NetSuite Expands its Support of Squash as its Popularity in the US Grows
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—September 29, 2016— Squash Engine, Inc. today announced that the 2016 NetSuite Open is sponsoring an expanded and enhanced junior tournament in San Francisco this year as NetSuite continues its efforts helping to promote the sport of squash. The new NetSuite US Squash Gold will be hosted jointly by the Olympic Club, University Club and Bay Club September 30 – October 2, 2016 and will give aspiring junior players from the Bay Area, the West Coast and across the country a new competitive, national ranking tournament to help shape their skills and development.
“Many of the local juniors who will play have been to the NetSuite Open over the last four years,“ said Jeffrey Young, Squash Director at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. “This is the second year that Busani Xaba of the University Club and I decided to jointly run a junior tournament and we are thrilled to team up with Gareth Webber and the Bay Club company to offer juniors this upgraded, national ranking tournament. We hope to make this an annual event alongside the NetSuite Open to really showcase squash in the city. We have co-hosted Gold and the higher level Junior Championship Tournament events in the past along with the Bay Club SF, but this is the first as part of the biggest squash week on the west coast.”
John Nimick, a U.S. Squash Hall of Famer, President of Squash Engine, Inc., and the NetSuite Open director added, “This is a very special year for the NetSuite Open. Not only are we bringing the state-of-the-art, portable, all-glass NetSuite Challenge Court back to Justin Herman Plaza, but we are also showcasing world class women’s pro squash and now national-level Gold juniors. It’s a true feast of squash, which we know will help propel the sport further in the Bay Area.”
“We’re thrilled to help make new opportunities in the sport of squash available for the rapidly growing number of junior players in the area,” said Evan Goldberg, NetSuite Co-founder and CTO. “We look forward to seeing how our local boys and girls will stack up against some of the best junior players in the country. And they are all invited to the finals of the NetSuite Open, which will be exciting for them and great fun for the pro tournament in general.”
The NetSuite Junior Gold organizers are expecting more than 150 participants. “It can only be positive with the NetSuite Open using so many different clubs in the bay area for matches, exhibitions, clinics etc. All our juniors can be up close and personal with the best players in the world at their own clubs. This isn’t the case in most sports,” said Young.
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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 return to San Francisco’s South Lawn of Justin Herman Plaza on an all-glass portable squash court for the fourth year 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.
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.
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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.
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:
Alan Clyne (SC) bt Cole Becker (USA) 11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (23m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 11-7, 12-10, 11-5 (47m)
Nicholas Mueller (SUI) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11 (80m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Charlie Johnson (ENG) 5-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (44m)
Abdulla Al Tamimi (QAT) bt Leo Au (HKG) 11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8 (67m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Adrian Grant (ENG) 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (40m)
Diego Elias (PER) bt Nick Talbott (USA) 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (36m)
Women’s qualifying results:
Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Colette Sultana (MLT) 11-3, 11-3, 11-2 (22m)
Alison Thomson (ENG) bt Madeline Gill (USA) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (27m)
Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt Mariam Kamal (USA) 11-2, 11-7, 11-7 (19m)
Samantha Teran (MEX) bt Shirin Kaufman (USA) 11-2, 11-2, 11-6 (20m)
Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt 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 Diana Garcia (MEX) 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (25m)
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.
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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.”