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Ali Farag & Fares Dessouky

Farag & Dessouky Among Withdrawals From Necker Mauritius Open

World No.1 Ali Farag and World No.10 Fares Dessouky are among a group of ten players who have withdrawn from the upcoming Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels and the RMCLUB Women’s Open presented by Expression Networks.

The Gold level Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels and the Challenger 30 level RMCLUB Women’s Open presented by Expression Networks will take place at the RM Club in Mauritius from June 7-11.

World No.1 Farag, who claimed both the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions and CIB PSA World Championships Cairo titles in the month of May, has withdrawn from the tournament through injury, while fellow Egyptian Fares Dessouky is among a group of players who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Youssef Ibrahim, Youssef Soliman and Mohamed ElSherbini have also had to withdraw from the Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels due to positive tests, while the Egyptian trio of Fayrouz Aboelkheir, Salma Eltayeb and Malak Khafagy have pulled out of the RMCLUB Women’s Open presented by Expression Networks for the same reason.

France’s Mathieu Castagnet and Belgian No.1 Nele Gilis, who was the top seed for the Challenger 30 level women’s tournament, have also withdrawn from their respective events in Mauritius due to injury.

Due to Farag’s withdrawal, Mohamed ElShorbagy moves up to the No.2 seed spot, with Diego Elias taking the No.4 seed. Gregoire Marche moves into the top eight seeds for the event and receives a bye through to the second round. Sebastien Bonmalais takes his fellow Frenchman’s spot in the 9/16 seeding bracket and now faces Mazen Gamal, while Qatari No.2 Syed Azlan Amjad comes into the draw, and will face Lucas Serme, who himself took the place of Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim in the 9/16 bracket. Portugal’s Rui Soares comes in to replace Ibrahim, and will face Egypt’s Karim El Hammamy on the opening day of competition.

Due to the other withdrawals in the men’s event, USA’s Faraz Khan, India’s Ramit Tandon and Egypt’s Yahya Elnawasany have all come into the draw, and will feature in the first round.

Following Nele Gilis’s withdrawal from the women’s event, younger sister Tinne Gilis becomes the tournament’s top seed, with England’s Julianne Courtice moving up into the top eight seeds. Elsewhere, Egypt’s Ingy Hammouda and the French duo of Kara Lincou and Vanessa Florens have taken the final places in the draw.

The Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels and the RMCLUB Women’s Open presented by Expression Networks take place from June 7-11 at the RM Club in Mauritius, with all the action from the glass court being shown live on SQUASHTV throughout the week.

Revised Men’s Draw: Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) – [Bye]
Faraz Khan (USA) v [9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[9/16] Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) v Mazen Gamal (EGY)
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) – [Bye]
[7] Mazen Hesham (EGY) – [Bye]
[WC] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [9/16] George Parker (ENG)
[9/16] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
[4] Diego Elias (PER) – [Bye]
[3] Mostafa Asal (EGY) – [Bye]
Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) v [9/16] Lucas Serme (FRA)
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Yahya Elnawasany (EGY)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) – [Bye]
[8] Gregoire Marche (FRA) – [Bye]
Rui Soares (POR) v [9/16] Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
[9/16] James Willstrop (ENG) v Ramit Tandon (IND)
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) – [Bye]

Revised Women’s Draw: RMCLUB Women’s Open presented by Expression Networks
[1] Tinne Gilis (BEL) – [Bye]
Ninon Lemarchand (FRA) v [9/16] Alicia Mead (ENG)
[9/16] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v Nour Ramy (EGY)
[5] Coline Aumard (FRA) – [Bye]
[6] Enora Villard (FRA) – [Bye]
Ingy Hammouda (EGY) v [9/16] Karina Tyma (POL)
[9/16] Nadeen Kotb (EGY) v Jelena Dutina (SRB)
[4] Lisa Aitken (SCO) – [Bye]
[3] Farida Mohamed (EGY) – [Bye]
Malak Fathy (EGY) v [9/16] Georgia Adderley (SCO)
[9/16] Torrie Malik (ENG) v Au Yeong Wai Yhann (SGP)
[7] Marie Stephan (FRA) – [Bye]
[8] Julianne Courtice (ENG) – [Bye]
Vanessa Florens (FRA) v [9/16] Saskia Beinhard (GER)
[9/16] Lucy Beecroft (ENG) v Kara Lincou (FRA)
[2] Melissa Alves (FRA) – [Bye]

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