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.
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.
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.
Fresh from success in San Francisco England’s Laura Massaro says she is ready to return to Philadelphia to defend her Delaware Investments U.S. Open crown …
U.S. Open Tickets
Philadelphia’s Drexel University will once again play host to the prestigious 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships—the second tournament on the 2016/17 PSA Road To Dubai—October 6-15, when 112 of the world’s best squash players will descend on the city for the PSA World Series tournament.
For the fourth consecutive year the U.S. Open will offer equal prize money for men and women, with $150,000 on offer in each draw, and will be headlined by world No. 1s Mohamed Elshorbagy—the 2014 winner—and Nour El Sherbini, the 20-year-old Egyptian World Champion.
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Registration
The United States Squash Hall of Fame proudly announces the class of 2016: Paul D. Assaiante, Norman B. Bramall and Jane Austin Stauffer. The first two are arguably the greatest squash coaches ever of men and women and Stauffer was one of the finest doubles players in history. The ceremony will be at noon on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Drexel during the Delaware Investments United States Open. Register for the induction ceremony here.
The U.S. Open Squash Championships celebrates its sixth year of support from Macquarie Group’s Delaware Investments as title sponsor.
The 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships will see the Philadelphia community come together for a celebration of squash at Drexel University. Delaware Investments has been a cornerstone of the partnership with Drexel and US Squash, one of the longest commitments the tournament has had in its storied 62-year history.
(l-r) Jonathan Power, Toorpakai, Ashley Bernhard and Kevin Klipstein gathered after Toopakai gave a historic talk at the United Nations Women’s International Forum in June.
Women in Sports Day
Maria Toorpakai will be awarded the President’s Cup at Women in Sports Day at the 2016 Delaware Investments United States Open. The third-annual Women in Sports Day will be on Wednesday, October 12 at Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center.
The President’s Cup is the highest individual award at US Squash. Inaugurated in 1966, the award is given to men and women who have made substantial contributions of the game of squash. Toorpakai is the forty-fifth recipient of the President’s Cup and the second, after Hashim Khan in 1978, to hail from Pakistan.