World Squash Day Celebrated On the First Day of Main Draw Action

World Squash Day Pic 15US2105The global phenomenon of World Squash Day reached a fever pitch today in Philadelphia.

Founded in 2002, World Squash Day engages players and fans and the public all around the world. This year money was raised for UNICEF, the world’s largest children’s charity, to help with the unprecedented flow of refugees in the wake of civil wars and strife in the Middle East and Africa.

SH0236The 2015 Delaware Investments U.S. Open highlighted the fourteenth-annual WSD with a festival of squash. More than 320 matches were played in the elite Junior Championship Tour tournament hosted at Drexel and Penn; and more than a dozen matches were played in the Intercollegiate Doubles Championships hosted at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, Germantown Cricket Club and Philadelphia Cricket Club.

The apogee of the day were the sixteen matches at the Open, featuring some of the up-and-coming teenagers like Yathreb Adel, tour veterans two decades older like Rachael Grinham and the world’s No.1 ranked players Mohamed Elshorbagy and Raneem El Welily.

Befitting WSD, all three tournaments had breathtaking breadth: players from more than a dozen states came to the JCT; players from more than a dozen colleges across the country came to the intercollegiates; and today’s sixteen Open matches featured players from fifteen different nations: Australia, Botswana, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Guyana, Hong Kong China, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Scotland, Switzerland, USA and Wales. Thousands of tweets and Facebook posts came out of Drexel, as did SquashTV’s live broadcast, bringing the excitement of a Grand Slam squash tournament to the world at large.

US Squash, the directors of the Open, pledged a percentage of today’s ticket sales to UNICEF.