English siblings triumph at $18,000 Lagos squash classics


Englishman Curtis Malik emerged champion of the men’s event of the 2023 Lagos International Squash Classics, after cruising past Martin Svec of Czech Republic 3-0 in the final decided on Saturday at the Sir Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.

Malik had defeated younger sibling Perry 3-1 in the semis to set up the final clash against Svec.

Torrie, sister to Curtis and Perry, made it a clean sweep for the Maliks, when she defeated Egypt’s  Fathy Malik 3-0 to claim the women’s title at the tournament which has $18,000 as prize money.

But it isn’t a coincidence that the siblings, who were born in Sussex, England, are professional squash players; as they are coached by their father, Cameron.

Curtis told the News Agency of Nigeria that it was tough playing against Perry in the semis.

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“Playing with my brother in the semi-final was a really special moment, we had a good match today (Saturday),” he said.

NAN reports that all the members of the family of seven play squash, with Cameron, their father, a retired player.

“I’m the only girl, I have five brothers. Our dad was a player and now a coach, so we got on quite on time and we are better for it,” Torrie, the 2022 Czech Open champion, said.

“I’m glad I made it to the final, although I feel I didn’t play well enough.”

On his perception of Nigeria since his arrival, Curtis, a member of the England team that won the 2023 European Professional Squash tournament, said, “The people here are so nice, super friendly, you can speak with anyone, I feel so welcome here.” ,

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