U.S. Open Two Weeks Away!

Two weeks from today, Thursday, October 5, qualifying for the 2017 U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management kicks off.

With the world’s best squash players set to descent on Philadelphia for the seventh consecutive year at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC), October 5-14, here is what you need to know.

Squash Film Festival to Debut at U.S. Open October 8

The 2017 U.S. Open Squash Film Festival is the world’s first festival devoted solely to documentary films about squash.

Presented in partnership with Drexel University, the festival will be on Sunday October 8th. The films will be shown in the 125-seat screening room at Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s URBN Center Annex at 3401 Filbert Street. This is less than a two-minute walk from the U.S. Open in the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Tickets are free for the 2017 U.S. Open Squash Film Festival and can be reserved here. Film Festival attendees will be able to receive $10 off U.S. Open Squash tickets for Sunday’s matches.

Win a Chance to Commentate on SquashTV at the U.S. Open

Have you ever wanted to jump into the SquashTV commentary booth for a professional squash match? Well now is your chance!

Enter the SquashTV commentary competition for a chance to join Joey Barrington in the booth for the Ramy Ashour versus Chris Gordon first-round match at the U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management, Sunday October 8, at 6:30pm local time.

Nick Matthew to Retire in 2018; Set for Twelfth and Final U.S. Open

Last year, Nick Matthew defeated current world No. 2 Karim Abdel Gawad 12-10 in the fifth after a ninety-one-minute semifinal.

One decade after claiming the U.S. Open title, Nick Matthew–three-time world champion, and former world No. 1–announced his retirement from professional squash after the 2017-2018 season.

The current world No. 4 from Sheffield, England, will be competing his twelfth and final U.S. Open this October as the four seed in the first PSA Tour World Series event of the season.

This year, Matthew is set for a first-round match up against Egypt’s world No. 20 Zahed Mohamed, on the first day of ASB GlassCourt play Saturday, October 7, at 4:30pm.

Sharp and Perry Clinch U.S. Open Qualifying Spots

Dane Sharp (l) and Madeline Perry.

Philadelphia locals Dane Sharp and Madeline Perry earned the final two qualifying spots at the 2017 U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management by winning the pre-qualifying finals Tuesday night, September 12, at Drexel University.

More than thirty Philadelphia area players competed in the men’s and women’s pre-qualifying draws throughout the summer, culminating in Tuesday’s finals.

Drexel to Host U.S. Open Pre-Qualifying Finals Night September 12

2016 women’s pre-qualifying champion Georgina Stoker (l) and finalist Low Wee Nee.

The Philadelphia squash community is invited to enjoy the pre-qualifying finals for the 2017 U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management Tuesday, September 12, at Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center.

The women’s final will be the first match on court at 6pm local time, with the men’s final following on at 6:45pm. Follow live scores on www.clublocker.com.

Discounted tickets to all rounds of the U.S. Open will be available on site.