The final stages of the World Open Squash 2011 will be played in front of a full house, tournament organisers NextSquash confirmed today.
Exactly three months before the official individual World Squash Championship for men and women kicks off in Rotterdam, the Netherlands' City of Sports, 95% of the tickets for the final weekend (Saturday and Sunday) have been sold.
The combined World Open, featuring the 112 best men and 72 best women in the world, will start on Friday October 28th with men's qualifying, and will end on Sunday November 6th with both the women's and the men's finals. The first six days of the prestigious squash championships will be played at the renowned Victoria Squash Club in Rotterdam, and for the final four days an all-glass court will be erected on the podium of Rotterdam's famous New Luxor Theatre which has a seating capacity of 1,400 spectators.
"It is great that we have almost sold out the final weekend so many months in advance," said tournament director Tommy Berden. "Once we announced that the event would take place in the New Luxor Theatre, the interest from all over the world was overwhelming, and the successful ticket sales are proof of this.
"Squash fans who haven't booked yet, but want to witness the semis and/or finals, have to be quick. For both the Saturday and Sunday there are only roughly 50 tickets left," added the former Dutch champion.
The World Open Squash 2011 is the most important championship on the PSA and WISPA World Tours. The ten-day championship will feature a total prize fund of US$418,000, a record in squash.
More information can be found on the official tournament site www.worldopensquash2011.com