Report courtesy of WSF.
For the first time in the event’s fifty-year history, the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championship will be staged in the United States at Squash on Fire in Washington, D.C. in 2019.
The biennial World Squash Federation championship—the 2017 edition of which will take place later this year in Marseille, France—will be held, under the auspices of US Squash, at Squash On Fire, the new state-of-the-art membership-free facility in Washington, D.C.
Since its launch in 1967 in Australia, the Men’s World Team Championship has been staged in twelve countries—including Canada in 1977—but never before in the USA.
Team USA has competed in the championship each year since first recording a fifth-place finish in the 1973 event in South Africa.
Squash On Fire, a superb new ‘pay to play’ facility which opened in May above Washington’s newest fire station, boasts eight squash courts, including an all-glass showcourt and a full service restaurant and bar.
Commenting on hosting the international championship featuring up to thirty-two countries, Squash On Fire Co-Founder Philippe Lanier said: “Hosting the WSF Men’s World Team Championship at Squash On Fire, is an honor—and that it’s is happening in DC is also very exciting. We want to make D.C. the squash capital of the U.S., and we can’t wait to welcome players from around the world to our game-changing facility.”
“The United States is a very strong and growing squash nation, so it is very fitting that they have the opportunity to host this Championship,” said Jacques Fontaine, WSF President. “I am sure that the visiting teams will have a great experience at the venues and the American capital generally.”
Further details of the 2019 championship, including the event dates, will be announced later.
About Squash On Fire:
Squash On Fire is the world-class, high-end, eight-court squash facility that is igniting squash in the Washington, D.C. area. Centrally located, easily accessible, and with programs designed by award-winning coaches, Squash On Fire is designed from the ground up to be unlike any other squash facility in the D.C. area.