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Monthly Archives: March 2008

The stage is set

Stills from the 2007 event
As we roll into tournament week and the pros begin to trickle into town, there is a lot to look forward to.
The UR team members will need all the home support they can get so don’t forget to look up the schedule and be there.
Also on Friday, come out and “Meet the Players” after the first round of the main draw. The festivities begin at 8:00pm at 850 Highland Ave (the big green house at the corner of Highland and Clinton Ave. with the coolest sports bar in the basement) and is open to all players (pro and amateur), their hosts and spectators. A big thank you to the Behringers for the warmth and hospitality they have extended to the squash community. Food and drinks from On the Rocks, Mt. Hope Ave.

If you’ve already signed up for the city tournament, the draws will be posted on the website on Tuesday April 2nd. And if you haven’t, the signup deadline is March 31st. So sign up now!

Posted in 2008, All Tournaments

Announcing the Main Draw

With a little more than two weeks remaining, the main draw for the 2008 Rochester Pro-Am has been announced. As per PSA rules, the qualifier draw will be picked the morning of Wednesday, April 3rd.

Former longtime UR coach Peter Lyman
& Patrick Chifunda at the ’05 Rochester ProAm
Patrick Chifunda(ZAM), a Rochester regular ranked #127 is returning this year as the #1 seed. Patrick is a squash professional based in Virginia and has played five out of the last six Rochester Pro events. Westchester based squash pro, Ahmed Hamza(EGY) is another familiar face who will be returning again this year. Others in the “no-strangers-to-Rochester” category are Andrew McDougall(CAN), Michal Reid(CAN), Fernando Lopez(MEX), Armando Olguin(MEX), Arturo Castillo(MEX) and Joe Millman(ENG).

Besides the strong Canadian and Mexican contingents, there will be a diverse array of young and upcoming squash talent on display from Sri Lanka, Botswana, Spain, Guatemala, Ireland, England, and South Africa.

The new and improved UR squash team also command a strong presence with a wildcard (Jim Bristow) in the main draw and five of the remaining Yellowjackets (Hameed Ahmed, Will Newnham, Fred Reid, Yohay Wakabayashi, Edwin Goncharuk) in the qualifier as locals.

So here is the schedule – come out, support your favorites and if you don’t have any yet, you will by the time this tournament is over. Experience professional level squash right here in Rochester!

And if you want a piece of the action, don’t forget to sign up for the amateur city tournament!

Posted in 2008, All Tournaments

The final cut

Final player list has been announced – check out the final cut. This year, besides our own international squad of varsity players, the Rochester Pro will see players from Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Botswana, Guatemala, England, Sri Lanka, France, Spain, Ireland and Pakistan. Please contact us if you would like to host a player, there a few spots left. (Learn more about hosting a player.)

Posted in 2008, All Tournaments