Levels, with the top 16 pairs in the A Grade, the next 16 in the B, and so on. You may find yourself in a slightly different grade to your original entry, but this is the fairest way of organising the grades and ensuring everyone has a competitive chance.
All Squash Levels were accurate at the time of entry.
See below for a full list of entries, including the Reserve list.
Reserve places are offered to the first pair to have entered by each grade. Anyone who doesn't play will of course receive a full refund.
Updated Entry Lists - Thursday 20th January
This year looks set to be one of the most competitive editions of the tournament, featuring 3 Commonwealth Games Doubles players as well as one of England's Rising Stars, World Number 70 Nick Wall Jr.
There'll be plenty of action in lower grades as well, with the C Grade and Mixed Grade in particular looking highly competitive. There's still time to enter, but with places quickly running out you'll have to be fast if you still want to play one of the most popular events on the calendar.
entry lists - wednesday 12th january
Once again we're seeing entries come in from all across the UK, so you're guaranteed to get some good matches against new opponents. More details, including how to enter, can be found further down this page.
Check out the current entry lists via the link below.
IF COVID CANCELS THIS EVENT ALL players will receive a full refund - see covid information below
The Nottingham Doubles is now established as the most popular doubles event and the biggest single day amateur squash tournament in the country regularly selling out and attracting 200 players.
This is the 27th year that we have been running the competition and every year it becomes bigger and better than ever. Nottingham Squash Club are putting on some food deals throughout the day and some drink offers in the evening.
There will be a cash prize for the A Grade. All other grade winners will receive a bottle of wine.
Nottingham Squash Rackets Club it is one of the best squash clubs in the UK. 10 courts including 6 glass backs, a gym where you can warm up and a cozy bar situated in the heart of the iconic Park Estate.
All matches are best of three games, every competitor is guaranteed at least 3 matches on the day!
If you are looking to enter the popular events such as the B, C or Mixed grades, please enter as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Follow this link to see the results and reports from last years event, our best yet!
If you have any questions contact Mark Fuller on email@example.com
A Grade - Innes England Nottingham Open Doubles 2022
Saturday 19th February - Nottingham Squash Club - biggest and best doubles tournament in the country
B Grade - Innes England Nottingham Open Doubles 2022
Saturday 19th February - Nottingham Squash Club - biggest and best doubles tournament in the country
C Grade - Innes England Nottingham Open Doubles 2022
Saturday 19th February - Nottingham Squash Club
D Grade - Innes England Nottingham Open Doubles 2022
Saturday 19th February - Nottingham Squash Club
E Grade - Innes England Nottingham Open Doubles 2022
Saturday 5th February - Nottingham Squash Club - biggest and best doubles tournament in the country
Nottingham Open Doubles Main Tournament Information
When: Saturday 19th February (one day competition)
Where: Nottingham Squash Club, The Park
Postcode: NG7 1BX
Cost: £30.00 per pair
T-Shirts: tournament shirts are £9.50 each and well worth the investment. Quick dry sports material and sublimated print. We will not have spares available on the day so make sure that if you would like a t-shirt you have signed up for it at the time of booking.
Grades: This is an event for all ages and abilities with 6 grades to choose from, A, B, C, D, E and Mixed. If you are not sure which grade to choose scroll down to the "Grades and Squash Levels" section.
Prizes: A Grade cash prize. All other grades winners will receive a select bottle from Weavers Wines (this proved very, very popular last year) as well as Eye Rackets accessories.
Deadline for entry: Friday 11th February (please note that entries might sell out before this. If they do then you will be automatically added to the reserve list)
Contact for more information: Mark 07846 067505 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Food and Drink - the important part
In the evening we will be running a "Happy Hour" during the finals with some great deals on drink. There will be some fantastic squash on display so well worth hanging around to watch and make the most of the bar!
At the end of the day we will be running our traditional boat race.
Last the lead by squash and drinking legend Simon Martin Racquets Fitness Centre Thame came through as victors narrowly defeating the 2018 winners Nottingham University Alumni... https://www.facebook.com/FantasySquash/videos/341594489790986/
- All grades will have group stages leading into a knockout.
- The top two teams from every grade will progress to the semi-finals.
- All competitors are guaranteed at least three matches!
- All matches will be best of three games PAR scoring to 11. Sudden death at 10-10.
The popularity of this event has meant that there has sometimes been waiting periods between matches. This year we will aim to have all C, D and E grade group stage matches finish before lunch. This means that A and B grade matches will not begin until after lunch. All semi-final and final matches will then take place later in the afternoon.
Courts: The A Grade will play on a doubles sized court. All other grades will all play on standard sized squash courts. This includes the semi-finals and finals.
Scoring: Scoring will be PAR (Point a rally) to 11. If the game reaches 10-10 then it is sudden death to 11. Matches will be best of 3 games.
Strokes and Lets: Strokes will only be awarded if the ball hits a player or if someone is deliberately blocking and obstructing play.
Timekeeping: Everyone must be aware of the times that they are on court. It is your responsibility to find on when you need to be on
court. Please be aware that some courts can run faster or slower so make sure you are aware of who is on court before you. Unless a genuine reason has been declared to the tournament organiser the following rule will be enforced: For every 5 minutes late on court a game will be awarded against you.
Grades and squash levels
- Not sure which grade to enter?
- Follow this link to squashlevels to see your level - www.squashlevels.com
- The PDF below has the grades for 2020 and the levels of different players in each grade. We anticipate that 2022 will be very similar so enter the grade that is reflected by your squashlevels
There might be a situation where players in a lower grade do have a higher SquashLevels than a player in the grade above.
There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that I will not drop players down by more than one grade (they might have doubles specialists and squash levels only takes into account singles). I have taken into account how early people entered as I think that this is fair. I hope that this all makes sense, where possible I have tried to keep people happy so that everyone has a great time on Saturday!
Timings and faqs
Grades C,D and E: 9:00 start with group stages finishing by roughly 14:00 - players will then go into a knockout, once a team has lost they will be finished.
Grades A and B: Start around midday
Mixed Grade: Start at 9:00 with the group matches running throughout the day.
Tournament finals, if you make it all the way and the presentation is likely to be around 20:00
At the bottom of the page is links to the previous years events, this will give you a good idea on how everything has shaped up in the past.
The return of Peter Marshall and Simon Parke
With his unique double-handed playing style, Marshall finished runner-up to the great Pakistani player Jansher Khan at the World Open in 1994 and the British Open in 1995. When he reached the World No. 2 ranking behind Jansher in November 1994, many observers felt he seemed a strong candidate to displace the aging Pakistani champion as World No. 1. However, in 1995, Marshall was afflicted with glandular fever, the effects of which meant he was unable to play top-level squash for two years.
Marshall returned to the professional tour in 1997, re-claiming his place in the England squad which went on to win the World Team Squash Championship title in Malaysia. He broke back into the world's top-10 in 1999, and won his third British National Championship title in February 2000. He was protecting a remarkable record, having been unbeaten in that event since December 1989.
Parke was part of the England team that won the 1995 Men’s World Team Squash Championships and 1997 Men’s World Team Squash Championships. He also won the US Open title in 1999 and won the British National Championships in 1998.
Parke reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 3 (Oct 2000).
Club Information and Location
The Nottingham Open Doubles "takes over the club for the day".
With 10 high quality squash courts including 6 glass backs and 2 doubles courts Nottingham Squash Club is the ideal venue to host the biggest doubles event of the year!
Nottingham Squash Club
Club Website: http://www.nsrc.co.uk/
The event has been running since 1994 making this the 24th Nottingham Open Doubles!
Last year that Nottingham Squash Club hosted the event every grade was packed with over 170 players taking part.
Follow this link to see the photos
Follow this link to see the report and results from 2020
Follow this link to see the report and results from 2019
Follow this link to view the report and results from 2018
Weavers Wines is located a 15 minute walk from the squash club in the town centre and well worth a look if you find yourself in Nottingham. For more information and to find out how to order online follow this link... www.weaverswines.com/
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