expect signing before season starts
June 25, 2012 - PST Commissioner Joe McManus indicated today he expects to add another elite champion to the tour before the season begins in August.
"I watched the positive impact that David [Palmer] and Wael [El Hindi] had on PST," said McManus. "More clubs wanted to bring PST action to their club, and more fans were watching in the galleries."
Palmer of Australia and El Hindi of Egypt joined PST mid-season last year. The signings were discussed across the globe, and the two ultimately faced off for the PST World Championship hosted by the Detroit Athletic Club in May.
"During the off-season, I have been reaching out to top players," continued McManus. "They are increasingly fascinated by what PST is doing to help grow the game. Our recruitment process is continuous, but I am committed to bringing in another top champion before the season begins."
In 2010, the UK-based Professional Squash Association (PSA) expressed concern for its own future and banned its membership from competing in PST tournaments. The unprecedented ban set off an international race for talent. And PST's growth has been steady.
This past season, the season following the announcement of the ban, PST ran more professional squash tournaments in the United States than any other squash tour.
Over 150 years old, squash is played by more than 20 million people in 185 countries across the globe.
David Palmer with Wayne Reuvers after winning the American Open
Wael El Hindi accepting his trophy after winning the PST World Championship
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