The British and Scottish Junior Squash Open - The Wimbledons of Squash

November 21, 2006

Every year promising junior squash players all over the world especially from India, Egypt, Malaysia, Pakistan make their way to UK for the British and Scottish Junior Squash Open.

The British and Scottish Junior Open are to squash, what Wimbledon and Stella Artois are to tennis. A few years ago, ICL Academy trainees Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa won the British Open Boys and Girls title, which signaled our emergence as a squash power on the junior circuit. While they have moved into the senior ranks and are currently climbing up the senior ladder, their mantle has been passed on to a number of promising juniors.

Last year at the Scottish Open, Anaka Alankamony won the girls under 13 title while Sachika Balvani (under 13), Surbhi Misra (under 17) and Abhishek Pradhan (under 13) finished as runners up. We also had a few q semi and quarter final finishes.

This year, a few juniors were unable to participate, as the tournament clashed with their School Certificate exam preparation. However we hope that our young contingent this year will continue to keep our tri-colour flying high.

The Indian contingent for the events is as follows:

Powerplaysports British Junior Open, 2-6 Jan 2007, Sheffield

Mahesh Mangaonkar, Rishi Tandon, Shravan Kaul BU13
Aditya Jagtap, Akshay Deepak, Ravi Dixit, Ramit Tandon BU15
Cyril Kuhn, Karan Malik, Suneesh Kaul BU17
Anaka Alankamony, Aparajitha Balamurukan, Sachika Balvani, Saumya Karki, Shria Kathri GU13
Ankita Sharma GU15
Dipika Pallikal, Surbhi Misra GU17

Scottish Junior Open, 27-30 Dec 2006, Edinburgh

Mahesh Mangaonkar, Rahil Fazelbhoy, Rishi Tandon, Shravan Kaul BU13
Ravi Dixit, Ramit Tandon, Akshay Deepak BU15
Cyril Kuhn, Karan Malik, Suneesh Kaul BU17
Saumya Karki, Aparajitha Balamurukan, Shria Khatri, Anaka Alankamony, Sachika Balvani GU13
Ankita Sharma GU15
Surbhi Misra GU17

Cyrus Poncha, is currently the Indian national squash coach based in Chennai. Apart from squash, he follows most sports and his hobbies include English music and movies. He was awarded the Dronacharya award in 2005.
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The British and Scottish Junior Squash Open - The Wimbledons of Squash


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November 22, 2006
01:25 AM

Whatz the diff between a Brit Open and a Scots open? Scots are part of the Brit (gnashing teeth and all), aren;t they?

November 22, 2006
08:02 AM

not really they have a bit of independance in certain matters. in many sports they also send different teams.

in this case its two different tournaments played back to back

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