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Cancellation of 2021 ToC Due to COVID-19 – J.P. Morgan’s Renewed Title Sponsorship to Start in 2022

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November 25, 2020
by John Nimick

Dear Friends of Squash,

These are very tough times, perhaps the hardest of several generations. And caught within the jaws of the pandemic is our sport. What was a rectangle of exhausting joy is now a suspicious transmission chamber. What was a “pocket battleship” of an arena, is now one of the most desolate transit locations in the world.

Amidst so much suffering and hardship, the woes of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions are trifling. The ToC is the oldest professional championship in the world and has only been interrupted by WWII and the two years Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis led the historic effort to renovate and preserve Grand Central Terminal.

But Covid-19 will make another dent in the tournament’s history. After extensive exploration of alternatives, from outdoor possibilities to a no-fan, streaming only production, we are sadly relaying the news that the 2021 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is canceled. (read the media release here)

This decision allows Squash Engine and J.P. Morgan to focus on renewing this great squash championship in full in January 2022. We have all been through so much, but I am excited to count on J.P. Morgan, our other major sponsors and supporters, the PSA and the top professional players to make the next edition of the ToC in Grand Central Terminal the best-ever…and we will be thrilled to be a part of the greater return of New York City as the premier destination in the world.

I and everyone on the Squash Engine team can’t wait to see you again in fourteen months and we thank you for all the tremendous support of this championship over the last 90 years.

John Nimick