British Junior Open Squash 2016
British Junior Open Squash 2016.
Barcelona Global Squash landed in rainy Sheffield, England, on the 1st January 2016 for the 1st junior tournament of the new year, The British Junior Open Squash, considered as the second most prestigious event in the Junior Squash calendar after the World Junior Championship.
BGS Head Coach, Víctor Montserrat, along with CEO, Adrian Blakemore and Social Media Manager, Cris Santamaría, all travelled across to Sheffield to support the BGS top junior players. The bad weather did not deter the excitement and expectations that all the players felt about their potential performances in this international media-covered event. Tess Jutte, Dutch U19 Nº1 , Nilo Vidal, Spanish U19 Nº1 and Sofía Mateos, Runner-up in the Spanish U15 2015 Open, had spent the weeks leading up to the tournament preparing for this major tournament, and excitement was in the air. All three players were closely accompanied and supported by family members.
More than 450 top international junior players in the four divisions of U13, U15, U17 and U19, from no less than 30 different countries, all made the journey to Sheffield, all eager to share and experience the atmosphere that this magical event is able to create. Due to numbers, the tournament was once again staged in three Sheffield clubs, the historical Abbeydale Sports Club, the emblematic Hallamshire Tennis and Squash Club, home to the world famous Nick Matthew, and lastly Fulwood Sports Club.
Of course, surprise, surprise, this year saw Egypt with the highest representation, taking 12 of the 16 finalist positions, with the USA not far behind with an all time high participation of 39 players, their largest delegation of juniors to ever compete in the BJO, accompanied by no fewer than 10 coaches, and achieving four places in the top ten. The valuable work and resources behind US Squash are beginning to show that their future is bright.
British Junior Open Squash 2016. BGS top junior players.
Both Tess Yutte and Nilo Vidal unfortunately kicked off in the first round of the U19 main draw with defeats, with Tess losing to Yusef Foster in five tight games , 11/9, 11/9, 8/11, 10/12, 11/9 and Nilo losing to the top Swiss player Dimitri Steinmann 11/3, 11/2, 11/6. This year Tess says goodbye to his participation in the BJO as he now moves into the open category where we wish him the best of luck in all future tournaments. At 17 years old, Nilo will still have options in the BJO 2017 where he will no doubt improve on his results this year after a another full year of work and collaboration with his coach, Víctor Montserrat.
BGS Sofía Mateos started off in the U15 draw with a first round resounding victory over the English player Poly Clark, 11/6, 11/4, 12/10. In the second round, her opponent was Kiroshanna Manoharan from Malaysia, to whom she lost 0-3. Sofía con tinued to battle for a final a position over the next few days and achieved a very respectable 23rd place; like Nilo, Sofia will still have options in next year’s BJO where she will no doubt improve on this year’s excellent results if her level of play and performance continues to improve as it has done over the last year.
Well, another British Junior Open Squash completed and back to Barcelona; time to return to training and another year of hard work which will undoubtedly prove its value when we see even better results in Sheffield 2017.