After nearly a year without any competitive squash, Singapore Squash is set to make a comeback this year. While the courts have been opened to the public for a while now, organising and running of events have been challenging given the safety measures required. We did however, manage to stage the MARIGOLD National Championships and MARIGOLD Junior and Masters Open at the end of last year.
However, with the containment of COVID-19 in our country looking very encouraging, we have gone ahead to plan a full roster of events for 2021. Whether you’re an elite player seeking some points to boost your world ranking on the PSA Tour, an up-and-coming junior, a Masters player seeking to play with your peers or just someone new to the sport, there will be more than one event on the calendar to whet your appetite.
Singapore Open to feature Novice events
Headlining the Singapore Squash calendar is the Singapore Open. Once a PSA 5k event that attracted the likes of former world number 7 Ong Beng Hee and former world number 12 Delia Arnold, this year’s event will be a PSA Satellite Men’s Open and is planned to run on 12-17 April 2021.
In addition to the main event, the Men’s and Women’s Novice Tournament will also be held over the same dates. These new additional categories are aimed at players new to the sport.
SGSquash Circuit back in full force
One of the most popular events locally, the SGSquash Circuit, makes a comeback after more than a year’s absence. Five legs have been planned, with the first one (27 February – 6 March) currently ongoing at the Kallang Squash Centre that saw maximum participation across majority of the categories offered. The other four legs will be held in May, August, October and December.
One of the attractions of the SGSquash Circuit was also that the main events often offer PSA points, which in turn attracted foreign participation from the professional players of neighbouring countries – namely Malaysia and the Philippines. Players such as defending SEA Games champion Addeen Idrakie, Elvinn Keo and Lai Wen Li of Malaysia, and Philippines’ Robert Garcia and Jemyca Aribado have featured on the circuit in 2019.
With the resumption of travel still in the midst of discussion, this creates an opportunity for our local players to gain some extra points to boost their world ranking, as legs numbers 3-5 will be competed as PSA Satellite events. National champions Samuel Kang and Au Yeong Wai Yhann will spearhead the competition and look to add to their SGSquash Circuit titles won in 2019
In addition to the main events, all five SGSquash Circuits will also feature two Men’s and a Women’s divisions for the social squash community of different levels.
SGSquash Masters Circuit
This year also sees the birth of the SGSquash Masters Circuit. The first season will see three legs being contested over two categories ; Over-40 and Over-50 years of ages. They will be held in March, August and December, right after the SGSquash Circuit events.
Oncocare boost for the juniors
On the junior front, long-time Singapore junior squash supporter Oncocare has returned as title sponsor for all our junior tournaments. Three SGSquash Junior Circuits will be held in March, June and September, featuring three categories for both the boys and the girls – under-11, under-15 and under-19. The junior calendar wraps up in November with the National Junior Squash Championships.
Just like Camille Serme and Hania El Hamammy on the PSA World Tour, our girls Au Yeong Wai Iynn and Ong Zhe Sim have been building up an exciting rivalry locally. The pair, aged 14 and 13 respectively, have met three times since the 2019 Oncocare Singapore Junior Squash Open. Zhe Sim took the win the first time round in four, but Wai Iynn won the two encounters at the end of last year. The pair look set to renew their rivalry this season.
Did someone say enough?
After a one year hiatus due to the Covid-19 situation in 2020 that halted squash activities worldwide, the annual National Squash League will return to the SSRA 2021 calendar in May/June. More details will be provided later in March, stay tuned!
February – April
27 February to 6 March – Dymon Asia 2021 SGSquash Circuit 1
8 March to 13 March – Dymon Asia SGSquash Masters Open 2021 (1st Leg)
15 March to 20 March – ONCOCARE SGSquash Junior Circuit 1
12 April to 17 April – PSA Satellite Men’s Open & Men’s and Women’s Novice Tournament
26 April to 1 May – SSRA Novice Tournament
May – August
24 May to 29 May – SGSquash Circuit 2
19 June to 26 June – SGSquash Junior Circuit – 2nd Leg
14 August to 21 August – SGSquash Circuit 3
23 August to 27 August – SGSquash Masters Open – 2nd Leg
September – December
22 September to 27 September – SGSquash Junior Circuit – 3rd Leg
16 October to 23 October – SGSquash Circuit 4
15 November to 20 November – National Squash Championship 2021
22 November to 27 November – National Junior Squash Championship 2021
4 December to 11 December – SGSquash Circuit 5
13 December to 18 December – SGSquash Masters Open – 3rd Leg
The first legs of the SGSquash Circuit and SGSquash Masters Circuit is proudly sponsored by Dymon Asia. Stay tuned for an upcoming feature to learn how they are linked to our squash community.