Winner Peter Barker (left) with runner-up David Palmer (right)
This summer, Chicago will bask in an international
spotlight and make history as host of the nation's first-ever professional
squash tournament to be held outdoors.
The tournament will take place September 9-15, 2008, at
Championship Court located in Pioneer Court, in front of 401 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Attracting the sports most elite players from around the
world, the Sweet Home Home Chicago Open, promises to be a major boon to Chicago's reputation as a
world-class city capable of hosting a sporting event on an international scale.
The first-of-its-kind event will help raise the profile of the city, as the sport of squash, which is
played in more than 150 countries by an estimated 15 million people. Squash is also on the short list of sports under
consideration for inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games, which, as you know, Chicago is bidding to host.
Endorsed by the Professional Squash Association, this event will
include professional and exhibition matches, as well as clinics involving children from area schools and the METROSquash
program which combines academics and athletics for inner-city youth in Chicago Public Schools. Exhibition play will
showcase Canadian-born Jonathan Power, a two-time World No. 1 champion who is regarded by many as the greatest squash
player of his generation.
We hope you will join us for this extraordinary, international event, which is presented by Lakeshore Athletic Clubs and sponsored by Zeller Realty Group, Caledonian Fund Services, and a variety of other companies and organizations.
Help us make history while boosting the visibility of the sport of squash and bringing this unique, high-profile sporting event to our city.
Owner of Chicago Racket Stringing and Tennis store
Sweet Home Chicago