The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has issued a provisional calendar for the remainder of the 2020-21 PSA World Tour season which will see the world’s best players compete at seven top-class tournaments across three continents between March – July, 2021.
The CIB PSA Black Ball Squash Open will be the first PSA World Tour event of 2021 when it takes place at Cairo’s Black Ball Sporting Club between March 12-25 with back-to-back men’s and women’s PSA Platinum tournaments.
From there, Manchester’s National Squash Centre will host the Manchester Open, PSA Silver tournament between April 19-25, before the tour heads back to Egypt for the El Gouna International Squash Open, held between May 20-28.
June will be a jam-packed month for the PSA World Tour, with three tournaments scheduled. The inaugural Necker Mauritius Open presented by Beachcomber will take place between June 1-5 following its postponement from 2020, while the Allam British Open will see players compete at the oldest tournament in professional squash between June 14-20.
At the end of the month, the CIB PSA World Tour Finals will take place in Cairo, which is where the CIB Road to Egypt culminates. All PSA Platinum title winners qualify for the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, with remaining places being allocated to the highest ranked players on the CIB Road to Egypt Standings, which are currently headed up by World No.1s Ali Farag and Nour El Sherbini.
The final tournament of the season will be the 2020-21 PSA Squash World Championships presented by the Walter Family. Held in Chicago between July 10-17, the PSA World Championships is the most prestigious tournament in squash and will provide a climactic end to the current campaign, with a total of $1,000,000 in total player compensation up for grabs.
PSA World Tour Provisional Schedule: March 2021 – July 2021
CIB PSA Black Ball Squash Open (Platinum): March 12-25 in Cairo, Egypt
Manchester Open (Silver): April 19-25 in Manchester, England
El Gouna International Squash Open (Platinum): May 20-28 in El Gouna, Egypt
Necker Mauritius Open presented by Beachcomber (Gold): June 1-5 in Grand Bay, Mauritius
Allam British Open (Platinum): June 14-20 in Hull, England
CIB PSA World Tour Finals: June 22-27 in Cairo, Egypt
2020-21 PSA Squash World Championships presented by the Walter Family: July 10-17 in Chicago, United States
The calendar is subject to change and all tournaments will abide by strict COVID-19 protocols with relation to health and safety, international travel policies and social distancing guidelines. There will be no fans on-site at certain tournaments until local situations improve.
“After a lot of hard work behind the scenes and close discussions with tournament promoters and our players, we are pleased to reveal our provisional calendar for the rest of the 2020-21 PSA World Tour season,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
“The entirety of the 2020-21 season will have taken place against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has fundamentally changed the way the PSA has had to operate both the PSA World Tour and the PSA Challenger Tour.
“If our provisional calendar comes to fruition, we will have staged 12 PSA World Tour events throughout the campaign in addition to around 50 PSA Challenger Tour events by the end of the season. While we are naturally delighted to have overcome some significant hurdles to create playing opportunities for our players, we are under no illusions that the work stops here.
“While a number of unknowns are still at play – chief among those the differing international travel policies between countries – we are already liaising with our tournament promoters as we look to establish a thriving professional circuit for the 2021-22 season. For now, I look forward to watching the world’s best squash players in action over the next few months in what promises to be a captivating end to this campaign.”
Action from all tournaments on the PSA World Tour will be streamed live on SQUASHTV and the Facebook (excluding Europe and Japan). Semi-finals and finals from major PSA World Tour events will also be shown live via PSA’s contracted broadcast partners.