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St. Louis To Host 2017 World Hardball Doubles Championships

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The 2015 men’s world doubles final between England’s John Russell & Clive Leach and Australia’s Damien Mudge & Ben Gould.

Report courtesy of WSF.

The 2017 WSF World Hardball Squash Doubles Championships will be staged in St. Louis, Missouri, September 21-24.

The 12th edition of the championships, featuring Men’s, Women’s and Mixed events and organized by the Squash Doubles Association (SDA) and Women’s Squash Doubles Association (WSDA) Pro Tours under the auspices of the World Squash Federation, will take place at the Racquet Club of St Louis and Missouri Athletic Club.

England’s John Russell & Clive Leach are expected to defend the Men’s title they won in 2015. It was also an English pair, Suzie Pierrepont & Carrie Hastings, who claimed the Women’s title in the same championships, while Canadians Viktor Berg & Stephanie Hewitt are the defending Mixed champions.

“The SDA is very excited to be working with the World Squash Federation, the Racquet Club of St. Louis, the Missouri Athletic Club and the WSDA to bring the World Hardball Doubles Squash Championship to the United States in September of this year,” said SDA Board Chair Kevin Luzak. “The event will be the highlight of the 2017-18 calendar with the largest draws and one of the largest purses of the season for both the SDA and WSDA tours. The St. Louis team is already gearing up for what will undoubtedly be a blockbuster event at a fantastic venue.”

Michael Puertas, Head Squash Professional of the Racquet Club of St. Louis, commented: “St. Louis has a rich history of promoting squash in the U.S., having hosted the U.S. National Championships in 1950, 1960, 1968, 1977, 1985, 1992, 2000, 2006 and 2013. We are well prepared and proud to play host to the 2017 World Doubles Squash Championship.”

Adam Bews, Head Squash Professional at Missouri Athletic Club, added: “We are delighted to welcome the World Championship Doubles to St Louis. The Missouri Athletic Club and Racquet Club of St. Louis members have been hugely supportive of squash and doubles every year and we are so happy to be able to host this for them at their home clubs. St Louis has become one of the most popular destinations for the Doubles tour and we cannot wait to have all of the Pro’s back in September.”

The prize fund is more than $70,000—with parity offered in the men’s and women’s draws.

The matches will be streamed live on the tournament website www.worlddoubles.com

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