Gary Wheadon will be looking for his fifth title in a row at the Brian Bands Madibaz Open squash tournament that will be held at NMMU from June 17 to 19.
The four-time defending champion, who hails from KwaZulu-Natal but now lives in Cape Town, has already confirmed his participation even though entries only close on June 15.
He will be looking to add another title to his list in one of the final tournaments for the provincial players to fine-tune their games ahead of next month’s Jarvis and Kaplan Cup tournaments in Maritzburg.
“Gary will definitely be coming back to defend his title and we are still talking to a few other leading players to see if they will be able to enter,” said tournament organiser Jason le Roux.
Le Roux will also be among the contenders after missing out on the recent Crusaders Challenge when the flu forced him to withdraw.
Saders winner Rudi van Niekerk might also be in the reckoning and, if he does enter, would provide formidable competition for Wheadon, who is ranked sixth in the country.
Van Niekerk has been ranked among the top 20 players in the country over the past year.
East London’s Geoff Stephen, runner-up at the Saders Challenge, and Grahamstown stars Matthew Tait and Jethro Thorburn are also confirmed for the tournament.
Tait and Thorburn have been included in the EP teams for Maritzburg.
The Madibaz Open will be played at the North Campus courts. Registration is at the venue from 4.30pm to 5.30pm on Friday, June 17.
A Swiss pairing system will be used, with matches on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning.
Entries can be e-mailed to email@example.com.