Professional Squash Association

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Professional Squash Association
PSA
Logo of PSA 2011.jpg
Sport Professional Squash
Jurisdiction International
Founded 1975 (1975)
Location Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
President England James Willstrop
Chairman Saudi Arabia Ziad Al-Turki
Chief Exec Wales Alex Gough
Vice president United States Julian Illingworth
Director France Renan Lavigne
England Jonathan Kemp
England Chris Hornbuckle
England Mark Phillips
Other key staff

England Lee Beachill (Chief Operations Officer)
Switzerland Claudia Schurmann (Tour Director)

Regional Representative :
India Ritwik Bhattacharya (Asia)
England Tim Garner (Europe)
New Zealand Kashif Shuja (Oceania)
Sponsor Dunlop, Adidas, ASB Squash Courts
Official website
www.psaworldtour.com
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Squash

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) is the governing body for the men's professional squash circuit. The body operates in a similar fashion to the ATP for tennis. The PSA World Tour involves over 120 tournaments annually all over the globe. Over 500 players are registered with the PSA and rankings are updated monthly based on players' performances.

PSA World Tour[edit]

There are hundreds of PSA tournaments throughout the course of a season of the PSA World Tour, and they are classified into the following categories, based on prize money:

  • Closed Satellite (Closed Satellite tournaments can either be National Closed Championships or a tournament/series of tournaments whose entry is restricted to members of an association that promotes the tournament).
  • Challenger (Challenger tournaments are entry point for young and or up and coming professionals progressing through to a more international level of competition). Tournaments start with a total of $5,000 :

PSA Challenger 15 $15,000 - $24,999 PSA Challenger 10 $10,000 - $14,999 PSA Challenger 5 $5,000 - $9,999)

  • International (These events range from larger club events and entry point glass court events all the way through to higher profile glass court events) :

PSA International 70 $70,000+ PSA International 50 $50,000 - $69,999 PSA International 35 $35,000 - $49,999 PSA International 25 $25,000 - $34,999

  • World Series (The PSA World Series is a select group of high profile squash tournaments easily recognised. They offer the largest prize money and attract the majority of the world's best players) :

PSA World Series Platinum - $150,000 PSA World Series Gold - $115,000

  • World Championship (This is the ultimate tournament on the World Tour and to become World Champion is regarded the highest pinnacle of competitive achievement amongst PSA players. With a 64-man draw, this tournament is the most physically and mentally challenging of the season).

On January 17, 2006, the PSA reached an agreement with Dunlop that extends Dunlop's tenure as the provider of official balls and official racquets for the PSA. The extension is five years.

The women's squash game is governed by the Women's Squash Association (WSA).

World Series Squash Finals[edit]

Every year, the top eight performers from the various World Series events gather for the PSA World Series Finals. The eight players are separated into two groups of four, and play a round robin. The top two from each group advance to the semifinals (A1 vs. B2 and B1 vs. A2). The winner of the event is crowned World Series champion.

US Pro Squash Series[edit]

On January 2013, the PSA announced along with U.S. Squash, to create a new tournament series called the US Pro Squash Series. This tournament series is used to support marketing activities for tournaments in the United States. [1]

World Rankings[edit]

Main article: PSA Ranking

PSA publishes monthly rankings of professional players: Dunlop PSA World Rankings (commonly known as the ‘World rankings’).

Current rankings[edit]

PSA World Rankings, of September 2014[2]
Rank Player Average Points Move
1  Grégory Gaultier (FRA) 1,549.000 Steady
2  Nick Matthew (ENG) 1,368.500 Steady
3  Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY) 1,336.500 Steady
4  Ramy Ashour (EGY) 821.500 Steady
5  Amr Shabana (EGY) 758.500 Steady
6  Borja Golán (ESP) 660.455 Increase1
7  James Willstrop (ENG) 628.000 Decrease1
8  Peter Barker (ENG) 523.000 Steady
9  Tarek Momen (EGY) 474.545 Increase3
10  Daryl Selby (ENG) 468.182 Steady
11  Karim Darwish (EGY) 463.000 Decrease2
12  Simon Rösner (GER) 447.727 Decrease1
13  Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (COL) 411.000 Increase1
14  Omar Mosaad (EGY) 409.545 Decrease1
15  Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 314.500 Steady
16  Saurav Ghosal (IND) 313.636 Steady
17  Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) 302.727 Steady
18  Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) 285.000 Steady
19  Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) 282.000 Steady
20  Max Lee (HKG) 270.000 Increase5

Change since previous month's rankings

Current Champions[edit]

Competition Edition Title holder
PSA World Championship 2013 England Nick Matthew
World Number 1 Current France Grégory Gaultier
PSA World Series Finals 2013 Egypt Ramy Ashour
US Pro Squash Series 2013 United States Julian Illingworth
Awards Edition Title holder
PSA Player of The Year 2013 England Nick Matthew
PSA Young player of The Year 2013 Egypt Karim Abdel Gawad

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