The 2012 Manitoba Squash Open will have the strongest draw ever when competition opens today at the Winnipeg Squash Racquet Club.
A prize fund of $35,000 will be up for grabs during the competition until March 18, part of the Professional Squash Association World Tour.
Laurens Jan Anjema — ranked ninth in the world — will be headlining the draw to compete for the Manitoba Open title, while Australian Cameron Pilley is ranked 15th and will also be going for the same prize. Both players are former Manitoba Open Champions, and are joined in the draw with two more former champions, Shahier Razik from Toronto (32nd in the world), and Spainard Borja Golan, (22nd). Players from England, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Czech Republic, Egypt, along with members of the Canadian National Team, will be competing for valuable world ranking points. Local touring pro Thomas Brinkman will compete in the main draw as the wildcard.
Nine different events will be taking place involving 140 amateur athletes throughout the competition.