THE first major national squash tournament of the year has drawn interest from overseas competitors.
National coach Isireli Cerelala said Fijians based overseas want to compete in the Fintel/Kidanet-sponsored event next week.
"Three players from New Zealand and two from Australia are interested in competing at the event," he said.
"I think they want to impress selectors for the upcoming Pacific Games that would be held next year in Papua New Guinea.
"But entries close this Friday and they said they would be here by next week so I think it would be best if they came to compete in the other event that would be held in August."
Cerelala said local interest in the event was the best they had seen in years.
"Four players from Savusavu, two from Nadi and five from Lautoka are interested in competing.
"It's a good sign for the sport and we want to capitalise on it as much as possible to see the amount of talent and potential our players have."
Cerelala said the entries would close on Friday and the draws would be conducted on Saturday.