British Open Squash Championships
The British Open Squash Championships , also short British Open , are an annual squash tournament for men and women. It currently takes place in Kingston upon Hull , England , and is part of the men's PSA World Series and the women's WSA World Series . The men's tournament was launched in 1930 and currently belongs to the World Series Platinum category , the second highest valuation category . The total prize money is therefore 150,000 US dollars . For women, the tournament, which has been held since 1922, belongs to the World Series Platinum category and has total prize money of 95,000 US dollars.
The men's British Open was played for the first time in 1931. The format stipulated that the defending champion had to play three games against a challenger, with the winner being who won two of the three games. This format was maintained until 1947, with no endgame requiring the third game. The KO system, which is still used today, has been in use since 1948. For the year 1930 the long-time British master Charles Read was chosen as the first title holder. His first challenger in 1931 was Don Butcher , like Read English, who won the games. The women's tournament was held as an amateur competition as early as 1922, and it wasn't until 1974 that the women's British Open became a professional tournament. Originally, women's and men's competitions were held separately, but since 1983 they have been held together. The most successful player at the British Open is the Australian Heather McKay (née Blundell), who won the tournament 16 times in a row between 1962 and 1977. In the men's category, Pakistani Jahangir Khan is the record winner with ten titles, and he also won all titles between 1982 and 1991 in a row.
Before the squash world championship was held for the first time in the mid-1970s, the British Open was regarded by experts as the unofficial world championships. Due to the great importance of the British Open in squash, the tournament, which is the oldest squash tournament in the world, is also commonly known as the “ Wimbledon of Squash”.
Since 1947 the British Open has been held in a number of different locations:
- 1948–1960: Lundsdowne Club , London
- 1961–1962: RAC Club , London
- 1963–1968: Lundsdowne and Royal Aero Clubs
- 1969, 1970-1974: Abbeydale , Sheffield
- 1970-1971: Edgbaston Priory , Birmingham
- 1975–1979: Wembley Squash Center , London
- 1980, 1984-1994: Wembley Conference Center ; London
- 1981-1982: Churchill Theater , Bromley
- 1983: Assembly Rooms , Derby
- 1995-1997: Cardiff , Wales
- 1998, 2000, 2001: National Indoor Arena , Birmingham
- 1999: Aberdeen , Scotland
- 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009: National Squash Center , Manchester
- 2003-2004: Albert Hall , Nottingham
- 2006: University of Nottingham , Nottingham
- 2008: Echo Arena , Liverpool
- 2012: The O₂ , London
- 2013, 2014: KC Stadium , Kingston upon Hull
- since 2015: Airco Arena and University of Hull , Kingston upon Hull
1 From 1931 to 1947, the title was awarded in a best-of-three competition, which means that the player who won two out of three games was the winner. A third game was not needed in any event, all games ended 2-0.
List the title holder after victories
|FD Amr Bey||6th||0||6th|
|/ Peter Nicol||2||3||5|
|Miguel Ángel Rodríguez||1||0||1|
Winner by country
List of titleholders after victories
|Nour El Sherbini||2||1||3|
Winners by country
- The tournament website (English)
- Statistics on squashtalk.com ( Memento from September 22, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
- ↑ British Squash Open: Nick Matthew begins title defense in thunderous style at London's O2 , theguardian.co.uk. Retrieved January 10, 2013.