Alex kid squashes his rivals at Italian Open

Alex Noakes takes pride of place atop the Italian Open podium
Alex Noakes takes pride of place atop the Italian Open podium

Aylesbury Squash Club prodigy Alex Noakes showed his class on the international stage when he won the 21st edition of the Italian Junior Open.

Held in Riccione at Figs National Technical Centre Alex emerged as the winner from 130 competitors hailing from 16 different countries including Austria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Hungary, Italy, Lietchenstein, Netherlands, Qatar, Scotland, Slovenia, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine and the USA. The win should now push the 17-year-old into the top 20 under 19 players in Europe.

Noakes has recently joined the World Men’s tour and hopes to turn fully professional after finishing his education.

In the semi-finals he played American No.2 Devin McLaughlin and won a marathon match 12-10, 20-18, 6-11,11-8.

Then in the final he beat Italian No.1 and top seed Oliviero Ventrice 11-6, 11-9, 11-6.

Noakes said: “I would like to thank my coaches Scott Handley, Steve Meads and Tim Vail for their support.”

Noakes is looking for sponsorship to help him climb up the world rankings. To help email