Due to the escalating health and safety issues arising from the global outbreak of COVID-19, the Professional Squash Association (PSA) can confirm that all PSA World Tour and PSA Challenger Tour events originally scheduled up to and including the week commencing April 27 will no longer take place during this period.
The tournaments affected are:
-Grasshopper Cup in Zurich, Switzerland
-The Lethbridge Pro-Am in Lethbridge, Canada
-CIB Egyptian Tour 5 in Cairo, Egypt
-Annecy Rose Open in Annecy, France
-Infinitum Squash Open in Boston, United States
-Subbotnik Open in Moscow, Russia
-Colwyn Classic in Colwyn Bay, Wales
-Charlottesville Pro Challenger in Charlottesville, United States
-Kalo Tortola Classic in Road Town, British Virgin Islands
-Hazlow Electronics Rochester Pro Am in Rochester, United States
-SOAP Engineering Texas Open Pro Women’s Squash Championships in Houston, United States
-Sandgate Squash MS Open in Deagon, Australia
-Chief of the Air Staff – Serena Hotels International Squash Championship for Men & Women in Islamabad, Pakistan
-Qatar Squash Federation Open in Doha, Qatar
-Louisville Open in Louisville, United States
-Virgin Gorda Classic in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
-Life Time Philadelphia Open in Philadelphia, United States
-El Gouna International Squash Open in El Gouna, Egypt
-Salem Sabah Al-Salem International Squash Championship in Kuwait
-T.H. Quinn Cincinnati Queen City Open in Cincinnati, United States
-Vernon Optometry Squash Open in Vernon, Canada
-West Rand Open in Roodeport, South Africa
-HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Indore Leg in Indore, India
-SRAM PSA 1 in Bukit Jalil, Malaysia
-Assore/Balwin Johannesburg Open in Johannesburg, South Africa
-Lima Open in Lima, Peru
-Cannon Kirk Squash Open in Dublin, Ireland
-Sekisui Open in Kriens, Switzerland
-Madison Open in Madison, United States
-Richmond Open in Richmond, United States
-HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Chennai Leg in Chennai, India
-WP Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Squash Open Championships in Cape Town, South Africa
-New York Squash Hyder Trophy in New York, United States
The decision comes following the World Health Organisation’s declaration on Wednesday that COVID-19 is a global pandemic, the 30-day travel restriction announced by the United States for foreign nationals from 26 European countries and the numerous local government orders on restrictions, bans or cancellations of public gatherings or events.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision to make as we know that this will have an impact on our players and PSA Tour promoters,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
“However, given the circumstances and the risks involved in international travel in the wake of this global pandemic, we felt that this was the only appropriate action in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all players, promoters, spectators, staff and the wider squash community.
“We will continue to monitor any updates in the directives of government health authorities and will work closely with tournament organisers in order to reschedule their tournaments for later in the year where possible.
“In the meantime, on behalf of everyone associated with the PSA, I would like to extend our condolences to everyone affected by the virus and our thoughts are with them and their families at this difficult time.”
Any further updates will be made in due course.