World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy has said that he is eagerly anticipating making his debut at the Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill when the PSA M100 tournament gets under way on Thursday December 8 in Weybridge.
The 25-year-old Egyptian – who along with brother Marwan is sponsored by tournament title sponsor Channel VAS – is seeded first for the event and is looking to recapture the kind of form that saw him win six World Series tournaments in a row last season.
ElShorbagy has claimed two PSA World Tour titles so far this season with wins at the China Squash Open and the Delaware Investments U.S. Open, and he is eyeing up further silverware in what will be his last PSA World Tour event of 2016.
“I’m really looking forward to playing the Channel VAS Championship for the first time,” said ElShorbagy.
“I’ve heard how well the tournament was organised last year, I’m really looking forward to playing there and I really hope to do well in it.
“I would like to thank [Channel VAS Chairman] Bassim Haidar for sponsoring the event and showing a big interest in our sport.”
ElShorbagy will headline a world-class draw at the St George's Hill Lawn Tennis Club, with World No.7 Marwan, Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez and former World No.1 James Willstrop just some of the big names in action.
Qualification for the 2016 Channel VAS Championship at St George’s Hill takes place between December 6-7, with the main draw getting under way a day later and lasting up until the final on Monday December 12.
The Channel VAS Championship is the second biggest tournament to take place in Europe this season, with its lucrative $100,000 prize fund – a 300 per cent increase on last year – second only to the prestigious British Open.
Tickets for the tournament are priced from £10-£45 and can be booked online on Ticketmaster.