It pays to know the right people.
Leona Grigg, in only her second year on the Women's International Squash Players Association pro tour, gets the wild-card spot in this weekend's Airdrie Chrysler Calgary Open.
"(Organizer Ray Chan-A-Sue) threw me in as the wild card," Grigg revealed with a chuckle last night. "At least I know I won't be out after (tonight's) qualifying round."
Ranked 136th on the WISPA tour, Grigg is the top-ranked Calgarian at the Calgary Winter Club event. This is only her third event on the tour and is grateful the first one of the season is in familiar territory.
"It'll be a nice way to get my feet wet," the 24-year-old said.
Grigg opens the preliminary round tomorrow at 5:40 p.m. against Vancouver's Melanie Jans Burke, a three-time national champion.
The tournament features 60 WISPA tour players among the 140 competitors and continues until Sunday.
"This is way above the national level," said Chan-A-Sue, head squash pro at the Calgary Winter Club and former head coach of the Guyanese national team. "These will be exceptional games."