Todd shows his class by winning US Open title

Sam Todd is following in the footsteps of his illustrious clubmates Lee Beachill and James Willstrop.
Sam Todd is following in the footsteps of his illustrious clubmates Lee Beachill and James Willstrop.

Pontefract Squash Club’s 12 year old superstar Sam Todd won the US Junior Under 13 Open at Yale University from an entry of almost 100 players.

Todd, who recently became the first ever player to win the British Under 13 Championship twice, was seeded one and was never seriously challenged, dropping only one game in his six matches.

It was in the quarter final that he conceded a game losing the third 15-13 but he won the other three, all easily 11-4.

In the final he beat third seeded Ahmed Marzouk(Egypt) 11-3,11-6,11-6, controlling the match throughout.

Todd plays in the Pontefract Under 15 Open Championships this week when he will face strong international opposition.

The talented Malaysians are at Pontefract in force and there are Indian and American players also competing.

On Saturday Todd heads for Sheffield to play in the British Junior Under 13 Open, the most important under 13 event in the world.

Success there would confirm his status as the best player in the world of his age.

Todd first played for England at the age of nine and remains unbeaten representing his country.

Playing for Pontefract in the Yorkshire Men’s Premier League this season for the first time Todd has enjoyed remarkable success against quality senior opposition, winning five matches.

He is following in the footsteps of his illustrious clubmates Lee Beachill and James Willstrop, both of whom have been ranked number one in the world and both of whom enjoyed much success in America.

Beachill won the US Open and Willstrop won the famous Tournament of Champions in New York and the North American Open.

Todd has much to live up to to emulate his seniors but he is on the way and winning in Sheffield will be a major step i n the right direction.