Thursday 18 September 2008

Barker finds Sweet Home in Chicago

Peter BarkerPete Barker scored the biggest individual win of his career on the PSA tour this week, by defeating David Palmer 15/13, 11/9, 11/2 in the final of the inaugural Sweet Home Chicago Open.

The event was as significant for the US was it was for Barker, being the nation's first-ever professional squash tournament to be held outdoors ...

"It's the best tournament I've ever played. I love playing in America!" Barker commented after lifting the trophy.

On the back of his win the left-hander from Essex will be looking to quickly reclaim a berth in the World top 10 rankings (he curently resides at 12), and his victory bodes well for the upcoming World Open in Manchester.

The Chicago event featured a host of community squash events and exhibitions, including an appearance by Jonathan Power.

As I commented earlier in the year when discussing the Davenport squash tournament, professional squash in the US appears to be attracting a lot of attention, both from sponsors and the media, though my optimism was tempered earlier in the month when I saw that the US Open was to be postponed due of lack of sponsorship.

Left: Video footage of the final, provided by PSAlive.TV.

Sweet Home Chicago Open links


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1 comment:

  1. Just as I wrote this I noticed - shock-horror! - the BBC website has finally updated its squash page with an article about Barker's win:

    See the 'Beeb watch' article I wrote during the Olympics ...


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