The Philadelphia Squash Festival concluded on Saturday in spectacular fashion with Mr and Mrs Ali Farag becoming the first ever husband and wife to win major singles titles on the same day. The recording breaking feat occurred on Saturday in front of a rapturous Philly crowd who will remember the achievement for years to come.
Finals Day at the US Open coincidently fell in World Squash Day also. Scozzie celebrated with the 2nd P2P of the season, whilst fellow Scozzie’s also travelled to NH, for the Fall Folliage Gold and GCC for the local Bronze. Our star performers at those events were Naomi for her 5th place finish at Dartmouth and Nayan for 3rd place at Germantown, both their highest finishes this season.
The P2P was stacked and 4 divisions were packed with talent. Division 1 saw Coach Jamie avenge defeat to Coach Lyall in event #1 and reversed the scoreline to win in 4 games reaching his first P2P final in 4 years. He was joined by Sam, the former Yale captain who won the National Championship in 2016 and went undefeated through the whole 2016/17 P2P series. It was the final everyone wanted to see and the boys didn’t disappoint. Jamie played his best squash of the season and upset the odds to lift his first P2P title. He’s in fine form and is excited to start off his professional PSA quest in the upcoming winter months.
In Division 2, Avi travelled from New Jersey for the event and steamrolled to the final where he faced Winston, one of our 2017 Most Improved players. Winston had an epic victory in the semi’s over Albert and couldn’t quite replicate the energy and form to produce the performance needed to beat someone of Avi’s class. Albert and Jeffrey had a see saw battle in the 3/4 and Alex joined them with his first top 5 finish in D1.
Omar and Grant O were the champions of D3 and D4 beating Ben and Michelle in highly entertaining finales! Grant Oliver is our Scozzie of the Week for his performance over the weekend and winning his first P2P title. His squash development and improvement was immediately apparent, but his poise under pressure was most impressive, as he played his best squash in the biggest points on the most important occasions. It’s been a great start to the season for the young man who is maturing into a better squash player day by day!
World Squash Day might have ended the Squash Festivities for 2017, but the junior scene never stops! The highly anticipated annual PA Regional Championships come to town next weekend, as all the Pennsylvanians bid to become Kings and Queens of the state. Always a coach/player favorite, let’s make Week 7 of the new season the best yet! At exactly the halfway stage of Phase 1, Could Part 2 of the Phase be even better and more successful than he first?! Stay tuned…!