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British National Championships moved to August under PSA management

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By SEAN REUTHE – Squash Mad Correspondent

England Squash have announced that the 2021 British National Squash Championships will be staged between August 3-6 at Manchester’s National Squash Centre and will be delivered by Squash Media and Marketing, a new division launched by the PSA.

This recently created commercial entity will take over the event management, marketing, promotion and broadcast of the championships.

Due to the close proximity to other major events, as well as England Squash’s desire to support players competing in PSA Challenger Tour events, the championships will host a capped 16 player draw in both the men’s and women’s divisions with no qualifiers.

The draws will comprise 15 of the highest ranked British players and one wildcard entry.

Although the championships will not run in their traditional format this year, England Squash are thrilled that the event will go ahead following a challenging 18 months for the game.

Sarah-Jane Perry and Jasmine Hutton in action during the 2020 Nationals final

England No.1s Sarah Jane-Perry and James Willstrop are the defending champions after they defeated Jasmine Hutton and Welshman Joel Makin in Nottingham in February, 2020.

PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough said: “We already have a strong relationship with England Squash and look forward to expanding our long-term collaboration with them through the staging of the British National Squash Championships.

“We are looking to work even closer with key stakeholders to jointly develop the sport including the events that sit outside the PSA Tour. The British Nationals have a great history and we are excited that Squash Media & Marketing will be an integral part of this event moving forward.”

The British National Squash Championships will be shown live on SQUASHTV and the Facebook pages of the PSA and England Squash.

Pictures courtesy of PSA and England Squash

 

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