WSA Celebrates Record Growth
18 September 2014
With tournaments spread over 23 nations,
the Women's Squash Association (WSA) is celebrating a
2014 calendar which will produce total prize fund of $1,600,000
- representing a 40% increase over the previous year.
The Association, which elected a new board
of directors in January and appointed former Dutch champion
Tommy Berden as acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in
April, boasts more than 240 members from 47 countries.
Together with a number of brand new
events, the 2014 WSA World Tour - featuring more than 70
tournaments - will be headlined by 13 top-tier events, featuring
the Tournament of Champions, Cleveland Classic,
Windy City Open, Texas Open, the US Open and
Carol Weymuller Open in the USA; the Malaysian Open
and 2013 World Championship in Malaysia, and the
British Open, the Hong Kong Open, the China Open,
the Macau Open and the 2014 World Championship.
Among significant breakthrough events are
the Paderborn Open, the first men's or women's Tour event
in Germany for more than four years; the Colombian Open,
the first WSA event in Colombia since 2005, and the biggest
ever; the Open D'Italia, the first women's professional
tournament in Italy for more than 12 years; and the Lagos
International Classic, the first WSA event in Nigeria since
"I am delighted that the WSA is growing
faster than ever before, in particular as we are now taking our
Tour to various new places around the world," said Berden.
"To achieve a 40% growth in these tough
economic times is a real testament to the women's game and our
gratitude goes out to the many promoters around the world that
have staged, or are still about to stage, a WSA event this year.
"These are exciting times for our
members," added the WSA CEO. "We expect the WSA World Tour to
grow significantly again in 2015 and will continue to work hard
to break the 2-million dollar barrier next year."
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