Twenty-four nations confirmed for World Squash Federation (WSF) Men's World Team Squash Championships

June 19 2023

Twenty-four teams have been confirmed for the 2023 WSF Men's World Team Squash Championships, which will be held in Tauranga, New Zealand, from December 11-17.

The tournament, which is held every two years, will feature the world's top 24 men's squash teams, including defending champions Egypt, eight-time champions Australia, and five-time champions England.

The tournament will be held at the Mercury Baypark Arena and the Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre and is expected to attract a large number of spectators from around the world.

The tournament is sure to be a thrilling competition, with the world's top squash players battling it out for the title of World Team Champions.

"I'm really excited to get the chance to play this tournament at home," said world number five Paul Coll. "Most of the top 10 male players in the world will be competing, so there will be a really high level of competition on display. It's always a great tournament and I'm sure we're going to have a great crowd cheering us on."

Squash New Zealand Chief Executive Martin Dowson said he was thrilled to have a great array of high-quality teams confirmed for the event. "We're expecting fantastic competition featuring the best men's players in the world and we're really looking forward to bringing this prestigious event back to New Zealand for the first time since 1983."

WSF President Zena Wooldridge, OBE, added: “On behalf of World Squash I'm delighted to see such a strong entry for the Men's World Team Championship after a four-year gap. The atmosphere and experience of a team championship, with players representing their nations, is very special for participants and fans.

"Our thanks to Martin and his team at Squash New Zealand for their commitment ahead of this year's tournament, not just in the championship delivery but their legacy programmes. I’m anticipating that squash fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the action unfolding in Tauranga!"

Tourism Bay of Plenty General Manager Oscar Nathan said the world championship offered a fantastic incentive for players and their supporters to travel to the Coastal Bay of Plenty. "We know that they’ll enjoy the outstanding competition venue and I'm sure they'll want to make the most of what our region has to offer whenever they take a break away from the courts. This will give our local economy a significant boost, with positive flow-on effects for accommodation, hospitality, retail, and tourism operators. It will also give our region valuable exposure through the championship’s global media coverage," he said.

Tauranga City Council Commission Chair Anne Tolley said the strong entry response from countries around the globe was a great endorsement of the quality of the Festival of Squash and the manaakitanga provided by organizers and the city. "It’s a great honour to host an event of this stature and to have so many of top international squash players participating in the World Men’s Team Championships will make this a very special occasion," said Tolley.