Saturday, March 15, 2014
McManus Assures Me the Pro Squash Tour (PST) Is Alive.
I wrote about the Pro Squash Tour (PST) having passed away quietly in 2014. According to McManus, the PST has a number of tournaments coming up. This is great news since both his Squash E-zine and PST Official site haven't mentioned any news about the 'Tour'. McManus assured me he will update the official PST site with dates and draws in the tournaments coming up. I look forward to the live broadcasts of the matches and the candid on court interviews following. The 'Tour' has given much needed exposure to young aspiring professional squash players who find it difficult to play in the PSA overseas and around the country due to funding. I have always supported this tour, haven't agreed with some of the particulars of it and I am greatly encouraged that he will continue to provide squash at both the lower, unknown levels, as well as the highest, as in the cases of Lincou and Palmer two former PSA number one players who had signed with the PST. I am hoping that the war between the PSA and the PST will stop in the best interests of squash. US Squash has partnered with the PSA to showcase some of the young professional US talent coming out of the colleges as well as some seasoned professionals, those international players, who are not in any of the main draws of the bigger PSA tournaments in the US. I like the PST because of its grass roots origins, promoting professional squash as a viable professional sport. And I hope that he too can take his considerable marketing and promotional talents to continue to do what is great for the professional game, at whatever level. McManus, Gough and Klipstein all have a common enemy and should unite to battle the often indifference towards professional squash in the US. I am greatly encouraged by this notion and the fact that some talented collegiate players have chosen squash professionally, most notably Todd Harrity. Not unlike the PST who introduced the likes of Gustav Detter, one of the great collegiate players ever, into the professional PST ranks. I encourage McManus and Gough to do whatever it takes to lift the ban preventing PSA players from PST events, this is not good for squash. Boxing has numerous governing bodies and boxers are often ranked in different professional organizations. Squash should also, the game, the pros who lack funding and dream of playing professionally are the ones who suffer the most. In my original post, I stated McManus is still good for professional squash, and in reality he is good for this game which needs new ideas and angles to make it thrive and not just survive.