The first night with the McWil glass court on stage at Millenium Park’s Pritzker Pavillion in downtown Chicago, IL. WOW!
What a spectacle. High energy, awesome rallies, the worlds best squash players, top athletes coming together to benefit and celebrate METROsquash‘s five year anniversary to service Chicago’s Public School students. METROsquash offers an after school enrichment program pairing instruction in squash with academic tutoring and adult mentoring to create an unyielding focus on excellence for its students.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Contributed by Phil Yarrow
The Pritzker Pavillion known to be the centerpiece of the Millenium park in Chicago, is normally used by the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as well as the Grant Park Music festival, featuring classical music played in the amazing backdrop of the Chicago sky line. Tonight’s orchestra however was in some ways different and in some ways similar to the other nights. Tonight the top squash players played on the stage show-casing their talent well into the late hours of the evening. The squash court itself was erected in the middle of the stage and the grand stand was constructed on a raised platform above the audience’s viewing area. The squash tempo in the matches was perhaps similar to a symphony with its climax and its lows, triumph and agony surrounding a dance of movement, strength and skill. All of this display befitted the cause associated with the US Open: Metrosquash. Metrosquash is an organization that uses squash, community service and mentoring to build confidence in urban Chicago Public School students. In addition to the amazing success of hosting the US Open in such an awe inspiring location, Metrosquash organizers experienced further gratification when Metro Squash, one of five organizations short listed for the United Airlines Chicago Impact Award, actually won the $50,000 award in a ceremony held at the United Center while the matches had just begun. Congratulations to David Kay and the rest of the metro squash team! David Kay was present to announce his group’s win after the first match.
Manuela Manetta (ITA) def.Latasha Khan (US) 6-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10. The match seemed to go back and forth, while the fifth game was the highlight of the match with both players showing determination but the Italian got the better of Khan and prevailed despite Khan saving match ball.