[caption id="attachment_17599" align="aligncenter" width="3245"] (l-r): Rowan Elaraby, Tyreese Samuels, Ranson Gaymon, Steve DeAngelis, Kayla Atkinson, Zeina Mickawy[/caption] The 2018 FS Investments United States Open Squash Championships opened today at Drexel University with its traditional first-ball ceremony. The honorary starters of this year’s tournament were four people integral to the Open. Steve DeAngelis, the president of FS Investments Solutions, helped kick off the Open. FS Investments is a leading alternative asset manager founded in 2007 and headquartered in Philadelphia; FS Investments Solutions is its wholly owned broker-dealer subsidiary.
The 2018 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships have arrived in Philadelphia. The world's best squash players will vie for $338,000 of total equal prize money between men’s and women’s draws in the PSA World Tour Platinum event at Drexel University's Daskalakis Athletic Center, October 6-13. Here's everything squash fans need to know going into the most action-packed week of squash in the U.S.
[caption id="attachment_17573" align="aligncenter" width="474"] Farag (l) and El Tayeb at the 2017 U.S. Open[/caption] Married couple Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb will aim to repeat their historic U.S. Open title run last year that saw them become the first husband and wife in sporting history to lift the same major sports title on the same day at the 2018 FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships, October 6-13, at Drexel University's Daskalakis Athletic Center. Last year, Farag and El Tayeb stunned the squash world last October with upsets over current World Champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily in their respective title deciders.
[caption id="attachment_17570" align="aligncenter" width="1292"] Olivia Blatchford-Clyne (l) and Mike Way[/caption] Team USA’s Olivia Blatchford-Clyne and Harvard's Mike Way will be recognized as the 2017 United States Olympic Committee athlete and coach of the year during the 2018 FS Investments U.S Open.
[caption id="attachment_17532" align="aligncenter" width="2584"] (l-r): Anne Marie Horner, Terry Horner and Beth Devine[/caption] Anne Marie Horner, Terry Horner and Beth Devine will be honored with the 2018 SquashSmarts Distinguished Service Award at the FS Investments U.S. Open. The ceremony will happen on the ASB GlassCourt at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center during SquashSmarts VIP Night at the U.S. Open on Monday, October 8.
Julieanne Harris, the director of squash at Philadelphia Cricket Club, will be awarded the Achievement Bowl during Women in Sports Day at the FS Investments U.S. Open on Wednesday October 10 at Drexel University. The fifth-annual WISD features a panel discussion at 4pm; a cocktail reception at 5pm with remarks and award presentations; and then that evening’s quarterfinal matches. Purchase tickets for Women in Sports Day on www.usopensquash.com/tickets.
Join US Squash to celebrate Women in Sports Day, Wednesday October 10 at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships. The fifth-anniversary edition of the event promises to be the best yet, honoring those leaders who drive growth of both women’s squash and nurture opportunities for girls and women...
Abby Markoe will be awarded the Feron’s Wedgwood Sportsmanship Trophy at the 2018 FS United States Open. The ceremony will be on Tuesday October 9 as a part of Character in Sports Day. Markoe (pictured above, center) is the executive director of SquashWise, the urban squash program in Baltimore.
The McIntosh/Hand family will receive the Philadelphia Squash Racquets Association’s Service Award at the 2018 United States Open on Saturday, October 6. The ceremony will be on the ASB GlassCourt following the 5:30pm match.
Do you think you have what it takes to be a commentator on SquashTV for a professional squash match? Now is your chance to show off your skills! Enter the SquashTV commentary competition for a chance to join Joey Barrington in the booth during the first-round of the FS Investments U.S. Open, Saturday October 6. Winners will be selected to commentate the Amanda Sobhy vs. Tong Tsz Wing match and Todd Harrity vs. Cameron Pilley.