Report courtesy of Kim Clearkin, Director of Squash for Bay Club San Francisco
The second of the three tournament NorCal squash Closed Satellite Series played out this weekend in conjunction with a Junior Silver event at the Bay Club San Francisco (BCSF).
The $1,000 closed satellite tournament is the second in a series of three PSA closed satellite tournaments held in the Bay Area for the month of March. Tournaments like these are designed to help aspiring professional players get the points needed to rise higher in the world rankings and qualify for higher ranked tournaments.
A mix of styles from England, Egypt, Mexico and the USA made for an intriguing and exciting contest. Top seed and home favourite, English world No. 195 Charlie Johnson swept through his half of the draw, while Juan Gomez had to overcome the number two seed in the quarterfinals, followed by tough Egyptian competition from Mustafa Nabil in the semis. Nabil’s superb touch had Gomez running from corner to corner, but Gomez ultimately prevailed in five games.
In the final, Gomez continued his game of stamina but could not dent Johnson’s dominating and attacking style, perhaps due to the coaching from former World No. 4, Chris Walker. To the delight of the partisan crowd, Johnson won the second BCSF Pro Open.
Thank you to our sponsors, NorCal Squash, Americhoice, Spaten Beer and MPM Capital.
We now look forward to the third in the NorCal Squash series to be held at the Gold River Club in Sacramento next weekend.
For more information, see the official tournament page for the Bay Club SF Pro Open.
Bay Club SF Pro Open Final:
Charlie Johnson (ENG) d. Juan Gomez (MEX) 11-8, 11-5, 11-9