A special reception brought media, sponsors, foreign dignitaries, city officials and players together in the magnificent Autodesk Gallery adjacent to the NetSuite Challenge Court in Justin Herman Plaza Tuesday evening.
Tournament Director John Nimick welcomed the international crowd, thanked Autodesk for hosting the event before introducing: Gustavo Bravo, the Deputy Consul General of Peru, Ivanhoe Chang, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Andrew Whittaker, a representative of the Consulate General of Great Britain, Vinkatesan Rashok, Indian Consul of San Francisco and Rigu Raj Singh from the royal family.
The foreign dignitaries were joined by players Nicol David, Laura Massaro, Amanda Sobhy and Simon Rosner
NetSuite’s Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO Evan Goldberg expressed his passion for the tournament and sport alike.
“The past five years of this tournament has been incredibly gratifying,” Goldberg said. “I started playing squash twenty-five years ago and it was a squash desert out here. There was no such thing as PSA Squash TV. I always hoped that one day I would be in a position to hopefully catalyze the ability of people in the bay area to enjoy world class squash. Since that time the game has grown incredibly, both here in the bay area and in the United States and so we’re going to keep trying to make it better and better.”
Bill Lee from the Mayor of San Francisco’s office led the highlight of the evening as he presented Goldberg with San Francisco’s Certificate of Honor.
“We want to thank NetSuite for bringing this tournament back for a fifth year,” Lee said. “As we always say in San Francisco; as San Francisco goes California goes, as California goes the U.S. We present this Certificate of Honor to NetSuite for participating in attracting international travelers and squash champions to San Francisco.”