The seventeenth biennial WSF J.P. Morgan & Trunk Club World Doubles are underway in Chicago, Illinois, at the Onwentsia Club, MetroSquash Academic & Squash Center, Racquet Club of Chicago, University Club of Chicago and the Winter Club of Lake Forest.
Professional match play begins Thursday morning at 11am local time. www.worlddoubles.com is the home of the World Doubles with all professional and age division draws, schedules, and live scores. Live streaming will be available on www.worlddoubles.com Saturday and Sunday.
Follow all World Doubles progress on the mobile and desktop-compatible www.clublocker.com, using the Player Tracker and Live Scores features. The Player Tracker feature displays a team’s next opponent, time, and location. All matches will be scored live throughout the weekend in the featured matches section of www.clublocker.com, and on www.worlddoubles.com.
The MetroSquash Academic and Squash Center celebrated its grand opening in conjunction with the tournament Wednesday evening, May 6, marking the first urban squash facility to house a doubles court, and the first urban facility to host a world championship. All proceeds from the tournament will go towards MetroSquash’s mission of using squash, academics, mentoring, cultural enrichment and community service to empower Chicago Public School students to reach their full academic, athletic and personal potential. To become a patron, visit www.worlddoubles.com.
The professional draws will offer a combined $70,000, with two defending championship teams—United States’ current world No. 10 Amanda Sobhy & former world No. 1 Natalie Grainger, and Australia’s dominant doubles duo, Damien Mudge & Ben Gould—returning to defend their titles.
Mudge & Gould enter the men’s draw as top seeds following the conclusion of a dominant SDA campaign that saw the Aussies collect nine titles from ten finals, including the largest tournament of the year this weekend, the Kellner Cup. The world No. 1’s are in search of their third consecutive world title together, with only one other former world champion in the field, Preston Quick, who partnered with fellow American Greg Park.
England’s John Russell & Clive Leach weigh in as the men’s two seed. Russell & Leach were one of just two teams to have defeated Mudge & Gould during the 2014-2015 SDA season, and are seeded to meet fellow Englishmen Mike Ferreira & Jonny Smith in the semifinals. Ferreira & Smith, both Trinity graduates, were a new SDA partnership this season and quickly rose to the world’s top 10.
Team USA’s Sobhy & Grainger reunite in the women’s draw in hopes of claiming a second world title together. The defending champs will have a difficult road to the title, however, with a potential quarterfinal against third-seeded Americans Dana Betts & Sarah West, semifinal against second-seeded Englishwomen Georgina Stoker & Victoria Simmonds, and final against England’s top-seeded Suzie Pierrepont & Carrie Hastings.
There will be a new world mixed champion with Australia’s Narelle Krizek unable to defend her title with Paul Price due to injury. Team USA’s 2013 finalists, Grainger & Quick, will aim to go one better and claim their first mixed title together, but face fierce competition in the fifteen-team draw. England’s Russell Pierrepont are seeded to meet Canadian’s Viktor Berg & Stephanie Hewitt in the final.