Following an exclusive pre-sale period Premium Back Wall seats for both the semi-finals and finals have already sold out, meaning squash fans have to act fast if they are to secure a place in the crowd for the crucial knock-out rounds – with tickets for the tournament priced from just £10 and available to purchase via TicketMaster: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/ajbellworldchamps
English duo Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro, the respective Men’s and Women’s national number ones, say they are relishing the prospect of competing in front of a home crowd with three-time World Champion Matthew, who at 37 will be one of the eldest competitors in the Men’s draw, particularly excited to be returning to Manchester – the scene of his last world title triumph in 2013.
“I’m thrilled that the World Championship is coming back to Manchester in 2017 and to have the girls competing there this year as well at the same time makes it complete – so it will be a great spectacle for the sport,” said Matthew.
“Winning the title in Manchester in 2013, in front of one of the best crowds and atmospheres I have ever experienced, is one of the most special moments of my career and I’m really excited to be returning. Its’ testament to the work of Manchester Council, England Squash and the other partners likes AJ Bell that the tournament is coming back to Manchester.
“It will be the last World Championships I get to play in my own country – and maybe the last of my career full stop – so I’ll be doing everything I can to try and end it on a high.”
Meanwhile Massaro, who won the 2013 Women’s World Championship, will be hoping to build on her success in front of a home crowd at the Allam British Open in Hull…