The University of Hull will host the 2021 Allam British Open, PSA World Tour Platinum tournament between Monday June 14 – Sunday June 20 – subject to restrictions put in place by the UK government – when squash’s longest-running tournament returns to the calendar.
Last year’s Allam British Open was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a world-class field – featuring defending champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nouran Gohar – will head back to Hull to compete for one of the most distinguished trophies on the PSA World Tour.
A men’s and women’s event featuring 48 players in each will battle for $350,000 in total player compensation which will be split evenly between both draws. The Allam British Open will be the final tournament on the CIB Road to Egypt as players aim to qualify for the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, which will take place later that month.
“The Allam British Open is one of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments and we’re delighted to see Dr Allam be the title sponsor for the record ninth consecutive time,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
“We are optimistic that the planned COVID-19 roadmap in the United Kingdom will enable us to welcome fans back to one of our European tournaments for the first time since March, 2020.
“However, we will be monitoring developments closely and working together with Dr Allam, the University of Hull and England Squash over the coming months to ensure a safe and successful delivery of one of the world’s premier squash tournaments.”
England Squash Chief Executive Keir Worth said: “We are thrilled to reschedule the 2021 Allam British Open to June for what promises to be another exciting edition of this prestigious tournament. While there remains a great deal of uncertainty, we hope to welcome athletes and fans back to the University of Hull once again and will take every precaution for their safety.
“We are hugely grateful to Dr Allam for his continued support in sponsoring the tournament for the ninth time.”
Title Sponsor Dr. Assem Allam said: “I am extremely proud to be involved with supporting The Open event for another year. After the cancellation of last year’s tournament I am confident we are able to deliver an excellent competition featuring some of the world’s top squash competitors.”
A specially constructed ASB Glass Show Court will showcase the best of the action inside the Allam Sport Centre while the traditional courts located within the same complex will also host matches in the early stages of the tournament.
Action from the Allam British Open will be shown live on SQUASHTV, as well as via the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour (excluding Europe & Japan). The semi-finals and finals will also be shown live on the channels of contracted broadcast partners.
The Allam British Open will be held in accordance with strict COVID-19 protocols.