Posted on 22 October 2013.
Posted on 16 October 2013.
“It’s our goal to make the Delaware Investments U.S. Open the most prestigious squash championship in the world, to be the first to offer $1 million in prize money, with full parity for men and women,” said Kevin Klipstein, president and CEO of US SQUASH. “The partnership with Drexel University extends to every facet of the school. This long term agreement with such a vibrant urban institution helps set the course for making the U.S. Open a premier global sports event, hosted right here in Philadelphia.”
Drexel President John A. Fry, who has served on the US Squash Board of Directors since 2010 and was recently named its chairman, has been instrumental in bringing the tournament to the city which was the domestic birthplace of squash in 1904.
“We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with US Squash to keep the biggest squash tournament in the nation right here in Philadelphia, where the sport took root in America,” Fry said. “This has been a tremendous relationship for both Drexel and US Squash, and the benefits to both parties will only grow with the long-term continuity afforded by this agreement.”
The tournament, which is currently in its third year in University City, has seen a steady increase in support since coming to Drexel. The top players in the world have been drawn to Philadelphia to compete for one of the biggest prizes in the professional circuit. This year a $115,000 purse will be up for grabs on both the men’s and women’s sides – marking the first time that equal prize money has been on the line in a tournament of this magnitude.
The Daskalakis Athletic Center, which serves as center stage for the McWil championship glass court, has seen thousands of sports fans and squash enthusiasts from around the country attend the tournament during the last two years. The U.S. Open has been held in 22 different cities since 1954. Philadelphia first hosted the tournament in 1977 and again in 1993 before it returned to the city in 2011 for its run at Drexel.
For more information about the championships visit www.usopensquash.com.
Posted on 16 October 2013.
Posted on 16 October 2013.
The expo area at the 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open is a vibrant place packed with attractions. There is plenty of craft beer from Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia's microbrewery; food from Landmark Americana; sartorially splendid U.S. Open clothing and merchandise at the official U.S. Open shop manned by Kenny Scher; and the ever-popular Squash Zone where a radar gun can record how fast you hit the ball.
But the most intriguing place might be at the Dunlop corner. US Squash has exhibited a glass box stuffed with Dunlop squash balls. How many are inside? The winner gets a Dunlop prize pack: a Dunlop racquet, a pair of goggles, a box of balls (naturally), a U.S. Open towel and a Dunlop hat. The last time US Squash did this, at the 2011 U.S. Open, a Drexel University undergrad named Christine put in the best guess: she actually hit the exact number, 716.
More than eighty visitors to the Open have registered their guess this year. The lowest guess has been seventy-two; the highest is 1,365. Some have eyed the case for fifteen minutes, calculating hard and mentally getting their Euclid on. Some bemoan the fact they didn't listen hard enough in their sophomore geometry class and guesstimate. A few, just in from picking their lottery numbers, select their favorite digits.
The balls, however many of them there actually are, will be donated to the National Urban Squash & Education Association.
Posted on 15 October 2013.
Forty years of squash were honored tonight at the 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open, as US Squash's chief executive officer, Kevin Klipstein, gave a special award to the Berwyn Squash & Fitness Club. On hand were the founder of Berwyn Squash, Paul Monaghan, and the current owner and operator, Dominic Hughes.
Paul Monaghan, 85, built Berwyn Squash in the fall of 1973. It was the first public commercial squash club in the country. An architect, Monaghan designed the first squash courts with modular walls, the first courts with a glass panel for photographers and balconied galleries and the first full-length glass wall. Along with Barclay White, a real estate developer, Monaghan formed a company called SquashCon and, exactly forty years ago this month, opened a four-singles, two-doubles court facility in the Philadelphia suburbs.
SquashCon expanded with two more facilities around Philadelphia and proved to be the pioneering catalyst for commercial clubs around the country as they expanded access to the game. Today, forty percent of squash courts in the U.S. are in public facilities.
Dominic Hughes, 51, has owned and managed the club since the mid-1990s. An Englishman who had coached in Bermuda and Canada, Hughes runs a vibrant and active club of a thousand players. Its six singles and two doubles courts are full all day and evening. In the Monaghan tradition, Hughes recently installed solar panels as Berwyn has gone green. Berwyn has been the home of many pro squash events and U.S. national championships and a training ground for juniors. National champions like Dave McNeely and former Harvard coach Satinder Bajwa got their start at Berwyn, and it has been Hall of Famer Joyce Davenport's club for nearly all of its forty remarkable years.
Posted on 13 October 2013.
Just before the evening’s men’s matches on the glass show court, thiry-one of the 248 2012-1-13 US Squash Scholar Athlete Award recipients were recognized before hundreds of squash fans at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. Many of the scholar athletes on hand are here in Philadelphia putting their best effort in on the squash courts at Drexel University in the Senator Arlen Specter Pennsylvania Junior Championships—the seasons second JCT event.
Last month, US Squash officially announced the recipients of the 2012-2013 Scholar Athlete Awards, given to high school student athletes who achieved a grade point average of 3.5 in school and participated in at least four US Squash accredited events.
US Squash recognized the scholar athletes who participated in the junior squash season during the 2012-2013 academic year. Scholar-athletes came from public, private and boarding schools. In addition, eleven student athletes were recognized as Scholar Athletes in all four years of high school.
The application for the 2013-2014 Scholar Athlete Award will be available in Spring 2014.
For more information and to see the list of 2012-2013 US Squash Scholar Athletes, please click here.
Posted on 12 October 2013.
Marigold Edwards and John G. Nelson were unveiled as the US Squash Hall of Fame Class of 2013 at the 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships Saturday, October 12.
As a part of the U.S. Open's annual Hall of Fame night, the glass show court hosted a ceremony led by US Squash President and CEO Kevin Klipstein (pictured far left) and US Squash Hall of Fame Committee Chairman James Zug (pictured far right) to announce the new inductees and honor present members Darwin Kingsley, Bob Callahan, Joyce Davenport, Sam Howe, Ralph Howe, and Ned Edwards (pictured left to right).
"It's a really incredible group," Zug said. "What we have in the Hall of Fame are people who have made an enormous, extraordinary impact in squash in America either on the court, or off the court as a coach, administrator, as someone who helps develop the game. Tonight, we have some members of that incredible group with us."
Formal induction ceremonies and celebrations co-hosted by US Squash and the inductees' respective communities are being planned for the 2013-2014 season.
Marigold Edwards is a pioneering woman who won twenty-eight masters national singles championships, more than any other woman in U.S. history. Born in New Zealand, Goldie Edwards lived in Canada and Germany before arriving to earn her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh where she worked as a health and physical education professor. A badminton player, she picked up her first squash racquet in her thirties, becoming the first woman to play at some clubs in Pittsburgh. She reached the finals of the open nationals four times (and the semis of the 1983 nationals at the age of fifty-one) and won the 1971 and 1972 Canadian national singles. She reigned as the 40+ hardball champion every year between 1974 and 1984, as 45+ champion from 1985 through 1989 and as 50+ champion between 1988 and 1993. In softball, she won the 50+ in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000. Edwards captained the U.S. national team in the 1968 Wolfe-Noel Cup and was awarded the Feron's Sportsmanship Trophy in 1980.
Jay Nelson is the top masters player in U.S. Squash history with twenty-eight age-group titles, one better than previous record holder Henri Salaun. Nelson played at Andover and at Harvard (class of 1962) before moving to New York. Known for his three-wall and conditioning, he reached four semifinals of the U.S. nationals (losing in five games three of those times) and won three Metropolitan Open titles—the last at age forty-seven in a season when he also won the Met A, 35+ and 45+. In hardball, Nelson won the U.S. national 45+ in 1989 and 1990 and the 50+ in 1993 and 1995. Always an avid softball player—in 1973 Nelson played on the first U.S. national team to enter the world men's championships—he won the national 40+ softball in 1984 and 1985; the 45+ in 1987 and 1988; the 50+ from 1992 through 1996; the 55+ from 1997 through 2001; the 60+ in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006; the 65+ in 2007 through 2011; and the 70+ in 2012. Nelson was awarded NYSquash's Eddie Standing Trophy in 1974 (for exceptional sportsmanship), the Herbert Fischbach Trophy in 1989 (for winning his last Metropolitan Open), the President's Prize in 1972 and 1974 (for highest winning percentage in league play) and the Bigelow Cup in 1977 (for outstanding performance).
The criteria for Hall of Fame membership is simple: the Hall is open to all U.S. players (hardball, softball, singles, doubles, pro, amateur), as well as individuals who helped the game grow and flourish. A person should have been a U.S. resident (but not necessarily a U.S. citizen) for a substantial portion of his career or had otherwise had a personal and significant impact on the U.S. game. A player must be retired from open singles competition for five years before consideration. The key requirements are dominance on the court or impact off the court and overall integrity and sportsmanship.
The US Squash Hall of Fame has 51 inductees and has been inducting members since 2000.
Posted on 12 October 2013.
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