Englishman Tom Ford has secured his place in the draw for the 2021 Canary Wharf Classic after defeating countryman Joe Lee in the Wildcard Challenge.
Both players have struggled with injury and illness across the last few years, with Ford suffering from chronic fatigue, something that forced him to take a break from the game. The Englishman has also suffered from mental health issues during that time as well.
He proved that he still has the quality on court though, as he played some high-quality squash to take the victory in the Wildcard Challenge at East Wintergarden. He won out 11-6, 11-4 in just 22 minutes, as he booked his place in the 2021 event.
“Life is good! This is a proper celebration to be here, in a lot of ways. I felt like I had already won, just being here!” Ford admitted.
“Obviously, it is a privilege to have so many players like Mohamed and Marwan [ElShorbagy] and literally, players at every level, to try and aim for. I am very lucky in that sense to have those guys pushing me and inspiring me on.
“A huge thank you to Alan [Thatcher], to Tim [Garner], and I appreciate there are so many other people involved in this tournament. For them to offer me the opportunity to be on a stage I have dreamed about. This is the equivalent of getting the wildcard, in just the experience. I am incredibly grateful for being chosen for this. It is a very special moment.”
Tom Ford (ENG) bt Joe Lee (ENG) 2-0: 11-6, 11-4 (22m)