A $100,000, 16-draw men’s and a $50,000, 16-draw women’s PSA world ranking single elimination tournament. One of the top 10 professional tournaments on the global PSA World Tour as determined by prize money. The Men’s winner in the 8th annual iteration of the tournament will earn $17,000. The Women’s division is in its third year and the winner will earn $8,000.
A field of top international male players including world No. 1 Gregory Gaultier (FRA), World No. 2 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY), No. 3 Mohamed Elshorbagy (EGY), No. 4 Nick Matthew (ENG), and world No. 6 James Willstrop (ENG). American star and world No. 130 Faraz Khan is the Wildcard entry into the main draw.
The women’s entries feature world No. 4 Laura Massaro (ENG), who is also the defending champion, world. No. 6 Nicol David (MAS), winner of eight World Open titles and nine-year World no. 1, and USA no. 2 and world no. 17 Olivia Blatchford.
The two-round qualifying competition for both draws takes place September 24-25 at the Bay Club San Francisco, Olympic Club and University Club and will produce four qualifiers each who will advance to the first round of the PSA International 100 Men’s and Gold 50 Women’s Oracle NetSuite Open. First round play on Tuesday September 26th takes place at the Bay Club San Francisco, Bay Club Redwood Shores and Squash Zone in Redwood City. Play then moves to the state-of-the-art Oracle + NetSuite Court, an all-glass portable squash court with embedded video and LED displays, on the South Lawn of Justin Herman Plaza by the San Francisco waterfront for the Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Final. Three Women’s Quarterfinal matches will be played on 9/27 at the Bay Club San Francisco.
Early rounds are September 24-25. The Main Draw matches are September 26-30. The Men’s draw has a split Quarterfinal format, while the Women’s draw has a split Semi-final format. Glass court competition is September 27-30 on the portable, all-glass Oracle + NetSuite Challenge Court on the South Lawn of Justin Herman Plaza.
Reserved seat tickets are available through www.oraclenetsuiteopen.com and range from $20-$350.
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 – 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 state-of-the-art portable all-glass court built by McWIL Squash in use at the Oracle NetSuite Open is the showcase court for all of Squash Engine’s proprietary events, as well as several other high profile PSA World Tour tournaments and special events in the USA. The court is seen by more than 250,000 people annually at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York's Grand Central Terminal, celebrating its 21st anniversary as the world’s largest squash spectator event this coming January 18-25, 2018. Information at www.tocsquash.com.
The Oracle + NetSuite Court is also the court-of-choice for the annual Windy City Open PSA World Series-level tournament at the University Club of Chicago and the new PMI Bellevue Classic in Bellevue, WA. Impact360, a National Urban Squash and Education Association program, will feature the court once again at the Denver Athletic Club for their annual fundraiser in November 2017.
The Oracle + NetSuite Champions Court has the following groundbreaking advancements: