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Matthew, Farag and Rodriguez Shocked in NetSuite Open First Round

Elias (l) against Farag. (image: squashpics.com)
Elias (l) against Farag. (image: squashpics.com)

The 2016 NetSuite Open men’s draw saw three dramatic upsets in the first round of matches as world No. 4 and two seed Nick Matthew, world No. 8 and three seed Miguel Angel Rodriguez world No. 10 and five seed Ali Farag exited the main draw in the first round at Bay Club Sa

Playing his seventh match in seven days, nineteen-year-old Peruvian Diego Elias came back from two games down to take down Egyptian five seed Ali Farag in seventy-four minutes.

“I felt so good on court and I’m so happy to get the win,” Elias said. “It was a great match, a long match and I’m happy I have a day to rest before I play on Thursday. I was just playing point by point, I wanted to play my best squash, be happy and enjoy it. Even when I was 2-0 down, I just tried to keep enjoying the match.”

Elias’s upset would go on to be one of many in the men’s draw as Matthew fell in three games against French qualifier Gregoire Marche later in the evening.

“Not the result I wanted but delighted to be back on @PSAWorldTour at @NetSuiteSquash. Came up against a sharp opponent @GregMarche,” Matthew shared on this Twitter account.

Matthew’s first round match was his first on the PSA Tour since competing in the PSA Dubai World Series Finals in May.

“Have to keep working hard & working smart to get back to the level I want to be at,” Matthew continued. “Confident I will get better as the season goes on.”

As matches shifted to the glass court in Justin Herman Plaza, two-time NetSuite Open champion and top seed Gregory Gaultier dispatched India’s Suarav Ghosal in three games.

The final match on the glass court between wild card James Willstrop and took an unfortunate turn as playing conditions deteriorated due to a rapid decrease in temperature and due point, making the court unplayable. The match was transported to Bay Club San Francisco followed by a flock of loyal fans.

Willstrop (l) against Rodriguez. (image: squashpics.com)
Willstrop (l) against Rodriguez. (image: squashpics.com)

A thrilling match ensued with vintage James Willstrop putting on a clinic while the Colombian Cannonball Miguel Rodriguez put on an acrobatic display to stay in the match. The English former world No. 1 claimed the late-night match in three games to reach the quarterfinals 12-10, 11-6, 11-4 in forty-nine minutes.

“It wasn’t the match either of us wanted, we wanted to be on that big stage tonight,” said Willstrop, who is set to face Simon Rösner for a place in the semifinal.

“The difference the courts over there [Justin Herman Plaze] and here is a million miles. If we had both written down a game plan before, it would have completely changed. It’s like going from clay to grass, that’s the situation we had, so it’s an interesting challenge and we had to get our heads round it.

“I had to break up the pace and stick with it, because you can’t win rallies easily on this court. The ball sits up, it’s bouncier and he gets every single ball I throw at him, so it’s an almighty challenge to win a rally off him. I had to be very patient.”

Men’s results:
Gregory Gautier bt Suarav Ghosal 11-9, 11-4, 11-1 (31m)
Cameron Pilley bt Stephen Coppinger 12-10, 11-8, 2-11, 11-7 (92m)
James Willstrop bt Miguel Rodriguez 12-10, 11-6, 11-4 (49m)
Marwan Elshorbagy by Nicholas Mueller 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7 (43m)
Ryan Cuskelly by Max Lee 9-11, 14-12, 11-4, 11-9 (71m)
Simon Roesner by Abdulla Al Tamimi 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4 (45m)
Diego Elias bt Ali Farag 8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 (74m)
Gregoire Marche bt Nick Matthew 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 (43m)

NetSuite Open Main Draws Complete After Qualifying Finals

Elias against Richards.
Elias against Richards.

The 2016 NetSuite Open main draws are complete after four men’s and women’s qualifying finals Monday at Bay Club of San Francisco and the Olympic Club.

The women’s draw saw the four top qualifying seeds advance with all but one match decided in three games. Australia’s two seed Sarah Cardwell needed four games and forty-four minutes to hold of Team USA’s Haley Mendez, 12-10, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5.

Malaysian’s former world No. 5 Low Wee Wern advanced to the main draw with her second three-game victory in qualifying over England’s Alison Thomson. After suffering a major injury that kept her off the squash court for nearly a year, the twenty-six-year-old is happy to be back on court, healthy and reaching another main draw.

“It’s beautiful here, it’s my first time in San Francisco,” Low said. “The weather is great. I know it’s a bit warm from some people but coming from Malaysia, this is perfect for me. It’s a great city. I’ve been taking the train from Lafayette and it’s a beautiful walk to the venues. I’m feeling great to be able to be back on court again. To be honest it feels a bit weird to be playing in the qualifying, I haven’t done that in a long time. But it’s good to get two matches in and to get to the main draw again. It’s back to the big girls.”

Low will face world No. 12 Nour El Tayeb in the main draw, who also experienced a major injury setback last season.

“I’m just happy to get back on court again,” Low continued. “When I first came back I put a lot of pressure on myself to want to do well and win again. After a while, you realize that you should just be happy to play with no pain. So right now, this year that’s my goal: to play as many matches as I can without any hassle.”

Low (r) against Thomson
Low (r) against Thomson

Defending women’s champion Amanda Sobhy will welcome England’s Fiona Moverley on the glass court Tuesday night after the top qualifying seed defeated France’s Laura Pomportes in three games at the Olympic Club.

The men’s draw saw two upsets by Peru’s Diego Elias and Qatar’s Abdulla Al Tamimi, both the first to represent their countries in a NetSuite Open main draw.

World No. 42 Al Tamimi, who upset two seed Leo Au in the first round of qualifying, went on to pull of another upset against England’s world no. 36 Adrian Waller in three games. The twenty-one-year-old will face Germany’s six seed Simon Roesner in the main draw.

Another young player in the form of Peru’s nineteen-year-old Diego Elias joins Al Tamimi in the main draw after a three-game upset against England’s world No. 26 Tom Richards. Elias contested his sixth match in six days after reaching the final of the Nash Cup this week.

“The first game was very tough and long,” the former World Junior Champion said. “I think something happened, maybe he picked up an injury because he wasn’t the same. But happy with the win and to feel well on court.”

Elias will make his NetSuite Open main draw debut against Egypt’s Ali Farag.

“It’s the first time I’ve played here,” Elias said. “I got injured a week before the tournament last year so it’s great to reach the main draw. I’m very happy to be here. I didn’t think ahead to the main draw because I was focusing on getting through qualifying first. I don’t care who I face, every match is going to be hard.”

Main draw play begins at the Bay Club of San Francisco at noon local time Tuesday, with the first three matches to be played on the glass court set to begin at 7pm including world No. 2 Gregory Gaultier and defending women’s champion Amanda Sobhy.

Tickets are still available for all rounds of the tournament and can be purchased on www.netsuiteopensquash.com.

Men’s qualifying finals:
[1] Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt [8] Alan Clyne (SCO) 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (65m)
[6] Diego Elias (PER) bt [2] Tom Richards (ENG) 11-5, 11-3, 11-1 (25m)
[5] Nicholas Mueller (SUI) bt [3] Cesar Salazar (MEX) 5-11, 11-3, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3 (46m)
Abdulla Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [7] Adrian Waller (ENG) 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (35m)

Women’s qualifying finals:
[2] Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt [6] Alison Thomson (ENG) 11-3, 11-3, 11-1 (30m)
[3] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-2, 11-5, 12-10 (25m)
[4] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 12-10, 8-11, 13-11, 11-5 (44m)
[1] Fiona Moverly (ENG) bt Laura Pomportes (FRA) 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (22m)

2016 NetSuite Open Partners Again with Local Youth Non-Profit SquashDrive

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NetSuite and Other Event Sponsors Challenge Squash Fans to Raise $50,000 for Urban Kids

As the official charity partner of the 2016 NetSuite Open, SquashDrive will be actively seeking support for its new College Prep program over the course of the event.

SquashDrive is an intensive after school, weekend and summer program that uses the unique combination of squash instruction, academic tutoring and community service to help Bay Area public school students reach their full potential.  Started in 2010 by Assistant NetSuite Open Tournament Director, Lauren Patrizio Xaba, SquashDrive is modeled after other successful urban squash and education non-profits across the country who have seen 97% of their students go on to college.

“Our program started 6 years ago with a team of 4th and 5th graders.  Now those students are in 9th and 10th grades and they’re starting to think about college.  SquashDrive’s goal is to help each of them identify and access their best-fit schools, and attract college scholarships,” says Xaba.

The SquashDrive College Prep program will guide students as they explore their college options.  It will provide them with opportunities to visit, play squash, and study on college campuses.  It will provide standardized test prep classes and financial aid and scholarship application support.  Ultimately it will help them prepare and make informed decisions as they apply to schools.

Squash plays a big role in college admissions for some students.  23% of high school graduates of National Urban Squash and Education Association (NUSEA) programs across the country go on to play college squash.

“We rely on the support of the Bay Area squash community to make our students’ college dreams possible,” says Stephen Seelbach, SquashDrive Board Chair.  “The funds that we raise over the course of the tournament will ensure our first two classes of SquashDrive students have the support they need to make it in, to and through college”.

SquashDrive hopes to raise $50,000 during the 2016 NetSuite Open through nightly corporate matching events, using a text-to-pledge platform.  SquashDrive participants in 9th and 10th grades will be on hand at the event to interact with patrons and players, and to answer questions about their program.  Five sponsors have pledged to match up to $5,000 per night in donations from attendees and fans.  Sponsors include NetSuite, Growthpoint Technology Partners, Corsair, Latitude 38 Group and a consortium of female corporate executives.

Additional funds are raised each year through a separate SquashDrive Corporate Challenge which features recreational players competing on behalf of their company in a round robin tournament on the all-glass show court.

SquashDrive’s director Xaba says the NetSuite Open has been a fantastic partner in bringing awareness to the sport of squash.  “The NSO brings the squash community together like no other event we have in the Bay Area.  It is a great opportunity to introduce new people to the game as we see the highest level of squash being played. We are particularly excited that the women’s division of the tournament has been enhanced this year which in turn has attracted some real heroes of the sport to San Francisco for our young girls to meet and be inspired by!”

Every year, SquashDrive gives the program’s best students the opportunity to be the ball girls and boys for each night at the glass court during the NetSuite Open event and to participate in squash clinics hosted by the pros.

“Making an investment in the future of squash is one of the best parts of my job as tournament director,” said John Nimick, President of Squash Engine, Inc. & NetSuite Open Tournament Director. “This year’s expanded partnership with SquashDrive is energizing every aspect of the tournament and giving fans and sponsors a shared goal – to enhance the lives of urban kids in the Bay Area.”

SquashDrive’s mission is to promote academic, athletic, and personal growth through a program of squash instruction, individual academic support/tutoring, health and fitness instruction, and community service.  For more information visit www.squashdrive.org.

About NetSuite
Today, more than 24,000 companies and subsidiaries depend on NetSuite (NYSE: N) to run complex, mission-critical business processes globally in the cloud. Since its inception in 1998, NetSuite has established itself as the leading provider of enterprise-ready cloud business management suites of enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and ecommerce applications for businesses of all sizes. Many FORTUNE 100 companies rely on NetSuite to accelerate innovation and business transformation. NetSuite continues its success in delivering the best cloud business management suites to businesses around the world, enabling them to lower IT costs significantly while increasing productivity, as the global adoption of the cloud accelerates. Follow NetSuite’s Cloud blog, NetSuite’s Facebook page and @NetSuite Twitter handle for real-time updates.

For more information about NetSuite, please visit www.netsuite.com.

About Squash Engine
Squash Engine, Inc. is a visionary event and entertainment marketing company specializing in the creation of unique athletic, musical, corporate and philanthropic events in extraordinary venues.  Founded in 2000 by US Squash Hall of Fame member John Nimick, Squash Engine, and its sister company Event Engine, has grown from the management of a single, but unique, annual professional squash championship in Grand Central Terminal to a portfolio of successful events in some of the best known locations in North America and with some of the best-known entertainment celebrities in the world.  The Squash Engine mission is to provide an unparalleled, highly valuable, highest quality result for clients, customer and corporate partners.

About the NetSuite Open

The NetSuite Open Squash Championships will be contested for the 5th year in San Francisco at the South Lawn of Justin Herman Plaza on an all-glass portable squash court from September 27 – October 1, 2016. Sanctioned by the Professional Squash Association, the PSA International 100 Men’s event and the Gold 50 Women’s event combine to make the NetSuite Open one of the top 12 professional tournaments in the world as determined by prize money.  Early rounds and featured activities of the tournament are hosted by the Bay Club Company’s Northern California clubs, the University Club, and the Olympic Club.

Tickets for the 450-seat arena range in price from $30 to $250. For tickets, draws, schedule and more information, please visit www.NetSuiteOpenSquash.com. Follow the NetSuite Open on Facebook and Twitter.

NOTE: NetSuite and the NetSuite logo are service marks of NetSuite Inc. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blake Produces Home Victory in First Round of Qualifying

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Bay Club Redwood Shores professional and former world No. 21 Aisling Blake provided a packed Bay Club of San Francisco gallery with a home victory in the first round of qualifying for the 2016 NetSuite Open Squash Championships Sunday at Bay Club of San Francisco, the University Club of San Francisco and Bay Club Marin.

The Irish international was the final women’s match of the day, and was one of two female players to knock out a seed, Mexico’s eight seed Diana Garcia in Blake’s case.

“It’s fun for me to play at that level again,” Blake said. “It’s really fun to get out there and have the adrenaline pumping through your veins and get a win. It will be a tough one tomorrow, but it was great to get the win.”

Blake recently moved to the west coast full time after retiring from the PSA Tour full time, and lauded the bay area squash community.

“The San Francisco squash community is very welcoming,” Blake continued. “There were a few supporters from my club there today so it definitely felt like a home match. It’s a strong community in terms of the quality of squash over here. There’s a lot of depth and people playing. We had women’s squash week last week so we’d love to get more women involved. We had a lovely turnout for that. It’s a very friendly, open community here.”

Blake will face another Mexican in the qualifying finals, world No. 33 Samantha Teran who defeated South Bay native Shirin Kaufman.

Johnson (r) against Richards.
Johnson (r) against Richards.

France’s Laura Pomportes was the other unseeded woman to reach the qualifying finals after a dramatic five-game victory over Colombia’s Catalina Pelaez, winning 13-11 in the fifth.

On the men’s side, another Bay Club professional was in action for the fourth year, Bay Club of San Francisco’s Charlie Johnson. For the second year in a row, Johnson played in front of a vocal gallery against fellow Englishman Tom Richards.

Johnson gave the home crowd reason to hope, winning the first game, but the experienced Richards pulled the match back to win in four.

“It’s special for me and an opportunity for me to give back to all the people that I coach,” Johnson said. “More importantly it’s such a privilege for us to host such a big event. I’m proud to play in front of my home crowd. It’s a big deal for me to play in front of these guys, especially playing someone as good as Tom. I feel like I played pretty well last year, but I did even better this year.”

Regardless of the result, Johnson relishes playing in front of his home crowd.

“I’ve played four years here in front of these members, and honestly it’s the best atmosphere and gets better and better each year,” Johnson said. “I learn more and more—when to feed off the crowd, when to not look at someone in the crowd who is going to make me laugh. This year was amazing to hear everybody getting behind me. It was really a special, tingling feeling.”

The men’s qualifying field saw two dramatic five-gamers and one upset. The longest match of either draw was an eighty-minute epic between Switzerland’s Nicholas Mueller and New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson with Mueller clinching the match 13-11 in the fifth.

Qatar’s Abdulla Al Tamimi upset top-seeded Leo Au of Hong Kong in the other five-gamer.

Qualifying action returns to Bay Club of San Francisco Monday with the Olympic Club joining the fold as qualifying finals hosts.

Watch live streaming from Bay Club of San Francisco and follow live scores from both venues on the NetSuite Open Live page.

Men’s qualifying results:
[8]Alan Clyne (SC) bt Cole Becker (USA) 11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (23m)
[3]Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 11-7, 12-10, 11-5 (47m)
[5]Nicholas Mueller (SUI) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11 (80m)
[2]Tom Richards (ENG) bt Charlie Johnson (ENG) 5-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (44m)
Abdulla Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [1]Leo Au (HKG) 11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8 (67m)
[4]Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (40m)
[6]Diego Elias (PER) bt Nick Talbott (USA) 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (36m)

Women’s qualifying results:
[2]Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Colette Sultana (MLT) 11-3, 11-3, 11-2 (22m)
[7]Alison Thomson (ENG) bt Madeline Gill (USA) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (27m)
[4]Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt Mariam Kamal (USA) 11-2, 11-7, 11-7 (19m)
[3]Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Shirin Kaufman (USA) 11-2, 11-2, 11-6 (20m)
Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [5]Catalina Pelaez (COL) 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 12-14, 13-11 (46m)
Haley Mendez (USA) bt Juliette Love (USA) 11-3, 11-1, 11-4
Aisling Blake (IRL) bt [8]Diana Garcia (MEX) 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (25m)

Latitude 38 Tournament Celebrates Fifth Year Supporting NetSuite Open Squash

Tony Brettkelly introduces local hero Charlie Johnson during NetSuite Open qualifying.
Tony Brettkelly introduces local hero Charlie Johnson during NetSuite Open qualifying.

As the NetSuite Open Squash Championships celebrates its fifth year in the San Francisco bay area, so too does the Latitude 38 Open—an adult and junior skill level tournament held in conjunction with the NetSuite Open.

The Latitude 38 company is a leader in providing affordable housing for students and young professionals in the technology industry in leading markets around the world.

Brettkelly, who works for Latitude 38, has been a fixture in the San Francisco squash scene for more than two decades and puts on the tournament along with Bay Club of San Francisco’s Gareth Webber.

“We’ve had great energy around the courts all weekend,” said Gareth Webber, Bay Club of San Francisco squash professional. “The matches and atmosphere alike were fantastic so credit to all of the players and most importantly creditTony Brett Kelly who has made this event happen alongside the NetSuite for five years now.”

The highlight of the weekend included participants watching world champion Gregory Gaultier practice in preparation for a potential third NetSuite Open title run.

“This weekend is what squash is all about,” Webber continued. “Regardless of skill level, we’re all one big family and you could sense that with the pros around the amateurs this weekend.”

NetSuite Open Qualifying Field Features Local Flavor

Swiss World no. 32 Nicholas Mueller (r) will take on New Zealand's Campbell Grayson at the University Club. (image: squashpics.com)
Swiss World no. 32 Nicholas Mueller (r) will take on New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson at the University Club. (image: squashpics.com)

The path to the 2016 NetSuite Open main draw has been revealed with the release of the qualifying draws.

Sixteen men and fifteen women qualifiers will vie for four positions in the men’s and women’s sixteen-player main draws through two rounds of qualifying, September 25-27.

The first round of qualifying will take place Sunday, September 25, at Bay Club San Francisco, Bay Club Marin and the University Club of San Francisco form 12pm local time. Monday’s qualifying finals will take place at Bay Club San Francisco and the Olympic Club.

View all matches,  times and locations on the NetSuite Open draws page.

Bay Club San Francisco hosts eight men’s and women’s matches with local flavor.

The first men’s match of the tournament will be between local junior Cole Becker, who recently represented the U.S. in the Pan American Junior Championships, against Scotland No. 1 Alan Clyne at 12:45pm.

Bay Club San Francisco’s resident professional Charlie Johnson will aim to please the home crowd on his home courts against fellow Englishman Tom Richards.

Medez (l) and Kamal (r) walk in with Team USA during the Pan American Championships opening ceremony.
Medez (l) and Kamal (r) walk in with Team USA during the Pan American Championships opening ceremony.

Brown university graduate and Palo Alto native Nick Talbott will take on Peru’s former world junior champion Diego Elias. Former world No. 9 and current UCLA head professional Adrian Grant will return to competitive squash against the top seed in qualifying, France’s Gregoire Marche.

New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson joins the NetSuite qualifying field at the University Club following the recent tournament withdrawal of Mathieu Castagnet. The University Club will feature matches including some of the highest ranked players in qualifying including world No. 25 Leo Au, world No. 27 Cesar Salazar and world No. 32 Nicholas Mueller.

On the women’s side, former world No. 5 Low Wee Wern and Malta’s Collette Sultana will contest the first match of the tournament at the Bay Club of San Francisco at 12pm local time.

Bay Club Redwood Shores’ professional Aisling Blake will take on Mexico’s Diana Garcia at Bay Club San Francisco. Stanford graduate Madeline Gill will face twenty-year-old English international Alison Thomson also at Bay Club San Francisco.

Bay Club Marin will feature two Team USA members who just competed in the Pan American Championships this week in Connecticut, Mariam Kamal and Haley Mendez. Kamal and Mendez faced each other in the Pan American individual final with Kamal claiming gold and Mendez silver. Colombia’s Catalina Pelaez also enters NetSuite Open qualifying after representing her country in the Pan Ams.

Kamal, a California resident, will face Australian world No. 51 Sarah Cardwell at 2pm. Mendez will follow on against Philadelphia-based English international Georgina Stoker.

 

NetSuite Open Squash Returns to San Francisco Sept. 25-Oct. 1

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2015 World Champion Gregory Gaultier Returns to Justin Herman Plaza

Nicol David of Malaysia, the Sport’s Most Decorated Female, Competes for 1st Time

The NetSuite Open Squash Championships return to San Francisco for the fifth consecutive year September 25-October 1 with five days of play at the South Lawn of Justin Herman Plaza on an all-glass portable squash court, NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software suites, and Squash Engine jointly announced today.

Gregory Gaultier returns to San Francisco a world champion for the first time.
Gregory Gaultier returns to San Francisco a world champion for the first time.

France’s Gregory Gaultier, the world’s second ranked player, looks to claim his third NetSuite Open championship this year after winning the title in 2012 and 2014. The 33-year-old is coming off winning his first World Championship – squash’s most prestigious title – in November 2015 in Seattle, Washington, USA after four previous runner-up performances.

The seven-time French National Title winner has won 30 titles on the PSA Tour during his distinguished 17-year career, including the World Championship, British Open, U.S. Open, Tournament of Champions, NetSuite Open, Windy City Open and Qatar Classic.

“Gregory will always hold a special place in NetSuite Open history as our first major champion back in 2012. He’s competed and supported the event all five years it has been on the all-glass NetSuite Challenge Court and we’re excited to welcome him back to San Francisco,” said Evan Goldberg, NetSuite’s co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board.

9-time world champion Nicol David makes her NetSuite Open debut.
9-time world champion Nicol David will make her NetSuite Open debut.

The women’s prize money has doubled to $50,000 in 2016 and the upgraded purse has attracted the world’s best known female player Nicol David of Malaysia. The 9-year World No. 1 and 8-time World Champion is making her first appearance in the NetSuite Open. Currently ranked no. 3 in the world, the Malaysian star joins World no. 2 Laura Massaro of England and the USA’s breakthrough young player and current World No. 7 Amanda Sobhy, who is the NetSuite Open defending champion, as top seeds.

Sanctioned by the Professional Squash Association, the $150,000 NetSuite Open is one of the top 12 professional, world ranking tournaments in the world as determined by prize money.

“The NetSuite Open is just one of four elite pro squash championships to be played here in the U.S.,” said John Nimick, a U.S. Squash Hall of Famer and President of Squash Engine, Inc., the tournament producer. “The ‘Glass Cube’ has made stops at New York’s Grand Central Terminal, Boston’s Symphony Hall, beside the Great Pyramids in Egypt and the Hong Kong Harbor, but being at the foot of the Bay Bridge is one of most picturesque settings on the squash tour.”

The early rounds, comprising two rounds of Qualifying and thirteen matches in the First Round (final 16) of the Main Draws will be played at the Bay Club San Francisco, Bay Club Marin and Bay Club Redwood Shores, as well as the Olympic Club and University Club. Three first round matches, five Quarterfinals, all four Semi-Finals and the two Championship matches will be played at Justin Herman Plaza.

Some 450 reserved seats are available for the NetSuite Open, ranging in price from $30 to $250. For tickets, draws, schedule and more information, please visit www.NetSuiteOpenSquash.com. Follow the NetSuite Open on Facebook and Twitter.

About NetSuite
In 1998, NetSuite pioneered the Cloud Computing revolution, establishing the world’s first company dedicated to delivering business applications over the Internet. Today, NetSuite provides a suite of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of more than 30,000 companies, organizations, and subsidiaries in more than 100 countries. Follow NetSuite’s Cloud blog, NetSuite’s Facebook page and @NetSuite Twitter handle for real-time updates.

For more information about NetSuite, please visit www.netsuite.com.

About Squash Engine
Squash Engine, Inc. is a visionary event and entertainment marketing company specializing in the creation of unique athletic, musical, corporate and philanthropic events in extraordinary venues. Founded in 2000 by US Squash Hall of Fame member John Nimick, Squash Engine has grown from the management of a single, but unique, annual professional squash championship in Grand Central Terminal to a portfolio of successful events in some of the best known locations in North America and the U.K. The Squash Engine mission is to provide an unparalleled, highly valuable, highest quality result for clients, customer and corporate partners.

NOTE: NetSuite and the NetSuite logo are service marks of NetSuite Inc. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

 

2016 NetSuite Open Fields Strong Latin American Participation

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HIGHEST-EVER RANKED SOUTH AMERICAN SQUASH PLAYER AND No. 5 IN THE WORLD MIGUEL ANGEL RODRIGUEZ LEADING THE LATIN AMERICAN PRESENCE AT THE PSA WORLD TOUR EVENT TAKING PLACE SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 1 AT JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA

Now in its 5th year on the San Francisco waterfront, the 2016 NetSuite Open will have the highest number of participants from Latin America than ever before. Leading the list is the spectacular, crowd-favorite, recent Pan American Games double-Gold Medalist and no. 5 in the World: Miguel Angel Rodriguez. “The Colombian Cannonball” made history when he became the first ever South American to reach the semifinals of a PSA World Series event at the 2015 Tournament of Champions in Grand Central Terminal, NYC. Other star athletes from Latin America are Peruvian and 2015 World Junior Champion Diego Elias, Colombian Catalina Pelaez, and Mexicans Cesar Salazar, Samantha Teran, Alfredo Avila, Diana Garcia and Mexican-born Reyna Pacheco, who is now a U.S. citizen.

While Rodriguez is seeded in the Men’s main draw and Pacheco will compete as the Wildcard in the Women’s main draw, the other Latin American players will compete first in tournament qualifying for one of four slots open in both main draws.

The Men’s division has attracted many of the best players in the world including reigning world champion and World no. 2 Gregory Gaultier (FRA), no. 3 Nick Matthew (ENG), no. 5 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL), and no. 6 Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY), whose older brother Mohamed is currently on top of the world rankings. In all, the $100,000 men’s division has attracted twelve of the top twenty players in the world.

The Women’s division features four of the top ten players in the world including Malaysian superstar and 9-year World no. 1 Nicol David, current world no. 2 Laura Massaro (ENG), defending NetSuite Open champion and no. 8 Amanda Sobhy of the USA and no. 9 Joelle King of New Zealand.  While the men’s purse has remained the same in 2016, the women’s purse has doubled to $50,000.

The 2016 NetSuite Open, taking place from September 27th to October 1st at Justin Herman Plaza, is one of the top 12 professional squash tournaments in the world. The matches are held in the NetSuite Challenge Court, a portable all-glass court with cutting edge, embedded LED video capabilities facing the inspiring view of the Embarcadero in front of San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building. Fifty-six of the PSA World Tour’s best players will battle in the two divisions for a total of $150K in tournament prize money.

PSA: stands for the Professional Squash Association World Tour that sanctions more than 200 tournaments annually all over the world.

FACTS ABOUT SQUASH:

  • The United States has the fastest growing squash participation worldwide -the Sports & Fitness Association (SFIA) shows 114% growth overall between 2008 and 2013 to more than 1.4 million squash players
  • Over the course of a five-year alone, US Squash has seen an 86% growth in participation for middle school squash players, 18% for high school, and 43% increase participation in in the U.S. Junior Open-the largest junior tournament of the world.
  • More than 200 colleges and universities have courts, including 23 of the top 25 colleges as ranked by Forbes magazine.

 

 

Most Lucrative NetSuite Open Ever Draws World’s Best Female Players

Eight-time world champion Nicol David (r) (image: squashpics.com)
Eight-time world champion Nicol David (r) (image: squashpics.com)

Eight-time World Champion Nicol David and 2013 World Champion Laura Massaro will be the star attractions at the 2016 NetSuite Open when the tournament, which has doubled prize money year-on-year, gets underway in front of San Francisco’s Oakland Bay bridge and Ferry Terminal on Tuesday September 27.

David and Massaro, two of the most successful female players of all time, will be joined by the likes of New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games Medalist Joelle King and home favorite Amanda Sobhy, the Boston-based 21-year-old Harvard graduate and defending champion ranked No. 8 in the world, at the event which takes place in a specially constructed outdoor arena on Justin Herman Plaza.

Defending NetSuite Open champion Amanda Sobhy
Defending NetSuite Open champion Amanda Sobhy

Massaro, who held the World No.1 ranking from January to April this year, will face American number two Olivia Blatchford in the first round while David, who topped the World Rankings for an unprecedented nine years from 2006-2015, will open her campaign against local wildcard Reyna Pacheco – a Mexican immigrant who discovered the sport via an Urban Squash program in San Diego.

“Having committed to doubling the prize money available at this year’s Women’s tournament we are pleased to see that some of the biggest names in women’s squash will make their debuts in San Francisco next month,” said Tournament promoter John Nimick.

“The likes of Nicol David and Laura Massaro are up there with the most successful female players of all time and have lit up squash courts all over the world with their exploits. Their presence at the tournament will serve to help inspire everyone involved in the local squash community.

“With seven of the world’s top 20 players in action I believe we’re in for a special tournament in September.”

A total of 28 players from 14 countries will compete across the tournament, with qualification starting on Sunday September 25 at the Olympic Club and the Bay Club San Francisco.

2016 NetSuite Open – Women’s First Round Draw
[1] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Olivia Blatchford (USA)
[Qualifier] v [5] Victoria Lust (ENG)
[8] Heba El Torky (EGY) v [Qualifier] Line Hansen (DEN) v [4] Joelle King (NZL)
[3] Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [Qualifier] Coline Aumard (FRA) v [7] Joey Chan (HKG)
[6] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Qualifier] [WC] Reyna Pacheco (USA) v [2] Nicol David (MAS)

Tickets for the 2016 NetSuite Open are priced from $20 and can be purchased by visiting http://netsuiteopensquash.tix.com

World Champion Gaultier Leads Plethora of International Champions in Men’s NetSuite Open Draw

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2015 World Champion Gregory Gaultier will go toe-to-toe with three-time World Champion and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Nick Matthew, Pan American Gold Medalist Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Asian Games Gold Medalists Saurav Ghosal and Max Lee and and Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist James Willstrop when the 2016 NetSuite Open gets underway on September 27 in one of the most competitive ever editions of the PSA M100 tournament in San Francisco.

In what promises to be a compelling battle for the title, 2014 winner Gaultier will be hoping to regain the silverware ahead of a field that includes seven of the world’s top ten players—with 14 nations in total represented in the draw.

“We are delighted to have so many of the world’s top players competing in the 2016 NetSuite Open in what looks certain to be one of the most competitive and entertaining editions of the eight-year-old PSA Tour championship,” said tournament promoter John Nimick.

“While we are very fortunate that players like Gaultier, Matthew and James Willstrop have made San Francisco a regular stop on their schedules, we are equally excited to welcome some of the most talented up-and-coming players in the world this year to create a draw that will have West Coast fans packing in around the all-glass NetSuite Challenge court once again.

“Squash is booming in Northern California and with the NetSuite Open now comprising high level PSA-sanctioned events for both men and women, a new US Squash Junior Gold tournament and the perennial Latitude38 adult skill level tournament, the week is a true squash jamboree.”

2016 NetSuite Open – Men’s First Round Draw:
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Max Lee (HKG) v [5] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[8] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[Qualifier] v [4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
[3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [WC] James Willstrop (ENG)
[Qualifier] v [7] Simon Rösner (GER)
[6] Ali Farag (EGY) v [Qualifier] [Qualifier] v [2] Nick Matthew (ENG)

Tickets for the 2016 NetSuite Open are priced from $20 and can be purchased by visiting http://netsuiteopensquash.tix.com