Number one seed Tom Richards exited squash’s Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open in the first round this afternoon after injury forced him into an early retirement.

Qualifier Mark Fuller led the opening game of the match 8-3 when English compatriot Richards called time on his tournament.

England’s Mark Fuller and Scotland’s Greg Lobhan also progressed to the next round after their opponents retired.

Irish number one Arthur Gaskin had to repel a spirited comeback from Douglas Kempsell before prevailing 11-7 in a deciding fifth game in a match which lasted 85 minutes.

Irish star Madeline Perry recorded a convincing 3-0 win over Argentina’s Antonella Falcione, while Aisling Blake, Olivia Blatchford, Tesni Evans, Nouran Gohad and Yathreb Adel also recorded first-round victories.