The world’s top four male player are involved in the world-class draw as this year’s Grasshopper Cup promises to be one of the most competitive ever with the prize money increased to $100,000, for the first time in the tournament’s 38-year history.
Gregory Gaultier will aim to win his fifth PSA World Tour title in a row as he goes into the competition in hot form on a 19-match unbeaten run. The ‘French General’ has so far lost just once in 2017- to Gawad, who replaced him at the top of the world rankings earlier this week, and the two are seeded to meet in the semi-finals.
Gaultier, who won the Grasshopper Cup in 2015 also made the tournament’s final last year, where he narrowly missed out to Marwan ElShorbagy in a five-game thriller . The 34-year-old opens this year against England’s Daryl Selby in round one on Thursday at 18:00.
Elsewhere, top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy has suffered a slump in form this season but will be looking to end his longest title drought in three years with a win at this year’s tournament. The Egyptian faces Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller on Wednesday at 19:00.
Meanwhile, three-time World Champion and current World No.4 Nick Matthew opens against Egypt’s Zahed Mohamed on Wednesday 20:00.
Egyptians Omar Mosaad and Omar Abdel Meguid will get the tournament under way when they meet in round one at 17:00 on Wednesday May 3.
Order of play – 2017 Grasshopper Cup
(All times are local CEST)
17:00  Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
18:00 Cameron Pilley (AUS) v  Ali Farag (EGY)
19:00  Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
20:00 Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v  Nick Matthew (ENG)
17:00  Tarek Momen (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
18:00  Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Daryl Selby (ENG)
19:00 Paul Coll (NZL) v  Simon Rosner (GER)
20:00 Gregoire Marche (FRA) v  Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)