World No.5 Marwan ElShorbagy says it will be a honour to be amongst the PSA World Tour stars who will compete in the first ever sporting event to be staged inside the Dubai Opera this June when the state-of-the-art facility hosts the season-ending PSA Dubai World Series Finals from June 6-10.
ElShorbagy, who currently sits fifth on the Road To Dubai Standings with a berth in the tournament – which offers an equal $160,000 prize purse in both the Men's and Women's events – almost guaranteed, got a jump on his opposition last week when he toured Dubai and had a sneak peek at the amazing venue as part of a pre-event promotional campaign.
Only the top eight men and women on the Road to Dubai Standings qualify to compete for the prestigious title in what will be the first televised sporting event to take place in the Dubai Opera.
“The PSA Dubai World Series Finals is the climax to the international squash season – the biggest moment of the year for squash players and we were thrilled when the event came to Dubai last year,” said ElShorbagy.
“While I didn’t qualify last year my brother Mohamed told me how amazing it was, and since then I’ve worked hard to make sure I finished in the top eight in the rankings and qualified for the event.
“After looking at some of the amazing venues around Dubai over the last two days, I feel honoured that we will be the first sportsmen and women to compete in such an iconic place as the Dubai Opera, and we are very excited about what this will do for the sport of squash.
“Dubai has an incredible reputation for hosting world-class events, and we are pleased to be part of this. We know there is a rich history of squash in Dubai and we are excited about playing a part in its future.”
The recent Allam British Open saw the Women's field finalised while the Men’s line-up is set to go down to the wire at the final qualifiying event – the El Gouna Squash International staged in Egypt from April 7-14.
Tickets for the season-ending 2017 PSA Dubai World Series Finals are available to purchase via www.dubaiopera.com or from the Dubai Opera Box Office.