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Gaultier And Ashour Out Of 2017 U.S. Open

French World No.1 Gregory Gaultier and former World No.1 Ramy Ashour have both withdrawn from the first PSA World Series event of the 2017/18 season – the 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management – due to injury.

34-year-old Gaultier, a three-time U.S Open champion, has failed to recover from an ankle injury that also ruled him out of the recent Oracle NetSuite Open – a reoccurrence of the injury that saw him forced to pull out of last year’s PSA Men’s World Championship at the semi-final stage when he was due to face eventual runner-up Ashour.

The Egyptian, winner of the 2012 U.S. Open, has also withdrawn from the event which begins this weekend citing ‘internal illness’, meaning Scotsman Alan Clyne and Egypt’s Omar Mosaad move into the automatic main draw.

The movements mean defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy moves up in the seedings to replace Gaultier in the top half of the draw and will play Australian Cameron Pilley in the first round, while Fares Dessouky takes Ashour’ place to play local favourite and tournament wildcard Christopher Gordon.

Revised Main Draw – Men’s 2017 U.S. Open
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
Simon Rösner (GER) v [Qualifier]
Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [5] James Willstrop (ENG)
[7] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Qualifier]
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v [3] Nick Matthew (ENG)
[4] Ali Farag (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [Qualifier]
Alan Clyne (SCO) v [Qualifier]
[WC] Christopher Gordon (USA) v [8] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Max Lee (HKG) v Diego Elias (PER)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Paul Coll (NZL) v [1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)

Qualification for the 2017 U.S. Open 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 tickets start from $25 and can be purchased here: www.usopensquash.com/tickets

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