The English city of Manchester has been awarded hosting rights to the 2017 edition of the World Squash Federation’s (WSF) World Doubles Championships.
The event, which will comprise men’s, women’s and mixed competitions, will take place at Manchester’s National Squash Centre from August 1-5. It will mark the first time England has hosted the event.
The announcement was made following an agreement between the WSF and the England Squash governing body.
Earlier this year, Manchester was also awarded hosting rights to the Professional Squash Association’s 2017 individual Men’s and Women’s World Championships. The events will run simultaneously from December 9-17 next year.
“We’re thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity to host the World Doubles Championships for the very first time,” England Squash chief executive Keir Worth said. “We have a strong track record of delivering a number of World Championships in England and this is a golden opportunity to showcase our wonderful sport ahead of the Men’s and Women’s World Championships in December 2017.”
WSF president Narayana Ramachandran added: “Doubles on a wider court with a lower tin has proved itself to be fast-paced and exciting. It has been a great success in the Commonwealth and PanAm Games as well as at our own WSF World Doubles earlier this year, and naturally we are very pleased that next year it will be in the strong hands of England to host.”
Darwin in Australia hosted this year’s World Doubles Championships in August.