The 2020-2021 Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Championships Presented by the Walter Family kick off today in Chicago, Illinois at the University Club. The College Squash Association (CSA) will be well-represented in the draws, with 24 total CSA alumni and current players participating in the event.
The World Championships brings together 128 of the world’s best players who compete for arguably the biggest prizes in squash. This is the second version of the event staged in Chicago.
14 women and 10 men connected with 10 different CSA member institutions will compete for their respective World Championship titles. Six of the eight Ivy League schools have representation along with players from Drexel University, University of Rochester, Trinity College, and University of Virginia. Harvard University leads the way with seven affiliated players.
The CSA-affiliated players populate all portions of the draws, and they even make up a few first-round match-ups. Headlining the group is men’s world Number 1 Ali Farag, a Harvard graduate, who happens to be facing University of Rochester grad and American hope Faraz Khan in the first round. U.S. women’s Number 1 Amanda Sobhy, also a Harvard alum, has the No. 5 seed in the tournament. Both match-ups will bring large appeal to the featured glass court this evening.
Taking advantage of extra training time during the pandemic, several current student-athletes enter the event in top form. Drexel’s Karina Tyma, Harvard’s Victor Crouin, and Virginia’s Aly Hussein all have won PSA titles in recent weeks, with Khan and Harvard’s Marina Stefanoni winning qualification play-in tournaments.
The full draws, playing schedule, and results can be accessed here. Live coverage of the entire tournament will be shown on SQUASHTV or, if you do not have a subscription, can be viewed on the PSA World Tour Facebook page.
CSA players to cheer for:
Farida Mohamed, Columbia University
Ramit Tandon, Columbia University
Aditya Jagtap, Cornell University
Danielle Letourneau, Cornell University
Sivasangari Subramaniam, Cornell University
Karina Tyma, Drexel University
Victor Crouin, Harvard University
Ali Farag, Harvard University
Haley Mendez, Harvard University
Hana Moataz, Harvard University
Amanda Sobhy, Harvard University
Sabrina Sobhy, Harvard University
Marina Stefanoni, Harvard University
Melissa Alves, University of Pennsylvania
Marie Stephan, University of Pennsylvania
Nicole Bunyan, Princeton University
Olivia Fiechter, Princeton University
Todd Harrity, Princeton University
Youssef Ibrahim, Princeton University
Faraz Khan, University of Rochester
Ryosei Kobayashi, University of Rochester
Vikram Malhotra, Trinity College
Aly Hussein, University of Virginia
Lucy Beecroft, Yale University