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J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions Celebrates 15 Years of World’s Best Squash in Grand Central Terminal
New York, NY, Oct. 27, 2011 – The world’s largest squash spectator event, the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, will celebrate 15 years of competition by the world’s best professional squash players in Grand Central Terminal when the 2012 championship takes place from January 20-26.
The only sports championship hosted annually in Grand Central Terminal, the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is one of the most coveted titles on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) tour, and a favorite venue of the players.
“In the last decade and a half, the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions has become one of the truly iconic events in the world of squash and in New York City. The majestic Grand Central setting and the enthusiasm of our fans creates an energy and excitement that is unique in the professional squash world,” says John Nimick, president of Squash Engine, Inc., the event promoter. “The players especially appreciate the fact that every session is filled to capacity and that their prowess is evident to the thousands of passersby who make their way through Grand Central every day.”
The 15th anniversary celebration is being commemorated with the creation of a permanent trophy by world-renowned artist Frank Stella and the return of several past champions for a special legends showcase. A PSA World Series Gold event, the 2012 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions features a 32-player main draw and a 32-player qualification tournament. J.P. Morgan, a global financial services company, is returning as the title sponsor and Lexington Partners as a gold sponsor. The combination of the perennial sold-out stadium seating and the public viewing available on the front wall by what is expected to be more than 200,000 Grand Central commuters during tournament week makes the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions the largest squash spectator event in the world. Individual tickets and patron packages are available at www.tocsquash.com.
The championship debuted as the US Professional Championship in 1930 and was renamed the Tournament of Champions in 1993 when it was presented in the third of its four years at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center. The tournament then moved to Grand Central Terminal in 1995, where its annual presence since has been interrupted only by the Terminal’s renovation from 1996 -1998. The Tournament of Champions has truly lived up to its name – all but two of the titleholders have either been #1 in the world rankings or the winner of the annual World Open championship.
Shortlisted by the International Olympic Committee for consideration as an Olympic sport, squash is contested in all the major international multi-sport regional games and has been rated by Forbes magazine as the #1 healthiest sport based on cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, calories burned and risk of injury. The sport was first played in England more than 100 years ago and is now popular in more than 120 countries. There are 15 million squash players worldwide and 400,000 in the United States.
The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is supported by Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, The Campbell Apartment, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Dunlop and the St. Giles Hotel. The tournament’s official charities are the urban youth enrichment programs StreetSquash and CitySquash. The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is operated by Squash Engine, Inc. an affiliate of longtime management company Event Engine, Inc., the largest commercial squash promotional company in the world.