History

The U.S. Open Squash Championship began on New Year's Day, 1954 at the University Club of New York City and literally changed the sport of squash overnight. The event, which was first run as a hardball tournament for the top amateur and professional players in the world, crowned its first champion Henri Salaun, a French-American amateur player. At the end of the four-day event Open director Ned Bigelow presented Salaun the Open's $500 grand prize. Salaun's victory over Hashim Khan in the finals graced the front pages of major newspapers, including The New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune, and the Washington Post, all of which were filled with photographs of the Open. New York was abuzz with the excitement. The Open remained in New York for the next two years, but from 1957 to 1965, the event crisscrossed the country, quickly becoming a prominent tournament in the world of professional squash. It was hosted in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Hartford, Indianapolis, and Atlantic City, and returned to the University Club of New York in 1963 only to be shuttled off to Buffalo and then Wilmington the following years. During these early years the Open was dominated by the presence of the Khan family. Hashim Khan won three titles between 1956 and 1963, while his relative, Roshan Khan, also won three titles in the same decade. In 1966 the U.S. Open merged with the Canadian Open, forming the North American Open, which remained a hardball event. In the 1970s and 80s the Khans continued to overwhelm the squash scene. Sharif Khan made fifteen straight North American finals appearances from 1968 to 1982, winning twelve of those titles. All in all, the Khan family owns a combined twenty-nine U.S. Open and North American Open Championships. The U.S. Open was reborn, once again as a hardball event (while the North American Open ran separately), in 1983 when Howie Rosenthal promoted the event. Both the 1983 and 1984 U.S. Opens were held at the Yale Club of New York with great American Mark Talbott winning in 1983 and falling to Jahangir Khan in 1984 in the finals. In 1985, Tom and Hazel Jones who were managing the title at that time made the decision to switch the event from a hardball to a softball tournament.  Jones moved the Open out to San Francisco and was one of the first to experiment with the 17-inch tin and 15-point scoring format (which was later adopted world-wide for softball events in 1989), where the Open was received very well. In 1986 Jones moved the Open to Houston, and the following year the venue was switched to the Palladium Night Club in New York City where a brand new, imported portable court from Europe was set up on the dance floor. The Open achieved enormous success that year and has continued to thrive amongst an eager American audience, where players from across the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Pakistan, and France have all claimed championships. In the late 1990's, U.S. SQUASH acquired the rights to the trademark and is responsible for the management of the title.

Men's U.S. Open Squash Champions

Year

Winner

Finalist

City

1954

Henri Salaun

Hashim Khan

New York, NY

1955

Gil Mateer

Azam Khan

New York, NY

1956

Hashim Khan

Azam Khan

New York, NY

1957

Hashim Khan

Roshan Khan

Lawrence, NY

1958

Roshan Khan

Henri Salaun

Detroit, MI

1959

Gil Mateer

Hashim Khan

Pittsburgh, PA

1960

Roshan Khan

Azam Khan

West Harford, CT

1961

Roshan Khan

Azam Khan

Indianapolis, IN

1962

Azam Khan

Roshan Khan

Atlantic City, NJ

1963

Hashim Khan

Mo Khan

New York, NY

1964

Mo Khan

Hashim Khan

Buffalo, NY

1965

Mo Khan

Hashim Khan

Wilmington, DE

*1966

Mo Khan

Victor Niederhoffer

Detroit, MI

1967

Ralph Howe

Sam Howe

Montreal

1968

Mo Khan

Sharif Khan

Indianapolis, IN

1969

Sharif Khan

Mo Khan

Cincinnati, OH

1970

Sharif Khan

Mo Khan

Chicago, IL

1971

Sharif Khan

Kevin Binns

Toronto, ON

1972

Sharif Khan

Victor Niederhoffer

Louisville, KY

1973

Sharif Khan

Mo Khan

Pittsburgh, PA

1974

Sharif Khan

Rainer Ratinac

Toronto, ON

1975

Victor Niederhoffer

Sharif Khan

Mexico City

1976

Sharif Khan

Victor Niederhoffer

New York, NY

1977

Sharif Khan

Geoff Hunt

Philadelphia, PA

1978

Sharif Khan

Clive Caldwell

Toronto, ON

1979

Sharif Khan

Gordon Anderson

New York, NY

1980

Sharif Khan

Mike Desaulniers

Salt Lake City, UT

1981

Sharif Khan

Aziz Khan

Toronto, ON

1982

Mike Desaulniers

Sharif Khan

Cleveland, OH

1983

Mark Talbott

John Nimick

New York, NY

1984

Jahangir Khan

Mark Talbott

New York, NY

**1985

Jahangir Khan

Ross Norman

San Francisco, CA

1986

Stuart Davenport

Ross Norman

Houston, TX

1987

Jansher Khan

Chris Dittmar

New York, NY

1988

Jahangir Khan

Chris Dittmar

Seattle, WA

1989

Rodney Martin

Jansher Khan

Houston, TX

1990

Jansher Khan

Chris Robertson

Houston, TX

1991

Rodney Martin

Brett Martin

New York, NY

1993

Rodney Eyles

Paul Lord

Philadelphia, PA

1994

Peter Nicol

Chris Walker

Providence, RI

1995

Jansher Khan

Simon Parke

Providence, RI

1996

Rodney Eyles

Peter Nicol

Minneapolis, MN

1997

Jonathan Power (CAN)

Simon Parke (ENG)

Minneapolis, MN

1998

Peter Nicol (ENG)

Jonathan Power (CAN)

Boston, MA

1999

Simon Parke (ENG)

Jonathan Power (CAN)

Boston, MA

2000

Jonathan Power (CAN)

Simon Parke (ENG)

Boston, MA

***2001

Peter Nicol (ENG)

Jonathan Power (CAN)

Boston, MA

2002

David Palmer (AUS)

Steward Boswell (AUS)

Boston, MA

2003

Peter Nicol (ENG)

David Palmer (AUS)

Boston, MA

2004

Lee Beachill (ENG)

Peter Nicol (ENG)

Boston, MA

2005

Lee Beachill (ENG)

David Palmer (AUS)

Boston, MA

2006

Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

Amr Shabana (EGY)

Boston, MA

2007

Nick Matthew (ENG)

James Willstrop (ENG)

New York, NY

2009

Amr Shabana (EGY)

Ramy Ashour (EGY)

Chicago, IL

2010

Wael El Hindi (EGY)

Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)

Chicago, IL

2011

Amr Shabana (EGY)

Nick Matthew (ENG)

Philadelphia, PA

  *from 1966 until 1982 was known at the North American Open **changed to softball ***played in January 2002 due to 9/11  

Women's U.S. Open Squash Champions

Year Winner Finalist City
1993 Cassie Jackman (ENG) Suzanne Horner (ENG) Philadelphia, PA
1994 Suzanne Horner (ENG) Vicki Cardwell (AUS) Providence, RI
1997 Cassie Jackman (ENG) Sabine Schoene (GER) Minneapolis, MN
1998 Michelle Martin (AUS) Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) Hartford, CT
1999 Cassie Jackman (ENG) Michelle Martin (AUS) Hartford, CT
2002 Carol Owens (NZL) Tania Bailey (ENG) Brooklyn, NY
2003 Cassie Jackman (ENG) Carol Owens (NZL) Brooklyn, NY
2004 Natalie Grainger (USA) Linda Elriani (ENG) Brooklyn, NY
2005 Natalie Grinham (AUS) Vicky Botwright (ENG) Boston, MA
2006 Rachael Grinham (AUS) Natalie Grainger (USA) Brooklyn, NY
2007 Natalie Grainger (USA) Jenny Duncalf (ENG) Brooklyn, NY
2008 Natalie Grainger (USA) Shelley Kitchen (NZL) Brooklyn, NY
2009 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) Alison Waters (ENG) Brooklyn, NY
2010 Vanessa Atkinson (NED) Amanda Sobhy (USA) Chicago, IL
2011 Laura Massaro (ENG) Kasey Brown (AUS) Philadelphia, PA