times at St George's ...
You've got those
tournaments where everything goes perfect.
The organisation, the venue, the matches...
first ever Clic Sargent PSA Classic at St
George's is one of them.
To be fair, the
club is a dream. Situated in the very exclusive St George's Hill
area, with heavy security and stunning villas, the Club has been supporting squash
remember coming here for several qualifying events for major
events like Qatar or Kuwait, and their PSL team is one of the
best in the country -
played this year's semi-final
here, a match they
actually won only to bow to Duffield in the last hurdle.
Next year for sure!
There are several reasons why the club is such a success
in the Squash World of course, but one of those reasons is
certainly the presence of Danny Lee, the squash pro here,
father to Joe and Charlie Lee, both young players well
known to SquashSite readers of course.
is also - and very few people know this - one of only 7
people who managed to take a game off Jahangir Khan
during his 555 match winning streak.
Yes. You read well. Only 7 people managed to take 8 games out of
King Khan in over 5 years, and only 1 British, that was our
Needless to say he knows a bit about squash, and he knows
as well how to organise a great event. Honestly, this is a $25K,
and it feels like a World Series! SquashTV is here, we are here,
that is already a credit to Danny's sponsoring skills bless him.
OK, there was a little hicup at the start of the event as
the internet had a firewall intended to block people from
downloading videos that actually blocked SquashTV (and us) from
uploading our files! But it was quickly resolved, and since,
everything has been running like a dream.
club has a lot of facilities, including a glasscourt - obviously
- but also lawn, indoor and outdoor tennis, a heated indoor
swimming pool, a splendid SPA, gym, you name it they have it.
And the food is purely delicious. As Celia, the Squash
Manager, has given us access to the menu, I've been sampling the
"carte", and I cannot not mention the Bangers and Mash - well,
it's not called that way, still, that's what it is - made with
sausages made by a Surrey Sausage Maker that exists for 200
years! It's just one of the best food I have had in my 23 years
is the soul of the place as far as squash is concerned, he's
been doing everything really.
From booking and organising the refs, the hotel, the sponsoring
and the main organisation, he is also MC-ing the event, cleaning
the court, bringing us food and drinks, labelling the VIP seats
and making sure that all us involved, players, officials, PSATV,
media people like ourselves have everything we need. So, thanks
my dear Danny, you made this event a superb event.
course, OF COURSE, this event could not have seen the light with
our main sponsor,
Bassim Haidar, CEO of
Channel IT Group,
whose daughter Talia is suffering from Leukemia.
Mr Haidar, a prominent businessman, is helping raise
Clic Sargent, a Charity that helps babies, children,
young people and their parents to fight against that monstrous
disease we've more or less all lost a dear one to.
Please, make sure you let people know about Clic Sargent. If you
don't have much to give, you could buy your Christmas Cards from
the shop online, or give as little as you want. Every gesture
counts. Merci pour eux.
have got to thank Laurent Cossa and the PSASquashTV for
their help this week, as they allowed us to use their internet
connection, and that was an immense relief for us, so cheers guys.
Also, thanks to Howard Harding, who let us have access to
data during the event. Couldn't do without you mate.
A big thank you to Celia, who has been looking after us
all week, sorting out our troubles, printing our infos, pdfs,
etc. She has been a gem really. Can't thank her enough, she made
the difference between having to improvise bad solutions and
working in perfect conditions.
a huge thanks to the Refs, John Massarella (see you in
Qatar next week my friend), Wendy Danzey and Malcolm
Whiteley for their endlessly un-rewarded work...
As for us, this has been a fantastic time here in Surrey, and we
cannot wait to come back next year....