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Willstrop Pulls Off Five-Game Comeback in NetSuite Quarters; Elias Reaches Milestone Semifinal

Willstrop (l) celebrates match ball against Roesner. (image: squashpics.com)
Willstrop (l) celebrates match ball against Roesner. (image: squashpics.com)

The NetSuite Open for the first time will feature a semifinal between a wild card and qualifier after James Willstrop and Diego Elias pulled off upsets Thursday evening on the NetSuite Challenge Court at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.

Willstrop, the former world no. 1 in 2012, occupied the wild card position and opened up his tournament with a three-game victory over three seed Miguel Rodriguez.

The English world No. 18 found himself two games down against Germany’s Simon Roesner–11-9 in both. Willstrop then turned the match on its head winning the third 11-9 and claiming a quick fourth 11-2.

Roesner regrouped in the fifth and earned one match ball at 10-9, but Willstrop saved the match ball force extra points. A few rallies ensued that ended with let calls to the frustration of both players before Willstrop teed up match ball and clinched the match at 12-10 after seventy-nine minutes.

“I think the quality of the squash was so good,” Willstrop said. “It was a pretty high standard, we were both hitting the ball accurately. It’s cut-throat stuff, the ball was flying around and you have to have such control to stay in it. His pace and control was a little bit better in the first two games.

“He won the crucial points in the second, but it was close. The key is that I didn’t panic, it’s a difficult psychological deficit to overcome when you’re 2-0 down. The statistics show that people don’t do it often, so I just had to keep making him play and I knew that I might be able to find a way in. I knew that if I could find my level and keep it, then I could have a crack in the next three games.”

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Elias (r) against Marche. (image: squashpics.com)

Willstrop will face Peruvian teenager Elias for the first time in his career in the first men’s semifinal Friday evening.

Elias, world no. 34, enjoyed his first rest day Wednesday after seven matches in seven days spanning the Nash Cup in Toronto, NetSuite qualifying, and shocking five seed Ali Farag in five games in the first round.

The former world junior champion continued his momentum in the quarterfinals to defeat France’s world No. 29 Gregoire Marche in three games forty minutes.

“I’m really happy, it’s my first win on Squash TV,” said Elias.

The victory also marks Elias’ highest profile semifinal berth in a PSA tournament, having reached the $35,000 Charlottesville Open semifinals as a previous best.

“I was focused, I wanted to enjoy the match and I played my best,” Elias continued. “It has been an amazing experience, I knew the court was a bit tricky, but I’m happy I was able to play well on it. I had so much fun and wanted to thank everyone for supporting me.”

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

Ashour Is 2015 NetSuite Open Champion

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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 volley to the front court to keep his opponent scrambling.  Down 2-7, Ashour was unbowed and picked up the pace to even the score at nine all. Matthew stayed focused and a  controversial overrule from the video referee at 10-9 handed him the game, much to the dismay of his opponent.

Ashour, competing on the day of his 28th birthday, recomposed himself and got off to a flying start in the third game – easing into a 5-0 lead. Matthew, one of the most tenacious competitors on the tour, showed just why he’s known as ‘The Wolf’ as he dug in to mount a comeback.  As the stars aligned in the clear San Francisco sky, the squash became incandescent as each player employed all the weapons in his arsenal. Power drives and cross courts, slow boasts, feather drop shots and the drop lob weer all on display.  Not surprisingly, it was Ashour who had the more powerful ammunition.  His  pinpoint accuracy and unreadable shots left Matthew wrong-footed on several occasions.

After winning the second game, Ashour continued his barrage in the fourth, for which Matthew had no answer.  After 59-minutes on court, the Egyptian sealed the match, and his second NetSuite Open title, winning 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4.

As the trophy presentation ceremony got underway, the delighted crowd serenaded the winner with the birthday song. Ashour then addressed the crowd.  “It feels great to be back in San Francisco and to win this title for a second time,” said  the champion, who beat Gregory Gaultier in the 2013 NetSuite Open final.  “I’ve always had a great rivalry with Nick and we’ve gone back and forth against each other over the years. He’s a great athlete and a great ambassador for the sport and it takes a lot to beat him – he keeps you on your toes and you really have to dig in against him.”

Commenting on the event, which took place under the shadow of San Francisco’s stunning Bay Bridge, he continued: “San Francisco has been very special for me – everything about being here is great and the atmosphere is fantastic. There’s a lot of effort that goes into putting on an event like this and all the guys behind the scenes have been amazing.”

Asked how he deals with the pressure of being one of the very best players on the PSA tour, the voluble Egyptian replied, “Every time I go on court I try to give 100 per cent. I’m always trying to learn from every player on court because there is so little between the top players these days. I know what I can do on court but it can be anyone’s victory on any day.”

The runner-up was sanguine about the match results.  “I kept telling myself in the fourth game that it wasn’t over but Ramy is a different kettle of fish,” said Matthew – who had saved multiple match balls during his quarter-final encounter with German Simon Rösner. “How a guy as good as him doesn’t get the chance to grace the Olympic Games is a joke really.”

Although he is is the oldest player on the tour, the 35-year-old Englishman made it clear he doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon. “I feel like I am still getting better so I am going to keep working to catch  Ramy and World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy.  Hopefully my body will hold together for a little bit longer as I’ve really been enjoying my squash recently.”

Result – NetSuite Open PSA M100 Final:

[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) bt [1] Nick Matthew (ENG) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4 (59m)

Sobhy Claims Inaugural NetSuite Women’s Open Title

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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.  Perry responded in the second by moving her opponent deeper in the court and then hitting her trademark trickle boast to tie the match. The 22-year-old left-hander reasserted her status as one of the sport’s most promising talents when she resumed control in the third game, again dictating a quicker and stronger pace to win with relative ease.  Despite watching two match balls go to waste in the fourth, Sobhy regrouped to win the championship on the third attempt, prevailing 11-5, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10.

“I’m feeling great right now and I’m just really happy to get the win here tonight,” said Sobhy, who has embarked on a full-time career as touring professional after graduating from Harvard University this past May. “It was a big goal of mine to come here and perform well, especially leading up to the US Open in a couple of weeks. I’m playing SJ again there in the first round and I know she’ll come back stronger.”

Joining Tournament Director John Nimick and NetSuite founder Evan Goldberg for the trophy prsentation was 10-year-old Mika Barden, who had taken it upon herself to raise an additional $15,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to increase the women’s purse to $25,000. Barden’s organization, GirlShape, will continue to raise money to advance gender parity. Champion Sobhy endorsed that goal. “Thanks to all the organisers for putting on a really great women’s event here in San Francisco. It’s been fantastic to play here and hopefully we can keep growing this event in the future and have equal prize money for the women and men.”

Result – 2015 NetSuite Open W25

[1] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt [2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) 3-1: 11-5, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10 (37m)

Corporate Challenge Raises $30,000 for SquashDrive

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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,” said 14-year-old Jacob, one of the SquashDrive participants. He was referring to the shots that the students see the pro players hitting and then try to imitate on the UC- Berkeley and University Club courts where the SquashDrive students practice. But the students are learning so much more.  “Of course, seeing the best players in the world is great,” said Patrizio. “Equally wonderful are all the interactions our students have here with so many varied members of the squash community, who all come together here at the NetSuite Open.”

The Corporate Challenge was created to utilize the enthusiasm and facilities of the NetSuite Open to help raise money in support of SquashDrive’s life-transforming programming.  The six companies who stepped up to the challenge by contributing $5,000 each, and the players who represented them, were:

Dan Judd, East Bay College Fund
Mike Sheppard, GrowthPoint
Jeff Mayorga, NetSuite
Sam Clayman, KKR
Stuart Knight, Vista Equity Partners
Robert Morrison, Authentic Wine Collections 

 

Dan Judd and Sam Clayman won their respective pools in round robin play to make it to the finals on Tuesday evening, playing just before the Men’s Championship Final.  Judd was the winner of the glass court bragging rights as he defeated Clayman 3-1 and SquashDrive was the winner as they continue to garner support for the important work they are doing to create life success opportunities for their students.