Giant Squash Court Draws Fans to Grand Central Terminal

By Jess Wisloski and Paul Lomax  on January 20, 2013 7:27am

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL — The soft sounds of squash have been drawing hundreds of spectators to the normally bustling Vanderbilt Hall for years, and Saturday was no exception.

In its 16th year, the Tournament of Champions once again drew the world's best squash players to a giant glass court erected in Grand Central Terminal on Saturday.

The five-day event, which ends with the finals round on Thursday evening, mesmerized both passersby and squash fans who came out for the action.

Attorney Charles White, 32, and his 4-month-old daughter Anna, became unexpected fans while crossing through the terminal Saturday afternoon.

"It's surprisingly exciting," said White, during a break in play between Todd Herrity, an American player, and Tom Richards, from England.

"It's not something I would watch on TV, but I would watch it more because it's live in Grand Central," he said.

The eventual winner of the match was Tom Richards, 26, who seized a 3-1 victory.

"It's brilliant to be here," Richards told DNAinfo.com New York. "The setting is fantastic. The whole hustle and bustle of New York City really lends itself to the sport."

"That's the beauty of a glass squash court," he added. "You can put it anywhere and I have to say that playing in Grand Central Terminal is one of my favorite venues."

For tickets and more information visit the Tournament of Champions website.

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