The 2017 United States Open has featured a number of exciting ways for fans to engage with all the action.
The Dunlop Meet & Greet Experience allowed Raymond Wong and Patricia Arroyl to have the rare opportunity to spend time with a PSA professional. They were thrilled to talk with Diego Elias, the Peruvian wunderkind and world No. 15, and talk about life on the PSA World Tour. They also received a Dunlop Prize Pack, including a racquet bag and a racquet.
The Can You Commentate Contest gave Chanel Erasmus the incredible chance to sit side-by-side with Joey Barrington and commentate for SquashTV on Chris Gordon and Fares Dessouky’s first-round match. Erasmus was the winner of a popular contest held in the early fall. Three finalists were selected from a wide group of sample commentators and their videos were posted online. There were more than 7,000 views, 1,500 likes and 500 comments on social media, and Erasmus came in first in the voting. Erasmus, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, played at Trinity College and now coaches squash at the Hill School.
The Hit With a Pro Contest occurred on semifinal night. Mariam Metwally, the Egyptian world No.23, hit with Sara Graham, a Philadelphia who is an avid fan of the U.S. Open. They played on the ASB GlassCourt for a half hour. Afterwards, Graham received a Dunlop Price Pack including a hat, sweatbands, goggles, grips and a giant squash ball.
In addition, each night at the U.S. Open has featured other fan engagement with Dunlop prizes: crowd tee-shirt giveaways in between games; photo contest winners; lucky row giveaways; and guess the game score contests.
Dunlop is an official ball and eyeguard sponsor of US Squash and a U.S. Open sponsor.