ESCALATING costs have seen the end of leading sports promoters Prism's involvement in one of the territory's biggest international tournaments - the Hong Kong Men's Open. Prism have been handling the promotion, organisation and publicity of the event since 1989, turning it into one of the most popular tournaments among the world's top profession-als. The Hong Kong Squash Racquets Association's (HKSRA) executive officer Heather Deayton admitted budget played a role in the decision to drop Prism but a streamlined operation within the association itself was the main factor. 'We've grown with the years and we are more professional these days,' said Deayton, adding: 'We feel we are now capable of handling the tournament ourselves, as we had done with the ladies open in the past two years. 'Although Prism would not be working with us, we are still hoping to appoint Marlene Lee [a partner in Prism] as the tournament director.' Lee, the tournament director since 1986, said she is still in close contact with the HKSRA but she has yet to be approached to maintain her role in the Super Series event. The tournament has also been rocked by the withdrawal of joint title sponsor Unisys and the HKSRA are earnestly looking for another backer to join perennial supporters Cathay Pacific. However, Deayton shrugged off fears there would be a cut in prizemoney and assured that it would remain a Super Series event with a total purse of US$64,000 plus 'hotel bonuses'. Said Deayton: 'There would definitely be no cut in prizemoney and we would continue to maintain the high quality of the tournament as best as we could. 'We would be providing the same hospitality which made the Hong Kong Open one of the most popular tour stops. 'Cathay Pacific is still in and we are looking for another joint title sponsor. Unisys will still be providing the computer services.'