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Mohamed ElShorbagy (left) Simon Rosner (right)

Grasshopper Cup: Preview

There is just one day to go until the main draw of the 2018 Grasshopper Cup gets under way, with the PSA M100 tournament taking place between March 14-18.

Four World Champions and five former World No.1s will descend on Zurich as they battle it out for a share of the $100,000 prize fund.

Defending champion Gregory Gaultier tops the draw and will make his return to action after suffering a frustrating season due to injury, which has seen him forced to withdraw from both the Swedish Open and Windy City Open this year. The French General will face tournament wildcard Nicolas Mueller in round one.

Former World No.1 Gaultier could face the prospect of a tantalising final match-up against the man who has taken his place at the top of the World Rankings, Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy – who is seeded at the opposite end of the draw – should both players play to their seeding.

Reigning World Champion ElShorbagy has enjoyed a formidable 2017/18 season, reaching eight finals and securing seven titles. The Egyptian will start his tournament against a qualifier in round one.

Elsewhere, former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad also features in the stellar line-up and will open against a qualifier in round one. The Egyptian is seeded on the same side of the draw as Gaultier and could face the Frenchman in the semi-finals, should they both play to their seeding.

2018 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions winner Simon Rösner, meanwhile, faces England’s Daryl Selby in round one. The two have faced each other 11 times on the PSA World Tour with the German claiming the last three victories.

Elsewhere, England’s former World No.1 James Willstrop faces India’s World No.14 Saurav Ghosal in round one. While, three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour, lines up against a qualifier on the first day of action in Zurich.

Egypt’s Tarek Momen – who finished runner-up at last week’s Canary Wharf Classic – takes on Spain’s former World No.5 Borja Golan as Momen’s compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar lines up against a qualifier in round one.

Live action from the 2018 Grasshopper Cup will be shown on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).

Round One Draw
[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [WC] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
[Qualifier] v [6] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
[7] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [4] Simon Rösner (GER)
[3] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v [Qualifier]
James Willstrop (ENG) v [8] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[5] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Borja Golan (ESP)
[Qualifier] v [2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)

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