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Young Alex loves squash

Alex Fox follows through with a backhand during the Mackay Open squash tournament.
Alex Fox follows through with a backhand during the Mackay Open squash tournament. Tony Martin

WHILE the professionals were on show at the Mackay Open on the weekend, young Alex Fox was also in action.

Alex, 10, has already been playing for more than two years and over the weekend competed in several junior and graded events.

Although yet to make his mark as a player, he's progressing rapidly.

"I enjoy it, I like coming to the courts," he said.

Squash is a family affair for the Foxes, with sister Annie, 16, brother Tom, 14, and mother Janelle also playing.

"Dad (Stephen) normally comes along and supports us as well, but he was away," Annie said.

"We all played this weekend. We did okay, but we didn't win any titles.

"Tom's played a few tournaments now and he's playing a lot better than he used to."

Both Annie and Tom competed in the Queensland junior championships on the Gold Coast in June, and are looking forward to more tournaments next year.

Declan Hearney won the juniors event from Ben Barker, with Kurstyn Mather taking out the plate.

English professional Eddie Charlton ended the two-year reign of Australia's Mike Corren, while Norway's Lotte Eriksen won the women's title from Victoria Bell of England.

Other results: Men's premier Andrew Fraser, Nathan Turnbull, Jamie Skiffington; men's A Graham Cumming, Ben Crook, plate John Solomon; men's B Wayne Cameron, Darryn Dyer, plate John Cumming; men's C Max Dunsmore, Clinton Jamison, plate Zac Thompson; men's D Wes Dyer, Jai Henttonen; plate Sam Thompson.

Women's premier Maggie Marshall, Tiffany Loss, Kylie Guimelli; women's A Karen Cumming, Breanna Adams, plate Emily Turner; women's B Emily Turner, Breanna Adams, plate Antoinette Ludick; women's C Kylie Daniel, Tia McLennan, Courtney Mather; women's D Cyan Osborne, Jess Green, plate Courtney Nipperess.

Topics:  squash