The SAC squash section hosted the ninth edition of the Queen's Cup Open on Saturday June 3. The field of sixteen players included many players from our club and others across the region, with a strong contingent from the Stade Français, including two top-ranked women.
Traditions are important to us at the SAC. We maintained the tradition of a friendly and competitive event, the only one on the squash tour to offer afternoon tea. We welcomed players and their families to visit the club, with children in the squash gallery darting between the legs of players and referees and also enjoying the occasionally raucous game of table football.
There were also a number of firsts. For the first time, a player from the SAC won the event. Lee Beaves beat Dan Foden 3-1 in an entertaining final, in which the experienced veteran combined power, precision, and speedy footwork to overcome his younger opponent. Fans in the gallery counted up to forty shots in some rallies. Squash is not a game for the faint-hearted.
In fact all top three spots all went to people affiliated with the SAC as Nicolas Rosset took third place. And in another first, Caroline Grangeon from the Stade Français, 17th ranked woman in France, took fourth place.
Visiting players were enthusiastic about the warm welcome they received at the SAC as the 2016-17 season has now drawn to a close in Meudon. Many said they were keen to return to Meudon for the Toby Cox Cup, our season-opener in September.
Vive le squash!
Tournament organiser and squash evangelist