The who, where, when, and how – 2021

WHAT

A PSA Gold world ranking tournament for men and women featuring equal compensation of $125,000 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 $18,000 each. The player field will represent competitors from more than fifteen countries.

WHO

(as of June 1, 2021)

The field of top international male players is led by World No. 2 and Defending Champion Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY). Typically, five or six of the top 10 male players compete. The women’s division may feature as many as eight of the top 10 players in the world, including American star and current World No. 6 Amanda Sobhy (USA).  Additional American hopes are represented by the country’s other top female players No. 13 Olivia Blatchford-Clyne, No. 20 Olivia Fiechter and No. 21 Sabrina Sobhy (Amanda’s sister).  The USA’s top men are No. 45 Todd Harrity and No. 51 ShahJahan Khan.

WHERE

The round of 32 matches for both men and women will be played September 23rdat Squash Zone (4 matches) in Redwood City, Bay Club San Francisco (8 matches) and Olympic Club San Francisco (4 matches). The winners of these matches will compete September 24thin 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.

Play then moves to the evenings of Sept. 24-27 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.

WHEN

September 22–23: Main Draw club-based matches

September 24–27: 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.

HOW

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.

SCORING

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.

MANAGEMENT

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.

Rules Of The Game

 

  • PSA World Tour tournaments use a referee-marker system for club matches and a center referee/video review referee system for glass court matches. The center calls the score and adjudicates the match. His or hers is the voice you hear throughout the match. The video referee views multi-angle match video replays and makes final decisions on appeals.
  • A Stroke(point) may be awarded to a player who had a winning opportunity but was prevented (usually by obstruction) from playing the shot.
  • When a player requests a “Let, please” the Referee may award the Let, announced as “Yes, Let” (usually because one player was in the opponent’s way in a routine point). It means the point will be played over again. The Referee will rule a “No Let” if they think the player could not have reached the ball before it bounced twice. A player may, from time to time, appeal a ruling but the Referee’s decision is final.
  • The squash racquet is the same length as the average tennis racquet, but weighs just a little more than a badminton racquet.
  • The squash ball is soft and it bounces far less than a tennis ball.
  • The matches are best of five games (ie. First player to win three games). Each game is played `first to eleven points` unless tied at 10-all — in which case, they continue play until one of the players earns a two point lead – which then gives that player the game.
  • A player serves until they lose a point. The receiver then becomes the server and has the choice of side to begin serving – then alternates sides for each subsequent serve until that player loses a point. A player has only one serve on each point — a service fault is a loss of serve and a point for the opponent.
  • After hitting the ball, the player MUST make their best effort to get out of the opponent’s way, known as clearing.
  • On each shot the ball can hit any number of walls, but MUST hit the front wall once, MUST stay within the court boundaries (marked near the top of the walls) and MUST NOT hit the tin. The ball can bounce ONLY ONCE on the floor.
  • In squash, as the level of play improves, so does the average length of each rally in matches between players of equal or near equal ability.

The Squash Primer

Front Wall

Hitting the line is “out” in squash — and the “ceiling” is not in play.

Service Line

Serves must be above this line — hitting it is “out.”

The Tin

19″ high for amateur and 17″ for professionals — all shots must be above the tin.

Back Wall

The “out” line is 7 feet high.

Service Lines

Defining the two “service areas” — when serving, the ball must go into the opposite service area.

Service Box

The player must have at least one foot in the Service Box when serving.

Attacking Shots

are usually hit to the front corners of the court.

Keeping The Ball Tight To The Side Wall

allows your opponent limited shot selection, usually precludes attack and may produce a “loose” ball which facilitates your attack.

Control The “T”

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.

Keep The Ball Deep

tends to keep opponents on the defense and produces opportunities for you to attack the front court.

 

Squash Engine Glass 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:

  • First of its kind LED video on both the front wall and on the tin
  • In-court scoring and replay capability
  • Power ring-style branding capability including moving graphics and images
  • Integrated sidewall viewing monitors
  • Arena-style audio
  • Full overhead LED court lighting for quick on/off capabilities, maximum distribution and density