Nicol aims for seventh heaven

The 2012 Cayman World Open Presented by BDO will be the greatest squash tournament ever held in the Caribbean.

The Cayman World Open has entrants from 24 different countries vying for the coveted title of world champion.

But they will have to get past Malaysian squash queen Nicol David who has won it for the past six years and been the Cayman Open champion all three times it was staged.

The building of the glass court has begun at Camana Bay. The new location at Festival Green is currently being prepared, with the court platform built on Friday, the tent erected on Sunday and the glass court build beginning on Monday.

The first four days of the event is at the South Sound Squash Club before the action moves to the glass court. It started on Monday and the finals are on 21 December.

Event director Dan Kneipp said: “Thanks to our generous sponsors we have a tournament raffle with over $50,000 in prizes including a 2013 Ford Edge from Vampt Motors. Proceeds go to funding the Cayman World Open and the Cayman Islands junior squash programme. Tickets are $25 and $50 for three.”

Apart from the first prize of the 2013 Ford Edge with a value of $39,000, prizes include a Hearts On Fire 18K white gold 5 stone wedding band from Island Companies, worth 5,590, a Hamilton Jazzmaster watch with rose gold finish from Island Companies worth $705 and a Movado Bold watch in black from Island Companies worth $650.

There are also top of the range sunglasses, trips to New York on Cayman Airways and an iPad. Tickets can be purchased at the squash club, or through the juniors.

The 2012 Cayman World Open is run to help finance the junior squash programme. This year the tournament has put $47,000 into the funding of the national squash coach, and the tournament is donating $42,000 in Dunlop equipment for the junior programme to ensure the programme continues to have free equipment.

So far this year over 2,000 juniors went through the different programmes, sponsored by Maples, Butterfield and Digicel.

This is a non-profit event and 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly to the junior squash programme. The 2012 Cayman World Open is run by the Cayman Islands National Squash Association.

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