Dear squash fans,
As you will have seen, the PSA World Tour and PSA Challenger Tour are currently suspended until the end of April due to the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
We are keeping a very close eye on government advice both in the UK and across the world as well as keeping abreast of what other sporting governing bodies are doing and how they are handling developments.
May and Beyond
We have already been in contact with many promoters to discuss the staging of tournaments in May and beyond.
As the situation continues to escalate, we will be reviewing the current suspension of the PSA Tour and deciding whether to extend this. We plan to update you all in the first week of April regarding a decision on whether or not events in May will go ahead as planned.
We will also have an update next week on how the rankings will be calculated over the next few months. This will be taken into account when the PSA Tour gets underway again.
What's Been Happening at the PSA?
In accordance with advice from the UK government, our office is currently closed and all UK-based staff are currently working remotely. Despite the challenges involved in this, we are confident that we are perfectly capable of operating remotely.
We are aware that we have a passionate fanbase who are missing the excitement of the game we all love. While we have no live action taking place until the start of May at the earliest, we are working on a range of fun content to help all of our followers through this period.
Our social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – are currently airing full matches from years gone by and showcasing the best action from the season so far, while the stars of the PSA World Tour are also getting involved on our social media channels too, with a host of home workouts, Instagram takeovers and more in store.
For SQUASHTV subscribers, we have years of archive footage available for you to watch on demand, while we're also offering a host of free feature material for anyone with a digital subscription.
We hope we can do our bit to help all of our fans get their squash fix during this difficult time.
UK Events Updates
We are currently monitoring the situation in the UK and reviewing Government guidelines that may impact the staging of the Manchester Open and Allam British Open due to be held in May. We aim to provide a further update on those events by April 3.
We will be posting further updates in the coming weeks to keep everyone informed of the situation and also the PSA’s position with regards to the current suspension of the PSA Tour.
Everyone at the PSA is working tirelessly and assessing all available options in regards to preserving the current professional squash calendar as best we can, however our priority at the moment is the health and wellbeing of all of our players, promoters, fans and staff.
The challenges involved in tackling this pandemic requires us all to work together in the best interests in the sport and we are committed to collaborating with our players and promoters to drive the sport forward in the upcoming months.
Most importantly, we hope everyone reading this is staying safe at this difficult time. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones and do what you can to help the most vulnerable of those in your community.
From all at the PSA.