#1: Chris Simpson

Channel VAS Championship 2016, 06-12 Dec, St George's Hill, Surrey 

[ #1: Chris Simpson ] #2: Daryl Selby ] #3: Max Lee ] #4: Marwan Elshorbagy ]


#1 Chris Simpson

Chris is the tenth-ranked player in this year's draw - quite something when you think that he won last year's event, the CLIC Sargent Classic. Then again, the four-fold increase in prize money has a lot to do with the quality of the entries ...

Last year's victory was Chris's 9th and biggest PSA title.

Since then he's gone on to get married (congrats!), reach the semi-finals of the British Nationals in February, helped England regain the European Team title, won the $25k Open de Paris in May, helped Paderborn win the European Club Champs title, and this weekend he reached the semi-finals of the $50k CCI International in Mumbai.

So he'll be returning to St George's in good form, which he'll need to be as he's facing third seed Marwan Elshorbagy in the opening match on Friday 9th Dec, and it's tywo-all with Chris winning the first two, Marwan the most recent two.

Chris faced elder brother Mohamed last month in the U.S. Open, so maybe meeting Marwan is a blessing in disguise.

"I'm really looking forward to going back to St George's," said Chris, "I played well in last year's event and saved my best squash for the final, so I hope I can resume in that sort of form.

"It's great to have a big event like this near home, Danny has done really well to grow the event, and the fact that the proceeds from the tickets go to such a deserving charity is a big bonus."

Age:  29                  Birthplace:  Guernsey

Current WR:    20      Highest WR: 20

PSA Events:   166     PSA Finals: 14     PSA titles:  10  

PSA Matches: 360     PSA Wins:  204

Nationals 2016 semi-finals

Chris's famous (first) trick shot

Chris with last year's trophy

[ #1: Chris Simpson ] #2: Daryl Selby ] #3: Max Lee ] #4: Marwan Elshorbagy ]


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