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Mohamed ElShorbagy and Tarek Momen will both take part in the Grasshopper Cup this week

Grasshopper Cup: Tournament Preview & How To Watch

The Grasshopper Cup gets underway this week with the second major European tournament of 2019 taking place in Zurich, Switzerland.

Halle 622 and Squash Uster will play host to the event, which has just one defending Champion in the field, the 2012 winner Daryl Selby.

Gregory Gaultier has won the event twice in the last six years, with Alister Walker, Amr Shabana, and Marwan ElShorbagy all winning in Zurich.

Ramy Ashour is the defending Champion, but like the other past winners, the Egyptian will not take part in this year’s event.

Ramy Ashour won last year's Grasshopper title

There is a prize pot of $110,000 for the tournament, with the victor taking home just under $18,000 of it for winning the PSA Gold event.

The first round begins on Tuesday afternoon at 13:30 CET (GMT +1), with Declan James taking on Eain Yow Ng at Squash Uster and will be shown live on the PSA World Tour Facebook page to all territories.

There are two Swiss players in the 24-strong field, including the country’s 13-time national Champion, Nicolas Mueller. Dimitri Steinmann is the other home favourite, after receiving a wild card spot.

The top eight seeds, which includes five Egyptians, have received a bye through to the second round. World No.1 Ali Farag, the tournament’s No.1 seed Mohamed ElShorbagy, Tarek Momen, Karim Abdel Gawad and Mohamed Abouelghar will enter the Grasshopper Cup at the second round stage.

Former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad is in the Grasshopper field

They will face the winners of the first round ties, with the second round draw being split across Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with the top half playing first.

The quarter finals will then be played on Friday evening, with the semi finals the following night. The final of the Grasshopper Cup will take place on Sunday 31 March.

First Round Draw: Tuesday, March 26
[9/16] Declan James (ENG) v Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
[9/16] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY) v George Parker (ENG)
Borja Golan (ESP) v [9/16] James Willstrop (ENG)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [9/16] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
[WC] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) v [9/16] Max Lee (HKG)
Chris Simpson (ENG) v [9/16] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)

Second Round Draw (Top Half): Wednesday March 27
Salem/Parker v [6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Steinmann/Lee
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Golan/Willstrop
Selby/Pilley v [4] Simon Rösner (GER)

Second Round Draw (Bottom Half): Thursday March 28
James/Ng v [8] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) v Simpson/Castagnet
Makin/Marche v [2] Ali Farag (EGY)
[7] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Mueller/Yip

How to watch the Grasshopper Cup LIVE
SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player & DAZN Schedule: March 2019 – June 2019
Grasshopper Cup: March 26-31
DPD Open: April 9-14
El Gouna International Squash Open: April 17-26
European Team Championships: May 1-4 (SQUASHTV only)
Manchester Open: May 9-13
Allam British Open: May 20-26
PSA World Tour Finals: June 18-22 (Provisional dates, subject to change)

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For fans living in Europe, subscriptions must be made to Eurosport Player.

Early rounds are exclusive to SQUASHTV and Eurosport Player only. Semi-finals and finals from World Series tournaments, the World Championships and selected other tournaments will be shown on SQUASHTV, Eurosport Player and multiple broadcasters around the world.

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