Prott the only Scot survivor on Day One in Inverness
The 2021 Springfield Scottish Squash Open kicked off today at Inverness Tennis and Squash Club, 29 months after the last edition, with fourteen Round One matches in the $12k PSA Challenger Men’s and Women’s events.
There was plenty of home interest with five Scots looking to join those progressing to Round Two to combat the seeded players, but in the event Inverness’s own wild card Alistair Prott was the only one to succeed.
Urged on by the home crowd, Prott came through a see-saw five game battle to defeat England’s Connor Sheen in 41 minutes, easing through the decider 11-1.
Elsewhere in the men’s draw wildcard Fergus Richards lost out to Harry Falconer in the final match of the day, one of five Englishmen to advance alongside Miles Jenkins, Nick Wall, Tom Walsh and Curtis Malik who beat his brother Perry to the second round spot.
Wales’ Elliott Morris Devred set up a meeting with compatrion Emyr Evans as he despatced Charlie Cowie, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia Pollan won the longest match of the day as he overcame England’s Stuart Macgregor in five in the longest match of the day.
There were quick wins for England’s Katie Wells, Kace Bartley and Torrie Malik, Sanne Veldkamp of the Netherlands (beating Holland!), and the sole Egyptian entrant Rana Ismail.
Day Two features sixteen Round Two matches with the top seeds – including Scots trio Rory Stewart, Georgia Adderley and Alison Thomson – entering the fray.