April 2020 Rankings

1-Apr Name Country Tournaments Average 1-Mar
1 Manek Mathur India 6 4600.500 1
2 John Russell England 8 4443.750 2
3 Chris Callis USA 8 4417.083 3
4 Scott Arnold Australia 9 3992.917 4
5 James Stout England 10 3400.000 5
6 Greg McArthur Scotland 8 3327.083 6
7 Yvain Badan Switzerland 9 3250.000 7
8 Zac Alexander Australia 7 2823.000 9
9 Robin Clarke Canada 8 2695.833 8
10 Bernardo Samper Colombia 7 2675.000 10
11 James Bamber England 9 2341.667 11
12 Mike Ferreira England 7 2171.000 12
13 Will Hartigan USA 6 1823.500 14
14 Will Mariani Canada 9 1819.167 13
15 Eric Bedell USA 5 1768.500 29
16 Hameed Ahmed Finland 7 1619.125 18
17 Adam Bews Scotland 12 1602.266 16
18 Colin West Canada 8 1572.813 15
19 John Roberts Ireland 6 1516.000 17
20 Omar El Kashef Egypt 8 1426.458 19

 

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Tavern Club Open, R&TC Challenger cancelled due to COVID-19

After careful consideration, the SDA Board of Directors and event promoters have agreed to cancel this year’s Tavern Club Open and R&TC Challenger. While this is no doubt disappointing to SDA players and supporters, the safety of players, club members, and their communities is the highest priority. The SDA will be closely monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and will make a decision regarding the Buffalo Club Pro Doubles and SDA Combine in the coming weeks.

Calgary’s Letourneau & Shannon Celebrate Maiden Title in Denver

(l-r): Kelly Shannon, David Letourneau, Eric Bedell, Jordan Greenberg

Calgary natives and Princeton graduates David Letourneau & Kelly Shannon celebrated their maiden title amidst their first full season on the SDA Pro Tour at the 2020 Hashim Khan Sunday, March 1, at the Denver Athletic Club in Colorado.

The northern Rocky Mountain natives entered top half of the SDA Bronze draw and opened up their campaign by winning an all-Canadian affair against Viktor Berg & Thomas Brinkman 15-14, 12-15, 15-12, 15-11.

Denver native and SDA veteran Preston Quick returned from retirement with Graham Bassett, and proceeded to knock out top seeds Matt Domenick & Adam Perkiomaki in the first round 15-10, 14-15, 15-6, 15-12. Letourneau & Shannon then spoiled the Quick comeback with a three-game semifinal win.

In the bottom half of the draw, Eric Bedell & Jordan Greenberg fulfilled their seeding, reaching the final with a semifinal victory against Duncan Maxwell & Justin Todd 15-11, 15-14, 14-15, 15-10.

In the final, Letourneau & Shannon rebounded from dropping the first game to clinch their first title 13-15, 15-3, 15-9, 15-14.

“It feels great to have finally ‘put it together’ for an entire event after playing together for most of the season,” Letourneau said. “We actually grew up playing doubles badminton together in Calgary, so I was having childhood flashbacks out there.  Thanks to the DAC, the tournament organizers, sponsors and our hosts for a great event. Thanks for making us feel at home.”

The SDA Tour will add another Rocky Mountain event to the calendar next season with Calgary set to host its first professional doubles event.

“For those that don’t know, we have a thriving doubles squash community in Calgary,” Letourneau said. “The city has four courts–3 recently built–that are jam-packed throughout the season. I think an SDA event will only add to the energy at the city. Expect big–and boisterouscrowds next year! We can’t wait for the event.”

March 2020 Rankings

1-Mar Name Country Tournaments Average 1-Feb
1 Manek Mathur India 6 4600.500 2
2 John Russell England 9 4443.750 3
3 Chris Callis USA 9 4417.083 1
4 Scott Arnold Australia 9 3992.917 4
5 James Stout England 10 3400.000 6
6 Greg McArthur Scotland 8 3327.083 5
7 Yvain Badan Switzerland 9 3250.000 7
8 Robin Clarke Canada 9 2695.833 9
9 Zac Alexander Australia 8 2604.583 8
10 Bernardo Samper Colombia 8 2462.917 10
11 James Bamber England 9 2341.667 11
12 Mike Ferreira England 8 2121.667 12
13 Will Mariani Canada 10 1845.000 13
14 Will Hartigan USA 6 1823.500 14
15 Colin West Canada 9 1572.813 20
16 Adam Bews Scotland 13 1538.819 19
17 John Roberts Ireland 6 1516.000 17
18 Hameed Ahmed Finland 8 1503.438 18
19 Omar El Kashef Egypt 8 1426.458 22
20 Graham Bassett USA 13 1379.792 21

 

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