Bmda: Game, set, match
Stephen Young, President of the Bermuda Squash Racquets Association, told The Royal Gazette: “We are absolutely delighted and honoured to have been chosen as the venue for the PSA Masters in 2005 and 2006, and the PSA World Open Championship in 2007.
“These are the absolute premier events in squash and it shows that the PSA must have been very impressed by our ability to put on major tournaments.
“Bermuda has long been known as a first class tourist destination and we are going to ensure that everyone who comes to the Island for these events will enjoy both a warm welcome and wonderful squash.”
Tournament chairman Kim Carter and director Ross Triffitt, both flew to Qatar over the weekend where it was officially announced that Bermuda would be the next hosts of the PSA Masters Championships.
“We are very pleased to say there was a tremendous buzz of excitement in Qatar when we announced the biggest deal in the history of professional squash,” said Triffit, immediately after the ceremony in the desert paradise.
“ We have been overwhelmed by the exceptional hospitality of the Qatar Squash Federation, thanks to President Nabil Ali Bin Ali and Tournament Director Hisham Algosaibi. They have proved to us that it will be a hard act to follow to host the PSA Masters to the same standard of the Qatar Squash Federation, but it is a challenge that we look forward to.”
With a BSRA membership of nearly 600, Bermuda boasts more squash players per capita than anywhere else in the world and has long held an unnaturally important position on the squash map despite its size.