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Squash: WSA targets major growth in World Tour prize money

The Hong Kong Open is among the WSA World Tour’s top-tier events. Photo: Hong Kong Squash.

The Hong Kong Open is among the WSA World Tour’s top-tier events. Photo: Hong Kong Squash.

September 18, 2014: The Women’s Squash Association (WSA) is predicting that prize money on this year’s WSA World Tour will total US$1,600,000 – representing a 40 per cent increase over last year – and hopes to top US$2 million in 2015.

 

This year’s World Tour features more than 70 tournaments in 23 nations, headlined by 13 top-tier events including the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, the postponed 2013 World Championship in Penang, Hong Kong Open, China Open in Shanghai, Macau Open and the 2014 World Championship.

 

The top-tier events also include the British Open and five events in the USA – Tournament of Champions, Cleveland Classic, Windy City Open, Texas Open, the US Open and Carol Weymuller Open.

 

The WSA is also proud that this year’s tour includes the first men’s or women’s Tour event in Germany for more than four years, the first WSA event in Colombia since 2005, the first women’s pro tournament in Italy for more than 12 years and the first WSA event in Nigeria since 1998.

 

The WSA, which has more than 240 members from 47 countries, elected a new board of directors in January, with Tommy Berden appointed as acting CEO in April. The former Dutch champion was pleased with the circuit’s progress this year and had high hopes for 2015.

 

“I am delighted that the WSA is growing faster than ever before, in particular as we are now taking our Tour to various new places around the world. To achieve a 40 per cent growth in these tough economic times is a real testament to the women’s game and our gratitude goes out to the many promoters around the world that have staged, or are still about to stage, a WSA event this year,” Berden said.

 

“These are exciting times for our members. We expect the WSA World Tour to grow significantly again in 2015 and will continue to work hard to break the US$2 million dollar barrier next year.”

 

Source: WSA (wsaworldtour.com); Editing by SportAsia

 

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