Chalenor takes on doubles pal

World ranked English aces Mark Chalenor and Chris Walker play an exhibition squash match at the South Sound Club on Friday.

The event between the two friends and doubles partners starts at 6.30pm. Adult tickets are $25 and it’s $20 for juniors.

Chalenor is based in Grand Cayman. His highest world ranking was No.7 and he was once No.1 ranked in England. He has won gold and bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games and is a former England captain.

New York based Walker has been ranked as high as No.4 and has also won bronze at the Commonwealth Games and is the USA national coach. He too is a former England No.1 and team captain.

Chalenor, 40 next month, is training to play in a Legends squash event in St Louis. “It just so happened that Chris, who is also playing the event, had a gap in his schedule at the last minute leading up to the Legends event next week,” Chalenor said. “He decided to come down and visit for some match practice.

Chalenor organised the event and Premier Wines + Spirits and CayBrew donated beer and raffle prizes.

Having retired from singles five years ago, Chalenor now plays on the Hardball Doubles circuit in the US and has maintained his match fitness to a high standard. “I travel on a regular basis back to the US for doubles tournaments, however I rarely play singles these days and I’m very much looking forward to getting back on the singles court against Chris.”

This is an even match as they both played for England at a similar time and as doubles partners know each other’s game acutely well. Chalenor added: “It will be challenging yet fun to be against Chris as opposed to on the same team. The outcome of the game is anyone’s guess.”

Walker, 44, has been here on holiday here before, however never played on Island. Ticket sales have gone well, but there are still seats available with an expected crowd of over 70.

Chalenor is excited by the quality of the next generation of local champions, particularly Cameron Stafford’s quick progress in the pros. He also hopes to put on more exhibitions here. “I would really like to get Cameron involved once he returns from his training in Australia. I would also like to get my good friend Alister Walker who won the Cayman Open last year down again for an exhibition and clinic.”

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