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26-Sep, FINAL:

Stewart Boswell (Aus) bt [4] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
      11-9, 5-11, 11-2, 11-0 (55m)





Boswell's Berkshire Title
William Walter & Tony Maruca report

Stewart Boswell and Cameron Pilley began the Berkshire Open final at a very high pace. Neither player attacked aggressively, instead opting to wait until the other was securely behind him before going short.

An early lead for Pilley evaporated with a few critical tins as Boswell surged back to take game one.

Boswell looked exhausted in game two, Pilley's big wingspan and quick reactions having forced him to do extra work.

A few thrilling crosscourt volleys into the nick highlighted a masterful game from Pilley to even the score.

In the third, Pilley seemed to lose a step. A player who
relies on setting up and taking the ball unusually early, he looked punch-less in a game Boswell ended speedily.

Boswell kept Pilley on his heels in a quick fourth game to win the match and become the Berkshire Open's second champion.

Congratulations to him as he continues his remarkable comeback to the top of the game, capturing his eighth PSA title of the year, and congratulations to all the players who helped bring world-class squash to Williamstown.
25-Sep, Semis:

[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [1] Graham Ryding (CAN)  
      6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-2 (61m)

Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [8] Liam Kenny (IRL)
      11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (45m)

There will be an unexpected, all-Australian final in Williamstown, after Cameron Pilley and Stewart Boswell overcame higher-seeded opposition in the semi-finals ...

Reports by William Walter & Tony Maruca



Rapt crowd at Williams ...


"I'm looking forward to the final. Cameron played really well tonight against Graham (though I think that was due to my coaching between games!) and I'm sure it's going to be a tough one with him tomorrow.

"I feel as though I still feel I have some room for improvement so hopefully that'll happen in the final."

Stewart Boswell

Boswell on a roll

Good win for Cameron,
Bad spell for Ryding
[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [1] Graham Ryding (CAN)
      6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-2 (61m)

The first match of the night featured the fourth-seeded Aussie, Cameron Pilley, and the top seed Graham Ryding of Canada. Both of the players came into tonight relatively fresh, with Pilley the only one of the two to drop a game thus far.

At the beginning of the match, Ryding looked strong and successfully kept the ball low and hard so as to avoid Pilley's dangerous volleys. Ryding took a clean first game relatively easily.

The next three games were, unfortunately for Ryding, a different story. Pilley slowly began to eliminate Ryding's length and width with his long arms and stretched Graham's game to a clearly uncomfortable level. Furthermore, Graham tinned what seemed like more than half of his usually impeccable drop shots.

Pilley should be fresh for tomorrow's final, even after one of his best wins thus far.

"How's it going?

"Well just finished my match with Graham, I got up 3/1 so I am pretty stoked with that...

"Nearly got zipped in the first game so it wasn't the best of starts. In the second I gradually found a decent length, and was able to step up the court a bit more and dominate.

"All in all,  happy with the way I played and looking forward to playing a final tomorrow."

Cameron Pilley

Stewart up, up, up

Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [3] bt [8] Liam Kenny (IRL)
    11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (45m)

The players came into the match with momentum, having both upset seeded players in the quarterfinals.

Boswell dictated the pace early in game one, Kenny's points only coming on Boswell tins. Kenny seemed to find his groove towards the end of the game but too late to threaten.

Kenny gambled to start the second; he guessed correctly on several of Boswell's offerings from the frontcourt. Boswell battled back to take the game after the initial flurry of Kenny winners.

Boswell was on cruise-control in a near flawless third game victory. At times the Australian seemed confused by Kenny's creative style, but his high pace of play was a more reliable game plan than the Irishman's risky attacking scheme.

The resurgent Boswell looks ready for his showdown with Pilley; the clash of the two tall Aussies should make for an interesting finale to a great tournament.

Berkshire Open 2005
Williamstown, Massachusetts,USA
21-26 Sep, $20k
Round One
Sep 23
Sep 24
Sep 25
Sep 26
[1] Graham Ryding (CAN)
11-5, 11-8, 11-4
Christopher Gordon (USA)
Graham Ryding
11-6, 11-6, 11-2
Matthew Giuffre
Graham Ryding

6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-2 (61m)

 Cameron Pilley

11-9, 5-11, 11-2, 11-0 (55m)

[7] Gavin Jones (WAL)
11-8, 9-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (2-0)
Matthew Giuffre (CAN)
[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS)
7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-10 (5-3)
[Q] Mike Corren (AUS)
 Cameron Pilley
11-4, 11-4, 11-4
 Julian Illingworth
 Raj Nanda (AUS)
11-8,11-8, 3-11, 2-11, 11-9
[Q] Julian Illingworth (USA)
Stewart Boswell (AUS)
11-9, 11-8, 11-2
[6] Shahier Razik (CAN)
Stewart Boswell
9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8
Laurens Jan Anjema
Stewart Boswell

11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (45m)

Liam Kenny
[Q] Ben Gould (AUS)
11-10 (4-2), 11-2, 11-4
[3] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 
[Q] Wade Johnstone (AUS)
11-5, 11-2 rt. injury
[8] Liam Kenny (IRL)
Liam Kenny
11-9, 11-5, 11-5
Dan Jenson
Jean-Michel Arcucci (Fra)
11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-2
[2] Dan Jenson (AUS)


Qualifying finals (21-Sep):
Mike Corren (AUS) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND)       7-11, 11-2, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6
Wade Johnstone (AUS) bt David Phillips (CAN)       11-10 (4-2), 10-11 (0-2), 11-7, 9-11, 11-9
Ben Gould (AUS) bt Niall Rooney (IRL)                  11-7, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6
Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Ian Power (CAN)          11-2, 11-7, 10-11 (1-3), 11-6

1st qualifying round (20-Sep):
Siddharth Suchde (IND) bt Shawn Delierre (CAN)     4-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6
Mike Corren (AUS) bt Ahmed Maged Hamza (EGY)   11-9, 11-5, 11-6
Wade Johnstone (AUS) bt Robin Clarke (CAN)         11-7, 11-9, 11-7
David Phillips (CAN) bt Bertrand Tissot (FRA)          11-10(3-1), 11-0, 11-1
Niall Rooney (IRL) bt Michal Reid (CAN)                 11-2, 11-5, 11-4
Ben Gould (AUS) bt Patrick Chifunda (ZAM)            10-11(1-3), 11-4, 11-7, 10-11(3-5), 11-8
Julian Illingworth (USA) bt William Walter (USA)      11-6, 11-2, 11-4
Ian Power (CAN) bt Ryan Donegan (USA)               11-5, 11-6, 11-8

24-Sep, Quarter-Finals:

[1] Graham Ryding (CAN) bt Matthew Giuffre (CAN)
      11-6, 11-6, 11-2
[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Julian Illingworth (USA)
      11-4, 11-4, 11-4
Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [3] LJ Anjema (NED)   
      9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8
[8] Liam Kenny (IRL) bt [2] Dan Jenson (AUS)
      11-9, 11-5, 11-5 


available through the college’s squash office



"Lost to Stewart Boswell in the quarters. Was a hard five setter in which I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

"I'm serious... It was a great experience to play Stewart. In my opinion he's a top 10 player en have no doubt his comeback will be successful.

"After 11 matches in 18 days in Egypt and the USA I'm finally going home tomorrow. Can't wait to lie in my own bed and sleep for a week."

LJ Anjema

Good run for Illingworth


Matt Giuffre


Jenson can't match Kenny

Boswell and Kenny
scatter seeds in Berkshire

The quarter-finals of the Berkshire Open in Williamstown saw the second and third seeds depart as Stewart Boswell overcame 'LJ' Anjema in five games, and Liam Kenny pulled off a straight games win over Australia's Dan Jenson.

No such shocks in the top half, as Graham Ryding and Cameron Pilley both recorded comfortable wins to progress to the semis.

Tony Maruca and William Walter report ...
Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [3] LJ Anjema (NED)
      9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2, 11-8

Boswell wins war of wills

Anjema (LJ) and Boswell pushed each other hard in the first game; neither player surrendered loose balls nor committed errors, but LJ’s backhand made the difference.

Boswell took the second, keeping LJ in the back corners, saving himself from expending the same amount of energy as in game one.

Game three played out like the first, both players running hard diagonals. LJ won it anticlimactically on a controversial stroke call, but Boswell used his touch effectively to push it to five.

The last game was truly epic. Battling fatigue, the players somehow managed to maintain the pace of the previous games, but eventually Boswell won this war of the wills.


[4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Julian Illingworth (USA)
      11-4, 11-4, 11-4

End of the line for Illingworth

Julian Illingworth, Yale University’s #1, has had a tremendous week here in Williamstown. However, beating two higher ranked players in just as many days proved to be both mentally and physically draining.

Clearly struggling with his movement, Julian resorted to pure attacking squash. Unfortunately for the young American, a fresh Cameron Pilley picked them all up and replied with his own array of flashy squash.

Pilley won in three short games. 
"Hi how's it going?

"Well Williamstown has been pretty good since I arrived a few days ago. It ended up being a bit of a mission to get here after a couple of delayed flights, but nice scenery and all from the window of the bus.

"The tournament is being run very well by Zafi Levy, all going very smoothly with matches being played on 2 courts. I won my 1st match tonight against Mike Corren 3-1. We've had a few battles over the years, but it was good to get the first one out of the way with not too many hiccups.
Looking forward to the rest of the tourny!"

Cameron Pilley

 [1] Graham Ryding (CAN) bt Matthew Giuffre (CAN)        11-6, 11-6, 11-2

Ryding still top dog

Coming off a big win yesterday, Matthew Giuffre looked poised to send another seed home at the beginning of this all-Canadian battle.

The young Giuffre plays a game very similar to that of the seasoned Ryding, albeit not quite as consistently.

But Ryding again proved that he is top dog here in the Purple Valley and took control, finishing the match in a quick three games.

 [8] Liam Kenny (IRL) bt [2] Dan Jenson (AUS)
      11-9, 11-5, 11-5

Second semi for Kenny

While known for his soft hands, Jenson found success early through hard volleys to length. Kenny erased the early deficit and took the first game by controlling Jenson with a drop-lob game plan.

Kenny kept the ball very wide in the second, eliciting loose balls that he confidently stroked into the nick.

The third game played out similarly; Kenny employed his superb touch to put Jenson away.

A semi-finalist here last year, Kenny earns a spot in the semis again despite an upgraded field.

23-Sep, Round One:
Illingworth through to
Berkshire Quarters

The first round of the Berkshire Open at Williams College saw the USA's qualifier Julian Illingworth upset Australia's eighth seed Raj Nanda to claim an unexpected quarter-final place.

Top seeds Graham Ryding and Dan Jenson are safely through to the last four, although Jenson had to fight back from 2-1 down against Frenchman Jean-Michel Arcucci. Stewart Boswell  the unofficial tournament favourite, was untroubled as he beat Shahier Razik in three.

Tony Maruca and William Walter report ...



"It was fun to play Chris today. It is good to see the next generation of American players starting to come through. With Julian Illingworth qualifying yesterday and Chris Gordon playing some mature squash against me today, the future for American men's squash is starting to look brighter. It would be great to see these two and some others behind them make some inroads into the professional game. It would be a great boost for squash in the U.S.

"As for myself, it good to get a match under my belt and hit my way into this tournament. I feel comfortable here and I like the courts, so hopefully that is a recipe for some wins.

Graham Ryding
"It was a tough match tonight. The courts were really hot, making the ball really lively and very tough to put away. Gavin was getting a lot of balls back as well, so it made for long, tough rallies full of shooting and retrieving. We were pretty even most of the way through the match, but I think the reason I was able to win the match was by being able to keep the ball off the tin at the crucial points in the match - at 9-9 and 10-10.

"By the fourth game, I could tell that he was slowing down, so I tried to stay on top of him and to keep the pressure on him."

Matthew Giuffre
"Bit of a struggle today but happy to come away with a win. I lacked patience after the first but managed to put my head down and get back into it after the third. look forward to tomorrow..."

Dan Jenson

available through the college’s squash office

"Hi how's it going?

"Well Williamstown has been pretty good since I arrived a few days ago. It ended up being a bit of a mission to get here after a couple of delayed flights, but nice scenery and all from the window of the bus.

"Tournament is being run very well by Zafi Levy, all going very smoothly with matches being played on 2 courts. I won my 1st match tonight against Mike Corren 3-1. We've had a few battles over the years, but it was good to get the first one out of the way with not too many hiccups.
Looking forward to the rest of the tourny!"

Cameron Pilley
"I was happy to get through 3-0. the first two were close and he was moving well so it was important to stay in front. It will be a tough match tomorrow so I'll have to playing well"

Stewart Boswell
"I am very happy with this result. I came out strong and took the first two games, and then the pace really caught up to me in the third and fourth.

"I tried to start each game with some energy, but found myself down about 5 points in each of those, despite my best efforts.

"The fifth game was all guts for me. I started just floating the ball down the backhand wall and waiting for times where I could push in a straight drop. Luckily the majority of them came off, and I was able to get to where I needed to be, close at the end of the game. At that point anything can happen, and I was lucky enough to come away with the win."

Julian Illingworth
[3] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) bt Ben Gould (AUS)
      11-10 (4-2), 11-2, 11-4

LJ Loves Berkshire!
The players came out very evenly matched in the opening encounter of the main draw, playing fast, nearly error-free squash.

Fittingly, the game was tied 12-12 before Jan Anjema (LJ) won with a pair of beautiful drives. LJ began to dictate the pace, forcing Gould to chase the ball more which largely neutralized Gould’s kill shots that were so impressive in qualifying.

A Berkshire Open finalist last year, LJ looked very solid in his three-game victory.


[1] Graham Ryding (CAN) bt Chris Gordon (USA)
      11-5, 11-8, 11-4

Ryding too quick for Gordon
USA youngster Chris Gordon looked good as he played to a 5-5 tie in the first game before a series of lightning-quick Ryding drop-shots silenced him and drew gasps from the crowd.

In game two, Ryding, the experienced Canadian, seemed to struggle with his short balls, but the width of his drives made up for it as he cruised to a 2-0 lead.

Gordon played his best squash in the third game, but Ryding patiently weathered Gordon’s offense before countering with his own, more deadly attacks.


[2] Dan Jenson (AUS) bt Jean-Michel Arcucci (Fra)
     11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 11-1, 11-2

Jenson's French Comeback

Dan Jenson won a first game in which Jean-Michel Arcucci played the role of retriever.

A more aggressive game plan propelled Arcucci to win the second. In the third Jenson came out sloppy, giving Arcucci too big a lead to fight back.

However, he easily took the fourth game with outright winners. After looking fatigued at moments, Jenson seemed to get a second wind in the fifth, digging deep in the back and returning Arcucci’s best offerings.

Jenson’s touch in the front was ultimately the difference in this quick 5-gamer.

Matthew Giuffre (CAN) bt [7] Gavin Jones (WAL)
     11-8, 9-11, 11-10 (2-0), 11-10 (2-0)

Guiffre's honest win

Matthew Giuffre looked very crisp and agile in taking the first game. Gavin Jones played conservatively in the second, using Giuffre’s miscues to build a lead.

A diving get in the front underscored Jones’ all-out effort in taking the game. In the third and fourth games, Giuffre used his deception to lengthen the court, putting enough balls just out of reach to take the match.

Credit goes to both players in producing some thoroughly thrilling rallies. Extra credit goes to Giuffre; he corrected the referee in the third game even though in doing so he put himself down game-ball.

 [4] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [Q] Mike Corren (AUS)
7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-10 (5-3)

Pilley wins Aussie Duel

The second session started with two Aussies, Mike Corren and Cameron Pilley, pitted against each other.

Coming off of an exhausting 5 game victory over Siddarth Suchde in the qualifying finals, Corren was obviously lacking the superb movement to the front that he had yesterday. Despite the handicap, Corren took the first game, playing at a steady pace.

However, Pilley picked up the pace quickly and took the next three with relative ease.

Stewart Boswell (AUS) bt [6] Shahier Razik (CAN)
     11-9, 11-8, 11-2

Boswell back

Stewart Boswell again proved tonight that he is well on his way back to top form after a debilitating back injury that put him out for a over a year. Right from the start, Boswell played at a furious pace, picking up just about everything Razik could offer.

Games one and two were close, but it was obvious that Shahier was struggling to match Boswell's anticipation and consistency. Stewart took the third quickly.

[8] Liam Kenny (IRL) bt [Q] Wade Johnstone (AUS)
      11-5, 11-2 rt. injury

Kenny ends Wade's progress

Wade Johnstone, another qualifier coming off of a 5 game match, had difficulty keeping up with Liam Kenny's fantastic touch and length. Liam took the first game 11-5 and at 0-2 down in the second game, Wade winced in obvious discomfort.

Kenny continued to play at the same pace, and, despite some fantastic retrieving, Wade made some tired errors and eventually collapsed. Liam should be in good shape for tomorrow.

[Q] Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Raj Nanda (AUS)
      11-8,11-8, 3-11, 2-11, 11-9

Illingworth delights

The match of the night featured American star Julian Illingworth and Aussie Raj Nanda. Julian, playing at his trademark pace, pushed Raj to the front early and often.

Nanda was clearly out of his element. At 10-8 in the first game, Julian played a fantastic counter drop to win the game.

The second game was a mirror image of the first, showcasing Julian's superb touch and pace. Raj finally found his way in the third and fourth games, playing great length and hardly making an error.

The Aussie took the third and fourth games easily, with Julian seemingly conceding the fourth to conserve energy for the fifth.

The fifth game was played at an incredible pace. Julian, quite obviously aching from an already long week, continued to shoot and Raj continued to retrieve.

The two exchanged several nail-bitingly long points at 8-8, and Julian finally pulled away to win on a fantastic forehand drop to the front right hand corner.

Aussies Storm into
Berkshire Draw        
 Qual Results

Three Australians, Mike Corren, Wade Johnstone and Ben Gould qualified for the main draw of the Berkshire Open, along with the USA's own Julian Illingworth ...


Julian Illingworth

"Had a good match today, managed to take it in three. First time here at Williams College, what an amazing facility. I'm really looking forward to seeing and hopefully playing some good squash this week."

David Phillips

"I got into Williamstown yesterday. The place is all geared up for the competition. Zafi has done a great job of publicizing the event. The qualifying started today and there's already plenty of people down watching the games which is great.

"As for the matches I was first on against Mike Reid. I got off to a good start and got through in 3. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's game and hopefully lots more local support."

Niall Rooney

available through the college’s squash office

"We’ve installed 17-inch tins in two of our courts for the pros, and we’ve added extra seating for the two championship courts.”

"The goal of the tournament is to provide the rapidly growing number of squash enthusiasts in the area with an opportunity to watch world-class squash at an affordable price."

Williams College Head Squash Coach & Tournament Director


2004 Event

It was a big win for me today and I am quite happy with the way I played.

Was a bit nervous to start off with, however I managed to relax a bit after the first which benefited me a great deal. My aim was to stay in front and attack as much as possible.

I have never played him before, he's very strong from the middle and plays at a high pace, can just say that am glad to get through it.

Playing Mike Corren tomorrow and hope to do well.

Siddarth Suchde
Wade Johnstone (AUS) bt David Phillips (CAN)
   11-10 (4-2), 10-11 (0-2), 11-7, 9-11, 11-9

Johnstone denies Phillips
Zelda Stern reports from Williamstown

The first match of the night featured two big men. David Phillips and Wade Johnstone put on a show of hard hitting squash for the Williamstown crowd for a little over an hour.

The first game featured consistent length, as the two grew acquainted with the Williams courts. At 10-10, the two exchanged several crucial drop errors, until Wade pulled away to win 14-12. The second game featured some fantastic squash from David. Wade looked tired already at 6-8. However, the two continued to not be separated by more than two points.

Wade reached 10-10 on a lucky nick, but David pulled away to win 12-10. Wade found a second win during the break and came out firing in the third game. At 3-3, Wade began to pull away, moving David all around the court. At 8-6, Wade hit another lucky nick at the back, but took the game on a fantastic forehand drop, 11-7. T

he fourth game featured more great squash from David. On full display was Wade's incredible retrieving ability, though. After a few lapses in concentration from the Aussie, David climbed ahead to win the fourth.

It appeared that David was showing no signs of slowing down in the fifth game. Roaring to an 8-2 lead, David was poised for victory. However, Wade managed to score 7 points in a row and, after only one additional point for David, Wade won the deciding game

Julian Illingworth (USA) bt Ian Power (CAN)
    11-2, 11-7, 10-11 (1-3), 11-6

Illingworth pulls through

The second match featured Yale University's #1, Julian Illingworth and Canadian Ian Power. Julian was imperial for the entire first game, attacking at every opportune moment, and took the game quickly 11-2. The second game was a different story, however.

Ian began to find his rhythm at 7-3 down, and climbed his way back to 10-6. However, Julian's superb touch at the front was too much, and he took the second game 11-7 on a great backhand drop.

Ian PowerThe third game was, again, a different story. Ian, in full stride now, went 6-2 up thanks to some careless mistakes by Julian. At 8-8, the two exchanged several nauseating points, and Ian eventually put away an anxious Julian 11-8.

The fourth game proved to be a return to form for Illingworth. Making full use of his demanding touch at the front, Julian pulled away to 8-5, when Ian made a crucial error.

Julian didn't look back and won the final game 11-6. After the match, Julian attributed his win to a matinee viewing of "Top Gun" at the dorm.

Mike Corren (AUS) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND)
    7-11, 11-2, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6
Ben Gould (AUS) bt Niall Rooney (IRL)
    11-7, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6

Aussies Corren & Gould progress
Suchde frustrated Corren early with his speed, retrieving everything and capitalizing on loose balls with strokes and drop-winners. In the second and third games though, Corren rarely moved from the T, using superior pace variation and shot selection. The last two games featured gruelling rallies and frequent let calls, with Corren eventually prevailing.

The Rooney/Gould match began with several tins from Rooney as the players produced a disjointed first game without a single long rally. The three proceeding games were very entertaining to watch with the rallies taking place largely in the frontcourt. Rooney steadily grew more and more confident with his attacking shots, but struggled to move the much taller Gould from the midcourt.

21-Sep, Qualifying first round:

Qualifying Results

The second edition the the Berkshire Open kicked off at Williams College on Wednesday with eight qualifying matches.

Australia's Ben Gould and India's Siddarth Suchde both came through five-game testers, Gould over Patrick Chifunda, while Suchde scored one of his best-ever wins, coming from 2-1 down to beat Canada's Shawn De Lierre.

In the qualifying finals Gould takes on Irishman Niall Rooney, while Suchde faces Mike Corren, the Australian who is now resident pro at Salt Lake City.

16-Sep, PREVIEW:

Class of 2005 - Chris Tom, Todd Herlihy, Charles Giammattei, Head Coach Zafi Levy and Scott PierceWILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Preparations are underway at Williams College for the second Men’s Berkshire Squash Open, a professional tournament that the college will be hosting September 21-September 26, 2005.

Williams College will feed the players in its student dining rooms. Nearby, the Williams Inn is ready to host all 28 players. Townspeople are delighted that Williamstown—already widely known for its many cultural and natural attractions—will be the site of one of the top ten squash tournaments in the U.S. Many college faculty members and local squash enthusiasts have already reserved seats.

This year, Williams College has been named #1 in both academics and athletics for the second year in a row. The 2005 US News & World Report has once again placed Williams at the top of its ranking of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges, and the National Sports Academy recently awarded Williams the Directors’ Cup for the seventh consecutive year.

In 2004, Williams became the first member of the 1,028-member National College Athletic Association ever to have achieved the double top ranking; this year, it became the first to do so twice (
full details).



"We’ve installed 17-inch tins in two of our courts for the pros, and we’ve added extra seating for the two championship courts.”

"The goal of the tournament is to provide the rapidly growing number of squash enthusiasts in the area with an opportunity to watch world-class squash at an affordable price."

Williams College Head Squash Coach & Tournament Director

Williams' Men's Squash Squad

available through the college’s squash office (413/597-4627)


"We are very happy to help make this event possible.   There is an abundance of cultural and natural offerings in the Berkshires, and a tournament of this level only adds to that already lengthy list."

True North Financial

Williams College

“Once again, we are pleased to be hosting an event that will bring some of the top squash players in the world to the College and to the community."

Williams College
Athletics Director

2004 Event

Second Berkshire Open Unveiled At Williams College In Massachusetts

The second men's Berkshire Open, a PSA Tour event featuring squash professionals from around the world, will be held at Williams College in Williamstown, in the US state of Massachusetts, from 21-26 September.

The 2-star event will be organised by Williams College squash coach Zafi Levy and presented by True North Financial and Sabre – giving Williams students, local and visiting squash fans, and those curious about the sport, an opportunity to watch many of the best players in the world.

With an increase in prize money from $13,000 to $20,000, this year’s event has become one of the top ten squash tournaments in the US, attracting two of the world's top 20 players. Graham Ryding, the world No13, will be the top seed in the draw, which will also feature players from Australia, England, France, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, France and Wales as well as the US.

Squash fans will be especially interested in seeing Stewart Boswell, the former world No4 from Australia, who is making a comeback to the PSA tour after missing most of the last three seasons due to a back injury.

Since making his comeback in April, Boswell has won seven PSA Tour titles and jumped from 216 to 39 in the PSA world rankings.


An event for the Berkshires

Launched in 2004, the Berkshire Squash Open is one of the few professional sporting events in the Berkshires.

Since the construction of the Simon Squash Centre in 1998, Williams’ excellent facilities have been a magnet for a growing body of squash players, consisting of more than 60 Williams faculty and staff, 150 local residents, hundreds of Williams students and a growing number of junior players from the Williamstown-North Adams community.

The week-long competition will kick off on Wednesday, September 21 with the qualifying rounds concluding on Thursday, September 22. From the qualifying rounds, four players will emerge to round out the 16-player draw.

Twelve players will enter the main draw without qualifying, including one wild-card entry: Christopher Gordon, the highest-ranking US player, currently ranked 80th in the world.

The official opening round will then begin Friday September 23, leading to the final on Monday September 26, when a second Berkshire Open champion will be crowned.