Germany's Simon Rösner says he is happy to carry the mantle of tournament-favourite ahead of this week's UCS Swedish Open, PSA M70 tournament, which gets underway on Feb 4 in Linköping, Sweden.
After the withdrawal of World Champion Gregory Gaultier due to an injury sustained during January's J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Rösner found himself elevated to the number one seed but he says added pressure won't affect his performance in the event which has been held since the 1970s.
“I’m really excited to be part of the Swedish Open again this year after playing it for so many years,” said the World No.7.
“It's never nice to see a player withdraw injured and I hope Greg makes a speedy recovery but being the top seed doesn’t change my approach for the tournament. I know the field is still very strong and I think everyone in there is capable of winning it.
“I know I just have to take it match by match and try to be able to play my best for the duration of the tournament and hopefully the results will come.”
Main Draw: UCS Swedish Open 2016
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [WC] Rasmus Hult (SWE)
Greg Lobban (SCO) v  Chris Simpson (ENG)
 Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Qualifier]
Alan Clyne (SCO) v  Max Lee (HKG)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) v Adrian Waller (ENG)
[Qualifier] v  Fares Dessouki (EGY)
 Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v  Simon Rösner (GER)
The 2016 UCS Swedish Open begins with qualification on February 2-3 with main draw action taking place at Linköping Sporthall, Linköping from February 4 – February 7 and tickets can be purchased by visiting www.swedishopensquash.se.
All the live action will be shown on SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player.