Plenty of tough, well-contested, and entertaining squash was
played at clubs across Philadelphia in the first rounds of
the U.S. Open men’s and women’s local pre-qualifiers over
the past week.
With just two months to go until the world’s best squash
players arrive in the United States to challenge for the
prestigious U.S. Open title, and local pre-qualifiers
currently underway at clubs across the city, anticipation is
growing within the Philadelphia and broader squash community
as the 2012 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash
With the U.S. Open creeping up, the world’s most elite
Olympic-level athletes will be heading to Philadelphia to
challenge each other for one of the most coveted prizes in
the world of squash.
Imagine the First Lady of the United States, the Secretary
of Health and Human Services and two dozen prominent mayors
from across the U.S. walking into your house of business...
A surprise upset in the quarterfinals of last year’s U.S.
Open has Malaysia’s Nicol David looking toward the 2012
championship with fresh and determined drive.
'The Artist' Ramy Ashour, long hailed as one of the most
innovative, intriguing and fascinating players in the squash
world, has confirmed that he will head to the 2012 U.S.
14 May 2012
U.S. Open squash will again be broadcast to a global
audience of millions in 2012, through Squash TV – the
Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) official live and
video on-demand broadcaster.
30 May 2012
Current world number two Nick Matthew has confirmed he will
play the U.S. Open again this year, and also says he has
plans to reclaim the world number one position once more in
10 May 2012
Donna Urquhart has confirmed that she will be playing in the
2012 Delaware Investments U.S. Open in October. The 25-year
old Aussie beach babe, who spends her time surfing when
she’s not on the squash court, grew up among a family of
squash players in the small coastal town of Yamba,
01 May 2012
Squash fans can now purchase tickets to an exhilarating
sporting spectacle, with tickets to the 2012 Delaware
Investments U.S. Open going on sale today!
24 April 2012
Squash fanatics, it’s your chance to witness a world class
sports event showcasing the most elite professional players
from across the globe!
23 April 2012
U.S. SQUASH has announced that Delaware Investments, a
global asset manager and member of Macquarie Group, will be
the title sponsor of the U.S. Open Squash Championships for
2012 and 2013.
21 March 2012
Official dates have been announced for the 2012 Delaware
Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships, the most
prestigious squash tournament in the US, and one of the most
significant in the world. The elite event will be held from October
4-12, 2012 at
Drexel University, Philadelphia.
11 April 2012
With six months to go until the 2012
Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships,
U.S. SQUASH has announced that this year’s event will offer
the highest prize money ever.
2011 Women's US Open to be
WISPA has confirmed that the 2011 US Open will become part
of the WISPA World Series - and boast the biggest prize-fund
in its history.
The move will see the prize-fund double from the 2010 figure
to $60,000 - and the prestigious event join the raft
of events on the re-branded WISPA World Series, the
top tier events on the women's tour.
Drexel University will host the 2011 US Open Squash
Championships at the newly-renovated Daskalakis Athletic
Center, in downtown Philadelphia, from 1-6 October.
The event will enjoy a similar status to the men's PSA event
in what will be only the second time in the history of the
competition that the two events have been staged
"We are delighted that US Squash has been able to confirm
that the US Open in Philadelphia will be part of this
exciting new era," said WISPA Tour Director Tim Garner.
"It is only right that such a prestigious title is part of
the elite group on the WISPA World Tour. The US is key
market for squash and we are keen to be able to help push
the profile of the sport there. We hope to add further
events to the WISPA World Series in the near future."
US Squash CEO Kevin Klipstein is also delighted to be
backing this historic initiative: "We are proud to have the
US Open as part of the WISPA World Series. We support the
increased partnership between WISPA and PSA, and bringing
the men's and women's tour naming into alignment makes
"Drexel University will be an outstanding host this year as
we run the men's and women's championships simultaneously
for only the second time ever. This is a major first step
towards our long term goal of making the US Open the largest
prize money squash tournament in the world."
Malaysia's world No1 Nicol David currently leads the WISPA
World Series Standings after winning the inaugural event,
the Cedrus Investments Cayman Islands Open in April.
Drexel University to
U.S. Open Squash Championships
Philadelphia to play host to prestigious title for
first time in nearly two decades ...
U.S. SQUASH has announced that Drexel University will
host the 2011 U.S. Open Squash Championships, the most
prestigious squash tournament in the country, on October
1st – 6th at the newly renovated Daskalakis Athletic
Center in downtown Philadelphia, PA.
Offering $175,000 in prize money, the tournament will host
both the Men’s and Women’s Championships for only the second
time in the event’s history, having been held simultaneously
for the first time in 2010 at the Pritzker Pavillion in
Chicago’s Millennium Park.
The tournament will attract the best squash players in the
world to Philadelphia, and in the United States ESPN3 will
broadcast the semi-finals and finals of the Men's
Championships online, reaching 60 million households.
U.S. SQUASH and Drexel University will partner closely in
hosting the Championships, Drexel offering extensive
experience with major events, having hosted to the 2008 USA
Table Tennis Olympic Trials, playing host to the 2013
Division I, II and III Men's Lacrosse Championships as well
as sponsoring 16 Division I varsity athletic programs.
“Drexel University is delighted to host the 2011 U.S. Open
Squash Championships in Philadelphia, the cradle of liberty
and the home of many of the game’s most storied players and
historic squash venues,” said John Fry, President of
Drexel University. “Drexel University is founded on equality
and competitive opportunity in venues that extend beyond
academics, including the frontiers of entrepreneurship,
technological innovation and athletics. The championships
will be hosted in an urban collegiate athletic facility that
will attract a diverse fan-base. We are truly honored to be
the host of this remarkable championship.”
“Drexel University is the proud home of Squash Smarts, an
award-winning model for after school co-curricular
enrichment for elementary school children in Philadelphia,”
said Dr. Eric Zillmer, Director of Athletics at
Drexel University. “Our commitment to promoting healthy
lifestyles through the sport of squash has uplifted a
generation of historically underserved urban youth. Bringing
the 2011 U.S. Open to Drexel University and the city of
Philadelphia will give these youth reason to continue their
investment in squash and pursue their dreams to transform
“We are thrilled to have the U.S. Open Squash Championships
coming to Philadelphia,” said Larry Needle, Executive
Director, Philadelphia Sports Congress. “It’s another
example of Philadelphia as a diverse and dynamic sports
destination, and we are most grateful to Drexel University
for stepping up time after time as a host.”
U.S. SQUASH CEO Kevin Klipstein added, “We are
extremely excited for the U.S. Open to return to
Philadelphia, a city with a deep history in the sport and an
outstanding squash community. Partnering with Drexel
University will allow us to take the U.S. Open to an
entirely new level, developing it into what we fully
anticipate to be the best squash tournament in the world for
fans and players alike.”
Qualifying matches for the Men’s and Women’s divisions will
take place at area clubs on September 29th and 30th. Tickets
for the 2011 U.S. Open Squash Championships are expected to
go on sale later this spring.