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Squash: PSA confirm nine-event World Series through 2017

World No. 3 Mohamed Elshorbagy (right) beat No. 1 Gregory Gaultier to win this year’s Hong Kong Open, one of nine events on the new-look PSA World Series. Photo: SportAsia.

World No. 3 Mohamed Elshorbagy (right) beat No. 1 Gregory Gaultier to win this year’s Hong Kong Open, one of nine events on the new-look PSA World Series that will run through 2017. Photo: SportAsia.

September 3, 2014: The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has announced a nine-event PSA World Series that will run from 2014-17, following the move to implement a new three-year calendar for the elite men’s events.

 

The World Series comprises the Hong Kong Open, US Open in Philadelphia, Qatar Classic, Tournament of Champions in New York, Windy City Open in Chicago, Dubai Open, El Gouna International in Egypt, British Open and PSA World Series Finals.

 

The top eight players in the series will qualify for the season-ending World Series Finals, with players competing for the right to be crowned World Series Champion and claim one of the biggest purses in squash. The location of the World Series Finals will be announced later this month.

 

Alex Gough, Chief Executive of the PSA, said: “We are very happy to have been able to secure an agreement with so many world-class events that will see the next three years of the World Series structured in a way that the sport has never previously seen.

 

“Creating a structured and agreed format for the World Series allows us to markedly increase the commercial appeal of the sport’s elite level while also ensuring we can commit further resources to increasing the success of squash on a global scale.

 

“Ensuring we have a long-term commitment from major events to form the World Series is a vital element in continuing the growth of the sport around the world. We’re looking forward to what promises to be an exciting period for squash.”

 

The PSA World Championship, the most prestigious title in squash, will continue to be staged as a stand-alone event during October/November. This year’s edition will be held in Qatar from November 11-18, with the tournament making its North American debut in Seattle in 2015. A venue for 2016 has yet to be decided.

 

PSA World Series Events 2014-17

Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Open (Hong Kong)

Delaware Investments US Open (Philadelphia, USA)

Qatar Classic* (Doha, Qatar)

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions (New York, USA)

MetroSquash Windy City Open (Chicago, USA)

Dubai Open (Dubai, UAE)

El Gouna International (El Gouna, Egypt)

Allam British Open (Hull, England)

PSA World Series Finals (Venue TBC)

* Not held in 2014; Qatar hosting PSA World Championship from November 11-18

 

Source: PSA (www.psaworldtour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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