Decorated squash champions Wayne Burrowes and Karen Anderson lead the field of over 50 competitors vying for top honours at the BCW Capital/Liguanea Club Tournament, which serves off today at Liguanea Club, New Kingston.
The tournament will utilise a handicap format, which levels the playing field across experience and skill levels. With this exciting seeding system, every match is expected to be competitive as each contender has a genuine shot at the title.
Another exciting feature of the tournament is the gender-neutral seeding, which means male and female players will go up against each other, rather than competing in separate draws.
"Handicap tournaments are always particularly exciting because there's an element of unpredictability in every match," Liguanea Club president, Lowell Lawrence, explained. "Another exciting twist to this tournament is that the women and men will play against each other, which is an element some of the more competitive ladies will enjoy."
All eyes will be on Burrowes, who holds the mens' record for the most All Jamaica Senior Championship wins with 13 national titles under his belt. Interestingly, Burrowes' stiffest competition is expected to come from veteran women's champion, Karen Anderson, who has won a record 12 All Jamaica women's titles.
Anderson has been out of action for an extended period due to injury, but is still expected to give the male players a run for their money.
While the spotlight might be on Anderson and Burrowes, senior national team players Bruce Levy and Joey Levy have the potential to upset the applecart. Bruce, in particular, should be in good match shape, having competed in the Senior Caribbean Area Squash Championships just last month.
More than 50 players will contest the knock-out tournament which will be played over six rounds running from September 16 to 21.
"We are anticipating a very high standard of squash because many of our most successful and experienced players will be in action," Lawrence said.