Specter Center News

Philadelphia Public League Celebrates Second Squash Season

The Philadelphia Public League marked the end of its second squash season with its culminating individual and team championships, February 20-21, at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center. Last year, US Squash, SquashSmarts and the Philadelphia School District partnered to introduce squash into the Philadelphia Public League’s roster of sports with the Specter Center and SquashSmarts Lenfest Center serving as the homes for practice and...

Watch Live: Specter Center Hosts SEA Nationals

More than 420 students representing nineteen Squash and Education Alliance programs are set to contest the 2024 SEA Team Nationals this weekend, January 26-28, at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center. Follow all results throughout the weekend on the SEA Team Nationals tournament page and watch live streaming of all matches at the Specter Center below. Livestream daily playlists: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

El Sherbini and Coll Capture Maiden U.S. Open Titles

Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini and New Zealand’s Paul Coll will both have their names engraved on the U.S. Open trophies for the first time El Sherbini and Coll had contrasting journey’s to their first U.S. Open titles. El Sherbini reached her first U.S. Open final in 2014, and fell short in four finals against Nicol David, Camille Serme, Raneem El Welily and Nouran Gohar. At twenty-seven...

Coll Dethrones Elias to Reach Maiden U.S. Open Final; El Sherbini and El Hammamy to Clash

New Zealand’s Paul Coll dethroned Peru’s Diego Elias to reach his maiden U.S. Open final against two-time champion Ali Farag, while Egypt’s top two seeds–Nour El Sherbini and Hania El Hammamy–will contest the women’s final of the 2023 U.S. Open Squash Championships presented by Truist at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia. Semifinals night staged four world class match ups that put on...

Fiechter and Amanda Sobhy Make Semifinal History at U.S. Open

  The U.S. Open Squash Championships presented by Truist will feature two American semifinalists for the first time–marking the first time two Americans have reached the semifinals of any PSA Platinum event together–after Fiechter upset 2017 champion Nour El Tayeb Thursday, October 12, at the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia. Fiechter, who made her debut in a Platinum semifinal at the 2021 U.S. Open,...

Berwyn Squash & Fitness Celebrates Fiftieth Anniversary at U.S. Open

Berwyn Squash & Fitness, the nation’s first commercial squash club, celebrated its fiftieth anniversary at the U.S. Open Squash Championships presented by Truist Tuesday, October 11. Thanks to the efforts of Sunil Desai, nearly 100 players from Berwyn’s vibrant membership attended the evening of U.S. Open third round matches and packed into one of the doubles courts for a group picture at the Arlen Specter...

U.S. Open Hosts SquashSmarts VIP Night

SquashSmarts, the Philadelphia youth enrichment program, celebrated its VIP Night at the 2023 U.S. Open Squash Championships. More than four hundred-and-fifty SquashSmarts staff members, students, parents, donors, advisors, and board members attended the SquashSmarts VIP Night at the Open. Steve Gregg, the executive director of SquashSmarts, and Quinetta Bowden, SquashSmart’s senior program director and a SquashSmarts graduate, welcomed the large crowd at the Arlen Specter...

CSA Celebrates 100 Years of College Squash at U.S. Open

The College Squash Association celebrated 100 years of college squash at the U.S. Open presented by Truist Sunday, October 8. Sunday’s recognition officially kicked off the CSA’s centennial celebration, which is now expanding to a full year’s worth of activities paying tribute to 100 years of intercollegiate team squash. The CSA will announce more details on upcoming events and how to support the CSA@100 initiative...

Scholar Athletes Recognized at U.S. Open

Just before the Sunday evening matches on the Roberts Family Court, twenty-two 2022-2023 US Squash Scholar Athlete Award recipients were recognized at the Specter Center. Many of the scholar athletes on hand were in Philadelphia putting their best effort in on the squash courts at Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania in the Arlen Specter Pennsylvania Junior Championships (JCT). US Squash recently announced the 2022-2023...