Politicians will renew rivalries as Cedrus Open nears

Squash fans get a treat when some of the world’s best men’s and many of the world’s best women players come to Grand Cayman to play in the third annual Cayman Open at Camana Bay and the squash club in South Sound next week.

The 2011 Cedrus Open runs from 25-27 March and will feature Nicol David, the world No.1 woman who has never been beaten in Cayman and 2010 World No.1 Egypt’s Ramy Ashour in the men’s competition.

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Tournament director Dan Kneipp said: “All the profits from this tournament will go to the junior squash programme and the juniors are very excited about getting tips and clinics from these top pros.

“The glass court will be swung round 180-degrees from last year to accommodate more spectators. Tickets are going well but we need to sell a few more corporate boxes.”

Squash playing politicians Mark Scotland, the minister of sport and West Bay MLA Cline Glidden had an exhibition bout last year and they will renew rivalries this time.

Glidden joked last week when the competition’s draw was made: “I’m looking forward to playing Mark again. He’s in the UK at the moment and I hear he’s getting intensive coaching.”

But Glidden admitted his squash hasn’t improved significantly since last year. “I’m afraid I have to admit that my son (aged 12) is better than me now!”

Kneipp said: “Seeing Mark and Cline play again will be awesome. Maybe we can extend the invitation to other politicians like Ellio Solomon and Alden McLaughlin.”

Tickets are on sale at The Mansion at Camana Bay. Seats range from $10 to $50 for the general admission. For tickets and more information, ring: 525 7111, email [email protected] or go to www.caribbeansquash.com

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Glidden and Scotland will go toe to toe again.
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