Seven in a row for Aqeel and Birgit

_DSC9823-1Aqeel Rehman became Austrian men’s National Champion for the 7th consecutive year at the Austrian national championships at the Manhattan Club in Vienna at the weekend and therewith overhauling David Huck’s record of 6 national titles!

Aqeel played number 2 seed Jakob Dirnberger in the final with both players having a relatively easy passage through, although their semi final opponents Clemens Wallishauser (returning after a lengthy ban) and Andreas Freudensprung both put up a good fight.

_DSC9965-1Aqeel overcame Jakob 3/2 in the Final after 70 minutes of highly entertaining squash. In front of his home crowd Jakob performed superbly to push Aqeel to his limits and with over 120 spectators packing out the gallery the atmosphere was electric. The match ended 9/11, 11/5, 11/3, 9/11, 11/4 in Aqeel’s favour.

_DSC9398-1The women’s event was won by Birgit Coufal, who also claimed her 7th consecutive title. In a repeat of last years final Birgit prevailed 11/2, 11/3, 11/5 against her 17 year old opponent Jacqueline Peychär from Innsbruck.

With 56 entries in the men’s and 14 in the women’s event we had the largest draw for many years and the Manhattan Club provided the perfect location for the tournament.


The players gave live interviews after the matches and were greeted on to the court to a light show and Underworlds Born Slippy to boot, adding to a real showcase finale.

The event was organised excellently by Nick Gould and Jakob Dirnberger and a special mention needs to be made here to Jakob who put in so many hours to make this event what it was and still managed to perform so well on court, which as most of know is not an easy task! Great effort Jakob, well done!

Andy Holland


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