PSA ANNOUNCE TOUR SUSPENSION EXTENDED UNTIL JULY DUE TO COVID-19
The Professional Squash Association (PSA) can confirm that the suspension of the PSA Tour put in place following the global outbreak of COVID-19 has been extended and all World Tour, Challenger Tour and WSF & PSA Satellite Tour events originally scheduled for May and June have been postponed.
On March 13, the PSA initially suspended both the PSA World Tour and PSA Challenger Tour until the end of April, but following regular communication with tournament organisers and players, and in line with health and safety recommendations being put in place by governments across the globe, a decision has been made to extend this suspension until July.
Two PSA Challenger Tour events currently scheduled for July – the Victoria Open and the Noida Leg of the HCL SRFI Indian Tour – are expected to go ahead as planned, while the PSA World Tour is expected to resume in August. The PSA will continue to review the situation over the coming weeks.
The following is a list of affected tournaments: -HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Trivandrum Leg in Trivandrum, India _Open International des Volcans in Clermont-Ferrand, France _City View Open in Long Island City, United States _Manchester Open in Manchester, England _Garavan’s West of Ireland Open in Galway, Ireland _Open de Mulhouse in Mulhouse, France _Courtcare Northern Open in Manchester, England _Allam British Open in Hull, England _Anyospark Open in La Massana, Andorra _Gobierno de la Provincia del Chaco Regatas Resistencia Open – X Edicion in Resistencia, Argentina _City of Kalgoorlie Boulder Golden Open in Kalgoorlie, Australia _Tuanku Muhriz Trophy SRAM PSA 2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia _Trident Machines Colin Payne Kent Open in Tunbridge Wells, England _Necker Mauritius Open presented by Beachcomber in Grand Bay, Mauritius _HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Pune Leg in Pune, India _Austrian Open in Salzburg, Austria _MSquash Open in Port Chester, United States _City of Greater Bendigo International in Bendigo, Australia
“We have worked tirelessly and assessed all available options with regards to preserving the PSATour calendar, but have been left with no choice to make the decision to extend the suspension of the tour until July,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
“We have given a lot of consideration to the health and wellbeing of our players, promoters, fans and staff and this decision has not been made lightly. Plans are already being put in place to ensure that affected tournaments are being rescheduled for later on in the year where possible.
“I would like to thank our players and tournament promoters for their cooperation and patience at what has been a difficult time for all involved. We will stay vigilant and keep abreast of further directives from governmental health authorities across the world as we look to come through this period. In the meantime, our best wishes and thoughts are with everyone affected by this virus.”