US Squash has announced the dates for the 2021 U.S. Open Squash Championships, marking a key milestone in the comeback of the sport. The PSA World Tour Platinum tournament—the highest level on the professional tour—will be held October 2-9, 2021, for the first time at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center. The best professional squash players from around the world—forty-eight women and forty-eight men—will descend on Philadelphia to compete for the coveted U.S. Open title and equal prize purses. In 2013, the U.S. Open led the charge for pay equality for the sport’s professional game, becoming the first major tournament to offer prize money parity.
In its return after the 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic, the 2021 U.S. Open marks the 10th edition of the event run in partnership between US Squash and Drexel University, during which time the event has secured its place as one of the world’s most prestigious events, and a mainstay on the Philadelphia sports calendar. The U.S. Open will anchor the opening season of the Specter Center on Drexel University’s campus in Philadelphia’s burgeoning University City.