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Oracle NetSuite Open Celebrates WSDA Sponsorship With Doubles Exhibition
September 27, 2019 By Chris McClintick no Comments
[Above, (l-r): Latasha Khan, Karen Kronemeyer, Suzie Pierrepont, Stephen Columbia]
The 2019 Oracle NetSuite Open showcased expanded support from first-time silver sponsors—the Women’s Squash Doubles Association (WSDA)—with a special exhibition featuring some of tour’s top players held alongside second round matches Thursday evening at the University Club of San Francisco.
The University Club took on a festival atmosphere with buzzing doubles and singles courts. WSDA professionals Suzie Pierrepont, Latasha Khan, Karen Kronemeyer and special guest and former world champion Rachael Grinham put on a spectacle for the crowd and invited local squash doubles players on court for a challenge.
The WSDA will take on a new look for the 2019-2020, as long-time squash doubles community member Stephen Columbia steps in as a new tour managing partner.
“There is a real advantage to being closely associated to a squash tournament as extraordinary as the Oracle NetSuite Open,” Columbia said. “John Nimick and his partners have grown the event into something that is very much festival-like—and so it was a natural sense that we would find ourselves here. We’re very excited about the coming year and the years thereafter for the WSDA. We are creating a dynamic schedule of events and bringing women’s squash doubles to as many players and communities as possible. We want to grow the vibrant calendar and its group of active members.”
The 2019-2020 WSDA season will feature eight ranking tournaments in six different states. The season being in Los Angeles—the NBCC LA Open—as the tour embraces a new partnership with the National Breast Cancer Coalition. The tour ranks feature players from eleven countries and hopes to expand its membership with more former college players, singles professionals and doubles enthusiasts.
For more information and to view the full calendar of events visit wsdaprotour.com.