Channel VAS Championship 2016, 06-12 Dec, St George's Hill, Surrey 

  21-Nov  PSA story:
  Willstrop aiming for strong finish to 2016 at St George’s Hill

Former World #1 James Willstrop is looking forward to appearing on home soil during December’s Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill.

The Channel VAS Championship is the second biggest tournament to take place in Europe this season, with its lucrative $100,000 prize fund - a four-fold increase compared to last year’s event - second only to the prestigious British Open.

Yorkshireman Willstrop, who spent 11 months at the summit of the World Rankings in 2012, has fought back from a combination of a career-threatening hip injury and illness to display some of his best ever form over the past few months, reaching the final of September’s NetSuite Open, before making it to a first World Series semi-final in two years during last month’s U.S. Open.

Willstrop’s last PSA appearance of 2016 will come at St George’s Hill and the 33-year-old World #11 is hoping to finish off the year on a high in his native country before the christmas break.

"I’m very looking forward to playing at home, I love that," said Willstrop.

"It’s just nice to have the support as a lot of us are out here on our own. We have friends on the Tour, but it is nice to not have jet lag to worry about and to not have to do much travelling.

"I would love to finish on a high because you've got some time to contemplate it, enjoy it and perhaps celebrate.

"It's a lovely feeling because you've got three or four weeks to think about it. Most of the other parts of the year, regardless of whether you have a win or a loss, you're straight into the next event.

"It’s nice sitting there when there’s a three week break and saying that you've had a good finish to the season."

Willstrop will be joined in a world-class draw by some of the biggest names in the sport, with World #1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and his younger brother, World #7 Marwan, World #4 Omar Mosaad and Colombian World #8 Miguel Rodriguez all vying for honours in Weybridge.

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