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Defending Champion Simpson Looking to End Year on a High at Channel VAS Championship


Defending champion Chris Simpson returns to the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club between December 8-12 as he kickstarts his attempts to retain his Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill crown in Weybridge.

Simpson, the World No.20, claimed his first ever PSA M25 title at last year’s tournament, beating experienced Englishman Daryl Selby in the final to end a 17-month title drought on the PSA World Tour.

After hovering just outside of the world’s top 20 for the past two and a half years, Simpson finally earned his place amongst the world’s elite last month and he is aiming to cap off 2016 in style.

“I’m really looking forward to the tournament, it's great to have another major tournament in England,” said Simpson.

“I have been going to St George's Hill to play tournaments since I was 12, and have fond memories there. I qualified for my first World Series event there, and won my first 25k event on the all glass court there last year. 

“The crowd is always great at St. George’s, and I will be looking to end the year on a high there once again.”

The Channel VAS Championship offers the second biggest prize purse in Europe this season, with it’s $100,000 prize fund – a 300 per cent increase compared to last year – bettered only by the prestigious British Open, and will see the likes of World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, his brother, World No.6 Marwan, and former World No.1 James Willstrop all battle for honours in a top-class draw.

Title sponsor Channel VAS has also committed to donating 100 per cent of the ticket sales to children’s charity CLIC Sargent, who offer cancer support for young people.

Tickets for the tournament – the qualifying stages of which take place between December 6-7 – are priced from £10-£45 and can be booked online at Ticketmaster.

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