Southampton Youth Services is hosting two squash tournaments this week at its recreational facility on Majors Path. The first, the Hamptons Junior Open, sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty, starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday.
A US Squash-sanctioned tournament, the Junior Open will organize its matches into a boys’ draw and a girls’ draw, and stage each draw in five age categories–Under 19, U-17, U-15, U-13 and U-11. SYS marketing director Sharon Wood expects “several US national champions to be competing in their respective age groupings along with 12 extraordinary players from some of the most successful inner-city squash-based youth mentoring programs.”
The second tournament is a new offering–the inaugural US Squash Under-25 Hamptons Doubles Championship. It starts Monday and runs through Wednesday. As with the Junior Open, the outcomes of this US Squash-sanctioned tournament will influence participant’s national rankings. There will be both a men’s and a women’s draw.
Wood foresees that among the Under-25 players “will be top US and Canadian college athletes, recent graduates and teaching professionals. Doubles at this level is extremely fast and are exhilarating to watch. SYS is really excited to have been chosen to host this event, which we hope will become an annual highlight of the squash year.”
The Under-25 Doubles Championship has been underwritten by Victor Elmaleh, a Bridgehampton resident and a former United States National Doubles Champion (1968) and has been organized by Canadian Gary Waite, a long-time international doubles champion.