The world’s best men’s and women’s squash stars took time today to visit the Liberty Bell, the iconic symbol of freedom in the United States, before beginning defense of their U.S. Open Squash Championships tomorrow.
Nicol David and Gregory Gaultier, who are both defending champions at the U.S. Open and both ranked world No. 1, stopped by the Liberty Bell after practice at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center, which is the host site of the prestigious U.S. Open Squash Championships through 2023.
“Nicol’s and Greg’s visit to the Liberty Bell officially rings in the 2014 U.S. Open Squash Championships,” said US SQUASH CEO Kevin Klipstein. “US SQUASH is excited to partner with Drexel University and to have the support of Delaware Investments for the fourth year.”
Both David and Gaultier are seeking their third U.S. Open Squash Championship. Amr Shabana is the only other active player with two championships who will be competing in this year’s tournament.
Neither David, who is Malaysian, nor Gaultier, who is French, had visited the Liberty Bell previously, and the two champions patiently waited in line with the other visitors at the historical site. When the pair hoisted their U.S. Open trophies, the visitors at the Liberty Bell Center crowded for photos.