Women’s Prize Money Doubled For 2016 NetSuite Open

The 2016 NetSuite Open looks set to draw some of the biggest names in women’s squash this September after it was announced today that prize money will be doubled for the 2016 iteration of the iconic tournament. Taking place in front of San Francisco’s Ferry Building in one of the most stunning locations on the PSA World Tour, the 2016 NetSuite Open will see sixteen of the world’s best female players come together to compete for a $50,000 prize fund—double the $25,000 on offer during the inaugural staging of the tournament in 2015. The world’s best male players will also return for the sixth staging of the Men’s NetSuite Open, which maintains its M100 status for a second consecutive year. “We are very pleased to confirm that prize money at this year’s NetSuite Open will be double that of 2015 in a move that I feel will greatly enhance the tournament’s reputation … Continue Reading ››

Ashour Is 2015 NetSuite Open Champion

Egypt’s Ramy Ashour added a 37th career PSA World Tour title to his impressive collection after defeating three-time World Champion Nick Matthew in the final of the 2015 NetSuite Open on the NetSuite Challenge Court in Justin Herman Plaza on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Competing in his first tournament since April, Ashour, who has been dogged by injury since limping off court against Matthew during the 2013 World Championship semi-finals, was in sublime form as he out-gunned the 35-year-old Englishman to take the match 3-1 and get his latest comeback off to the perfect start. The opening exchanges of the matched were blighted with errors as the significance of the occasion made itself felt on both men before Ashour managed to string together a series of winners to take the first game 11-7. However Matthew came out strong in the second, hitting great lenth on his rails and cross courts and using the quick … Continue Reading ››

Sobhy Claims Inaugural NetSuite Women’s Open Title

American number one Amanda Sobhy delighted a capacity crowd in San Francisco earlier today when she defeated England’s Sarah-Jane Perry to claim the 2015 NetSuite Open, PSA W25 title. Although the evening air was chilly as the championship match got underway, the open-air NetSuite Challenge Court in Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero  quickly heated up as two top seeds battled to see who would secure the inaugural NetSuite Women’s trophy. Sobhy stormed her way through the draw, dropping just one game en route to the final, as did her opponent world no. 15 Sarah-Jane Perry. The 25-year-old Englishwoman had a slight edge coming into the championship match, having triumphed in their only previous meeting on the PSA World Tour. In a compelling title-decider, it was the World No.19 who took the spoils to rapturous applause. Sobhy started strongly, attacking the ball quickly and hitting with punishing pace, to take the opening game. … Continue Reading ››

Corporate Challenge Raises $30,000 for SquashDrive

Six companies, six avid squash players and a round robin competition on the NetSuite Challenge Court combined to raise $30,000 in support of SquashDrive, the Oakland-based urban squash program promoting academic, athletic, and personal growth. Founded by executive director Lauren Patrizio in 2010, SquashDrive programming is based on the National Urban Squash Education Association model of enrolling students from an underserved partner school and providing them, throughout their middle and high school years, with a program of squash instruction, individual academic support/tutoring, health and fitness instruction and community service. The program is designed to equip participants with the life skills for success, including their preparation for post-secondary education. SquashDrive students have been involved in the NetSuite Open all week, serving as ball kids and court helpers at every match and participating in a clinic with pro players Ali Farag, Mezan Hesham and Samantha Teran.  “We learn a lot when we come here,” … Continue Reading ››

September 2016