New Zealand’s Alex Grayson celebrated his 22nd birthday on Sunday and then announced he will leave the PSA to compete on the Pro Squash Tour (PST). He registered immediately for upcoming tournaments in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Boston.
Grayson is still at the beginning of his squash career, which was delayed for most of the past year while he was recovering from a knee injury. He has returned to competition and reached the quarter finals of this past
week’s ChristChurch Boys School Open in New Zealand, as part of the PSA World Tour.
“But on PST I will be playing some of the best players in the world, making money playing the sport I love, and I believe in the direction of the tour.”
Grayson, who is still working his way back up the rankings, is one of New Zealand’s top 10 players. At the age of 20, before last season’s injury he reached a career high ranking of 142 on the PSA Tour.
“History may judge this as our tour’s most important signing,” said PST Commissioner Joe McManus. “Alex is a rising star who’s at the very beginning of his professional squash career.
“For our tour to sign such a talented player at this early stage of his career sends the strongest possible signal to every corner of the globe.”
Grayson comes from a talented squash family. His brother Campbell, who is 5 years older, is currently New Zealand’s #1 squash player.
Pro Squash Tour was founded in 2009 and has grown quickly. Last season PST hosted more tournaments in more U.S. cities than any other squash tour. This month the Hanoi Classic will launch PST’s new Asia-Pacific Circuit.
This past month, PST announced the signing of 11-time French National Champion Thierry Lincou and Italy’s Stephane Galifi.