World First As U.S. Squash Leads The Way In Prize Money Parity
11 February 2013
In a world first for a major event in the sport, U.S. Squash
has announced that the prize purse for the 2013 Delaware
Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships will provide
equal prize money for both the women's and men's events.
Leading the way in the industry, and ahead of many other
professional sports yet to achieve parity for both genders, the
prize money for the women will be raised to $115,000 to make it
equal to the men's fund.
The women's draw will also be increased to 32 players from a
previous 16 player draw, now in line with the men's draw,
providing greater opportunity for female professional players to
compete in the World Series event.
"It is a top priority for us to promote opportunities for girls
and women to play squash," said Kevin Klipstein, CEO of
U.S. Squash. "Offering equal prize money is one way we are able
to help more female squash players compete at the highest level
and to their full potential."
Sports icon and social justice pioneer Billie Jean King
said: "Any time you can achieve equality in any field of
endeavour - be it in sports or in life - everyone wins. This
announcement is so much more about the message than the money
and I am thrilled another U.S. championship event has stepped up
and done the right thing."
Klipstein added: "In the US we have the same number of girls
playing as boys and a nearly equal number of women and men
competing in college. The women's tour has an incredible,
dynamic and entertaining World Champion and recent U.S. Open
Champion in Nicol David. The women's tour is equally as
significant and competitive as the men's tour, and the
opportunities for both genders should be equivalent."
This year's prize purse will total $230,000, paying $115,000 to
each division, making it among the largest prize money events
Last year the U.S. Open offered the highest prize money in the
history of the event and attracted all of the world's top ten
men and women players. The event continues to grow in stature
and the competition intensified with this latest raise, becoming
one of the most prominent tournaments in the world, and one of
the most popular amongst the world's best players.
In professional sports, tennis has become the role model for
prize money parity since the U.S. Open in tennis did so in the
The US Squash breakthrough is also hailed by the World Squash
Federation: "This initiative for the US Open signals clearly
how seriously we take the promotion of our top women athletes
alongside their male counterparts," said WSF President N
Ramachandran. "Our United States federation deserves great
The 2013 Delaware Investments U.S. Open will be held at
Drexel University in Philadelphia from 9-18 October.