Married couple Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb have confirmed their participation at the DPD Open which will take place from April 9-14, 2019 in the Dutch city of Eindhoven.
26-year old Farag is certain to become the new World No.1 on March 1 after beating nemesis Mohamed ElShorbagy in one of the most dramatic finals ever witnessed at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions last month and is therefore guaranteed to be the top seed at the new PSA World Tour Gold tournament in the Netherlands.
El Tayeb, one year younger than her husband, currently holds the No.4 position on the PSA World Rankings and is one of the most charismatic players on the women’s tour.
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“We are looking forward to playing the DPD Open in a few months’ time,” said the Egyptian duo who made headlines in October 2017 by becoming the first husband and wife in sporting history to lift the same major sports title on the same day when they won the U.S. Open.
“We both have good memories from playing in the Netherlands and it’s great to see that the country is hosting a major tournament on the PSA World Tour again. The fact that the event is played in the backyard of Dunlop Europe made our decision even easier.”
Tournament promoter Tom Lucas is understandably equally elated: “The participation of the soon-to-be new World No.1 in the men’s game and the World No.4 in the women’s game is fantastic for the tournament. Demand for tickets has already been high and the confirmation of Farag and El Tayeb will no doubt spark interest even further.”
The DPD Open 2019 will be played from April 9-14 at a purposely build squash arena to be erected at the new headquarters of DPD Nederland which is part of the DPD Group, the second-largest international parcel delivery network in Europe. Some first round matches will also take place at Squashtime, a 15-court facility in Eindhoven and the home of Dutch National Champion Milou van der Heijden.
A prize money fund of $215,000, split equally between both genders, is available for the tournament making it the second-largest European tournament on the PSA Tour in 2019. Consequently, the DPD Open is expected to attract a strong line-up of top-ranked players from around the globe.
Tickets for the DPD Open are proving popular amongst squash fans in the Netherlands (and abroad) and are available through Ticketmaster.