The 2020 St. James’s Place Canary Wharf Classic was the latest edition of one of the longest-running events in the sport, and it has gone from strength to strength over the years.
The event first ran back in 2004 and some of the sport’s biggest names have lifted the trophy at East Wintergarden, including Nick Matthew, James Willstrop, Mohamed ElShorbagy, David Palmer and Paul Coll.
The Canary Wharf Classic is also one of the most innovative tournaments on the PSA World Tour, as it became the first event to use the best-of-three scoring system, which has gone on to be used at the Oracle NetSuite Open and Open de France – Nantes in recent years.
The tournament was also the first to bring in the referee system that is used now, including video review decisions with a second referee behind a screen. We spoke to the man behind it all, Tournament Director Tim Garner.