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Australian Open Canberra shown live 14/8/11

Published: 24 May 2011 - 14:47 by rippa rit

Updated: 29 Jun 2012 - 12:19

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The Squash Australia Media Liason Officer has released this info

"Fox Sports to televise Australian Open finals live

 Squash Australia and Fox Sports are pleased to announce that the men’s and women’s finals of the 2011 Australian Open will be shown live on Fox Sports on Sunday 14 August, marking the first of three ‘majors’ to be delivered nation-wide on Australian television’s sports leader this year.

Fox Sports have also committed to showing the US Open and the World Open in the months following the Australian Open.

“This is a fantastic boost for our sport in Australia. Squash at the elite level is faster and more exciting than ever and the digital television coverage on the all-glass court brings the action right into your lounge room,” Australian Open tournament director Gary Hampson said.

“Australians love to watch live sport and I am happy to predict that once they see squash at the highest level, they'll be hooked.

"Coverage of the major championships is also important. There are some great personalities on the men's and women's professional tours who invariably produce absorbing contests. For example we have our own ‘Federer’ in England’s rock steady world number one Nick Matthew, who is constantly being challenged by the precociously talented and highly entertaining young Egyptian Ramy Ashour -our own ‘Rafa’.”

The Australian Open will be held from 8-14 August 2011 in Canberra in front of a packed house in the Royal Theatre at the National Convention Centre.

The Open attracts the top men and women in the world competing both for the prestigious titles as well as points in their respective World Series.

It is played on an innovative all-glass court that uses two-way glass to allow spectators a clear view of play from all around the court, while still allowing players to see the walls and the ball without distraction.

 About Premier Media Group

Premier Media Group (PMG) is Australia’s leading sports producer and broadcaster.  PMG compiles and produces the FOX SPORTS, FOX SPORTS NEWS, FOX SPORTS PLAY, FUEL TV and SPEED subscription TV channels, Foxsports.com.au and a range of video, text and statistical content for television, mobile phone and online delivery, including the new sports video application for Apple iPad, FOX SPORTS VIEW.  FOX SPORTS broadcasts an average of 23 hours of LIVE sport per day into 2.3 million homes around Australia with over seven million potential viewers through FOXTEL, AUSTAR and OPTUS TV. PMG also provides the FOX SPORTS NEWS channel via IPTV through FetchTV, produces a dedicated FOX SPORTS NEWS TV mobile phone channel and provides mobile content to all three major Australian telcos.   The FOX SPORTS channels are also available in more than 5,100 hotels and licensed venues as well as180,000 hotel rooms throughout Australia."

 

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From rippa rit - 29 Jun 2012 - 12:19

Squash Australia's Press Release:

"Malaysian superstar Nicol David will defend her Australian Open crown when the country’s premier squash tournament is held in Canberra from August 13-19.
David, the undisputed queen of women’s squash, won her first Australian Open title when she beat England’s Jenny Duncalf in the
2011 final.
By winning the title she added her name to the famous trophy, alongside sporting greats such as Heather McKay, Vicki Cardwell, Michelle Martin and Sarah Fitz-Gerald.
David will travel to Canberra with her coach, Australian Liz Irving, who was thwarted three times by Martin in her bid to win the Open during the early 1990s.
Tournament director Gary Hampson was delighted that David had elected to play at Canberra’s Royal Theatre again this year.
“Nicol is an absolute star of the game and we are so pleased she has decided to defend her crown. The women’s field is incredibly strong this year, with eight of the top 10 coming and entries not closing until next Tuesday,” he said.
 “Anyone who comes to Canberra to watch can be assured they are seeing the best players in the world.”
Duncalf, the world number two, will be back this year, along with England’s Laura Massaro (3), Madeline Perry of Ireland (5),  Hong Kong’s Annie Au (6), Frenchwoman Camille Serme (8), and Australian pair Rachael Grinham (9) and Kasey Brown (10).
David’s entry also means there are now six former champions in the draw, with Perry (2010), Au (2008), Grinham (2005), Brown (2006) and New Zealander Joelle King (2009) all having previously lifted the Heather McKay Cup.
The men’s draw features defending champion Ramy Ashour of Egypt, with England’s world number six Peter Barker the second seed.
The Australian Open will be played on the all-glass court at Canberra’s Royal Theatre from August 13-19.
“The tournament has gone from strength to strength over the past five years and Canberra should be proud to be a part of Australian sporting history,” Hampson said."
 

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From rippa rit - 30 Jun 2011 - 20:20

Squash Australia media report:

"Palmer to face Egyptian in Australian Open first round

Australia’s David Palmer will have to get past world number five Amr Shabana of Egypt in the first round of the Australian Open if he is to have any chance of adding a second title to the one he claimed in 2008.

All four Australian men who qualified directly for the main draw of the August tournament have tough openers, highlighting the quality of the elite field.

Cameron Pilley takes on world number six Gregory Gaultier of France while Aaron Frankcomb is up against seventh seeded Englishman Peter Barker.

Four-time Australian Open champion Stewart Boswell will take on Indian number one Saurav Ghosal, and if he wins that clash he will most likely face second seed Ramy Ashour of Egypt in the second round.

Top seeded Englishman Nick Matthew opens his title defence with a testing clash against South African Stephen Coppinger, who won Brisbane’s Hibiscus Gardens Open in April, ahead of a probable second round clash against Malaysia’s Ong Beng Hee.

Ashour plays a qualifier in the first round, as does third seed and fellow Egyptian Karim Ashour, while fourth ranked Englishman James Willstrop plays fellow countryman Chris Ryder.

Australia’s women have received far more favourable draws, with third seed Rachael Grinham taking on Lucie Fialova of the Czech Republic, while fifth seed Kasey Brown and seventh ranked Donna Urquhart are up against qualifiers.

Lisa Camilleri will play training partner Sarah Cardwell and Canberra’s Christine Nunn takes on Hong Kong’s Joey Chan.

In-form Victorian Melody Francis faces former Australian and 10th seed Natalie Grinham, who now plays for the Netherlands.

Malaysian world number one Nicol David, who is playing her first ever Australian Open, will face New Zealand’s Kylie Lindsay in the first round, while second seed Jenny Duncalf of England takes on a qualifier.

Along with both Grinham’s and Brown, there are three other Australian Open winners in the field.

Defending champion Madeline Perry of Northern Ireland takes on Malaysia’s Siti Munirah Jusoh, Hong Kong’s Annie Au plays a qualifier and New Zealand’s Joelle King faces Gaby Huber of Switzerland."

The Australian Open will be played on the all-glass court at Canberra’s Royal Theatre from August 8-14.

 First round draw – prefix denotes seeding:

 Men 

1-Nick Matthew (ENG) v Stephen Coppinger (RSA)

Ong Beng Hee (MAS) v Qualifier

Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v Julian Illingworth (USA)

8-Thierry Lincou (FRA) v Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)

5-Amr Shabana (EGY) v David Palmer (AUS)

Azlan Iskandar (MAS) v Tom Richards (ENG)

Qualfier v Qualifier

3-Karim Darwish (EGY) v Qualifier

4-James Willstrop (ENG) v Chris Ryder (ENG)

Qualfier v Qualifier

Adrian Grant (ENG) v Simon Rosner (GER)

6-Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)

7-Peter Barker (ENG) v Aaron Frankcomb (AUS)

Wael El Hindi (EGY) v Qualifier

Stewart Boswell (AUS) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)

2-Ramy Ashour (EGY) v Qualifier

 Women

 1-Nicol David (MAS) v Kylie Lindsay (NZL)

14-Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) v Emily Whitlock (ENG)

6-Annie Au (HKG) v Qualifier

15-Line Hansen (DEN) v Milou van der Heijden (NED)

3-Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Lucie Fialova (CZE)

9-Low Wee Wern (MAS) v Qualifier

7-Donna Urquhart (AUS) v Qualifier

13-Dipika Pallikal (IND) v Qualifier

12-Delia Arnold (MAS) v Olga Ertlova (CZE)

8-Joelle King (NZL) v Gaby Huber (SUI)

11-Joey Chan (HKG) v Christine Nunn (AUS)

4-Madeline Perry (IRL) v Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS)

10-Natalie Grinham (NED) v Melody Francis (AUS)

5- Kasey Brown (AUS) v Qualifier

16- Lisa Camilleri (AUS) v Sarah Cardwell (AUS)

2-Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Qualifier

 

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