The Wellington Squash Open gets underway tomorrow(Friday) at the Mitchell Park Squash Club, Hutt Valley with a solid draw in the Open singles, including the appearance of world No14 Joelle King in both the men’s and women’s section.
King, who won gold and silver medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games last year is top seed in the women's draw followed by Waikato's Emma Millar and Avon Moleta, from Gisborne.
In the men’s singles King, 22 faces Wellington’s Sam Atkins in the first round. Atkins, 29 had a world ranking of around 150 about four years ago, but now plays A grade for Thorndon.
The men's field is headed by Martin Knight, 27 who originally hails from Wellington but is now based out of Auckland. Knight has a current world ranking of 49. Wellington’s Evan Williams is second seed and Mitchell Park's Corey Love the third seed. Knight is New Zealand’s top ranked male singles player and won silver with King in the mixed at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
Recently King and Knight won their respective singles titles at the Waikato Open.
The tournament runs from Friday 27 May until Sunday 29 May with the finals from 3.45pm on Sunday ..