Day 1 of the JC Lindsay Scottish Junior Open taking place this week at the Edinburgh Sports Club and The Grange. A highlight of the Scottish squash calendar the tournament will see young players from all over the world battling it out for titles over the next three days. And it’s free admission for spectators throughout!
This year’s JC Lindsay Scottish Junior Open will see a bumper 208 squash players from 30 different countries take to the courts over three days at Edinburgh Sports Club and The Grange from Thursday, December 28.
Scottish Squash’s flagship event will see players from countries as far afield as South Korea, Japan, USA, Egypt, Malaysia and Ecuador compete in ten different categories of competition from under-11 boys and girls up to the under-19s event.
One of Scotland’s most promising Junior squash players Alasdair Prott (main picture), who trains at the Scottish Squash Academy at Heriot Watt’s Oriam Perforance Centre, is targeting a successful defence of his JC Lindsay Scottish Junior Open Boys’ Under-17 title when the action gets underway in Edinburgh.
Prott, 16, who finished runner-up at the British Junior Championships in October, said: “I am really looking forward to the JC Lindsay Scottish Junior Open, it’s a great competition. I have played it since I was under-11 and won last year.
“The Grange and Edinburgh Sports Club are really homely clubs so it’s a good atmosphere and I always get the home crowd cheering me on which is great. It’s always really enjoyable, a well run event with a good standard of competitor.”
The Inverness youngster continued: “Being staged just before the British Junior Open in January is a big attraction for a lot of players across the world.
“The Boys’ Under-17s is a really tough age category and I’m going to have to play at my best to go far in the tournament and defend my title. I just need to play my own game and if I play to my potential, I am in with a good shout.”
Play starts today at 9am.
Edinburgh Sports Club – First matches – 0900 (5 courts), Last matches – 19:40 (3 courts)
The Grange – First matches – 0900 (5 courts), Last matches – 20:20 (5 courts)
Individual match timings can be viewed here.
Admission is free for all spectators.