The competition format for November’s Nations Cup has been revealed, with a new best-of-seven games scoring format being used throughout the four-day event.
Each game will be first to seven points. If the game scores are locked at 6-6, a sudden-death point will be played, with the winner of that rally taking the game. Each player can opt for a ‘Power Play’ twice per match where he or she can win two points.
The Nations Cup is the inaugural event in the new SquashFORWARD series, which will make its debut during the 2022-23 season. The SquashFORWARD series has been created in order to trial changes to the traditional competition and scoring formats used at official tournaments, including those on the PSA Tour.
The event will feature eight nations, with two players (one male and one female) from each competing nation. Those nations will be split into two groups of four, with the top teams from each group meeting in the final.
A fixture will feature a men’s and a women’s match with the overall team score to be determined in the following order: (1) the number of matches won; (2) the number of games won; (3) the number of points won.
The new scoring format was decided following engagement with the squash community, with votes being cast on a series of proposed scoring formats during April-May on the PSA World Tour website.
“We’re excited to announce the scoring format for the upcoming Nations Cup and look forward to pioneering a new style of tournament in New Zealand,” said PSA Chief Executive and Squash Media & Marketing Director Alex Gough.
“The role of the SquashFORWARD series on the calendar is to trial new formats and tournaments which can help create more excitement in the sport. We were pleased to involve the squash community in choosing the format for the Nations Cup and look forward to working together with Squash New Zealand to deliver a new experience to players, spectators and viewers.”
Squash New Zealand Chief Executive Martin Dowson said:
“Everyone in New Zealand is so excited to have some of the world’s best players compete in New Zealand in November and to extend the opportunity by having back-to-back events is amazing.”
“It has been a long time for Kiwis to have seen Paul Coll and Joelle King back playing in New Zealand and it has been an even longer time to have seen our homegrown players compete against the best in the world on our court.”
“New Zealand has a growing international reputation for innovation and to partner with the PSA with the new scoring format and use of powerplays will be fully embraced by the home crowd, we cannot wait until November.”
The Nations Cup – which will take place at the Trustpower Arena in Tauranga – will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV, as will the New Zealand Open, which features the Robertson Lodges NZ Men’s Open and the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Women’s Open. Both are PSA World Tour Silver events and will be played at the same venue between November 8-13.
Details regarding further events under the SquashFORWARD Series banner will be announced in due course.