The Manchester Open will be the first PSA World Tour event to take place since March following the confirmation of the provisional PSA World Tour calendar today.
The PSA World Tour has been suspended for over five months now due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, but the Manchester Open – a men’s and women’s PSA World Tour Silver event – will kickstart the return of the tour when it brings the world’s best players to Manchester’s National Squash Centre between September 16-22.
The draw will be revealed next week.
“We’re delighted to confirm that professional squash is now in a position to resume and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our players, tournament promoters and commercial partners for their support during what has been an unprecedented global situation,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
“We have worked incredibly hard with all of the relevant stakeholders in order to schedule these three tournaments. While the remainder of the 2020 PSA World Tour calendar remains provisional at this time, we are continuing to have positive conversations with tournament promoters and remain hopeful that we will soon be able to confirm our plans for November and December.
“It goes without saying that the health and safety of all players and on-site staff is at the forefront of our thinking and we have put in place robust COVID-19 measures at our PSA World Tour events to mitigate against potential risks.
“It’s been too long since our athletes have had the opportunity to entertain us all with their incredible athleticism and tremendous skill and I look forward to watching them all return to action this month. Of course, with certain events not having spectators to cheer them on it will not be the same, but we will endeavour to showcase the very best of the action via SQUASHTV, our social media channels and the channels of our contracted media partners, so fans don’t miss a thing.”
Action from the tournament will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and Facebook.