Cannon Kirk GillenMarkets Irish Open 2024 – Preview

Just 2 weeks left until our premiere event of the season, the Cannon Kirk GillenMarkets Irish Open 2024.

This year’s event is set to be a stellar occasion with 5 Irish players among some of the best Squash players around the world.

Fresh off her National Title win and superb first few months on the pro circuit, Lisburn’s Hannah Craig takes on Leah Barbeau of France in the first round on Fitzwilliam’s main court.

Our multiple Irish senior champion, Breanne Flynn also takes to the main court on a wildcard entry, where she takes on Wales’s Lowri Roberts in round 1. Finally on the women’s side, Hannah McGugan, also with a wildcard entry takes on Scotland’s Alison Thomson for a spot in round 2.

With world no. 19 Nada Abbas and no.24 Emily Whitlock competing on the women’s side, our trio of Irish women face a uphill battle, but will be hoping to make a splash on home soil.

On the men’s side, Irish no.1 and reigning national champion Sam Buckley headlines the Irish entries. He is joined by the experienced Sean Conroy. Sam takes on world no.88, Noor Zaman in the opening round, while Sean faces England’s Perry Malik, world no. 83 in the opening round.

With England’s duo Nick Wall (World no. 34) and George Parker (World No. 40) headlining the men’s section, Sean and Sam have a huge task on their hands, but Sam can certainly feel confident following his straight games victory over the then world no. 64 Adreen Idrakie in December.

Massive thank you to Cannon Kirk and Gillen Markets for sponsoring the event.

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