By Mike Rowbottom

Nick Matthew of England and Amr Shabana of EgyptDecember 7 - Sky Sports has agreed a new deal to show the flagship Professional Squash Association (PSA) World Tour event live in January 2013 from The Queen's Club in London.

The new arrangement follows the unprecedented success of live television coverage of the ATCO PSA World Series Squash Finals at the beginning of the year.

The highlight of the squash calendar, the $110,000 (£68,000/€84,000) ATCO PSA World Series Finals, which runs from January 2 until 6, will feature the eight players who have earned the most points from the elite PSA World Series championships in 2012.

Despite one event still remaining - the Qatar PSA World Championship, which is currently underway in Doha - England's world number one and two respectively, James Willstrop and Nick Matthew (pictured top, left), plus leading Egyptian Ramy Ashour and France's twice winner of the title Grégory Gaultier, have already earned their places in the prestigious event.

Sky Sports will broadcast live coverage of the semi-finals and final on January 5 and January 6, as well as airing both the semis and final of the Women's Squash Association (WSA) World Series Finals.

Gregory Gaultier Ramy AshourGrégory Gaultier (left) and Ramy Ashour (right) have already earned their places in ATCO PSA World Series Finals

Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular matches ever televised, the 2012 PSA final saw Egypt's four-time world champion Amr Shabana (pictured top, left) triumph over Gaultier to win his first ever squash title on British soil.

"Last January's coverage of the Finals was extremely well received throughout the squash world and we are delighted to extend the live coverage on Sky Sports into a second season," said Alex Gough, a former world number five and now PSA chief executive.

"We were able to showcase of all the improvements we have made in televising squash and the 'rubber-stamp' approval of Sky Sports will help a lot towards our case of inclusion into the 2020 Olympic Games."

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "This announcement reinforces our commitment to offering a wide variety of live sports for our customers.

"Sky Sports caters for a broad range of diverse content and our recent rights renewals give us the strongest line up of live sport for our viewers to watch at home or on the move."

Sky Sports will work in tandem with SquashTV, the PSA's dedicated online and television operation launched three years ago.

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