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Top squash players battle for big prize in first Belfast Open

Top English player Joel Hinds will headline a new £5,000 professional event, the Legacy Wealth Belfast Open, taking place this week at the Belfast Boat Club.

Professionals from around the world will join Irish players to compete in this new event, part of the growing PSA World Tour.

Players from Spain, South Africa, USA and the Netherlands are among a strong entry that includes several up and coming young English players such as Angus Gillams - seeded two in the main draw - and Patrick Rooney, one of the top juniors in Europe.

Ireland will be represented in the main draw by Sean Conroy, who has been steadily climbing the PSA rankings in the last couple of seasons.

A number of other Irish players are competing in the qualifying event which concludes today, including Irish No.2 Brian Byrne.

The main draw runs from tomorrow until Sunday. Entry is free for spectators.

"We are delighted to have such a strong line-up for the first Belfast Open," said tournament promoter Jeff Hearst.

"It will be a great opportunity to see some spectacular squash at professional level."

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