Team USA has announced the four men who will represent the United States at the biennial WSF Men’s World Team Championship, December 11-17, Tauranga, New Zealand.
The U.S. squad will feature its top two-ranked American men in the world–world No. 41 Timmy Brownell and world No. 43 Shahjahan Khan–and 2023 U.S. Champion Andrew Douglas and finalist Spencer Lovejoy.
2023 marks the first Men’s World Team Championship since the 2019 edition held in Washington, DC, and after the 2021 edition was cancelled due to COVID. Only Douglas, world No. 55, will be returning for his second tournament appearance, while Brownell, Khan and Lovejoy are all set to make their debuts in the world’s premier team event. The event had been previously set to be hosted by New Zealand in 2021, and both Khan and Douglas had been named in the U.S. squad.
“This is a really exciting group of players who have excelled over the past two years both on the PSA World Tour and at the U.S. Championships,” said Ong Beng Hee, the Ganek Family US Squash Head National Coach. “This team has the depth and potential to challenge the world’s best teams and make a strong statement for U.S. men’s squash in New Zealand. After a four year wait, it’s so nice to have this pinnacle event back on the calendar, and Team USA is ready to show the world what we can do.”
Team USA will complete alongside twenty-three other nations at the Mercury Baypark Arena and Devoy Squash & Fitness Center. The Philippines are set to make their tournament debut, while Brazil return for the first time since 1997. Japan and the Netherlands will compete for the first time since 2013. The Tournament format starts with pool play, followed by knock out rounds that will play out to final positions.
Team USA will aim to improve upon its thirteenth place finish in 2019, and aim to breaks its previous record finish of sixth place in 2011.
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