Chicago to host PSA Squash World Championships presented by The Walter Family in July
The 2020-21 PSA Squash World Championships presented by The Walter Family will be held in Chicago from 10th to 17th July, when the world’s best male and female squash professionals will compete for $1 million in player compensation for the second time in the sport’s history.
Chicago will host the PSA World Tour’s most illustrious tournament for the second time following the 2018-19 championship, which was held in the Great Hall of the city’s Union Station in 2019. Egyptians Ali Farag and Nour El Sherbini captured the titles on that occasion, winning the sport’s first $1 million tournament in the process.
The tournament will be held in accordance with strict COVID-19 protocols. All players and staff will be tested prior to travelling to the tournament and then another test upon arrival. Once a negative result has been received, the competitor will then be allowed to enter the tournament bubble, with further testing every four days during the tournament.
As in 2019, the prize fund will be split equally between the men’s and women’s draws, where defending champions El Sherbini and Tarek Momen will look to retain their crowns.
The Walter Family has also supported the Windy City Open, a PSA Platinum tournament, since 2015, with the 2020 edition boasting $500,000 in player compensation. This made the Windy City Open the most lucrative event outside of the World Championships at that time.
PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough said:
“The PSA World Championships is the pinnacle of professional squash, and we are once again delighted to be able to offer $1 million worth of player compensation to our male and female athletes.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions into the United States resulted in a number of alterations to our planned PSA World Tour calendar. The World Championships were originally scheduled for earlier this year and then moved to July.”
The glass court venue for the tournament will be revealed next month. Matches played on traditional courts will be held at the University Club of Chicago, which hosts the Windy City Open and the early rounds of this tournament.
University Club of Chicago Athletic Director and Windy City Open promoter, John Flanigan, said:
“The PSA has done an excellent job hosting pro events during the pandemic in recent months. Their thorough protocols have kept the athletes and limited spectators safe. The Chicago organising committee is pleased to host the sport’s highest profile professional event. We are optimistic that the pandemic will be trending downwards significantly by July.”
Action from will be shown live on SQUASHTV, and the PSA Facebook page (excluding Europe and Japan). The semi-finals and finals will also be shown live on the channels of contracted broadcast partners.