The Oracle NetSuite Open gets under way on Tuesday September 24 as the PSA World Tour Gold tournament sees the top men’s and women’s players in the world battle it out on the glass Squash Engine Court in the shadow of San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building.
This year’s Oracle NetSuite Open features its largest prize fund in 10-year history, with $242,000 split equally between the men’s and women’s events, while a best-of-three games scoring format will be used up to and including the semi-finals. The final will revert to traditional best of five scoring used elsewhere on the tour.
The increase in prize money has seen the tournament attract arguably its overall strongest ever draw, with eight of the world’s top nine female players in attendance.
World No.1 Raneem El Welily headlines the draw, alongside World Champion Nour El Sherbini, France’s World No.3 Camille Serme, China Squash Open winner Nour El Tayeb and New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King, along with defending champion England’s Sarah-Jane Perry.
Last year’s runner-up El Welily receives a bye into the second round where she will face either home favourite Olivia Blatchford Clyne or Scotland’s Lisa Aitken for a place in the quarter finals.
Meanwhile, El Sherbini will start her first tournament of the new season against either Belgium’s Nele Gilis or wildcard Haley Mendez. While, defending champion Perry begins her title defence against either England’s Emily Whitlock or Canada’s Danielle Letourneau.
Triple Pan American Games Gold medallist and 2015 champion Sobhy will be the highest ranked US player in action throughout the week.
The 26-year-old from Boston receives a bye in round one, meaning she opens up her tournament against either Egypt’s Mariam Metwally or Milou van der Heijden of the Netherlands in the second round.
A win there could see her face World No.5 Nour El Tayeb in the quarter finals in what would be their first meeting of the 2019/20 campaign. They played out a trio of enthralling five-game battles last season – with Sobhy winning two of them – and they are seeded to square off in an enthralling last eight encounter.
The winner of that match is seeded to play World Champion Nour El Sherbini – who makes her Oracle NetSuite Open debut – in the semi-finals, while World No.1 Raneem El Welily is predicted to play defending champion Sarah-Jane Perry in the quarter finals on the opposite side of the draw.
In the men’s draw, 2017 winner Mohamed ElShorbagy is seeded to play Germany’s Simon Rösner in the semi-finals, with World Championship runner-up Tarek Momen and World No.9 Miguel Angel Rodriguez seeded to play in the semi-final fixture on the bottom side of the draw.
ElShorbagy, who started the season strongly with victory over World No.1 Ali Farag at the China Squash Open, tops the draw and will face either India’s Ramit Tandon or France’s Mathieu Castagnet in round two.
At the opposite end of the draw, World No.3 Momen will begin his tournament in San Francisco against either Mexico’s Cesar Salazar or wildcard Faraz Khan.
Men’s United States No.1 Todd Harrity begins his tournament against Egyptian up-and-comer Mostafa Asal and will look to keep up the form that saw him win two gold medals in Lima.
All round one and two matches will be split between the Bay Club San Francisco, SquashZone, the Olympic Club and The University Club. All matches from the quarter-finals onwards will be held on the Squash Engine Court at Embarcadero Plaza.
Tickets start from $25 and are available through the tournament’s official website. Stay up-to-date with news from the Oracle NetSuite Open by following the tournament on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Fixtures from the Squash Engine Court at the Embarcadero Plaza will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV (rest of world), Eurosport Player (Europe only) and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour.
Oracle NetSuite Open Men’s Draw:
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) [Bye]
Ramit Tandon (IND) v [9/16] Mathieu Castaganet (FRA)
[9/16] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Campbell Grayson (NZL)
 Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) [Bye]
 Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [Bye]
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) v [9/16] Tom Richards (ENG)
[9/16] Raphael Kandra (GER) v Iker Parajes Bernabeu (ESP)
 Simon Rosner (GER) [Bye]
 Miguel Rodriguez (COL) [Bye]
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v [9/16] Arturo Salazar (MEX)
[9/16] George Parker (ENG) v Alan Clyne (SCO)
 Declan James (ENG) [Bye]
 Joel Makin (WAL) [Bye]
Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY) v [9/16] Mostafa Asal (EGY)
[9/16] Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [WC] Faraz Khan (USA)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) [Bye]
Oracle NetSuite Open Women’s Draw:
 Raneem El Welily (EGY) [Bye]
Lisa Aitken (SCO) v [9/16] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA)
[9/16] Emily Whitlock (ENG) v Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
 Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) [Bye]
 Joelle King (NZL) [Bye]
Tinne Gilis (BEL) v [9/16] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[9/16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) v Olivia Fiechter (USA)
 Camille Serme (FRA) [Bye]
 Nour El Tayeb (EGY) [Bye]
Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [9/16] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[9/16] Mariam Metwally (EGY) v Milou van der Heijden (NED)
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) [Bye]
 Tesni Evans (WAL) [Bye]
Coline Aumard (FRA) v [9/16] Salma Hany (EGY)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) v [WC] Haley Mendez (USA)
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) [Bye]