Best of Three trial to continue

A best-of-three games scoring format will be trialled for a second successive year at the Citigold Wealth Management Canary Wharf Squash Classic when the PSA World Tour Gold tournament takes place at London’s illustrious East Wintergarden.

The 2018 edition of the prestigious tournament became the first ranking PSA Tour event to be played using the best of three format and saw World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy beat World No.4 Tarek Momen in the final.

This year’s tournament will see a best-of-three games format used in the first round, second round and quarter-finals, while scoring for the semi-finals and final will revert to the traditional best of five format, similar to last year.

“We’re excited to once again trial the best-of-three games format in Canary Wharf and are confident that it will contribute to an explosive week of action,” said PSA Chief Operating Officer Lee Beachill.

“Last year’s tournament proved to be one of the most exciting instalments of the Canary Wharf Classic ever, with the early rounds showcasing some incredible drama and high-intensity matches.

“The best of three format gives players more recovery time between matches and this was evidenced by the fact that we had three terrific matches across the semi-finals and final last year, with those fixtures averaging over 75 minutes in length.”

Tournament Director Tim Garner said:

“The best-of-three games format fits our tournament perfectly. Not only was the on-court action just as eye-catching and dynamic as ever, the format gave us more flexibility when it came to scheduling the matches, which resulted in capacity crowds for every single fixture.

“The Canary Wharf Classic has been a hotbed of innovation for the sport in recent years and we are pleased to continue along that vein as we trial the best of three format once again.”

2018 Draw featuring Best of Three in R1 and Quarters