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June
2000, Gallery # 2000-6
:…Super Series
MC…Baj …Super Series Payday… Carol revisited … WISPA USA Swing…

THE LADY REVEALED

In our last Global Gallery I tantalisingly
revealed that the Master of Ceremonies (or as they call the job in the UK,
the presenter) for the Super Series taking place in London at the beginning
of June, is in fact, for the first time ever, going to be a Mistress of Ceremonies.
No, it’s not Julia Roberts, Madonna or Maggie Thatcher, but a certain Sarah
Burrell, a women ‘presenter’ from Anglia Television, on England’s east coast.
Ms. Burrell is virtually unknown, but the organisers were looking for a new
slant and someone who could keep things rolling smoothly. Who knows, if she
comes off well, she could become the Voice of Squash.

IS BAJ ANGLING
FOR THE GLORIA STEINEM/GERMAINE GREER AWARD?

Hot on the heels of the above announcement
comes a press release telling the world that the guest of honor on the final
night of the Super Series is, yes, another female. Good choice this, as it
is Kate Hoey, Britain’s Minister of Sport. (For non-Brits, her title means
that she is an elected Member of Parliament, and thought good enough to be
appointed to The Cabinet with the responsibility for things sporting in the
UK).

Although there were a couple of politicos
at the British Open in Aberdeen last December, it’s been a long time since
a squash tournament has had this attention from Westminster. Satinder Bajwa,
the Harvard coach and known as Baj, must be complimented on his breakthroughs
and must surely be treated kindly by feminists everywhere, forever more.

NICE PAYCHECKS
TOO.

The Super-Series is popular with the players
too. The top eight points earners in the Grand Prix tournaments get to play
in this two-pool tournament and even if they lose every match, they are guaranteed
$4,000. The total prize money is $50,000 and the winner will take home $12,500
which ain’t bad for an 8-man tournament. My prediction is that by the end
of the week, David Evans will have earned the biggest paycheck of his professional
life.

DID CAROL GET
HER SUMS WRONG?

Carol Owens’ comments about the small
amounts of money for WISPA players on the recent US circuit did not go down
at all well with Bob Morrison, the title sponsor and promoter for the WISPA
Dallas Open organisers. He e-mailed us this response:

"It appears that Carol is confused
about the prize money. She was quoted as saying ‘the total prize money is
$14,000’. In fact, Dallas offered $13,000 prize and $4,000 accommodation
($17,000 total), Las Vegas has offered $15,000 prize plus $4,000 accommodation
($19,000 total), and San Francisco has offered $8,000 prize plus $3000 accommodation
($11,000 total). Hence, the total for all three tournaments is $36,000 prize
plus $11,000 accommodation for a total purse of $47,000. This does not seem
too bad since Dallas and San Francisco are inaugural WISPA events. So, if
Carol is ‘in this game to make money’, as she states in the May
Gallery
, it appears that she has just missed a major opportunity to
do so."

SCARED OF SARAH?

Morrison continued, "Carol did
seem quite concerned about facing Sarah Fitz-Gerald on the US tour, but
as we all know she had to withdraw from all three events due to a slight
injury. It’s quite obvious that Cassie Campion, Leilani Joyce, Linda Charman,
Natalie Grainger and perhaps others, will make much more money on the US
tour alone than Carol might make even if she does win the $15,000 Australian
Open in August."

IMPRESSED BY
PROFESSIONALISM OF WISPA PLAYERS

"…As a title sponsor and promoter
for the WISPA Dallas Open, and speaking for all the other sponsors and squash
enthusiasts in Dallas, we were incredibly impressed with the level of competition
and professionalism shown by all the WISPA players who did make an effort
to play in our inaugural tournament. It is for this reason alone that we
would consider doing this again, and perhaps with a larger prize. Kind regards,
Bob Morrison"

That must surely set the US cat among
the Owens’ pigeons and we wait Carol’s answer to these comments. Especially
about being scared to play Sarah Fitz-Gerald. You’re a braver man than I ,
Bob Morrison.

GOOD PAYDAYS FOR ALL

 

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