Over 200 doubles squash players from across Canada will converge on Burlington, Ontario this weekend (March 30th to April 2nd) with their sights set on capturing a national doubles title. After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2023 Canadian Doubles Championships is returning and will be hosted by the Cedar Springs Health, Racquet, and Sports Club.
With 101 teams competing between men’s and women’s categories, the competition is sure to be fierce on the court and very social off the court. For many, this will be their first opportunity since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020 to compete at a National Championship, or see many of their competitors and friends from across the country.
The 2023 edition of the Canadian Doubles Championship features a strong group of players, but all eyes will be on the Women’s Open Doubles. The category will feature a star-studded lineup including the World #18 Singles player and 2022 Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist Hollie Naughton (partnering with Rebecca Hazell); former World #1 Doubles player Nikki Todd and her partner Melina Turk, who captured Gold with Team Manitoba at the 2023 Canadian Women’s Teams Championship; and finally former Canadian Women’s Open Doubles Champions Seanna Keating and Stephanie Hewitt will round out the field. On the Men’s side, five-time winner of the Men’s Open category, Robin Clarke, will be returning to challenge for a sixth national doubles title, this time with new partner Robert Nigro.
“We are so excited for the return of the Canadian Squash Doubles Championships. It has been 3 long years since the last championship took place and more than 20 years since Cedar Springs hosted the event,” said Diane Naughton, Co-Chair of the Championship. “We are delighted to see such a robust turnout of doubles players; the competition is sure to be strong. Good luck to all participants – we look forward to seeing you both on and off the court!”
“I’m looking forward to getting on the doubles court this weekend with my fellow compatriots and friends in the Canadian Doubles Championships! It’s been a long 3-year hiatus and we have all missed the competition, camaraderie, and community that squash brings. Now is an exciting time because we get to – finally – reconnect with our beloved community and begin to rebuild for an even brighter future.” – Melina Turk
“I’m really excited to be playing the Nationals with my friend Melina. After 3 years without this event it’s awesome that the team in Burlington were able to run it. I think everyone is looking forward to what is sure to be a great event!” – Nikki Todd
For a complete history of Canadian Doubles Squash Champions: