3 JAMES WILLSTROP (England)

LOOK OUT FOR:  Superb shot making and amazing lunges.
James is always a hugely popular visitor to Canary Wharf and he has won the title three times. He has had a few problems with injuries and illness in recent months and has been finding it hard this year to really keep on top of things and keep his place in the pecking order, slipping down the rankings to seven.

At this time last year he enjoyed a phenomenal run of success, reaching the finals of five consecutive tournaments. He was runner-up in the final of the Tournament of Champions at new York’s Grand Central Station, losing an incredible match to Egypt’s Ramy Ashour, but he then won back to back titles at the Swedish Open, the Virginia Pro Championship, the new Players Cup in Boston, and capped it all here at the East Wintergarden, where he fought back from a deficit of two games to one to beat Australian Cameron Pilley in a magnificent final to record his third tournament success.

He will be looking forward to a period of time when he can play continually and get his rhythm back. He loves Canary Wharf and his open, expansive game is a delight to watch.

I have been working a little with James in recent weeks and have given him some homework to do leading up to Canary Wharf!
FACT FILE:

Current world ranking: 7
Highest: 2

Born: August 15, 1983 (North Walsham, Norfolk)

Main titles: 11 wins from 17 finals including Qatar Classic, ISS Canary Wharf Classic (3 times), English Open, English Grand Prix, Swedish Open, Virginia Open, Players Cup. Twice National champion.

  Canary Wharf Record:  2008 Winner, 2007 Winner, 2006 Quarters
                                        2005 Pools, 2004 Winner