PETALING JAYA - World No. 1 Nicol David believes that that these are difficult times for squash, which has suffered a few blows since the Olympic rejection in September.
First came news from the Women's Squash Association (WSA) that there won't be a Women's World Open this year, although there is the possibility that there could be two world meets next year.
Squash then suffered another blow last week when the World Series Finals, scheduled to be held from Jan 2-6 at Queen's Club in London, was postponed indefinitely with no news on further dates.
Despite the disappointments, Nicol is optimistic that 2014 will be a better year for squash players - men and women.
"What happened with the Women's World Open was that even though there was a lot of interest initially ... a lot of companies and sponsors pulled out at the last minute," said Nicol.
"That put the WSA in a lurch as they had to scramble to find the next organisers and sponsors ... and ultimately everything was just too late.
"I know there are many who say that the failed Olympic bid made sponsorship harder to get but, in reality, it's a combination of many factors.
"For a start, we do not have a full-time Tour director and that causes a few logistical difficulties.
"But if there's one thing that I'm sure of, it is that we will want to mark down our calendar for the long term, meaning securing the dates for the next five years, for instance, instead of on a yearly basis.