A PSA Gold world ranking tournament for men and women featuring equal prize money of $121,000 each and twin 24-player draws. One of the top 10 professional tournaments on the global PSA World Tour as determined by overall compensation. The male and female winners in the 10th annual iteration of the tournament will earn $17,600 each. The player field will represent competitors from more than fifteen countries.
(as of September 1, 2019)
The field of top international male players is led by World No. 2 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY) and World No. 3 Tarek Momen (EGY). The women’s division is the strongest on record featuring eight of the top nine players in the world, including World No. 1 Raneem Elwelily, No. 2 Nour Elsherbini (EGY), No. 3 Camille Serme (FRA), No. 5 Nour El Tayeb (EGY), No. 6 Joelle King (NZL) and No. 7 and two-time Defending Champion Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG). Of note, Momen and Elwelily are a married couple. American hopes are represented by the country’s top players Amanda Sobhy (World No. 7) and Todd Harrity (World No. 45), as well as Olivia Blatchford-Clyne (No. 19) and Olivia Fiechter (No. 39).
The round of 32 matches for both men and women will be played September 24th at Squash Zone (4 matches) in Redwood City and Bay Club San Francisco (4 matches) and September 25that Bay Club San Francisco (8 matches). The winners of these matches will compete in the round of 16 together with the top 8 seeds of each draw at the Bay Club San Francisco (8 matches), Olympic Club (4) and University Club (4) in San Francisco on September 26th.
Play then moves to the evenings of Sept. 27-30 on the state-of-the-art Squash Engine Court, an all-glass portable squash court with embedded video and LED displays, on the South Lawn of Embarcadero Plaza by the San Francisco waterfront for the men’s and women’s Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals. Seating capacity at the temporary outdoor arena is 500 per session.
September 24–26: Main Draw club-based matches
September 27–30: Main Draw competition on the portable, all-glass Squash Engine Glass Court on the South Lawn of Embarcadero Plaza.
The Men’s draw has a split Quarterfinal format, while the Women’s draw has a split Semi-final. There is no Qualifying tournament.
All matches up to the Finals will be played “best of three games” – games are played to 11 points with the match winner being the player to first win two games. Both Finals will be played “best of five games” with the Champion needing three games to win. The Oracle NetSuite Open is the first tournament in PSA history to adopt this faster, more intense scoring format for both the men’s and the women’s divisions.
Squash games are scored to 11 points. A point can be won regardless of who is serving. A player must earn two consecutive points clear of his opponent’s score to win any game tied at 10-10. A match is played best-of-five-games. The average match lasts 45 to 60 minutes.
The Oracle NetSuite Open is produced by Squash Engine based in Boston, MA. Squash Engine also produces the squash tour’s iconic annual Tournament of Champions in Grand Central Terminal, NYC, as well as long running past events including the Canadian Classic in Toronto and Showdown at Symphony Hall in Boston. The company is owned and managed by US Squash Hall of Fame member John Nimick, a former WPSA no. 2 professional and US Intercollegiate and US National Champion.
Hitting the line is “out” in squash — and the “ceiling” is not in play.
Serves must be above this line — hitting it is “out.”
19″ high for amateur and 17″ for professionals — all shots must be above the tin.
The “out” line is 7 feet high.
Defining the two “service areas” — when serving, the ball must go into the opposite service area.
The player must have at least one foot in the Service Box when serving.
are usually hit to the front corners of the court.
allows your opponent limited shot selection, usually precludes attack and may produce a “loose” ball which facilitates your attack.
to be in the best position to “get” balls on either side and to hit attacking shots on balls hit away from the side walls.
tends to keep opponents on the defense and produces opportunities for you to attack the front court.
The five-year-old court, fabricated by McWIL Squash, one of the leading squash court manufacturer's in North America, features embedded LED video screens for branding and replays and an LED video ribbon below the tin capable of both moving images and static display.
The Squash Engine Glass Court is the feature court for many of North America's premier PSA World Tour squash tournaments in the USA including the annual J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York City's iconic Grand Central Terminal, the Windy City Open in the University Club of Chicago and the Oracle NetSuite Open on the waterfront in San Francisco.
The Squash Engine Glass Court has the following groundbreaking advancements: