U.S Open Squash Championships Take Center Court at Drexel This Fall
The best squash players in the world will take the court at the Daskalakis Athletic Center to vie for the U.S. Open Squash Championship from Oct. 6-13.
The top squash players in the world will once again take to the courts at Drexel University this Fall to vie for the most prestigious title contested on American soil — the 2018 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championship. The hotly contested tournament, which features a field of world-class players, will be held at Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center from Oct. 6-13.
This is the eighth year that Drexel has hosted the U.S. Open, which has become a rite of Fall on campus. It arrives this year, on the heels of an announcement that US Squash, the governing organization of the sport in America, will be moving the tournament, and its operations, to the 32nd Street Armory with the opening of the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in 2020.
While taking its annual place at the center of the squash world each Fall for nearly a decade, Drexel has also seen its varsity squash program grow into a stalwart in the national rankings. The women’s team captured the Kurtz Cup B Division Title for the first time last season, matching a feat the men’s squad achieved when it won the Hohen Cup B Division Championship in 2016.
The draws for this year’s U.S. Open features the world’s No. 1 players on both the men’s and women’s sides. For the first time, they will be facing off against a 48-player main draw, with no qualifying rounds as the result of the Professional Squash Association Tour’s new structure for the 2018-19 season. The field includes local squash standouts Amanda Sobhy, Andrew Douglas and Reeham Sedky. Draws and match times are available here.
All main draw matches will be held in the Daskalakis Athletic Center, as Cozen Court is converted into the world-class ASB GlassCourt that has welcomed thousands of spectators since Drexel became the host in 2011. Matches are scheduled starting at noon each day.
Drexel students, faculty and staff can see the competition free of charge with a Drexel ID. Sunday, Oct. 7 is Drexel Day at the tournament — in addition to free admission, Drexel students will be eligible for giveaways throughout the day, as well as participating in the Dunlop Hit it Challenge and joining the pros for a group picture on the ASB GlassCourt.
For more information about the tournament visit www.usopensquash.com.