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" I think the Sweet Home Chicago Open is significant and certainly unique. The tournament matches being held outdoors with all of the exhibition matches and other opportunities for amateurs and children to play the game of squash makes this event one of a kind. I'm thrilled to be a part of it, and I look forward to spending time in our host city, Chicago"

Jonathon Power, two-time World No. 1 squash champion

 

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 the all-glass 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.

Sincerely,
Imran Nasir
Tournament Director
Owner of Chicago Racket Stringing and Tennis store
Sweet Home Chicago


 

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