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Watch the Stars of Squash in Action at the University of Hull

Some of the biggest names in world squash will descend on the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre when the prestigious Allam British Open starts on May 15.

The university will play host to 23 exciting main draw matches and you can watch all of the action take place at the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre – where entry is FREE of charge.



"The University of Hull is very proud to be once again hosting such a prestigious international sporting event on Campus. The world best players will be on show for free. I would recommend to anybody who has not watched live professional squash to come along and have a look, you do not have to be a squash fan to appreciate the skill and athleticism of the player.”

Steve Curtis, Partnership and Project Manager (Sport), University of Hull

Three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour is just one of the big stars involved when he takes on ‘Colombian Cannonball’ Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

The enigmatic Egyptian is a former World No.1, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play the sport and is sure to provide entertainment when he takes to the court.

Elsewhere in the men’s draw, Germany’s World No.6 Simon Rösner will be one of the star attractions as he takes on England’s Declan James, who recently claimed a Commonwealth Games bronze medal in the men’s doubles event.

New Zealand’s very own ‘Superman’ Paul Coll will be another one of the highlights on day one of main draw action at the University. The Kiwi Commonwealth Games silver medallist will face a qualifier in round one.

There will also be a whole host of English talent on show in Hull in the form of last year’s runner-up and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Sarah-Jane Perry as she opens her tournament against Egypt’s rising star Hania El Hammamy as she looks to go one better and take the trophy this year.

Elsewhere, Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David will be in action at the university, she faces Egyptian 21-year-old Mariam Metwally in round one.

Fresh off the back of winning a gold medal on the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games, New Zealand’s Joelle King will pit her wits against a qualifier in round one, with a potential second round fixture against Welsh bronze medallist Tesni Evans in store if both players can come through their opening round matches unscathed.

Welshwoman Evans will also start her tournament against a qualifier on the first day of action.


The schedule for the round one matches held at the University is as follows:

Court 4

12:00 [9] Nicol David (MAS) v Mariam Metwally (EGY)

12:45 Daryl Selby (ENG) v [7] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

13:30 [8] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Hania El Hammamy (EGY)

14:15 Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Q]

17:00 [4] Joelle King (NZL) v [Q]

17:45 [6] Simon Rösner (GER) v [WC] Declan James (ENG)

18:30 [16] Victoria Lust (ENG) v [WC] Fiona Moverley (ENG)

19:15 [8] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)


Court 5

12:00 Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v [5] Nouran Gohar (EGY)

12:45 Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)

13:30 [13] Olivia Blatchford (USA) v Donna Urquhart (AUS)

14:15 Borja Golan (ESP) v [Q]

17:00 [Q] v [6] Camille Serme (FRA)

17:45 Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [Q]

18:30 [Q] v [11] Annie Au (HKG)

19:15 Max Lee (HKG) v [Q]


Court 6

12:00 [Q] v [15] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)

12:45 Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v [Q]

13:30 [10] Alison Waters (ENG) v Joey Chan (HKG)

14:15 Paul Coll (NZL) v [Q]

17:00 [Q] v [12] Tesni Evans (WAL)

17:45 Saurav Ghosal (IND) v [Q]

18:30 [Q] v [14] Joshna Chinappa (IND)

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