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28-Oct-09:
Strong field for Dutch Open

 The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has announced the line-up for the Dutch Open Squash 2009 which will take place from November 24-29 at Victoria Squash in Rotterdam, the Dutch capital of sports.

England’s Peter Barker, the world number nine, heads the entry list for the biggest men’s event on Dutch soil in this century. Dutch ace Laurens Jan Anjema (15) is seeded second in front of Australia’s Cameron Pilley (17) and Malaysia’s Azlan Iskandar (20). Daryl Selby (Eng, 21), Joey Barrington (Eng, 28), Tom Richards (31) - all from England - and Italy’s Davide Bianchetti (32) are the other top-eight seeds.

Piedro Schweertman is the second Dutch participant in the main draw of the Dutch Open Squash 2009. The 26-year old world number 131 received a wildcard for next month's event in Rotterdam which offers a total prize fund of US$40.000 as well as valuable world ranking points. Local stars Dylan Bennett, Rene Mijs, Bart Ravelli and Bastiaan Meulenbelt will have to qualify for the PSA 4 Star championship. The draw for the Dutch Open Squash 2009 will be announced on Monday November 9th.

Tournament promoter Tommy Berden is upbeat about the quality of entries for the Dutch Open: “Looking at the players who signed up, the Dutch Open shapes up to be another exciting event. Many of the guys who entered are on their way up and will be in the top-ten within the next few years,” said the former world number 22. “The quality of players ensures that we will witness some great matches, and as we only have limited seating available I would like to advise everybody to reserve their tickets early,” said the 30-year old Berden.