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Leicester Open Doubles Entrants Information

Thursday, 18 June 2015 12:08:59 Europe/London

Information for all the entrants of the Leicester Open Doubles Tournament 2015.

Click through to see the released schedules and draws. Make sure you click on the PDF labeled schedule to see what time you are playing. 

Please note that I am in New Zealand and due to wifi connections not always working I might not always be able to stick to exact plan's regarding releases but this will give you an idea of when everything will come out. If anyone has any problems please email as soon as you can. mark@starsportsdevelopment.com

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Nottingham Doubles Open 2015

Monday, 9 February 2015 17:10:04 Europe/London

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Posted in News By Jak Garratt

Nottingham Doubles Open 2015 Schedule

Thursday, 5 February 2015 21:28:12 Europe/London

The schedule and updated draws for the doubles on Saturday are now up!

Click read more to view it.

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Posted in News By Jak Garratt

Nottingham Open Doubles Draws Released

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 00:59:49 Europe/London

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Posted in News By Jak Garratt

Nottingham Doubles Open 2014 Entry List Now Up!

Friday, 30 January 2015 14:50:19 Europe/London

Head to this page on the blog to see the entry list for this years event. 

Can you all please check as soon as you can that your entry has gone through alright and call our office on 0115 950 3756 if you have any problems...

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Posted in News By Jak Garratt

Leicester Squash Club Graded Tournament Draws and Schedule

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:26:01 Europe/London

The draws and schedule are now up for the Leicester Graded. 

Looking like it will be a great day!

Click here for the draws

Click here for the schedule.

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Posted in News By Jak Garratt

Leicester Squash Club Graded Tournament Entry List

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:16:25 Europe/London

Hi all!

We hope you are as excited about Saturday as we are! 

Click here to see the entry list.

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Posted in News By Jak Garratt

Head Coach at Leicester Squash Club

Friday, 14 November 2014 11:04:33 Europe/London

Leicester Squash Club wish to seek a new head coach! Read more for the full job advert!

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Posted in News By Jak Garratt

Leicester Squash Club Graded Tournament

Monday, 10 November 2014 15:20:27 Europe/London

Have you entered the Leicester Squash Club Graded Tournament yet?

Enter Here!

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Posted in News By Jak Garratt

Josh Taylor - India Trip

Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:38:36 Europe/London

Josh Taylor goes to India


So leg one of the October tour is complete. It was a successful trip having secured the points on the board I was aiming for, and with a very interesting week of travel to a country I had wanted to visit for some time.

 

I completed the trip with Alex Noakes a fellow professional squash player, a few years younger than I, with similar aims from the trip.

 

After arriving off the 8 hour flight on day one Alex and I, as I believe many tourists to this city past and in the future, got scammed by the local taxi man before arriving at the first hotel.

 

Once we got to the hotel we realised this would be a good trip. Often on these travels you get put up in decidedly interest hotels shall we say. This is in squash's efforts to be hospitable on a small budget! Here however we stayed in a 4* hotel first with a nice restaurant and bakery, which was frequented on a regular basis! We only had this place for the first three nights as if we reached main draw we would get put up at the club, if not we would have to pay for a hotel! Luckily on the day before the qualifying was due to start I managed to sneak main draw on my ranking which meant the lack of hotel issue after the first few nights was sorted. We moved into the rooms at the club the next day. These where also to a really high standard, and very comfortable.

 

The club itself was the National Sports Club of India. It was a well off members club in part of the urban sprawl that is Mumbai. The club featured its own indoor stadium for sport, and facilities for all racket sports and pool. The club was very nice and the members were very welcoming.

 

Eventually I got to play! After making main draw it meant I had a few extra days to wait around. The news the day before I was due to play was looking hopefully as although I had drawn a top 100 player with a high of around 70 in the world he was sick with food poisoning, and had requested for the match to be pushed back. Now under the PSA's tour guild lines this was touch and go as to whether this request could be met, however they organisers really wanted him to play. They also had the backing of the PSA in all they were doing as they are starting to build a big tour in India with promising plans for the future with 10 PSA's set for the country next year of varying sizes. This meant we had to play a day later. This day seemed to have sorted him out as he was very sharp when I came to play him, and proved a to stronger opponent for me at this point in time. I was disappointed with my performance, but the situation wasn't easy and meant psychologically there was a lot to get the head round in the run up. Alex meanwhile had, had a nice run in qualifying and also managed to qualify before loosing to a Malaysian opponent who is quickly rising to top 100.

 

Tournament wise I managed to secure the points I was aiming for even if it was easier that I thought it would be and case of turning up rather than battling through qualifying.

 

The fact it was a PSA and WSA made it a very sociable tournament, and I got to meet a lot a new faces and some new friends who I am sure I will bump into again! The nature of the social side of these tournaments is great. You get to make a lot of friends all over the world. Its part of this lifestyle which I am very lucky to be part of.

 

Travel wise I managed to get a few nice aspects in. I visited the gateway of India, the Taj hotel, the markets in that area and the historical buildings also. I found it a really nice place to visit and lots of things of interest. The stand out thing has to be the culture difference. However I think given the areas we were in and the people we were surrounded by and looked after by I feel we didn't witness the true extremes of it. The club was definitely an affluent place and we had the escape of this. There were a few times we were exposed to it whilst visiting places. The beggars are quite persistent and you witness often the different prices quoted to tourists to locals. After our first taxi ride I think my skills at negotiation came in handy and the principle of take the price and half it twice seemed to work well.

 

Overall it was a great trip and very enjoyable experience. I am definitely aiming to be back for some of the events next year. Next up on my Tour for October I am off to Tokyo, Japan for a week from Monday the 27th to Tuesday 4th November. Wish me luck!

Posted in News By Josh Taylor

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