PSA has confirmed that the Manchester Open, CIB PSA World Tour Finals and CIB Egyptian Open – which were announced as part of the provisional PSA World Tour calendar on August 6 – will go ahead as scheduled.
The six-month suspension of the PSA World Tour due to the global COVID-19 pandemic will end on Wednesday September 16 at the Manchester Open, with a number of the world’s leading players lining up at Manchester’s National Squash Centre to battle for the PSA World Tour Silver title.
The CIB PSA World Tour Finals then takes place at Cairo’s Mall of Arabia between September 28 – October 3, with Cairo then hosting the CIB Egyptian Open, PSA World Tour Platinum event a week later.
The entry lists for the Manchester Open and the CIB PSA World Tour finals will be released next week.
All tournaments will abide by strict protocols with relation to health and safety, international travel policies and social distancing guidelines, while there will be no fans on-site at the Manchester Open.
COVID-19 protocols in place include those attending the event will be tested for COVID-19 before travelling and must produce a negative result.
Upon arrival into the country, players and event staff will be tested again and a strict tournament bubble will be put in place for accredited people. Testing will continue to take place every four days during tournaments with strict measures in place at all venues to keep all participants safe.
All three tournaments will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (rest of world) and the channels of contracted broadcasters.
A provisional calendar remains in place for November – December 2020, with four Platinum events (Qatar Classic, El Gouna International, Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Open and the CIB Black Ball Open) planned to take place before the end of the year.
Schedule: CONFIRMED (Sept/Oct)
Manchester Open (Silver): September 16-22 in Manchester, England
CIB PSA World Tour Finals (Finals): September 28 – October 3 in Cairo, Egypt
CIB Egyptian Open (Platinum): October 10-17 in Cairo, Egypt
Schedule: PROVISIONAL (Nov/Dec) – to be confirmed end Sept
Qatar Classic (Platinum): November 1-7 in Doha, Qatar
El Gouna International (Platinum): November 14-20 in El Gouna, Egypt
Hong Kong Open (Platinum): November 30 – December 6 in Hong Kong
CIB Black Ball Open (Platinum): December 12-18 in Cairo, Egypt