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April 13, 2021

Chicago to Host Squash World Championships

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2018-19 PSA World Champions Nour El Sherbini (left) and Ali Farag (right) together with title sponsor Mark Walter (centre).

The 2020-21 PSA Squash World Championships will be held in Chicago between July 10-17, 2021, when the world’s best male and female squash professionals will compete for $1 million in player compensation for the second time in the sport’s history.

Chicago was also the host of the illustrious tournament for the 2018-19 championship, which was held in the Great Hall of the city’s Union Station in 2019.

Egyptians Ali Farag and Nour El Sherbini captured the titles on that occasion, winning the sport’s first $1 million tournament in the process.

The tournament will be held in accordance with strict COVID-19 protocols. All players and staff will be tested prior to travelling to the tournament and then another test upon arrival. Once a negative result has been received, the competitor will then be allowed to enter the tournament bubble, with further testing every four days during the tournament.

As in 2019, the prize fund will be split equally between the men’s and women’s draws, where defending champions El Sherbini and Tarek Momen will look to retain their crowns.

PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough said: “The PSA World Championships is the pinnacle of professional squash, and we are once again delighted to be able to offer $1 million worth of player compensation to our male and female athletes.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions into the United States resulted in a number of alterations to our planned PSA World Tour calendar. The World Championships were originally scheduled for earlier this year and then moved to July.”

The glass court venue for the 2020-21 PSA Squash World Championships presented by The Walter Family will be revealed next month. Matches played on traditional courts will be held at the University Club of Chicago, which hosts the Windy City Open and the early rounds of this tournament.

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