Some of the world’s best squash players will be on show in Darwin at the 2017 Australian Open.
NT Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, said the Tournament is a key event leading up to 2018’s 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, and the Territory Government is pleased to provide $30,000 to assist with hosting.
“The fact that Squash Australia has chosen Darwin for this tournament demonstrates the NT can host national and international world class squash events,” Ms Moss said.
“The competition will take place at our state of the art 12-court Darwin Squash Centre at Marrara and can cater for the Doubles Squash discipline, which is played on a wider court. The complex also allows Territory players to continue training and developing right here in Darwin, allowing squash to develop and grow in the NT.”
Over a period of seven days, Squash Australia will run three world-class events, the 2017 Australian Open, the 2017 Australian National Championships – Premier, B and D Graded tournament and the 2017 Australian Open Doubles.
The 2017 Australian Open will feature more than 40 Australian and international athletes, including the previous Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Rachel Grinham.
Darwin born champion Rhys Dowling is seeded 5th in the 2017 Australian Open and in the latest rankings released by the Pro Squash Association, Rhys has cracked the top 100 with a current world ranking of 98.
Australia is currently the most successful squash nation at the Commonwealth Games, with squad members currently spread across the world participating on the Women’s and Men’s World (individual) Tours.
Squash is a popular sport in the Territory with Darwin boasting over 400 registered players, making it one of the largest squash clubs in Australia.
The NT is home to four junior squash players ranked in the top 10 of their national divisions, plus ten more ranked in the top 35 nationally.
Source: NT Government