|Ramy Ashour immediately before his first serve to Simon Rosner in their KPMG Grand Slam Cup match|
This Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany, the condensed single night squash tournament that was made popular in Boston arrived in continental Europe. A US company run by John Nimick called Event Engine hosted the inaugural KPMG Grand Slam Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. The games format for these one day events is shortened to make the events more entertaining for the crowd. And they have also introduced a sudden death third game decider that makes for nail-biting viewing for the spectators as well as the large online TV audience. Furthermore, the fact that there were no PSA ranking points on the line (which would be the case if squash were played in the Olympics) created an almost exhibition-type atmosphere where everyone was quite relaxed and where the players' complete arsenal of shots were laid bare. The lucky spectators at the cocktail tables at the foot of the court, those in the stands on either side, the office workers peering in from the glass cubicles above and all of those watching live on PSASquashTV could appreciate the players' full set of talents on display. Everyone could see the play very clearly and follow the white ball perfectly. The game of squash has a come a long way in terms of visual appeal.