Squash Australia, the National Organisation for Squash in Australia, have unveiled an Australian Squash Tour (AST) which will run next year in conjunction with registered PSA World Tour events in that country.
The new initiative aims to improve participation throughout senior tournaments across Australia and will award the top three male and female players with a share of a prize fund that will be offered as an additional bonus to any prize money accrued from PSA World Tournaments in Australia.
Australia hosted 16 PSA World Tour events during 2016 and currently boasts three players ranked inside the top 20 across both the Men’s and Women’s Tours; Cameron Pilley at World No.14, Ryan Cuskelly at World No.16 and Rachael Grinham at World No.20.
“It is exciting to see so many PSA events in Australia,” said Squash Australia Chief Executive Richard Vaughan.
“The Australian Squash Tour aims to bring all these great events together, creating a circuit to benefit Australian players. Event organisers in Australia do a great job with their events. The circuit will help support them in their efforts of getting more players, especially Australians on the court.
“Squash Australia will put up a significant prize for the top three male and female players at the conclusion of the Australian Squash Tour for the players with the highest ranking. We anticipate that the circuit prize money will encourage more participation in AST events.”