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The University of Hull will host the Allam British Open

The University of Hull will host the Allam British Open, one of the world’s most prestigious squash championships from the 18-26 May 2019.

Dr Assem Allam, long-time sponsor of the tournament, announced the deal at the University’s new sports centre, The Beacon, on Tuesday. It is the first time the University will host the entire tournament, having been the venue for qualifying and round one matches in the past.

Assem said: “I am very happy to continue to support the Allam British Open and extend my backing of this great tournament. The British Open is a national treasure, and it is fantastic that we are continuing to build on the legacy of staging the event completely at the new sport development at the University of Hull campus and inspiring new generations to become involved with the sport in the region. I hope that we can attract many young students to discover squash for the first time in 2019 and look forward to working together with England Squash, the Professional Squash Association and the University of Hull to develop the sport in the region in the years to come.”

The Allam British Open is the oldest and most established tournament in squash. With a prize fund of £125,000 for each of the male and female winners, it is widely considered to be one of the two most prestigious tournaments in the game, often referred to as the “Wimbledon of squash”.

Steve Curtis, Partnership and Project Manager (Sport)​, said: “We are a university which is passionate about sport and this announcement is fantastic news. Our ambition is to be able to provide the setting to host world tournaments like this and our new facilities will provide an amazing location. We look forward to welcoming spectators from across the globe to witness what is sure to be a thrilling tournament.

“We hope the event can inspire the region to pick up a racket and give squash a go, we will be working in local schools to provide opportunities to try squash and to attend the championships on campus.”

 

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