“Road to Rio” to Make First Stop in Philadelphia, Host-City to U.S. Open

Greg Gaultier (L) and Nicol David (R) welcomed the U.S. Open trophies back to Philadelphia in 2014 at the Liberty Bell

Greg Gaultier (L) and Nicol David (R) welcomed the U.S. Open trophies back to Philadelphia in 2014 at the Liberty Bell

The United States Olympic Committee announced a nine-stop tour for Team USA on the “Road to Rio,” building to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The first stop on the “Road” brings Team USA to Philadelphia for the Fourth of July.

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than to highlight the athletic accomplishments of some of the top sportsmen and women in the United States? Sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance, the Tour provides fans an opportunity to meet and mingle with admired athletes, test their own athletic prowess with interactive sport-participation elements, enjoy live entertainment, among many other Fourth of July celebrations.

Philly_Invite_06 Just a few months later, Philadelphia will be home to another athletic contest—the Delaware Investments U.S. Open, where top squash players from around the world will converge on an ASB all-glass court in Drexel University’s gymnasium. Over a ten day “tour,” from October 8-17, these incredible athletes will put their squash skills to the test in qualification rounds and a main draw contest of thirty-two.

Though squash may not yet be an Olympic sport—hope remains eternal as caps on the number of competitors and the twenty-eight sport limit are dropped—but the U.S. Open, as well as other World Series events on the professional tour, represent some of the rare opportunities players have to compete at an Olympic-like level.

Squash aims to make it to the Olympics; highlighting professional competition on American soil is one small step toward that goal. Reserve your seat at the U.S. Open today!

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