Team USA Produces Banner Day in U.S. Open First Round

Olivia Fiechter (l) celebrates her victory over world No. 23 Emily Whitlock

Americans Olivia Fiechter, Andrew Douglas, Sabrina Sobhy and Olivia Blatchford Clyne all recorded first-round victories—three of which were the day’s most dramatic upsets—Saturday, October 5, at Drexel University and Racquet Club of Philadelphia.

Fiechter, Douglas and Sobhy’s results all marked their respective career-first wins at the U.S. Open–all of which took place against higher-ranked opposition.

2019 FS Investments U.S. Open First Fan

Roberta and Ian Andrews were this year’s First Fan(s) in the building.

One of the central goals of the FS Investments U.S. Open is to expose the game to people from around the country. Per usual, the first fans to walk into the Daskalakis Athletic Center at Drexel for the very first match on the ASB GlassCourt today were good examples.

It was Roberta and Ian Andrews. For the past four years they’ve come to the first weekend of the U.S. Open, taking front-row seats behind the ball wall. “We always book our tickets on the first day or two after they go on sale,” Roberta said. “We love sitting right up by the glass court, just so close to the action. It is so accessible.”

FS Investments and SquashSmarts Kick Off U.S. Open With Ceremonial First-Ball

Vincent Amatulli (left) and Nabilla Ariffin (right) are this year’s honorary First-Hit representatives.

The 2019 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships started up today at Drexel University in Philadelphia. All the excitement kicked off with its classic first-ball ceremony. This year’s honorary representatives were FS Investment’s Vincent Amatulli and SquashSmarts’ Nabilla Ariffin.