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South West Open: All eyes on Mike Corren ahead of big tournament

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Mike Corren during the 2022 Golden Open PSA men's grand final against Rhys Dowling.
Camera IconMike Corren during the 2022 Golden Open PSA men's grand final against Rhys Dowling. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner/RegionalHUB

Some of WA’s best squash players will head to Bunbury this weekend for the Top Coat Painting South West Open.

Held at the South West Sports Centre, all eyes will be on 49-year-old Mike Corren, who is keen to defend his title once again.

“I’m focusing on what I would call the best tournaments that present the biggest challenge, the best prize money — which adds to the challenge,” Corren said.

“Bunbury is, along with Kalgoorlie (Golden Open) and Esperance (Esperance Open), one of the better prize money tournaments in WA.

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“I still train every single day and run my business. I still put in what you would at least call a semi-professional effort in maintaining my level.

“If you play tournaments that only offer you $200-$300 you’re saying a lot about what you’re worth.”

Corren, who sits third on the world’s Professional Squash Association’s tour title winners list, is the major drawcard of the 122-strong field, however there are other players to keep an eye on — including Pascale Louka, Hannah Slyth and Fiona Whooley.

The tournament begins on Friday night and finishes on Sunday afternoon.

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