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Fiechter and Harrity Named Oracle NetSuite Open Wild Cards; Set for San Francisco Debuts
July 10, 2019 By Chris McClintick no Comments
Americans Olivia Fiechter and Todd Harrity will make their debuts at the 2019 Oracle NetSuite Open as the men’s and women’s wild cards, September 24-30, in San Francisco.
Fiechter and Harrity—both Princeton graduates–will make their first PSA appearance of the 2019-2020 season on home soil alongside twenty-three of the world’s best squash players in each draw. Both players are building on successful 2018-2019 PSA World Tour campaigns that saw them break into the world’s top fifty-ranked players.
“We’re excited to welcome Olivia and Todd to San Francisco for the first time this fall,” said John Nimick, Tournament Director. “These talented Americans will add even more intrigue to the competitive Oracle NetSuite Open field. The women’s draw will now feature three Americans as Olivia joins U.S. teammates Amanda Sobhy and Olivia Blatchford Clyne, while Todd will be the sole Yank in the men’s draw following some of the biggest wins of his career last season.”
At twenty-eight years old, Harrity has proven himself as the top American man on tour over the past few seasons. The Wayne, Pennsylvania-native won his third professional title last fall in Portugal and recorded four first-round victories at PSA Platinum events over the course of the season—a career best. Harrity’s strong form propelled him to a career high ranking of world No. 44 this March, just before capturing his third career U.S. men’s national title later that month. Harrity will represent Team USA this summer at the quadrennial Pan American Games in Lima, Peru—the highest international call-up for an American squash player.
Fiechter, twenty-three years old, made a name for herself on the pro tour last season—her first as a full-time professional after graduating in the spring of 2018. The Philadelphia-native—now based in New York City—started the season ranked No. 151 in September and finished as the third highest-ranked American woman on tour at a career high No. 40 in June. Fiechter’s season included her first career pro title, five quarterfinal appearances, three semifinals, one runner up finish, and a top-ten-ranked upset over Wales’ Tesni Evans.
Both players will be in first-round action on September 24 hosted by local clubs as they target reaching the Oracle NetSuite SuiteSuccess Court in Embarcadero Plaza next to the iconic Ferry Terminal building, September 26-30.
The 2019 Oracle NetSuite Open celebrates the tournament’s tenth year in the San Francisco Bay Area and eighth on the Embarcadero with record equal prize money of $242,000. The 2019 edition of the tournament will also feature an innovative best-of-three-games format for the first time from the first round through the semifinals.
The full list of entrants will be released in August. Tickets for all rounds are available now on oraclenetsuiteopen.com.