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Tickets on Sale Beginning October 7

New York, NYOctober 6, 2016.  Tickets for the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions (ToC), the world’s largest spectator squash event, will 16TC1002be available for purchase commencing Friday, October 7, 2016 at 9:00AM at www.tocsquash.com. A record 25 sessions of play will take place on the four- walled glass court to be constructed in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall during the five days prior to the first match at noon on Thursday, January 12, 2017.  Match play will continue daily through to the finals on Thursday evening, January 19, 2017.  Tickets range in price from $8 to $170.

The world’s most accomplished players eagerly anticipate playing on the glittering glass court under the majestic chandeliers in Vanderbilt Hall, their favorite tournament venue. The inspiring setting, the vocal and knowledgeable sell-out crowds and the opportunity to display their athletic prowess to the more than 200,000 Grand Central commuters during tournament week combine to bring out the competitive best of the world’s 32 top-ranking players in each of the men’s and women’s draws.

“This year marks a significant milestone for the ToC – it is our 20th anniversary of presenting all of the world’s best squash players in the extraordinary setting of Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall,” said Tournament Chairman John Nimick, President of Squash Engine, Inc., past world #1the tournament promoter. “To celebrate this special occasion, we will be honoring our past champions who will join us for our opening rounds of play to be recognized for their unique contributions to our sport.” The ToC’s roster of champions is a veritable “Who’s Who” of the sport – including Australians Rodney Eyles and Sarah Fitz-Gerald, England’s Peter Nicol, Canadian Jonathon Power, Egypt’s Amr Shabana, Sharif Khan, Pakistan’s Jansher Khan and his countryman, Jahangir Khan, considered by many to be the greatest squash player of all time.

In 1995, ToC was one of the first events to be staged in Vanderbilt Hall when the venue was made available for public use.  Then world #1 Jansher Khan defeated Rodney Eyles to win his second title and lift the trophy for the first time in Grand Central Terminal. In the years since, as befits its moniker, all but two of the titleholders have been world #1 players.  The championship, absent from Grand Central Terminal during its renovation from 1996-1998, returned to Vanderbilt Hall in 1999.  The ToC is the only sports championship presented annually in Grand Central Terminal.

In 2016, the ToC generated 704 hours of global coverage, attracting 2.2 million viewers and realizing more than $40 million in media value for 16TC41604its sponsors and partners. The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is one of eight World Series events sanctioned by the Professional Squash Association (PSA) and one of only three to offer equal prize money and draw size for both men and women.  It is the only PSA World Series event to have been staged in the same venue for two decades. Fans will be able to catch the action in Grand Central from the ticketed seats in the stadium, free standing room at the front wall or on closed circuit TV screens on the west side of Vanderbilt Hall.

J.P. Morgan, a global financial services company, is returning for its ninth year of Platinum title sponsorship. Gold Sponsor Lexington Partners, the world’s largest independent manager of secondary private equity and co-investment funds, marks its nineteenth year of ToC sponsorship.

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 more than 1,500,000 in the United States.

For sponsorship/ boxholder information: John Nimick, 617-731-6874, john@squashengine.com  

For media inquiries/ program advertising: Beth Rasin, 917- 992-2281, media@tocsquash.com

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