Haley Mendez and Nathan Lake Partner with Open Squash as Touring Pros


Two Top-40 PSA Players Join Existing Partners Ali Farag and Gina Kennedy in supporting Open Squash’s non-profit mission of making squash more accessible to the public.

New York, NY – Open Squash, whose first facility is a state-of-the-art 5-court squash center in midtown Manhattan, announced today that Haley Mendez and Nathan Lake are joining the Open Squash Touring Pro Partnership Program.

Haley, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, had a highly successful college career at Harvard College, then joined the PSA pro tour and is now #40 in the women’s world rankings.

For his part, Nathan, from Cheltenham, England and now based with Haley in Chicago, has risen to #36 in the men’s world rankings.  Both players are fully committed to helping Open Squash advance its non-profit mission of making squash more accessible to the public and growing the sport.
“We are thrilled to be joining the Open Squash family,” said Mendez and Lake.  “Squash has always been a huge part of our lives and we could not be more excited to help grow access to the game, in New York City and beyond.”
“Anyone who knows Haley and Nathan is impressed not only by their squash ability, but more so by the passion and integrity that they bring to everything they do, all of which makes them a perfect fit for Open Squash,” said Cleve Miller, Executive Director of Open Squash.  “They are both long-time proponents of improving access to squash, and we can’t wait to start working together.”
As Ambassadors for Open Squash, Nathan and Haley will join top ranked pros Ali Farag and Gina Kennedy, the non-profit’s first two touring pros, in promoting the Open Squash mission. As part of this program, they will participate in a wide range of activities at Open Squash, including clinics, camps, exhibitions and mentoring.  

About Open Squash.
Open Squash is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to expanding the sport of squash by building community and making it more accessible to the public.  A significant number of its members pay discounted rates based on income, and scholarships are broadly available to juniors to participate in Open Squash’s youth programs.  As noted, Open Squash’s first facility is a state-of-the-art 5-court squash center in midtown Manhattan and has plans in place to expand to other locations. Open Squash also has a partnership with the afterschool program of Hudson Guild, a Chelsea-based non-profit that provides a range of social services to the low-income residents of the neighborhood.  Through the partnership, the Hudson Guild students come to the center to learn the game and develop the important life skills that come along with playing the sport.

Media Contact:  Cleve Miller, cleve@opensquash.org