2018 DAY ZERO :
The 2018 Dunlop British Junior Open kicked off in its new location with a pair of exhibition matches on the Glass Court at the University of Birmingham.
The Dunlop British Junior Open kicked off in its new home of Birmingham with an exhibition evening at the University featuring four of Britain’s established squash stars …
Dunlop British Junior Open Exhibition
Sarah-Jane Perry 3-0 Emily Whitlock 12-10, 11-5, 11-5
Nick Matthew 3-1 Declan James 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9
Some reflections and advice:
Emily: “It’s great to be back playing after a month of injury, especially for an event I have great memories of. For this year’s competitors I’d just say play your best but make sure you enjoy yourself, you won’t get to play many tournaments of this stature with all the age groups.
Sarah-Jane: “Don’t be too hard on yourselves, not everyone can win – I didn’t win a match in my first two BJOs not even plate matches – just do your best and take the experience with you for your next tournaments.”
Declan: “Some of my best memories are from junior events and especially the BJO. Even if you don’t win it you’ll learn a lot to take forward. Venues like this are what we have for World Series events, so make the most of it.”
Nick: “You may see some negative press about the lack of money in squash, but in my 20 years as a pro it’s got better and better, and it’s a great life, travelling the world playing something you love. Once you go for it you have to commit 100% mind body and soul.
It’s good to see the BJO moving on after so many years in my home town of Sheffield, so maybe it’s time too, especially for the English players, to show those Egyptians who’s boss!”