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Ever fancied going to see how the professionals do it?

Last year, amongst other things, Dave Merrell was rewarded for his many years of service to squash by being a guest of England Squash and Racketball at the Rowe British Grand Prix at the National Squash Centre in Manchester.

If you have never been to a professional tournament, maybe Dave's recounting of his visit in his own words, perhaps this will inspire you:

My visit to the National Squash Centre, Manchester

Being tempted by the free entry to the Rowe Grand Prix competition, courtesy of England Squash, I ventured up to the National Squash Centre. After going round the ring road twice I managed to find Sport City - a very impressive site that incorporates Eastlands the Manchester City ground. The big bonus is that parking is FREE right next to the centre.

I went up on Friday 17th September which was Quarter finals day. Matches started at 1 pm and there was the possibility of watching 10 matches all for the princely sum of £10. What incredible value when compared to the costs of other sports.

I watched 5 matches all of a very high standard. The irretrievable shots were retrieved, the speed of recovery unbelievable and the agility of the players incredible. After all these years of playing I still am astonished at the quality and type of shots played by these supreme players.

It is obvious that the squash court is much smaller than the ones that I play on or how else do they do it.

Quarter Finals day is a good day to go to see both the top players and up and comers. I saw Daryl Selby, Gregory Gaultier, James Willstrop, S Goshal and David Palmer all put their slightly lesser opponents to the sword.

6 hours of squash was sufficient even for me. I hopefully learned a few extra shots, it appears that the idea is to drive the ball to the back of the court!

Thanks to England Squash and to Paul Main for providing the temptation to go.

David Merrell

Posted by : LD Squash at 19:48:PM on Thursday 27 January 2011
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