PSA unveils new-look World Series calendar

The Professional Squash Association has finalised a new three-year calendar for its PSA World Series, with the new-look hosting concept set to run from 2014 through to 2017.

Under plans announced last month, the PSA has replaced an existing year-to-year structure with a new three-year calendar. This will see the PSA World Series limited to nine events per year, including the annual World Series Finals, while the World Squash Championship showpiece event will continue to be staged as a stand-alone event on an annual basis.

The 2014-17 PSA World Series calendar will include the Hong Kong Squash Open, the US Open in Philadelphia and the Qatar Classic. The Series will then move on to New York’s Tournament of Champions, the Windy City Open in Chicago and the Dubai Squash Open. The El Gouna International will be staged by the Egyptian resort, the British Open will take place in the English city of Hull, while the host of the PSA World Series Finals is yet to be confirmed.

The 2014 World Squash Championship will take place in Qatar from November 11-18, before travelling to the US city of Seattle in 2015.

PSA chief executive Alex Gough said: “Creating a structured and agreed format for the World Series allows us to markedly increase the commercial appeal of the sport’s elite level while also ensuring we can commit further resources to increasing the success of squash on a global scale.

“Ensuring we have a long-term commitment from major events to form the World Series is a vital element in continuing the growth of the sport around the world and we are looking forward to what promises to be an exciting period for squash.”