DETROIT — The Pro Squash Tour announced a new long term relationship with Detroit, which includes hosting the tour’s World Championship tournament at the Detroit Athletic Club.
At the signing ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 12, two of the world’s top players and Pro Squash touring pros Thierry Lincou, 11-time French National Champion, and Australia’s David Palmer, four-time British Open Champion, played an exhibition match to a sold-out crowd of fans.
“We plan to grow this event and grow it in Detroit,” said Pro Squash Tour commissioner Joe McManus. “And the DAC, one of the nation’s great and historic clubs, is the perfect partner.”
This past May, the Detroit Athletic Club hosted the Pro Squash World Championships, an end-of-season tournament that involved the tour’s top eight point leaders. Players from Egypt, Australia, Scotland, India, Colombia, England and the U.S. provided exciting action for fans. This year’s Pro Squash World Championships will again take place at the Detroit Athletic Club on May 3, 4 and 5, 2013. And the tour has committed to returning in 2014 and 2015.
“We are thrilled to host the top squash players in the world,” said Mick Joint, squash professional at the Detroit Athletic Club. “The Pro Squash World Championships last May was an exciting event for the DAC and one that captivated squash fans throughout the weekend. We eagerly look forward to our association with the Pro Squash Tour over the next several years.”
Squash is over 150 years old and played by an estimated 20 million people in 185 countries. Players from across the globe compete on the Pro Squash Tour for points and prize money. The season begins in September and ends in May. For further information, visit www.prosquashtour.net