The who, where, when, and how – 2017

WHAT

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.

WHO

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.

WHERE

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.

WHEN

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.

HOW

Reserved seat tickets are available through www.oraclenetsuiteopen.com and range from $20-$350.

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

  • We use a three-official system. The Center Referee calls the score and keeps the official record of the points, match time, etc. His is the voice you hear throughout the match. The other two Referees indicate their judgement on each call to the Center Referee who adjudicates the match.
  • A Stroke 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 the Referees may award a Let or Yes, Let (usually because one player was in the other’s way in a routine point). It means the point will be played over again.
  • The Referees will rule No Let if they think the player could not have gotten to 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 play on until one of the players earns a two point lead – which then gives him the game. The game score is recorded as 11-10 with the extra points total in brackets following.
  • A player serves until he loses a point. The receiver then becomes the server and has the choice of from which side to begin serving– then alternates sides for each subsequent serve until he loses a point. A player gets only one serve on each point — a service fault is a lost point.
  • After hitting the ball, the player MUST make his best effort to get out of the opponent’s way.
  • 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 – 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.

Press Photos

NetSuite Open Squash Tournament in San Francisco, Justin Herman Plaza See More in the Gallery img

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Semifinal: Daryl Selby vs. Gregory Gaultier See More in the Gallery img

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Semifinal: Ramy Ashour vs. James Willstrop See More in the Gallery img

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Oracle + NetSuite 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:

  • 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