Egypt is to host the Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) World Tour Finals for the first time after the PSA and title sponsor CIB reached an agreement to bring the competition to the Wadi Degla Club in Cairo from 8-13 June this year.
The PSA World Tour Finals features the top eight male and female players and will act as the season finale to the 2018-19 PSA World Tour.
The event has been held in Dubai over the past three seasons but the move to Egypt looks to be an attempt to capitalise on the country’s strength in the game. Egyptian Ali Farag currently tops the men’s rankings while compatriot Raneem El Welily heads up the women’s leaderboard.
PSA chairman Ziad Al-Turki said: “With a number of the sport’s highest-ranking players hailing from Egypt, squash already has significant presence and popularity in the country, and we hope to build on that by holding the World Tour Finals there.”
Players will compete for a share of a $320,000 (€283,000) prize purse split equally between the men’s and women’s events.
The CIB PSA World Tour Finals will be the third major professional squash tournament to be held at the Wadi Degla Club after it hosted the 2016 PSA Men’s World Championships and the 2014 PSA Women’s World Championships.