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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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