TWP St George’s Hill tops Britain’s squash world after two of its club players completed a double triumph at the National Squash Championships.
Daryl Selby, 28, and Laura Massaro, 27, both members of the Weybridge, Surrey, club, lifted the men’s and women’s titles at the National Squash Centre, Sportcity, Manchester to overturn the form book and overpower world number one Nick Matthew and England number one and world number 2 Jenny Duncalf respectively, both in five sets, to win the accolade for the first time.
The event proved a milestone for TWP St George’s Hill emerging talent too as 24-year-old Tom Richard, who first played at the club when he was seven, reached the semi-finals, as did Dominique Lloyd-Walter, 29.
For some years, the club has nurtured young squash hopefuls through its Academy system, run by former leading squash player Danny Lee. As the results started to flow, the club attracted sponsorship from local tax specialists and chartered accountants TWP.
Major redevelopment of its provision culminated last autumn in the opening of the McWil all-glass squash, reportedly the only court of its kind with electronic moveable side wall capable of transforming the court for doubles play, an increasingly popular form of the sport.
The club can now claim not only to be the squash hub of the south but to vie for ranking as the top site nationally – TWP St George’s Hill currently heads the Premier Squash League as the season nears its climax in April.
“It doesn’t get much better than this,” said Danny Lee after the double triumph in Manchester. “This is such an exciting time for TWP St George’s Hill and the emerging players such as Tom and Dominique as well as Joe Lee, and Stuart Haddon, who won the Irish Junior National Championships recently. I believe we’re entering a truly memorable era here.”
Phil Munk, TWP’s Managing Partner, and a member of St George’s Hill for ten years, added: “It’s such a privilege to be associated with what is a phenomenal standard of squash and to know that at any time, you can be watching the world’s leading players at your local club.”
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