Friday, February 3, 2023

Blog: Pictures please, PSA

Here’s the temple, but no sign of a squash court

Karim Darwish has just beaten fellow Egyptian Mohamed El Shorbagy in the final of the Macau Open. The glass court was sited at the A-Ma Temple in Macau.

Germany’s Simon Rosner beat Cam Pilley in the final of the Santiago Open with the glass court sited in a shopping mall.

World champion Nick Matthew has just reached the semi-finals of the new Netsuite Open in San Francisco, where the glass court has been set up by the harbour.

What do these three tournaments have in common, apart from some tremendous squash being played by some amazing athletes?

I’ll tell you. The almost complete absence of any kind of photographic service provided by the tournaments or PSA.

On World Squash Day weekend, when we are trying to promote the sport on an unprecedented scale, I find it staggering that such a poor PR service is forthcoming from these major events.

If hundreds of enthusiastic clubs can send in images from World Squash Day, showing huge numbers of happy, smiling people, enjoying this fantastic sport, then surely to God these tournaments should be doing the same to promote the sport – and their own events!

I am sure every squash enthusiast on the planet would love to see images of tournaments from such iconic locations.

And, on a weekend like this, when the worldwide squash family has come together to demonstrate their passion for the sport, it beggars belief.

The PST, on the other hand, happily supplied this image of former world champions David Palmer and Thierry Lincou backing the bid before their semi-final in the Cleveland Classic in Detroit. And Egyptian WSA members Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Weleily sent in a picture following their WSD exhibition match in Alexandria.

Thierry Lincou and David Palmer back the bid


Nour El Sherbini and Raneem El Weleily back the bid, too!

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    • Hi Brett. That kind of service should be available from every PSA tournament. Please click here to see the kind of coverage we generate with our tiny $10,000 Kent Open.
      By having a resident photographer on hand, we produce pictures from every match, every day.
      It’s not rocket science. It’s all about planning in advance.
      Having worked my nuts off over the past few weeks to promote World Squash Day, and averaged four hours sleep over the past three nights, keeping up with events in different time zones, I admit my patience threshold was fairly fragile this morning. So, when I looked around to find images to go with the reports from those three tournaments, and found I wasn’t on anyone’s media list, I put pen to paper.

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