The Growthpoint South Africa Open has been upgraded to a PSA World Championship qualifying event for the 2019-2020 season. This makes South Africa the only African qualifier host on the 2019-2020 PSA World Championships calendar.
The Growthpoint SA Open is South Africa’s showcase squash tournament after being relaunched in 2017. The Professional Squash Association (PSA) sanctioned tournament sees South Africa’s top athletes take on some of the best squash players from across the world.
The 2019 event will head to Cape Town on a spectacular all-glass squash court in the middle of the V&A Waterfront from August 5-10.
24 men and 24 women will all compete for the spoils in the PSA Challenger Tour events. The winners will automatically earn a place into the PSA World Championships which will be hosted in Egypt and Qatar for the women and men respectively, the most prestigious event on the calendar.
President of Squash South Africa, Steve Doeg, said: “Having this event as a PSA World Championships Qualifier gives it a major boost that will no doubt increase the calibre of entries as players look to secure their spots in the World Champs. This is an incredible opportunity for all our local squash players and would not have been possible without the Growthpoint’s continued support of Squash in this country.”
The Growthpoint SA Open will then head to Cape Town for the where the world of squash will have all eyes on the V&A Waterfront. It will be the third major squash event in the country over the next few months, with the Nationals and the Interprovincial tournaments taking place.
Head of Marketing and Communication of title sponsor Growthpoint Properties Nadine Kuzmanich said: “The relaunch of this competition coincided with Growthpoint’s first year sponsoring Squash SA, and we are thrilled that the Growthpoint SA Open has so quickly become a world-class even on the international stage. Kudos to Squash SA for this remarkable achievement, made in just two short years. The great international exposure it creates for South Africa, local squash talent and the Growthpoint brand only reinforces our decision to extend our sponsorship of the growing sport of Squash in South Africa.”