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Published: 03 Dec 2007 - 07:18 by rippa rit

Updated: 06 Dec 2007 - 18:14

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It is very interesting to read the comments of the players, and squashsite do a great job of capturing the moments. The World Open in Bermuda obviously was a good one to win and Shabana is a tough competitor both physically and mentally.

So Gaultier was anxious, and wanted to win this big tournament, and it showed when he says he felt he weighed "100 kg" - then to kick his racket is a sign of frustration.

So, how out of perspective can we get - beat the top seeds and make the finals of a tournament that attracted the best, and come second, and it was not good enough obviously for Gaultier.  Most players would be elated to even look half as good! Right? Maybe because Ramy was out due to injury that built up a bit more hope of taking out a big event....yes, I guess you do not get that many chances.

How great it is for squash to see such a venue as Bermuda have staged making this game look just tops in the world of sport.  Well done.

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From Viper - 06 Dec 2007 - 16:06   -   Updated: 06 Dec 2007 - 18:14

Sanity prevails..........


edit : alas it seems the skating rink is to stay

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From rippa rit - 04 Dec 2007 - 07:24   -   Updated: 05 Dec 2007 - 08:40

Viper I only know that at the beginning of the tournament the players complained about the floors being slippery and I heard no more.  Now that you have the forum interested in the slippery court floor at Bermuda  please elaborate on the chain of events that occurred following the player's complaint. So the players complained.What did the establishment do to make them more playable? Whose responsibility was it, the manufacturer, the organisers, the sponsors? Were the floors treated or replaced or what? Did the players meet with the organisers and decide things were ok for the tournament to proceed? We know the tournament continued. What negotiations took place?  Will the players return next year?  Will that court be used again or scrapped?

I find it hard to believe that the players would continue playing if NIL was done. The Tournament Director would have a responsibility not just to get the matches on court, but to satisfy the sponsors, the media, the players, the insurance obligations, and so on.


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From Viper - 03 Dec 2007 - 16:41   -   Updated: 03 Dec 2007 - 16:45

Squash prize money is a pittance compared to tennis, golf etc and the truely huge money on offer in these sports has never stopped them halting play.

A squash player would be foolish to risk a major injury that could end his career years before his time for the sake of one reasonable purse.

How on earth did this floor get to be used in the biggest tournaments in world squash without being rigorously tested before hand in all possible conditions ?



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From rippa rit - 03 Dec 2007 - 16:21   -   Updated: 03 Dec 2007 - 16:24

Well Viper they have tried to put squash on a pinnacle, and yeah the floor was not the best, but I am sure they will fix that up and not pull it down and run away from the scene.

With huge prizemoney (for top squash players) would they want to turn their backs on such an event....NO.  Would there be an alternative venue with sponsorship.. .NO.

I am pleased you read the comments of the players with great interest, and will find it comforting when you next step into a competition.

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From Viper - 03 Dec 2007 - 09:49

"How great it is for squash to see such a venue as Bermuda have staged making this game look just tops in the world of sport.  Well done. "


I am sure the venue is nice and the tournament is well run but I think you are being a "little" ( cough..cough.) generous there Rita.

In reality the game and the people who control it are looking pretty silly at the moment > ie the slippery glass floor debacle.

Just imagine if was tennis, or golf and cricket etc, the players would have walked off and refused point blank to risk career ending injuries on a slippery surface.

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