Sixth Annual Madison Open Kicks Off Thursday

Fathi (R) defeats Hinds (L) in the 2013 Madison Open final (Image: Tom McInvaille)
Karim Ali Fathi (R) defeats Joel Hinds (L) in the 2013 Madison Open final (Image: Tom McInvaille)

The sixth annual Madison Open, a sixteen-player U.S. Pro Series event, returns to Madison, Wisconsin, this weekend at Madison Squash Workshop with the largest professional squash prize money tournament in the state.

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) tournament begins tonight, October 30, and runs until November 2.

The sixteen players represent nine different countries and are ranked from No. 40 to No. 170 in the world. The competitors include home-grown American, Todd Harrity, world No. 83 and fifth seed, 2013 Madison Open runner-up and third seed, English world No. 74 Joel Hinds, and Egypt’s Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, world No.54, as second seed.

“It’s always good to have the professionals come to Madison,” said Damon Bourne, Director of Squash at Madison Squash Workshop.

“It’s not something you see every day in the Midwest so it’s a treat for us. We have a very international squash community and they really appreciate that these players are coming from all over the world to be here and play in our little neck of the woods.”

Top seed, Kiwi-native Campbell Grayson, world No. 46, has yet to compete in the Madison Open, and faces Seattle-based Pakistani Shahjahan Khan, world No. 110, for the second time in their professional careers, in the first round.

Joining Harrity in the American contingent is world No. 171 and Wild Card, Adrian Leanza, who has never played in the Madison Open before.

The tournament is free and open to the public, but additionally, matches on court  four will be live streamed online.

For more information, visit the Madison Open tournament page.

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