Foreign players for Rs 11-lakh ISP prize money event

Mumbai: Indian Squash Professionals, a
non-government organisation, will organise a Rs 11-lakh prize
money ISP Minute Maid Squash Carnival next month for which it
has invited players from Egypt and Malaysia apart from the
country`s top racqueters.

The chief attraction in the men`s 128-man draw will be
world number 37 Omar Abdel Aziz of Egypt who would be the hot
contender to lift the top prize of Rs 1.5 lakh, it was
announced at a media conference today.

The men`s runner-up in the February 5-12 event at Khar
Gymkhana would take home Rs 75,000 while the women`s champion
would receive Rs 75,000 and runner-up Rs 50,000.

Country`s top men`s player Sourav Ghosal and top two
women players Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa, however,
are not in the fray as they would be busy on the pro circuit
in USA.

Among the top Indian men players taking part would be
Gaurav Nandrajog, Sidharth Suchde, said ISP president Ashish
Gupta who added that the tournament is being held under the
aegis of the Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra.

Malaysia`s women`s world no 50 Suti Munirah Jusoh is the
favourite on the women`s section in the absence of
higher-ranked Dipika and Joshna.

Events would also be held for boys and girls in the
under-19, 17, 15, 13, 11, 9 and 7 age groups and six courts,
three refurbished glass-backed Khar Gymkhana courts and three
more at the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana would be used, it was

The tournament is the 100th conducted by ISP since 1993.