2016 Festival of Squash
September 14-18, 2016
Charlottesville, VA – August 19, 2016: Once again McArthur Squash Center at Boar’s Head Sports Club will host some of the world’s best professional squash players. The Festival’s first three years have been a huge hit with pro players, amateur players, Boar's Head Sports Club members, and squash fans all over the world, and this year promises to be even better. Join us at McArthur Squash Center (MSC) September 14-18 for our fourth Festival of Squash. As always, entry for spectators is free all weekend and the tournament organizers welcome new fans along with longstanding boosters.
This year’s Festival of Squash is an event in aid of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge and the net proceeds will benefit this local charity. This event is actively seeking event patrons, and the minimum pledge required to join our Tournament Support Program is just $250. For further information on how you can provide financial support to the tournament and in turn to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge, click here, or contact Mark Allen, Director of Squash at 434-972-7424 or email him at email@example.com.
Our Festival of Squash features four phenomenal tournaments running simultaneously:
Ilex Construction PSA Tournament Preview:
September 14-17, 2016
Entry to our PSA event closed August 4 and the draw is now published at PSAWorldTour.com. Download a printable PDF copy by clicking here. Our number 1 and number 2 seeds are last year's finalists, Steve Coppinger (currently ranked world #24) and Ryan Cuskelly (currently ranked world #16).
In last year’s final Coppinger was the victor by a 3-0 scoreline, but since then Cuskelly has been the more dominant player on the PSA world tour, resulting in a climb to #16 on the December 2015 world rankings - his highest world ranking to date.
Both athletes will see stiff competition on their way to the final. Cuskelly is in the top half of the draw which includes World Junior Champion, Diego Elias of Peru. In the bottom half in the second round Coppinger could find himself up against Abdullah Mohd Al Tamimi, the youngster from Qatar that set our glass court alight in our inaugural 2013 event. Alternatively, Coppinger could play our 2014 champion Alister Walker. The first round matchup between Tamimi and Walker looks to be one of our most exciting first round matches and is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th at 1:00pm.
US Sanctioned Silver Level Junior Tournament:
September 17-18, 2016
Our Silver junior event usually gains around 100 total entries making it one of the most popular Silver Junior Tournaments in the Mid-Atlantic region. The tournament features boys' and girls' divisions from U.11 through to U.19. The junior event will be a 1 ½ day tournament, starting 8.00am Saturday, September 17th. Entry fee is $95 and registration is now open at USSquash.com. Click here to reach the tournament page. Entry closing date is Wednesday, September 7th at noon.
US Sanctioned Adult Skill Level Championships:
Last year’s tournament received a total of 101 entries, with very competitive draws, particularly at the 4.0, 4.5, and 5.0 level. This season, we are offering men’s and women’s divisions from 2.0 through to 5.5 and the entry fee is $75. Matches will start on Friday night – players can request a late start time of 7:30pm or after. Closing date for entry is noon on Wednesday, September 7th. To register, go to the USSquash.com tournament page by clicking here.
Fun and Social Doubles Tournament:
Our doubles tournament is free entry and we will schedule your matches at times that work for you! Sign-up by clicking on this link.
If you have any questions regarding the Festival then please do not hesitate to contact Director of Squash Mark Allen at 434-972-7424, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information on the 2016 Festival of Squash on UVA’s Men’s & Women’s Squash page or click here for more information on the 2016 Festival of Squash page at www.boarsheadinn.com.
To learn more about the McArthur Squash Center, go to www.news.virginia.edu to view a UVA Today video of the facility.
Entry Deadlines - Closed August 4, 2016
Schedule of Events
Monday, September 12 & Tuesday, September 13
8:00 am – 8:00 pm | PSA Practice Day.
Come watch the pro players practice and prepare for their first round matches!
Wednesday, September 14
11:30 am – 3:00 pm | PSA Event First Round Matches.
Lower half of draw (4 matches)
04:30 pm – 9:00 pm | PSA Event First Round Matches.
Upper half of draw (4 matches)
Thursday, September 15
04:30 pm – 9:30 pm | PSA Quarter-Finals.
Four matches back to back on Center Court.
05:45 pm – 7:15 pm | Open Round Robin Play (as usual).
On courts 1-8, and doubles 9 &10
Friday, September 16
04:30 pm – 9:30 pm | Squash Festival Adult Skill level Championships. First round matches.
05:30 pm – 9.30 pm | Fun & Social Doubles Round Robin.
06:00 pm – 8:15 pm | PSA Semi-Finals. Back to back on Center Court.
Beverages available for purchase from the bar.
Saturday, September 17
08:00 am – 7:00 pm | Squash Festival, Silver Junior, Adult Singles & Adult Doubles.
The amateur matches continue through the day, drawing to a conclusion just before our PSA final is scheduled to begin.
07:00 pm to 8:00 pm | PSA Final and Trophy Presentation Ceremony.
Beverages available for purchase from the bar.
Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres served courtside.
09:00 pm – 10:30 pm | Tournament Party at Fry’s Spring Station.
Complimentary pizza and Three Notched beer.
Sunday, September 20
08:00 am – 3:00 pm | Squash Festival Junior, Adult Singles & Adult Doubles.
Finals in most draws conclude around 2:30 pm.
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