Hazel White Jones

(1942 – )

One of the most influential women in squash history, Hazel White Jones was a tournament director, magazine editor and visionary leader. From Indianapolis, she made a giant impact off the court and around the country. She edited Squash News for twenty-one years, making it a primary vehicle for US Squash’s tremendous growth. With her husband Tom Jones, she directed three North American Opens and fourteen U.S. Opens-eight of which were portable court events that attracted enormous media attention and corporate support. She was a key force behind the transition to softball, whether turning the U.S. Open into a softball event, creating the Grand Prix Circuit of summer-time pro softball tournaments or persuading the U.S. Olympic Committee to accept squash as a potential Olympic sport. She was the press liaison for squash at the 1995 Pan American Games. For her many administrative and journalistic efforts, she was awarded nearly every honor possible, including US Squash’s President’s Cup, NY Squash’s Board of Governors Award, U.S. Women Squash’s Achievement Bowl and the College Squash Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.