Deborah Antoine and Jenny Duncalf to Headline 2017 Women in Sports Day

Deborah Antoine (l) and Jenny Duncalf.

The fourth-annual Women in Sports Day at the 2017 United States Open will be held on Tuesday October 10 at Drexel.

Deborah Antoine will be the keynote speaker at Women in Sports Day. Since January, Antoine has served as the CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation. The WSF was founded by Billie Jean King in 1974 and is one of America’s most important institutions dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring all girls have access to sports.

Jenny Duncalf will receive a special WiSD recognition award.

Gordon Awarded 2017 U.S. Open Men’s Wild Card

Gordon (front) against Nick Matthew in the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open first round. (image: squashpics.com)

U.S. veteran Chris Gordon will make his sixth consecutive appearance as the men’s wide card at the 2017 U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management at Drexel University.

The world No. 64 from New York City will be competing in his eleventh U.S. Open this October.

Mark Talbott to Receive Callahan Sportsmanship Award at U.S. Open

Mark Talbott on the WPSA tour. (image: Ham Biggar)

US Squash will honor Mark Talbott with the 2017 Robert W. Callahan Men’s Sportsmanship Award at the U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management. The ceremony will take place during the fourth-annual Character in Sports Day on Wednesday 11 October at the Daskalakis Athletic Center at Drexel.

Arguably the greatest American squash player in history, Talbott won more than two hundred and fifty squash tournaments during a long singles and doubles career in the 1980s and 1990s. He won three National Singles titles, two U.S. Open titles and seventeen major singles titles. He was in the inaugural class of inductees in 2000 into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame.

2017 U.S. Open Tickets On Sale Now

2016 U.S. Open Champions Camille Serme (l) and Mohamed Elshorbagy.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 U.S. Open Squash Championships presented by Macquarie Investment Management, hosted at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Squash fans can take advantage of a one-time ticket release discount—15% off all tickets through Memorial Day weekend using the promo code: MEMORIALDAY.

Tickets and patron packages are available on www.usopensquash.com/tickets.

Pakistan’s Toorpakai Appointed to IOC Women in Sport Commission

Maria Toorpakai Wazir received the 2016 US Squash President’s Cup Award during the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open.

Report courtesy of WSF.

Pakistan squash star Maria Toorpakai Wazir has been appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s Women in Sport Commission in a role that will see her assist the IOC in the development and implementation of their women and sport policy.

Toorpakai, who hails from the highly conservative South Waziristan, is one of the most inspirational squash players of all time, whose remarkable journey to become a professional athlete saw her disguise herself as a boy in order to train, compete and attend school in a Taliban-controlled area of Pakistan – where girls rarely leave their homes and the idea of women competing in sport is regarded as un-Islamic.

Despite receiving death threats from the Taliban against her and her family, Toorpakai overcame almost universal hostility to forge a career as a professional squash player. The 26-year-old is now the highest-ranked female squash player in Pakistan.

Toorpakai is a strong advocate for equality and joins the Women in Sport Commission as part of a 70 per cent increase in female participation across the IOC Commissions since September 2013, with 38 per cent of the IOC Commissions taken up by women.

U.S. Open Squash Championships Return to Drexel October 5-14

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The road to the 2017 U.S. Open Squash Championships has begun as the world’s best squash players are set to return to Drexel University in Philadelphia, October 5-14.

Mark your calendars now for what will be another celebration of squash featuring special events such as Junior Day, Women in Sports Day, Hall of Fame Luncheon and Character in Sports Day, and tournaments such as the U.S. Skill Level Championships and Arlen Specter JCT.