The Professional Squash Association (PSA) can confirm that the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, a PSA World Tour Platinum event, will not take place in 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tournament of Champions first took place in the Vanderbilt Hall at New York City’s iconic Grand Central Terminal in 1995 and has been staged there annually since 1999, with hundreds of thousands of commuters watching world-class squash up close and for free.
The health and safety challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic mean that it is not viable to host a professional sporting event in Grand Central Terminal at this time, resulting in the difficult decision being made to cancel the 2021 edition of the tournament.
PSA, J.P. Morgan and tournament promoter Squash Engine Inc. remain fully committed to staging the Tournament of Champions in 2022, when J.P. Morgan’s renewed three-year title sponsorship of the prestigious tournament will commence.
“The Tournament of Champions is the oldest professional squash championship in the world and has only been interrupted by World War II and the few years that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis led the movement to preserve and renovate Grand Central Terminal. We are quite disappointed for the global squash community and all of the top professional players that 2021 will mark another forced interruption,” said Tournament Promoter and Squash Engine Inc. President John Nimick.
“Grand Central Terminal is one of the most unique venues in squash as it is a major transit hub and completely public and, as such, there were a range of factors we had to consider when making this decision, with the health and safety of everyone involved at the forefront of our thinking.
“I’d like to thank J.P. Morgan for their support and commitment to the Tournament of Champions and we all look forward to working with them closely as we look to bring the Tournament of Champions back onto the PSA World Tour calendar in 2022.”