The qualification stage for the 2015 NetSuite Open begins later today with a number of locals looking to make their mark on the tournament across both the Men’s and Women’s events.
San Francisco-based Charlie Johnson faces Tom Richards in the first round of qualifying as he bids to make it to just his third PSA World Tour main draw.
The 23-year-old insists that he will go on court with no fear as he takes on the World No.24.
“I feel like I have nothing to lose and this is my home court with my home crowd,” said Johnson.
“I know Richards pretty well and we are good friends. He is a top player and I know what to expect. I’m just going to try not to get beaten so badly.”
The winner of that tie will face Gabriel Morgan [pictured above] in the final qualifying round with the 17-year-old already causing a stir at junior level after claiming the U.S. National Junior Squash Champion when he was just 14, becoming the first ever junior player from California to win a national championship.
“It’s a big honour to play in the NetSuite Open and I’m really looking forward to my match with Alan Clyne,” Morgan said.
“I’ve known Alan for a couple of years and, this past summer, I trained with him at Yale as Team USA prepared for the World Junior Championships. Alan is a terrific guy, a world-class squash player and it will be exciting to jump on court with him again. Hopefully we’ll put on a great show.”
In the Women’s event, Mariam Kamal and Tara Ayra will be hoping to make a big impact on proceedings as they take on Amanda Landers-Murphy and Nouran El Torky, respectively.
Kamal recently captured the JCT Frank Miller Massachusetts Junior Championship and is aiming to take that form into her debut PSA World Tour appearance.
“It is a privilege for me because there were a lot of local girls who wanted to participate in it and I got the opportunity,” said the 17-year-old.
“I’m so excited to play. I know I will get a lot of experience from the top players in the main draw which I’m hoping I can get into. Also, it is my first professional tournament so I know it will help me to build up my career.”
The 2015 NetSuite Open takes place at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, with tickets for the tournament priced from $40 and available to purchase by visiting the NetSuite Open website.
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