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J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Increases Prize Money for 2015

The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, the world’s largest squash spectator event and annually one of the world’s major squash championships, announced today it will increase the prize money for the 2015 championships to be played January 16-23, 2015 in Grand Central Terminal.

“As we celebrate 18 years of hosting the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in Grand Central Terminal, I am delighted to announce that we are increasing the prize money for the men’s and women’s draws,” said John Nimick, President of Event Engine, Inc., the tournament promoter. “All the very best players compete here – they love the spectacular Grand Central venue, the New York energy and the world’s most knowledgeable – and vocal- spectators. The players always give us their very best – and we are proud to reward their skill and dedication by increasing the prize money.”

The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is the only sports championship hosted annually in Grand Central Terminal and playing on the four-walled glass court under the Terminal’s spectacular chandeliers is the dream of every professional squash player. The 2015 tournament is a men’s Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Series event and a Women’s Squash Association (WSA) sanctioned Gold Tour event. .

The 2015 championships are expected to draw all of the world’s top players, including the recently anointed men’s world no.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt.  Ramy Ashour, the prodigiously talented Egyptian who has won the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions three times is expected to make his return to tournament play after a nine-month hiatus due to injury. Malaysian superstar Nicol David, the women’s world no.1 who has occupied the top spot in the WSA rankings continuously for the past eight years, will defend her 2014 title.

J.P Morgan, a global financial services company, has committed to a three year sponsorship renewal and is returning as the Platinum title sponsor of the tournament for the seventh year, Lexington Partners, a sponsor for 16 consecutive years, is the event’s Gold sponsor for the seventh year.  Comcast NBC Universal and S&P Capital IQ, are returning as silver sponsors. On board for the first time as silver sponsors are Blu Homes, America’s leading provider of premium prefab homes and Joseph Abboud, purveyor of refined and masculine American sportswear and tailored clothing, available exclusively at Men’s Wearhouse nationwide and JosephAbboud.com.

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.  Tickets range in price from $8 to $170 and may be purchased at www.tocsquash.com. Patron packages are also available at www.tocsquash.com.

The championship debuted as the US Professional Championship in 1930 and was renamed the Tournament of Champions in 1992 when it was presented in the third of its five years at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center.  The tournament moved to Grand Central Terminal in 1995, where it’s 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 no.1 in the world rankings or a World Open champion.

Squash is contested in all the major international multi-sport regional games and has been rated by Forbes magazine as the 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 140 years ago and is now popular in 185 countries, with nearly 50,000 squash courts worldwide. There are more than 16 million squash players around the world and 800,000 in the United States.

Media inquiries:                                   Beth Rasin, 917 992-2281, media@tocsquash.com      

Event and sponsorship information:    John Nimick, 617-731-6874, sponsorship@tocsquash.com