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Serious squash tournament

Egypt's Karim Darwish & Malaysia's Mohd Azlan Iskandar
Courtesy: Birmingham Athletic Club
Egypt's Karim Darwish & Malaysia's Mohd Azlan Iskandar

You can check-out some high-level squash in metro Detroit this weekend. And no, I’m not talking about butternut and acorn. I’m talking about the sport.

The Birmingham Athletic Club is hosting The Motor CityOpen professional squash tournament over the next few days.

The sport is similar to racket-ball. But the ball used in squash is not pressurized, so it doesn’t have much of a bounce. The strategy used in squash is also different.

Julian Wellings is director of squash at The Birmingham Athletic Club. He says professional athletes will compete for $50,000 dollars in prizes. He also says there will be 9 of the world’s top 25 players at this event, from places like The Netherlands, Egypt, England, and Malaysia.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals happen this weekend. The finals are planned for Monday.

Kyle Norris is from Michigan and spent ten years as a host and reporter with Michigan Radio, the state’s largest NPR-affiliate. He lives in Seattle and works as a substitute host and producer at KNKX.