The Bendigo Squash Club will host the Bendigo International Open next week.

THE courts of the Bendigo Squash Centre are set to come alive next week with the PSA World Squash Tour Bendigo International Open set to return for its fourth year.

Talent from near and far have been drawn to the event, playing for a share in a prize pool of $5000.

They include the likes of Australian 2018 Commonwealth Games representative and female top seed Christine Nunn (world number 45), men’s sixth seed Joel Luca, as well as international players such as England’s Joe Green (world number 129), Ireland’s Sean Conroy (world number 143) and Enzo Corigliano (world number 155) from France.

Bendigo Squash Club’s Russell McLean said the club was excited to again host the competition.

“In the ladies draw we have the top three or four women which are in the top fifty in the world and are all Australian. So it’s going to be a battle between a couple of the Australian women which is great,” he said.

“They’re amazing players so it will be good to watch.”

McLean said the men’s draw is made up of those travelling on the world tour.

“It’s just one of those events that people jump into, as we’re one of four tournaments they’ll run to,” he said.

“It’s a good location, we’re a really good city, and we’ve got a good club behind us.”

McLean said, however, with new Professional Squash Association rules coming into force at the end of 2018, assessment of the tournament’s future in terms of sponsorship would have to take place.

“We’ve got to do a little bit of work over the next year and decide how important it (the tournament) was, and if we can get some more funds to put towards it,” he said.

“It is really important for us to show that people around the Bendigo area are interested in this sort of thing, to make it
worthwhile.”

The four-day tournament kicks off on Thursday, with finals taking place on Sunday afternoon.

Sam Kane