PSA Squash World Championships presented by the Walter Family to Be Held at University Club of Chicago
The 2020-21 PSA Squash World Championships presented by The Walter Family will be staged at the University Club of Chicago between July 14-22 with the club’s stunning Cathedral Hall providing a spectacular glass court setting as the world’s best players compete for the most prestigious title in squash.
The University Club of Chicago’s Cathedral Hall has hosted the Windy City Open, PSA World Tour Platinum event on 40 occasions since 1982 and will host the PSA World Championships for the first time in July when $1,000,000 in player compensation will be on offer for only the second time in the sport’s history.
The prize fund will be split equally between the men’s and women’s draws, and reigning World Champions Tarek Momen and Nour El Sherbini will be looking to retain their titles. This season marks the second time the PSA World Championships have been held in Chicago, with El Sherbini and men’s World No.1 Ali Farag capturing silverware when it was held at Union Station during the 2018-19 season
The 2020 Windy City Open – held in March of last year – was the final Platinum event to take place in the United States before the suspension of the 2019-20 season due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The University Club of Chicago will now host the first major squash tournament to be held in the United States since that event.
“The University Club of Chicago has been a staple of the PSA World Tour since the 1980s and is a real favourite of our players,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
“It is certainly one of the most unique venues on the tour and the incredible chandeliers and stained glass windows serve as a picturesque backdrop for the on-court action, which never fails to deliver in Chicago.
“The atmosphere at the PSA World Championships is different to any other event and, with the prize of becoming World Champion up for grabs, we often see some of the greatest matches in the sport’s history take place at this event. I’d like to thank [title sponsor] Mark Walter for his incredible support, as well as everyone at the University Club of Chicago for helping us put on this tournament.”
University Club of Chicago Athletic Director and the Windy City Open promoter, John Flanigan, said:
“The University Club is thrilled to welcome the pros back to Chicago and honoured to host the World Championships. The Chicago squash community’s sponsors, patrons and fans are excited to see the best in the world on the glass court in Cathedral Hall.”