The 12th staging of the KPMG League, one of the most popular events on the local squash calendar, will serve off on Tuesday, February 19.
More than 20 teams are set to do battle in the thrilling tournament which was officially launched on Friday at the Liguanea Club in St Andrew.
The league utilises a unique handicap format which creates a level playing field across age groups, and skill levels. The special seeding system ensures that practically every match in the tournament will be competitive; and most players have a genuine shot at progressing through the ranks as the contest unfolds.
Among the teams in contention for the 2013 title are defending champions, the Milex Eagles who finally prevailed in 2012 after settling for second place the two previous years. However, making it two in a row will be no easy feat for the Eagles who will be without two star players, 12-time All-Jamaica women's champion Karen Anderson and showman Kyle Chin, who are both sidelined.
The Eagles will also face strong competition from all quarters, as several former champions are looking to retake the crown. The 2011 winners, the Travoltas, which includes 13-time All-Jamaica men's champion Wayne Burrowes and 2010 champions, the Millsborians, have both reported fit and ready for action.
Patrick Chin, partner at KPMG said the sponsors were proud to support the tournament which is the only one of its kind to be held locally.
"We are pleased to sponsor the league for yet another year, and we are looking forward to the stiff competition and hard fought games that have come to characterise this tournament," he said at the launch.
President of the Federation of Pan American Squash, Marco Antonio Rosales, who officially launched the tournament, had high commendations for the Jamaica Squash Association and KPMG.
"It is good to see the commitment of the Jamaica Squash Association to the development of the sport here in Jamaica; and it is encouraging to have sponsors like KPMG," he said.
"Twelve years of sponsorship shows commitment and KPMG must be commended," he added.
The 2013 KPMG League will run for eight weeks. The tournament will be played at four Corporate Area courts - Liguanea Club, Constant Spring Golf Club, Up Park Camp and the University of Technology.