Boston Squash and Racketball Club

The BSPA Boston Open

What is it? The 2006 Winners

The Boston Open began in 1997 to celebrate the opening of the club's new rainbow courts, which made it the first club in the UK to have National Lottery funded rainbow courts.  The club more than succeeded in its goal of attracting some nationally ranked players, and the event has continued ever since. Since 2000, it has linked in with the BSPA Tour, which has been a huge success. This has attracted even more top quality professionals, and the event is now the longest running event on the tour.

Although the original aim was to run it for 10 years, the club decided to continue past this, and will hold the 21st tournament in 2017.


Previous Events

The club links in with SquashSite.co.uk for reporting on this event. Reports from the last couple of years are available here, and an archive of all the Boston Opens since 2000 can be found here. A full report from last year's tournament is further down this page.

The club has welcomed numerous players who have gone on to become some of the world's top professionals. James Willstrop, Nick Matthew and Peter Barker have all entered the event in years gone by, and Mohamed El Shorbagy reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 Open.

For a complete draw sheet of every edition of the tournament ever held, click here.


Sponsorship

The Boston Open offers thousands of pounds in prize money every year, and relies on sponsorship to fund the event. Whether you would like to advertise in the popular 28 page programme, or have your business' name incorporated into the event title, there are many different sponsorship packages available. It is a chance for local businesses to associate themselves with a tournament that attracts nationally and internationally ranked players, and naturally the event receives the attention of the local press.


Last Time: The BSPA Boston Open 2016

Kevin Moran and Millie Tomlinson

CHAMPIONS: Kevin Moran and Millie Tomlinson

Millie Tomlinson and Kevin Moran took the titles at the 20th annual BSPA Boston Open. It was Tomlinson’s third consecutive Boston Open crown while Kevin Moran became the first Scot to win the event, despite previous finalists including compatriots Alan Clyne, Greg Lobban and Doug Kempsell.

 

DAY ONE

 

The tournament began with five men’s qualifiers for a place in the round of 16. Aaron Allpress progressed in straight sets, as did Lincolnshire’s Harry Falconer, as well as Nick Wall and Dan McGinn. Jamie Henderson had a slightly trickier passage, 3-1.

There were no major upsets in the women’s first round. Top seeds Millie Tomlinson, Nadia Pfister and Kace Bartley all received byes. Catherine Rae beat Charlotte Kirkwood in straight sets. 

Sam Ward, returning from a year travelling, beat Lincolnshire’s Katie Wells 11/6, 11/7, 11/7 in 22 minutes. Japan’s Tamaki Marumo and Brazilian Bruna Petrillo were knocked out by Ali Hemingway and Solent Classic winner Lucy Turmel respectively. Heidi Albinson beat Charlotte Jagger in the match of the round – coming from 2-1 down to win 12/10 in the fifth in 40 minutes.

Stuart GeorgeFriday’s action concluded with the men’s round of 16. The first two matches to finish saw 3/4 seed Miles Jenkins and 5/8 seed Kevin Moran go through. The unseeded Jamie Henderson beat Matt Sidaway [5/8] in straight sets, and it would prove not be Henderson’s only scalp of the competition. 

Following his qualification, 17-year-old Aaron Allpress impressed, putting up a good fight against second seed David Haley. He played well and took the second game to draw level, but eventually succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.

Top men’s seed Ben Grindrod actually lost his first game of the tournament to Dan McGinn 16/14, but recovered to win the match 3-1.

There followed three excellent final matches of the round, the last two of which had been scheduled for 8.15pm - although play did not finish on Friday night until 10pm. The evenly-matched Stuart MacGregor and Stuart George took 51 minuteVini Rodrigues v Nick Walls for a four-game contest culminating in MacGregor’s victory. “Come on Stuart!” shouted Harry Falconer’s dad Neil at one point - adding, “MacGregor, for the avoidance of doubt.” Vini Rodrigues beat Nick Wall 3-1 in a fiery encounter. 

 

3/4 seed Rory Stewart and Lincolnshire’s Harry Falconer, who had both been in Boston the year before, were forced to wait until late before stepping onto court. When they did, it seemed they were determined to get as much game time as waiting time. They battled it out in the longest match of the event. Falconer recovered from a first game defeat and took the next two by two-point margins. But Stewart slogged his way to victory 11/7, 9/11, 11/13, 11/7, 11/8 in 66 minutes.

 

DAY TWO

 

As usual, day two began with the women’s quarter-finals. Second seed Nadia Pfister, the Swiss #1, did not struggle in her first match, beating Catherine Rae in three. 3/4 seeds Kace Bartley and Lucy Turmel also made their way into the semis while Millie Tomlinson was in usual efficient form, beating Heidi Albinson 11/4, 11/4, 11/2 in a quarter of an hour.

Catherine Rae v Nadia Pfister

Unlike the women’s quarters, Saturday afternoon’s men’s quarter-finals did see some shocks. Kevin Moran beat 3/4 seed Miles Jenkins. In an even bigger upset, the unseeded Jamie Henderson, who had already knocked out one seed, dispatched second seed David Haley. He lost the first game 7/11 but took the next three 11/8, 11/9, 11/7 to win in an hour.

Ben Grindrod did not suffer a similar upset though, winning in three against Stuart MacGregor. The New Zealander’s victory prevented two all-Scottish semi-finals, with 3/4 seed Rory Stewart beating Vini Rodrigues 11/8, 11/4, 11/5.

A short break followed before the women’s semi-finals. They were among the three closest matches of the ladies’ event. 3/4 seed Kace Bartley caused an upset by beating second seed Nadia Pfister 11/7, 9/11, 11/5, 11/7 in half an hour. There was no such surprise in the other semi where Millie Tomlinson beat Lucy Turmel 11/6, 11/9, 11/5, although the scoreline in the first and third games belied the quality of the rallies in what was an enjoyable match to watch. 

While these matches were taking place on one court, another was playing host to world #35 Alan Clyne. He wasn’t in the competition, but had stopped off in Lincolnshire.

In the well-attended men’s semis Kevin Moran booked his place in the final with an 11/6, 11/6, 11/9 win in 40 minutes over the unseeded Jamie Henderson.

Ben Grindrod also won in three, making it an unusual double of straight set men’s semi-final wins. The number one seed was allowed time to stem a nosebleed after the second game and beat 3/4 seed Rory Stewart 11/5, 13/11, 11/8 in 36 minutes.

Ben Grindrod

 

DAY THREE

 

The women’s final was a much more straightforward affair than the year before, with Millie Tomlinson taking just 16 minutes to seal a 3-0 victory. Kace Bartley did lead 2/1 at the start of the first game before Tomlinson won nine consecutive points. In truth, she was always in control, winning 11/4, 11/5, 11/6.

The men’s final was also a three-gamer, but this time the showpiece did not go to seeding. 5/8 seed Kevin Moran had looked impressive all weekend and raced into the lead, winning the first game 11/3. He then established an 8/4 advantage in the second, before top seed Ben Grindrod fought back to lead 9/8, at which point the direction of the game and match was anyone’s guess. Moran responded though and took the game 11/9, a score repeated in the third to secure an 11/3, 11/9, 11/9 victory in 38 minutes.

“It’s been a great event,” said tournament organiser Mark Hildred.

“We fully enjoy it and we fully intend to run it next year.”