The opening weekend of the 2015 Delaware Investments U.S. Open is not to be missed. Qualifying begins on Thursday, Oct. 8, with the main draw beginning on Saturday, Oct. 10. You will want to take part in World Squash Day events on Saturday, and Junior Day on Monday, Oct. 12.
While you’re taking all of that in, the Arlen Specter Junior Championship Tour (JCT) tournament will be taking place Saturday to Monday, and the Intercollegiate Doubles will take place at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, Germantown Cricket Club and Philadelphia Cricket Club.
A packed Kline & Specter gallery watches a round of 32 match between Gregiore Marche (L) and Leo Au.
Qualifying play for the men’s and women’s championships will occur Thursday and Friday, October 8-9, at Drexel’s Kline & Specter Squash Center, along with four additional Philadelphia locations—Germantown Cricket Club, Merion Cricket Club, Philadelphia Cricket Club and the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Thirty-two men and women will vie for eight coveted spots in the main draw. Qualifying play at Drexel University is free and open to the public.
World Squash Day, inaugurated in 2002 in honor of Derek Sword who died in the World Trade Tower attacks on 9/11, is celebrated around the world to promote the sport and attract new players to our great game. World Squash Day 2015 coincides with the U.S. Open on Saturday, October 10, and will raise funds for UNICEF—the leading world children’s charity—with a portion of all ticket sales donated to the organization. Raneem El Welily, the new world No. 1, begins her quest for her first U.S. Open title at 1pm, and Mohamed Elshorbagy, last year’s champion and world No. 1, takes center stage at 3pm. Juniors from the JCT championships will join professionals on the ASB GlassCourt for a special photo opportunity. Purchase your tickets now to support an important cause while watching the best in the world on court.
Sunday will bring day two of the main draw, featuring a pair of U.S. No. 1’s with Amanda Sobhy playing Sarah-Jane Perry at 1pm, and Chris Gordon taking on England’s Daryl Selby at 3pm, and second-seeded Nick Matthew kicking off his campaign in search of his second U.S. Open title and first since 2007. Purchase tickets for Sunday Round of 32 matches here.
On Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12, Junior Day will host Philadelphia’s youth at the U.S. Open, in partnership with SquashSmarts, the Philadelphia urban squash program. Festivities begin at 9:30am, with juniors participating in fun games and activities, a group picture on the ASB GlassCourt, lunch, and taking in the second round of the U.S. Open Championships. Squashsmarts will also be celebrated during the night session, with a large group of supporters in attendance to honor the organization’s founders in an on-court presentation. A portion of all tickets purchased using the promotional code SQUASHSMARTS will be donated to the organization, so buy today!
Play in the Arlen Specter JCT begins Saturday and runs through Monday, Columbus Day, at Drexel University’s Kline & Specter Squash Center and the University of Pennsylvania. More than 300 of the nation’s top junior players will compete across ten boys’ and girls’ divisions.
Finally, across town at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, the Intercollegiate Doubles gets underway beginning at 5pm on Friday night. Last year’s event featured forty teams across the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. On Saturday, play moves to Germantown Cricket Club and Philadelphia Cricket Club for the morning and afternoon sessions, and Finals on Sunday will begin at noon at Philly Cricket Club.
Tickets are going fast, so visit usopensquash.com today to take part in the fun that is opening weekend at the Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships.