The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has announced that the inaugural edition of its new Colombia Open next year will represent the biggest squash tournament ever to be staged in Latin America.
Taking place from February 16-20 at the Plaza De La Aduana in the Colombian city of Cartagena, the new event will serve as a PSA M1000 tournament and feature on the global governing body’s World Tour.
Next year’s inaugural tournament will feature 16 players from around the world, including Colombian national and current world No. 5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (pictured). The tournament, which will offer $115,000 (€105,200) in prize money, will run alongside the South American Junior Squash Championship.
Pablo Felipe Serna, president of the Squash Colombia national governing body, said: “Cartagena is one of the most picturesque cities in all of South America and we feel certain that the tournament, which will be played at sea-level therefore eliminating any altitude, will become one of the most sought after on the PSA World Tour.
“We very much look forward to welcoming the world’s best players here next year in a move that will help to boost the sport’s growing popularity in the region.”