The seventeenth biennial World Squash Federation World Doubles Championships will be presented by J.P. Morgan and Trunk Club, after the two companies signed on to support the world’s best doubles players in Chicago, May 7-10.
For the first time in the tournament’s history, the World Doubles will be held in the Windy City at the Onwentsia Club, University Club of Chicago, Racquet Club of Chicago, Winter Club of Lake Forest, and the METROsquash Academic and Squash Center.
“J.P. Morgan has been a big backer of squash for years, the Tournament of Champions has been very fortunate to have their support,” said Aidan Harrison, co-tournament director and Onwenstia Club squash professional. “Trunk Club is a Chicago-based company with a passion for squash, and of course we have the METROsquash center opening as soon as the world doubles comes to town so it’s the perfect way to kick off this tournament.
“We’re on the tailwind of the Windy City Open, which is the city’s largest event, and are complementing their success by bringing the second largest tournament the city has played host to in the World Doubles. Chicago hasn’t seen the men’s pro doubles tour since 2009, so we’re excited for their return, and we’re a regular stop on the women’s pro doubles tour who are always well received so we can’t wait to have them together.”
For the first time since 2007, the World Doubles will include age divisions alongside the men’s, women’s, and mixed professional draws. For the first time, teams in the age group division (35+ to 80+ for men, 35+ to 60+ for women, 40+ for mixed) must share a passport with their teammate. The regular entry deadline for the age divisions is 12pm noon ET, April 27. Any players in need of a partner should email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about potential partner options. Sign up today!
In addition to running the tournament, Harrison will represent England in the age division draws.
“At the end of the day, the amateurs are the ones who support squash programs in the U.S., especially doubles,” Harrison continued. “All of the age groups are very important and feature old touring pros, enthusiasts, and life-time players. It’s built on friendships more than anything, and in some ways it’s the old guard coming out to play alongside and support the new guard, so it’s a great combination.”
For more information, see the World Squash Doubles Championships official tournament page.