From 2017-2021, announcer Andy Taylor traveled to Doha, Qatar to host the Qatar Classic Squash Championship, one of seven Platinum events on the PSA World Tour.
There, he hosted the official Player’s Dinner, introduced the athletes during player walk-on, interviewed the victors on the glass court for international broadcasters, and hosted the championship trophy presentations.
In 2019, Andy was fortunate enough to host the PSA Mens’ World Championship in Doha – Qatar’s 5th-time hosting the sport’s most prestigious tournament.
Typically, the Qatar Classic is the second Platinum event of the PSA World Tour Season, following the US Open in Philadelphia. Other top-level Platinum events include the Hong Kong Open in China, the Black Ball Squash Open in New Cairo, the Tournament of Champions in Grand Central Terminal NYC, the Windy City Open in Chicago, the El Gouna International Squash Open in Egypt, and the British Open in Hull.
The season culminates with a year-end championship featuring the game’s top-8 players at the PSA World Tour Finals.
Coverage of Squash Announcer Andy Taylor
In 2018, SquashSite‘s Fram Gommedy and Steve Cubbins interviewed Andy Taylor during their coverage of the Qatar Classic Squash Championship. The video provides a glimpse into how Andy landed the role of Qatar Classic announcer, and reveals the tongue-in-cheek, contentious relationship between Andy and the “squash establishment.” Fram also dives into Andy’s relationship with his wife and his proudest achievements as a voice actor, broadcaster and stadium announcer.
In 2017, during Andy’s debut as the Qatar Classic compere, Squash Player Magazine‘s Ian McKenzie interviewed Andy for the December-2017 issue. The two discuss Andy’s rural existance in Southwest Missouri, his broadcasting career, how he first landed the role as the Voice of the US Open Tennis Championships, and how his experience as a tennis-host led to his new role with the Qatar Squash Federation.