Following the ‘technical fault’ which halted the presentation of this weekend’s final of the ATCO PSA World Series Finals, when the inflatable structure at The Queen’s Club in London in which it was due to be staged became unsafe, the Professional Squash Association has pledged to restage the finale as soon as possible. “Currently, we are working through the logistics and assessing forthcoming schedules to establish the exact date for when this will take place,” PSA CEO Alex Gough (pic) explained. “The PSA is committed to delivering a fantastic finale to what has been a world-class event. We look forward to announcing the date as soon as possible,” added Gough. The venue was still considered a health and safety risk more than 24 hours after the matches were due to be played.
Malaysia’s Nicol David (pic) begins her 6th year as world No1, according to the new January Women’s World Rankings published by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA). The dominant force in women’s squash first topped the rankings in January 2006 – and, after dropping to second place for just four months in the year, is now celebrating her 57th month as world No1. England’s Jenny Duncalf (1706 points) continues to shadow David (3340 points) in 2nd place, ahead of fellow countrywoman Alison Waters (1480 points) at 3, Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy (1292 points) in 4th place, and Australia’s Rachael Grinham (1166 points) at No5. As David has almost the double number of points as next ranked Duncalf, it will be very unlikely that there will be a change in the near future.
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) did introduce a new event structure and a new seeding system. Heading the PSA World Tour from 2011 will be the World Open with a minimum prize-fund of $275,000. Below the World Open there will be the new PSA World Series events which have prize-funds upwards of $115,000. The next level will be PSA International 25, 35, 50, and 70, boasting prize-funds from $25,000 to $114,999. PSA Challenger 5, 10, and 15 will have prize-funds from $5,000 to $24,999. Additionally there will be a change in the number of players seeded in event draws. From 1st January 2011, only one in four players will be seeded, instead of one in two as has been the current practice. “It was felt that we over protect players using the current system – and this often led to too many one-sided matches in the first round or two,” explained PSA CEO Alex Gough (pic). First outcome of the new seeding-system at the TOC in NYC: 2 qualifiers will meet in the 1st round while next door’s 1st round match will be Mohamed El Shorbagy (world No.9) against Azlan Iskandar (world No.14). Any comment?
“When two tribes go to war”, that’s a not only a song by the famous band “Frankie goes to Hollywood”, that might become reality in squash very soon. As everybody of the squash community might now, there is a upcomming clash between two governing bodies of squash. The Professional Squash Association (PSA) on one side versus the US Pro Squash Tour (PST) on the other side. And the bad news is, that it looks like, that this is moving on to a really fight. Why for the sake of squash is this happening? Does this all results on the 5-let-rule the PST did launch, or does it arouse from the existence of the PST itself? Check squashsite and it’s forum – very interesting.
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The European Squash Federation has decided to run the European Team Championships (ETC) in a new format. The increasing size of the ETC, which feature almost 50 teams, has led to difficulties in finding hosts. “Only a few countries have facilities located close to an international airport, a venue with 12 to 13 courts and accommodation with 450 to 500 beds,” explained ESF President Hugo Hannes (BEL, pic). From 2011 onwards there will be an ETC of three divisions, with divisions 1 and 2 taking place at the same time and venue, and division 3 to be played in another location. Division 1 with eight men’s and eight women’s teams, and Division 2 with 12 men’s and eight women’s teams. All others will compete in Division 3. There will be opportunities for relegation of two teams between all divisions. Finland and Hungary will be the first nations who will host the new-style ETC next year.
New website online: The World Squash Federation (WSF) has launched their new site. “We are on the move! In addition to our quest to get Squash into the Olympics, we also need to get better in reaching out to the 20 million squash fans out there”, WSF Vice President Frank van Loon said. Just risk a view and feel free with your comments.
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Now it’s on the web – this 1st April report “PSA adopts 5let rule” which has been hide for a while. You might have a look at the master plan – some funny suggestions on the squash future.
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New World order: Nick Matthew is the 3rd English no.1 in total. Only Peter Nicol and Lee Beachill have achieved this before. Lee Beachill was the last one – from October 2004 to December 2004. Matthew may enjoy the position now during his holidays in Mexico. “It means I can put my feet up for a few weeks and then come back refreshed and ready for the new challenge of holding on to the top spot. When I come back I will be reassessing my goals – and becoming World Champion and winning Commonwealth gold will be very high on the agenda”, Matthew said to World Squash Media Director Howard Harding.