With top local players Rudi van Niekerk and Lizelle Muller heading the field, an exciting Madibaz Open squash tournament is set to unfold in Port Elizabeth this weekend.
Held at the Nelson Mandela University’s south campus, the squash siblings, who play for Londt Park, will be the favourites to take the titles on Sunday.
Muller will be defending the women’s crown, while Van Niekerk will be aiming to make up for the disappointments of the last two years when he lost to Gary Wheadon, of Cape Town.
Wheadon, who has won the title since 2012, is not available this time as he is playing in a tournament in Durban.
“I am sorry that I won’t be there to defend my title but unfortunately I am committed to a tournament in Durban,” said Wheadon.
“I certainly hope to be back next year to aim for another title.”
While his absence does rob the tournament of one if its star players, tournament director Jason le Roux said they had still been able to attract a quality line-up.
“Besides Rudi, Free State A section provincial player John Kuhn, now studying in George and ranked 26 in the country, will be here.”
The tournament will cater for various leagues and will get under way tomorrow evening.
The action will continue on Saturday, with two rounds scheduled, while the finals will take place on Sunday.