Best of Three to be trialled at
2018 Canary Wharf Classic
The PSA have today confirmed that the 2018 Canary Wharf Classic
will be the first ranking PSA World Tour event to be played
using a best-of-three games scoring format.
PSA M70 event, which takes place at London's East Wintergarden
in March, will see all round of sixteen and quarter-final
matches played under the best-of-three format, while the
semi-finals and final will revert to traditional best-of-five
"The best-of-three scoring system has featured in the
season-ending World Series Finals for the past few years and has
contributed to what have been some of the most intense and
exciting matches of recent seasons," said PSA Chief
Operating Officer Lee Beachill.
"Every point matters under the shorter format, a scenario
that increases the intensity of the match from the opening
exchange and as a sport it would be foolish not to explore the
wider opportunities this format could bring to an event.
"For fans it will deliver a more intense viewing experience -
which matches played at a higher, more explosive pace - while
best-of-three matches also allow players greater recovery time
between matches, essential for them to perform at their best
"We are excited to see how the format will work in practice
during the Canary Wharf Classic."
Tournament Promoter Tim Garner said: "Throughout our
fifteen year history the Canary Wharf Classic has embraced new
technology and developments, forging a reputation as one of the
most innovative events on the PSA World Tour.
"The best-of-three format brings a new dynamic to the sport and
the crowd at the East Wintergarden - who are amongst the best in
the world - will be treated to another instalment of world class
squash again in 2018, when the drama and skill on show will be
greater than ever before."