United States World No.48 Todd Harrity is relishing the opportunity to perform at the biggest tournament in squash on home soil when the 2018-2019 PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family take place in Chicago from February 23 – March 2.
128 of the world’s greatest male and female squash players will descend on Chicago for the most prestigious title in squash as they battle for a record prize purse of $1 million, which is the highest in the sport’s history.
And American men’s No.1 Harrity is proud to see the sport’s biggest event held in his home country.
“It’s very exciting,” said the 28-year-old, who will face Egypt’s World No.4 Tarek Momen in round one.
“I’ve played in a bunch of World Championships before, but this is the first one in the States for me. It’s the biggest event in squash, so it means a lot to me and all of us.
“There is a little bit of pressure but I’m looking forward to it.
“As an American, having the States hosting the tournament then I want to perform well and since it’s not in Egypt or places far away then friends and family can come to support and watch and be a part of it. It’s good and really exciting.”
This year’s World Championships will see the players battle it out for the first ever $1 million prize purse and Harrity is pleased to see the sport take a big step forward.
“It’s encouraging. It’s a big step forward and with a prize that big, of course it makes it a bigger incentive to play your heart out and try and show how hard you have been working and how much you deserve it. It’s fantastic to have this kind of prize money.”
Chicago’s Union Station will be the first World Championships held in the States since the 2015 men’s edition, which was held in Bellevue and Harrity believes his country is playing a helping hand in growing squash.
“The United States is now hosting a lot of big tournaments and I’m proud to be there and be a part of it and proud to be an American, but it’s there for all of us.
“Squash is such an international sport and that is the joy for me, travelling and going to different places – I love playing in the States, love playing in Egypt and travelling to all different places.”
The 2018-2019 PSA World Championship will take place at Chicago’s Union Station, while some matches from rounds one and two will also be held at MetroSquash and the University Club of Chicago.
Matches from Union Station will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while the semi-finals and finals will also be shown live on mainstream broadcast channels around the world, including BT Sport, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.
Tickets are priced from $30 and are available for purchase on Ticketmaster.