Squash South Africa will pay equal prize-money for men and women at the Growthpoint Nationals tournament in Pretoria from 15-17 October.
The overall prize-money package of R180 000, the biggest Squash SA has ever provided, has a R90 000 purse for each of the women’s and men’s draws in the main tournament at Brooklyn Mall.
Players must first negotiate the eight regional qualifiers around the country to earn the right to play in the showcase event next month.
“We decided this was the right thing to do, so we had a look at our budget and were able to come up with this result, which I feel is very exciting,” says Squash SA Acting President, Jennifer Sawyer. “It is also an extremely important value Growthpoint have pushed for, and we are delighted that we can make their dream, and our dream, a reality. We do believe it is time we look after our men and women players as best we can and make sure that we have a fair situation for everyone. We will push to make all tournaments around the country follow the same example, and hope this will be the catalyst for change.”
The regional tournaments will be played from 8-11 October, taking place in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, Potchefstroom and Pretoria.