Framingham, MA (January 2, 2012) - Pro Squash Tour (PST) announced today its plan to build a global network of national circuits. Top players from each national circuit will meet annually to compete for the PST World Championship.
Squash is a sport played by 20 million people in 185 countries. Its strength is at the grassroots level. However, the current economics and infrastructure of the sport place unnecessary strain on professional players and promoters.
“This new model will energize local networks across the world,” said PST Commissioner Joseph McManus.
In 2012, PST will begin hosting tournaments outside the United States, where it currently operates. In 2013, the first national circuits will launch. In 2014 top players from each national circuit across the globe will compete for the Pro Squash Tour World Championship.
“The circuits will be managed locally,” said McManus. “Their local ownership ensures that the benefits of their efforts, including media rights, will stay local. At the same time, circuits will receive our support and the benefits of a global network.”
PST Commissioner Joe McManus
PST launched in 2009 running a series of tournaments under the name US Pro Squash. In 2010, the Tour re-branded as Pro Squash Tour. The Tour captured global interest because of its immediate success in America and its fan friendly promotion of the game.
PST tournaments are typically run over the course of a weekend with an eight-man main draw and a qualifying bracket on Friday night. This structure has been well received by host clubs and touring pros. In only its second year, PST will host more tournaments in the United States than any other squash tour.
The PST season begins in August and runs through May when the top eight players will be invited to compete for the Pro Squash Tour World Championship at the Detroit Athletic Club.