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Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi is seeded first in the 2016 Atlanta Open

Main Draw Action Begins in Atlanta Open


The 2016 Life Time Atlanta Open, PSA M10 tournament begins on Thursday March 3rd with a highly-competitive draw fighting for silverware at the Lifetime Athletic Atlanta club in Sandy Springs, United States.

World No.61 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi heads the field as he eyes up a maiden PSA World Tour crown and is looking to back up the recent form that saw him make it to the semi-final of the Ganem Vein Institute Cactus Classic last month.

The 21-year-old has suffered three final defeats in his career and will be eager to make amends in Sandy Springs.

Al Tamimi lines up against Nigeria’s Babatunde Ajagbe in the opening round who reached the main draw after beating Ahmed Hamza in the final round of qualifying.

New York native Chris Hanson has been unable to make it beyond the quarter-final stage of a PSA World Tour event since he won the Kiva Club Open in September 2015 but is seeded to meet Al Tamimi in the final.

Hanson has a second piece of PSA World Tour silverware in his sights and will do battle with Diego Gobbi in round one.

Mexico’s Eric Galvez will be hoping that his experience comes to the fore as he looks to add to his current total of 13 PSA World Tour titles with the most recent of those coming last year where he won both the Hazlow Electronics Rochester ProAm and the Charlotte Open in quick succession.

Galvez has not made it beyond the quarter-final stage of a PSA World Tour event since his Charlotte Open win in April but will look to get his tournament off to the perfect start when he lines up against Jon Geekie.

Indian 19-year-old Kush Kumar is a dark horse for the event as he looks to push on from his current career-high World No.91 ranking. Kumar, who hails from Dhampur, makes his first PSA World Tour appearance of 2016 and comes off the back of a year that saw him break his title duck at the City of Devonport Tasmanian Open. Canadian qualifier Albert Shoihet awaits Kumar in the first round.

Main Draw: PSA M10, Life Time Atlanta Open, Sandy Springs, United States
[2] Chris Hanson (USA) v [Q] Diego Gobbi (BRA)
[LL] Ismail Hafez (EGY) v [5] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
[7] Reuben Phillips (ENG) v [Q] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA)
[LL] Jon Geekie (SCO) v [3] Eric Galvez (MEX)
[4] Kush Kumar (IND) v [Q] Albert Shoihet (CAN)
Hugo Varela (ESP) v [8] Clinton Leeuw (RSA)
[6] Cameron Stafford (CAY) v [WC] Vivian Rhamanan (SIN)
[Q] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) v [1] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)

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