The Professional Squash Association could introduce best-of-three matches on the men’s tour following the success of the format at the World Series Finals, the sport’s season-ending tournament.
By Rod Gilmour, Olympics Editor, republished from The Telegraph.
For the last few years, the top eight players have competed at Queen’s Club in London to packed crowds, while coverage from Sky Sports has handed the sport some much-needed momentum over Finals’ weekend as squash aims for a berth at the 2020 Olympics.
Now, buoyed by its success, the PSA has hinted that some World Series tournaments could see shortened matches.
Alex Gough, the PSA’s chief executive, said: “It’s something we’d have to try somewhere else to see how it went.
“It’s different with group matches, because you get a second chance, but one of the negatives is you might travel to Australia and only play two games, which in the long term doesn’t help the sport, as it’s too quick. There are pros and cons.”
However, Nick Matthew, the world No 2 who has never won the World Series Finals, is unsure of its value outside of the Queen’s event.
“In a normal knockout tournament, I’m in favour of the traditional best of five matches, as a player could be out of the tournament too quickly otherwise.
“It allows for more sustained drama, more momentum swings and in my opinion tests the true physical nature of our sport.”
Meanwhile, Matthew will attempt to become the first player to win five British National titles, when the Yorkshireman begins his campaign in Manchester on Wednesday.