Men & Women $20k PSA Challengers, 13-17 Sep, London, Canada
Day FOUR, SEMIS :
What an incredible night! Spectators often hope for one tight game to go to five….but to have three of four was amazing. London Squash & Fitness had a full house, and they left this beautiful Friday night in London Ontario ready for the finals.
There is a lot that goes into a week like this, and we would like to put out a big thank you to Jeff Tudhope (club manager) and Chris Hanebury (club professional) for all the extra work they have done. A special shout out to Dr. Lorie Forwell as well. She has assisted with players throughout the NASH Cup history and as one can imagine there have been a number of injuries. It’s important to have someone ready to help and she’s done a great job (at last count she saw 3 players tonight…during the matches). The players really appreciate it.
Saturday’s fun starts at 5:30pm with the Challenge Matches. It’s been 4 years since this side show has taken place and local players Brad ‘Stingray’ Hanebury; Scott Mickalachki; and Calvin Ho will be joined by professionals Daniel Mekbib; Lucy Beecroft and Torrie Malik. We have over 60 challenges on the ready….let’s see who can complete them and still win the rally.
Day THREE, QUARTERS :
The new live commentary with video streaming has quickly become popular. Thank you to Jeff Wong and DAGI for making this happen, and thank you to all those who are writing in with comments (and the odd critique). It’s great to know people are watching an listening.
The Semi-Finals are set. We’re down to 8 professionals and two nights of matches. Thank you to Mackevica; Thomas; Gobbi and Melo for travelling to Chatham today for an exhibition at the wonderful Maple City Squash Club. Tomorrow players will be headed to the Sarnia Riding Club.
Tonight’s matches were exceptional. London Squash had a full crowd and just about everyone walked away happy. We hope you will enjoy the summaries.
Day TWO : Matches tonight rivaled the level of NASH Cup finals.
The play was intense, and it was filled with upsets. By early evening London Squash was full and the crowd was loving every minute. Those who lost tonight took home $483.31 USD and 51 points. For men, an average of 51 points would rank you number 109 in the world. For women it would be number 90.
From here forward those who lose are likely to still be happy with the outcome, but those who depart from the draw now are unlikely to have enhanced their ranking. Such is the risk of a sport where tournaments are single elimination.
You only need to be “off” for one match. Of 16 matches on the nightery 5 would be considered “upsets” based on the current rankings.
Round ONE : It was a tremendous opening night at London Squash & Fitness.
The 2022 NASH Cup is a full PSA Challenger 20 event for the first time, and the packed crowd witnessed matches that would rival quarter finals of past years. The level of play was exceptions. Perhaps more importantly, so was the on court sportsmanship.
It’s possible that the number of pitchers of beer sold tonight may have been a club record. This could be because they were well priced … but we will take this opportunity to thank one of our founding sponsors Sleeman Breweries.
Tonight the losers leave with $307.56 USD in cash and 31.5 points. If a player averaged 31.5 points they would be ranked #162 for men and #110 for women globally.