Current and Former Bulldogs Take International Titles
Yale captain Spencer Lovejoy '20 (above) won his first career Professional Squash Association Title at the Men's Life Time Mississauga Open in Canada on June 23.
Lovejoy, the No. 3 seed, was entered along with two other American college players and fellow US Squash Academy products, Harvard's Timmy Brownell and Princeton's Cole Becker.
Lovejoy met Brownell in the quarterfinals in their second matchup of 2019 (J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Wild Card playoff in January). The Bulldog avenged a loss over the winter by wining in Canada 11-4, 9-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-5 in 61 minutes.
In the semis, Lovejoy knocked off Becker while getting revenge for a loss to the Tiger standout at the S.L. Green U.S. Men's Championship in March. Lovejoy won this time 11-8, 11-1, 11-4 in just 31 minutes, setting up a final against Portuguese No. 1 seed Rui Soares.
In the longest (91 minutes) match of the tournament, Lovejoy pulled off the upset, 14-12, in the fifth.
Mississauga marked Lovejoy's second PSA final appearance, following the 2018 Barbados Open. He has now competed in nine professional events outside of the college season, earning a world No. 171 ranking.
Former Yale captain John Musto '91, the 2019 national singles champion, continued his success in international play by winning the British Open Masters title on May 26 at the University of Hull.
Musto, a men's 50+ player, earned his first career British Open Masters title having entered the thirty-two-player draw as a 5/8 seed. Musto upset the two seed in three games in the quarterfinals, and another 5/8 seed in the semis to set up a final against top-seeded Englishman Phil Yerby.
In the final, Musto (below) came back from 2-1 down to clinch the title 11-9, 5-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3 in a 41-minute match.
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