Denis Gilevskiy British Junior Open Champion

Friday 6th January

An absolutely magnificent result for Denis Gilevskiy, as he won the British Junior Open U13. He beat English boy final-2Sam Osborne Wlyde 3-0 – 11/2, 11/6, 11/6, in emphatic style showing great maturity and skill to dominate the match. Denis had a convincing 1st game which he won 11/2. Denis was very powerful and Sam nervous in that first game. But in the 2nd, Sam settled somewhatand he came back at Denis in the middle of that 2nd game, to lead 6-4. Denis steadied himself and played some super lengths and drops to win the 2nd 11/6.

final-3In the third game it was a similar story with Sam going 2-0 up but again Denis played beautiful patient squash to eventually pull away 5/4, 6/4…..8/4 and onto 11/6. Denis played some magnificent drops at 4all and 7/4 and his cross court drive to give him match ball was sublime.

A really super match and Denis demonstrated a maturity and great skill with afinal great game plan that belies his years.

Congratulations Denis –  British Open Champion, from everyone in IRISH SQUASH.

Watch an interview with Denis on RTE news here:

For more pics and video go to IRISH SQUASH Twitter


Thursday 5th January

British Junior Open – Great result for Denis Gilevskiy, winning his Semi Final v Jonah Bryant, 11/4, 11/4,bjo-17-semi-final-dg-v-jb 11/9 to reach the final of the Under 13.

Denis was in good control in the first 2 games, taking them 11/4 in each. After an even start to the 3rd, Denis pulled away to match ball at 10-6. Jonah pulled it back to 10-9. Denis was staying patient, looking for his opportunity, which finally came to win the 3rd game 11/9, and the match, 3/0.

A really super result for Denis, one of only 6 Europeans among the 32 Semi Finalists in this year’s British Junior Open. Now onto the final on Friday, all of the Squash community in Ireland wish Denis the very best of luck in the final.

You can see a replay of the Semi Final and also the Final will be shown live at 10.15am on Friday here –

Wednesday 4th January

British Junior Open – Super play, as Denis Gilevsky is through to the semi-final of B13 after beating top seed Omarc1vsgcixaaei_0e Azzam (Egy) 11/7 5/11 11/7 6/11 11/6. Congratulations Denis. One of very few Europeans through to the Semis. He now plays Jonah Bryant of England in thed-gilevskiy-2 Semis tomorrow.

Link for the Draw/Results to see the results of all 7 IRISH players who competed.

See here for all the results and some great photos –


Tuesday 3rd January

BJO 2017 – The highlight of the Open so far from an Irish point of view is  Denis Gilevskiy through to the last 8 after d-gilevskiy3 great wins in the U13’s, He now plays the Number 1 seed, Omar Azzam of Egypt on Wednesday.

The other 6 IRISH players – Scott Gillanders, Jack O’Flynn, Sean White, Sophie O’Rourke, Laura Neill, Todd Gowdy have had some good wins.

Check out all the results here