The NetSuite Open will once again feature a number of the world’s leading male and female players when the highly-anticipated tournament takes place between Tuesday September 27 – Saturday October 1 in a specially constructed outdoor arena on Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.
World Champion Gregory Gaultier is seeded first in the Men’s tournament where he will aim to win his third NetSuite Open crown and a share of the $100,000 prize fund.
The 36-year-old Yorkshireman narrowly missed out on taking the title during last year’s instalment after a defeat to Egyptian maverick Ramy Ashour and also reached the final four years ago before going down to Gaultier.
With his last PSA World Tour appearance coming back in May’s Dubai PSA World Series Finals, ‘The Wolf’ will be hoping that a lack of match fitness won’t slow him down as he looks to capture his first title in 18 months.
Matthew opens up against a Gregoire Marche in round one, and has a difficult path to the final, with the likes of World No.10 Ali Farag, who he lost to during March’s British Open, and ‘Colombian Cannonball’ Miguel Angel Rodriguez likely to stand in his way.
Gaultier, meanwhile, also has a number of battles to get through if he is to fulfil his seeding. A victory against Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal in round one would set him up against either Hong Kong Open semi-finalist Max Lee or compatriot Mathieu Castagnet in the last eight.
He is then seeded to meet Marwan ElShorbagy, the younger brother of Mohamed, in the semi-final, with the Egyptian winning their last encounter during February’s Grasshopper Cup final.
The 2016 instalment also features the most lucrative women’s NetSuite Open ever, with a prize purse of $50,000 – double that of last year – on offer amongst a high-quality field.
Defending champion Amanda Sobhy will look to make the most of her home support as the United States No1 seeks to continue her strong start to the season.
World No.7 Sobhy, 23, reached the final of the Hong Kong Open in August – where only defeat to World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar prevented her from lifting a maiden World Series crown – before making it to the last eight of the Al Ahram Open last week.
The charismatic American begins her tournament against Fiona Moverley in round one and will be one of the star attractions in a tournament that also features World No.2 Laura Massaro and Malaysian eight-time World Champion Nicol David – the latter of whom Sobhy is seeded to meet in the semi-final.
2016 NetSuite Open – Men’s First Round Draw
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Saurav Ghosal (IND)
Max Lee (HKG) v  Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
 Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Stephen Coppinger (RSA)
[Q] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v  Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
 Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [WC] James Willstrop (ENG)
[Q] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v  Simon Rösner (GER)
 Ali Farag (EGY) v [Q] Diego Elias (PER)
[Q] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v  Nick Matthew (ENG)
2016 NetSuite Open – Women’s First Round Draw
 Laura Massaro (ENG) v Olivia Blatchford (USA)
[Q] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) v  Victoria Lust (ENG)
 Heba El Torky (EGY) v [Q] Samantha Teran
Line Hansen (DEN) v  Joelle King (NZL)
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) v [Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG)
Coline Aumard (FRA) v  Joey Chan (HKG)
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) v [Q] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
[WC] Reyna Pacheco (USA) v  Nicol David (MAS)
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