A number of the world’s top players will go head-to-head right from day one at the 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management after the draws for the PSA World Series tournament were released today (August 21).
Taking place between October 7-14 in Philadelphia’s Drexel University, the U.S. Open is the first World Series tournament of the 2017/18 season and will see World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad take on World No.12 Paul Coll in the pick of the opening round matches in the men’s draw.
Number two seed Gawad has been drawn on the same side of the draw as defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy and is seeded to meet the former World No.1 – who begins his tournament against a qualifier – in a mouthwatering last four encounter.
Elsewhere, World No.1 Gregory Gaultier gets his tournament under way against Australia’s Cameron Pilley, with the top seed set to face last year’s runner-up Nick Matthew for a place in the final if both players can play to their seedings.
Maverick Egyptian Ramy Ashour will also be in action and he will take on tournament wildcard Christopher Gordon, who will have home hopes on his shoulders as he aims to claim a first ever win over the three-time World Champion after defeats in 2006 and 2008.
Women’s defending champion Camille Serme will begin her tournament against World No.53 wildcard Haley Mendez and she is seeded to meet World Championship runner-up Raneem El Welily in the semi-finals.
The top half of the draw will see World No.1 Nour El Sherbini – who lost to Serme in last year’s final – take on fellow Egyptian Mariam Metwally on day one, while World No.4 Laura Massaro, a winner in 2011 and 2015, is seeded on the same side of the draw as El Sherbini and will line up against compatriot Millie Tomlinson.
The U.S. Open will also see players compete for points on the World Series Standings for the first time in the 2017/18 season, with only the top eight men and women on the standings qualifying for a coveted berth at the season-ending PSA World Series Finals.
Qualification for the 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management takes place between October 5-6, while the main draw will be held between October 7-14 inside the Daskalakis Athletic Centre at Drexel University.
Action from the tournament will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe Only), while the semi-finals and finals will be shown live on mainstream broadcast channels around the world, including BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.
Tickets start from $25 and can be purchased here: www.usopensquash.com/tickets
The Men's Draw
The Women's Draw