The 2013-2014 Squash Doubles Association season comes to an end with the conclusion of the Racquet & Tennis Challenger in New York City, which included a record fifteen teams vying for only two qualifying positions and this season’s emerging partnership, Michael Ferreira & Baset Chaudhry, winning their first professional titles as teammates.
Play began on Thursday evening with qualifying draws of eight and seven. World No. 24 Graham Bassett teamed with recently-crowned national co-champion Steve Scharff to claim the eight-team qualifying draw position with three wins culminating in a four-game victory over Matt Domenick & Todd Ruth.
Defending nine-time U.S. softball singles champion and U.S. hardball singles champion Julian Illingworth partnered with fellow Professional Squash Association player Zac Alexander who recently won his first PSA title in Rochester since returning from a seven-month, injury-induced hiatus. Illingworth & Alexander claimed a spot in the qualifying final on simultaneous match ball against Addison West & Peter Kelly. World No. 29 and 50 Illingworth & Alexander then upset world No. 31 and 26 Josh Schwartz and Hamed Anvari in a four-game final. Having already played three matches, the eight-team main draw was fruitless for both qualifiers as both sides exited the tournament in four games.