World Doubles: From MetroSquash to Onwentsia, and Streamed to the World
By Chris McClintick
The 2015 J.P. Morgan & Trunk Club World Squash Doubles Championships commenced with the fanfare of the MetroSquash Academic & Squash Center’s grand opening in Chicago, Wednesday, May 6. Following the ceremonial, shoeless seminal match on the first doubles court in an urban squash facility, professionals took to the court for exhibition and practice with many opening matches slated for the newly-christened court in Woodlawn.
The first of seventeen editions of the World Doubles involving nineteen countries to take place in the Windy City, the 2015 iteration employed a revitalized format of age division draws alongside the professional men’s, women’s, and mixed draws for the first time since 2007.
As expected, hosts Aidan Harrison, Danny Dolan, Pete Dunn, and Preston Quick orchestrated a seamless, social tournament opening beginning at MetroSquash, Racquet Club of Chicago, University Club of Chicago, and the Winter Club of Lake Forest, culminating in a dramatic finals day at tournament headquarters—the Onwenstia Club. To the delight of the spectators and hundreds glued to screens with the first world doubles live stream, the unexpected manifested on court.