Squash World Open at Camana Bay

Squash fans in Cayman are excited by the news that as well as staging a huge international event in Camana Bay next year, Cayman will also be hosting the 2012 World Women’s Open.

The Cayman Islands National Squash Association has secured the rights to host the 2012 World Open by the Women’s International Squash Players Association.

The 2010 Cayman Open will be played on an all-glass court at the Crescent in Camana Bay, with the aim of continuing to use the venue the following year and for the 2012 World Open.

Ninety-six athletes from over 30 different countries will compete for the title of world champion. One Cayman player will receive a wildcard into the main draw (the first time a Caymanian will have participated in the main draw of the World Open) and two Cayman players will receive wildcards into the qualifying draw.

The World Open will be for the top female professionals, with a men’s exhibition tournament for the top male Caribbean players run simultaneously.

‘The value to Cayman’s economy will be over $7 million worth of sports tourism, marketing, exposure and TV coverage. Next year’s Cayman Open will generate $2.5m,’ Dan Kneipp, 2012 World Open tournament director, said.

‘Cayman’s junior squash programme will be the main beneficiary of the Cayman Squash Open over the next three years. Our aim has always been to give 1,200 juniors free lessons, memberships, equipment and transport and we will reach that target.

“The 2009 Cayman Open in May was so successful that we were able to immediately go into negotiations to host the next World Open.’ Cayman Free Press has been a sponsor of the event since its inception and will continue is sponsorship in 2012.

‘The event isn’t available until 2012 because Amsterdam has it until then, so we’ve got the next possible date. We have to achieve a few goals before then, including ensuring the 2010 event is a success. We’ve already secured a lot of our event sponsors, but we’ve still got plenty more that we need. This is our first step in hosting the biggest tournament there is in the sport,’ Mr. Kneipp said. ‘Cayman is so beautiful and has so much to offer there should be a lot more world class sporting events held here.’

Jeff Broderick, president of the Cayman Islands National Squash Association, said: ‘We’re extremely pleased to be able to bring the World Open to Cayman’s shores. We think this event has an enormous amount to offer Cayman, not just through the extensive worldwide media coverage, but what the event is able to do for our juniors.

‘We’re very excited that this event will allow our youth to participate in one of the healthiest, most physically demanding and fun sports possible.’