The anticipated schedule for the 2021-22 SDA Pro Tour is now available online. This is an exciting milestone as we build back towards a full tour in the coming season. However, please be aware that there may be changes and additions to this schedule due to the fluid nature of planning for host facilities and the SDA as we emerge from the pandemic. Over the coming months, updates to the calendar will be communicated to players via the SDA website and email.
Currently, we remain hopeful that we will also be able to restart rankings after the first event, and that borders will be more open in the fall for those traveling from Canada or elsewhere.
Lastly, we will host another player zoom call this Thursday at 1pm EST. Hope to see you all then, and thank you as always for your engagement as we move towards the restart of the tour.
With the country showing positive momentum in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the pathway back to professional doubles is becoming increasingly clear.
While we wish we could host events in the near term, at this time we are unable to confidently schedule full ranking events in the spring or summer, with planning further complicated by travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada. Possibilities remain for the hosting of a limited number of invitationals and exhibitions over the coming months as a way to re-engage players and fans; the SDA support staff will help coordinate participants, coverage and streaming whenever possible.
Looking to the fall, the SDA is planning for a return to a full 2021-2022 season, with rankings also resuming at the start of the season. There are nearly ten events currently penciled in, with a potential opportunity for a kick-off at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia with the first-ever blue doubles courts built specifically to optimize video production (image below). We will share the 2021-2022 calendar with you as soon as possible, once the schedule takes shape and more events are confirmed.
Please keep a look out for communications scheduling another player Zoom call, as we stay in touch with our players on a more regular basis through the start of next season.
Lastly, we are using this forced break from competition to re-evaluate the structure of SDA dues, including a change to a fiscal year membership instead of the previous rolling 12 month membership. To aid in the transition, more payment options will be offered including 50% at the beginning of the season and 50% in 2022, as well as a half-price option for those joining after March 1, 2022.
We wish good health to all of you and those close to you, and we cannot wait to see many of you back on court soon. As always, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we make our way out of the unimaginable difficulties of the past year.
Four SDA pros are joining the fight against cancer Sunday, October 25 at 6pm ET. Eric Bedell and Yvain Badan will take on James Stout & Greg McArthur in an exhibition streamed on SDA Live. The New York and Connecticut based SDA stars are joining squash pros and amateurs from all over the world as part of the Go Live to Squash Cancer event benefiting the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Participants, including WSDA pros, PSA pros Amanda Sobhy, Olivia Fiechter, and Chris Hanson as well as other squash players and enthusiasts, have committed to fundraise and stream squash (or squash-related activities) in safe environments. More information on the event can be found here. To support Bedell, Badan, Stout and McArthur’s efforts, please click here to donate.