Needham's Thierry Lincou Headlines Pro Squash Tour's Boston Open
Pro Squash Tour returns to Boston with the annual Boston Open taking place this year at Harvard’s Murr Center on Sunday, November 25 and Monday, November 26. The tournament will showcase a world class draw of international professional players, some of whom are residents of the Greater Boston area.
Headlining the event is 11-time French National Champion Thierry Lincou, who made Needham his home this past year. Lincou joined PST this fall and won the Cleveland Classic in October and the Pittsburgh Open earlier this month. Other Boston-area residents in the tournament are Alex Grayson, top player from New Zealand, Josh Cardwell from Australia, son of Vicki Cardwell, winner of four British Opens, and Liam McClintock of Wellesley Hills, who earned a local wild card. One of the top juniors in the country, McClintock will test his talents against the pros.
Another top contender in this year’s event is squash legend David Palmer of Australia, the world’s most dominant player of the past decade. A four-time British Open Champion, Palmer joined PST last year and has earned titles in Albany, Phoenix, Portland and Tuxedo Park and was a finalist in the PST World Championships in Detroit this past spring.
Players from across the globe compete on the Pro Squash Tour for points and prize money. PST’s top eight players are invited to an end-of-season tournament to compete for the PST World Championship. Headquartered in Natick, Mass., Pro Squash Tour is now in its fourth year under the director of Joe McManus, Commissioner and CEO, who is also from the Boston area. Squash is played by an estimated 20 million people in 185 countries. Forbes rated squash the best sport for fitness because of its cardiovascular benefits.
The Boston Open starts on Sunday, Nov. 25 at noon following a qualifying round at 10 a.m. The semifinals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The finals will take place on Monday, Nov. 26 at 7:15 p.m. following a 3rd place match at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the semifinals and $20 for Monday’s matches. Admission is free for the earlier rounds. For more information and tickets, visit www.ProSquashTour.net