Three European title winners at 2024 Dutch Junior Open

Dutch Junior Open squash

A huge field of 579 youngsters competed in last weekend’s Dutch Junior Open at the Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam.

The Gold ESF junior circuit event attracted a strong contingent of juniors from Egypt and the USA as well as the leading players in the European junior rankings.

England won two of the three titles which were claimed by European players. Alexander Broadbridge won the boys’ U19 crown despite winning only five points in the opening two games of his final with Dutch home favourite Guido Lindner!

Broadbridge battled back from a huge deficit to win 4-11, 1-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-7 in 52 minutes, having also faced bruising battles in his quarter-final with Germany’s Finn-Lennart Koch and semi-final against US-based Belgian Maddox Moxham.

Maddox’s younger sister Savannah Moxham – part of a large party to make the trip over from MSquash in Port Chester, New York – was another European title winner as she claimed the girls’ U17 trophy.

Moxham, the top seed, beat Egypt’s second seed Retaj Gomaa 11-6, 11-4, 11-4, having had a tough semi-final earlier against England’s Emily Coulcher-Porter which she won in four.

Luke McBride squash

England’s Luke McBride (pictured above) and compatriot Ali Khalil battled for an exhausting one hour 26 minutes in their boys’ U15 final. It was top seed McBride who came from behind twice to take it 11-13, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10.

Twin sisters Alexandre and Samantha Jaffe went head-to-head in the girls’ U19 final. It was 5/8 seed Alexandre who beat her top-seeded sister 11-8, 12-10, 11-6.

USA’s Lars Gertsen hit back from a game down to overcome Egypt’s top seed Michael Fayez in the boys’ U17 final, while USA’s Trinity Moshi won the U15 girls’ title by beating the Netherlands’ Elcke Mols in five games.

Both titles in the U13 and U11 age groups were won by Egyptian players although there was a notable silver medal for England’s Logan Willstrop (son of former world No.1 James and former world champion Vanessa Atkinson) in the boys’ U11 final. He lost a lengthy five-game tussle with Omar Elfaramawy.

Another name the older squash fans may recognise is Canada’s Obie Ryding – son of 2004 World Open semi-finalist Graham Ryding. Obie reached the boys’ U13 final where he lost a marathon encounter 7-11, 14-12, 13-11, 7-11, 11-6 to Egypt’s Malek Ahmed.

Watch video coverage of all finals at the 2024 Dutch Junior Open here.

See all the results from the 2024 Dutch Junior Open here.