Once again Nottingham played host to the Fantasy Squash Festival. 9 Days, 5 tournaments, 365 matches, over 200 players, 30 hours of coaching and 14 litres of coffee consumed – A cocktail for success!

The week displayed squash and racketball at every level. To kick off the festival the Summer Doubles tournament was the perfect opener. In February Fantasy Squash hosted the biggest amateur 1 day squash tournament ever. The summer doubles was the inaugural event and presented some of the worlds best players including the MANTIS fantasysquash.com Nottingham $5000 Open winner Declan James. Even with world ranked squash players this was an event for every level. There was a fantastic atmosphere which ricocheted throughout the week.

 Next up was the Junior Open Bronze where juniors flock from all the corners of the country. The juniors gave it all they could giving us some fantastic matches to watch.

 Throughout Monday to Friday we held the Fantasy Squash Academy summer camp. This gave the kids an opportunity to get on court with the professional squash players. They also had a sports nutrition talk from Dr James Carter (Head of Gatorade Sports Science Institute) and Ray Jakeman (Strength and Conditioning coach).

 Towards the latter stage of the festival we hosted the UK-Racketball Nottingham Open. As part of the popular UK-Racketball tour Nottingham Squash Club is the flagship venue. Over the past few years this event has been a wonderful tournament and this year was no exception. Ted Jeal took the A Grade title against Mark Fuller in what is fast becoming a fierce rivalry at the top of racketball. 

 On the last day of the Festival the Fantasy Squash Graded squash tournament was held. Squash players of all ages and abilities took part. It was really positive for the sport to see so many people taking part. Josh Taylor eventually won the A Grade final against Dan Soar 2-0. All of the other grades were very closely contested. With the end of the graded all eyes were now turned to the final of the PSA event.

 The $5000 MANTIS fantasysquash.com Nottingham Open 2014 consisted of local hero Declan James taking on higher ranked player Charles Sharpes. A final between the two tops seeds always promises a lot and in Nottingham tonight it didn't disappoint. Both players came into the match as previous champions and were clearly eager to win the title again. The home hero Declan has retained the title he won 12 months ago. Everyone at Nottingham will be hoping he'll be back again next year...