Edinburgh to stage Springfield Scottish Squash Open

The Capital is set to host the return of a prestigious squash tournament next spring following an 18-year hiatus.

Wednesday, 25th July 2018, 6:36 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th July 2018, 6:42 pm
Squash players Lisa Aitken and Greg Lobban were joined by Scottish Squash chief executive officer Maggie Still and Sandy Adam of Springfield Properties. Pic: Nick Mailer
Squash players Lisa Aitken and Greg Lobban were joined by Scottish Squash chief executive officer Maggie Still and Sandy Adam of Springfield Properties. Pic: Nick Mailer

The Springfield Scottish Squash Open will be a PSA Challenger 10 event held at Oriam with a $20,000 prize fund, which will be equally split between male and female players.

The tournament, which was last played in 2001, is set to attract a raft of world-class players to Edinburgh from April 3-7, 2019.

The event will be one of the most lucrative squash tournaments in Scotland next year and makes its return thanks to backing from housebuilders Springfield Properties.

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Greg Lobban, currently 30 the in the PSA world rankings, said: “I was too young to remember the last time there was such a big event in Scotland in 2001, but players such as Peter Nicol and John White competed, and hopefully we can attract that calibre of players as the Springfield Scottish Squash Open grows.

“There will be equal prize money at both the men’s and women’s event and I think it’s brilliant squash his country is leading the way in that regard.”

The sport’s national governing body, Scottish Squash, is negotiating with other firms regarding additional sponsorship to upgrade the tournament to a PSA Challenger 20, which would bring one of the largest ever prize funds for a squash tournament in Scotland.

For further information on the Springfield Scottish Squash Open, visit www.scottishsquash.org/springfieldscottishsquashopen