It’s Gold For The J.P. Morgan Tournament
of Champions in 2014
2014 will see
another step forward for the WSA at one of biggest events on the squash
calendar, as the Women’s event at the J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions
moves up from a Silver $25k to a Gold $50k.
Grand Central Terminal in New York City
is an iconic building, one of the most spectacular train stations in the
world and the sixth most visited tourist destination on the planet. It
is this, along with its historic place in the city that has made it an
incredible venue for Squash since the Tournament of Champions was first
held here in 1995.
President of Squash Engine US and
tournament promoter John Nimick shared his excitement. "The
17th edition of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in Grand Central
Terminal will indeed be a very special one this coming January 2014 with
our announcement that the women's division will increase to a WSA Gold
50 level. For the first time in the tournament's prestigious history
dating back to 1930 and with resounding support from the NYC squash
community, the "ToC" will offer top level world ranking draws for both
men and women”.
(2012 final featuring Natalie Grinham and Kasey Brown above)
Suzie Pierrepont, WSA’s Director for
North America added “The WSA is thrilled that the TOC will be a part
of the World Series in 2014. John and his team run a first class event
and I know the knowledgeable squash fans in New York will be excited to
have the world’s top women competing.”
The increase in prize money will
certainly attract many of the WSA’s top players, which alongside the top
PSA players will no doubt make for the best event yet during New York
City Squash Week.
World number one and seven times World Champion Nicol David is looking
forward to playing the event for the first time,
“This is great news for women's squash to have the ToC raising their
prize money to a Gold level for the WSA event in 2014. Thanks to the
huge support of the sponsors to add the funds and see potential in our
women's tour to take it up to the next level. It's such a spectacular
event at Grand Central Station in New York and to have the best men and
women squash players together showcasing squash at the top level will
truly be a treat for everyone watching. I'm really excited to play this
event for the very first time in my squash career.”
British Open Champion and World number two Laura Massaro shared her
delight, “It exciting to have the Tournament of
Champions back on the WSA calendar for 2014. It's an amazing event held
in one of the most spectacular locations you can put a squash court. I
look forward to making an appearance in Grand Central Station again!"
2014 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions will takes place between the
20-24 January with qualifying taking place on the 18-19 January at the
Yale Club in New York City.