(L-R): Mike Ferreira, Jonny Smith, ILEX Construction’s Dirck Barlett, Johan Detter, Ned Marks.
Jonny Smith, inaugural Harrow UVA Challenger co-champion with Raj Nanda, added his second UVA Challenger title this weekend in the tournament’s second iteration with first-time partner and fellow Trinity alum Mike Ferreira.
Ferreira & Smith—playing on the right wall for the first time—encountered three Bantams on their final run, first both Shaun Johnstone & Jacques Swanepoel in Saturday’s semifinal, where Johnstone & Swanepoel handed their opponents their only lost game of the tournament on a simultaneous game-ball to gain a 1-0 lead. Ferreira & Smith recovered to win the next three games and match 14-15, 15-10, 15-8, 15-12. Continue reading
Jonny Smith and Raj Nanda have won the inaugural Charlottesville Challenger $15,000, their first SDA title since pairing up to claim the 2010 Pittsburgh Cup as the Squash Doubles Association welcomed two new doubles courts to the professional circuit during the McArthur Squash Center Grand Opening Festival of Squash at Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Smith and Nanda, world No. 13 and 21, entered the draw as three seeds and defeated first round opponents Graham Bassett and Ian Power in four games 15-11, 15-10, 10-15, 15-9 to set up a semifinal match against Chris Walker and Hamed Anvari who upset two seeds former PSA world No. 1 John White and world No. 12 John Russell in a five game, quarterfinal match 15-13, 13-15, 14-15, 15-13, 15-11.
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The world’s first all-glass hardball doubles court has officially been given the nod of approval by the world’s top players, during the first ever professional event to be held on the court and simultaneously live streamed to fans watching from afar.
The Elmaleh Classic invitational pro event was contested on the new court at the National Squash Academy (NSA) in Toronto, Canada, alongside a pro-am event named the Hogtown Rumble. Continue reading