2019 Oracle NetSuite Open Ups Prize Money and Adopts Best-of-Three Scoring
May 27, 2019 By Chris McClintick no Comments
The 2019 Oracle NetSuite Open will feature the largest prize fund in its 10-year history when the PSA World Tour Gold-level event once again brings top-class squash back to San Francisco between September 24-30.
“It’s great to see how far this tournament has come. Growing from a small event on the Peninsula to now one of the main events in squash taking place in San Francisco, next to some of the most iconic buildings, has really been a dream come true,” said Evan Goldberg, EVP of Oracle NetSuite. “We look forward to hosting some of the best athletes from around the world.”
Held alongside the spectacular San Francisco waterfront, in front of the famous Ferry Building on Embarcadero Plaza, the Oracle NetSuite Open, which joined the PSA Tour in 2011, will offer a record prize of $242,000 split evenly between the men’s and women’s divisions – a 17 percent increase on the total prize money from last year’s tournament. Based on total compensation, the tournament is currently the 10th largest on the 2019-2020 world tour.
In addition, this year’s Oracle NetSuite Open will use a best-of-three games scoring format up to and including the semi-finals, with the finals reverting to the traditional best of five format used elsewhere on the PSA Tour. As the format also used at the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals, the Oracle NetSuite Open is the second ranking PSA Tour event to announce that it will be adopting a best-of-three format after successful trials at both the 2018 and 2019 Canary Wharf Classic.
Tournament promoter John Nimick is enthusiastic about the scoring change. “Switching to the quicker scoring format is extremely exciting. The matches will be more intense from the start and we will be able to present more players and more entertainment in every session to our growing fan base. The change also lets us present the same number of matches and rounds for both men and women on the glass court at Embarcadero Plaza, which is consistent with our commitment to parity of prize money.”
Play during the first two rounds will be split between Squash Zone, the Bay Club San Francisco, the Olympic Club and the University Club, while action from the quarter-finals onwards will be played on the Squash Engine court at Embarcadero Plaza.
PSA COO Lee Beachill said: “We’re delighted to see that the Oracle NetSuite Open has raised its prize money for both men and women, and I would like to thank John and Oracle NetSuite for their support.
“Across the PSA Tour, we have made significant strides in increasing earnings and playing opportunities for our female athletes, and it is fantastic to see the Oracle NetSuite Open join a growing number of tournaments that are supporting that commitment.
“The best-of-three games format will also allow even more matches to be played on the glass court in one of the most eye-catching locations in professional squash as San Francisco hosts the world’s leading players once again.”
Tickets for the Oracle NetSuite Open will go on sale on July 8.
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