Egypt’s Fares Dessouky will feature in the Pittsburgh Open for the first time in his career when the PSA Bronze event takes place between January 22-26, and he is hoping to enjoy his time in the city.
The World No.11 is still continuing his return towards the top after spending 14 months on the sidelines following a brutal knee injury. However, the Egyptian, whose highest ranking is World No.8, believes he is getting back to his best.
“I have been playing well and I am enjoying my game at the moment, every match makes me a better player,” Dessouky explained.
The Egyptian will take part in the Pittsburgh Open for the first time, and he will be the No.1 seed for the Bronze level event. He is looking forward to it, and appreciates what it feels like to be the top seed.
“This is going to be my first time in Pittsburgh and I hope it goes well and also, I want to enjoy the tournament there,” he said.
“I honestly miss that feeling of being the higher seed and trying to defend for his place at the top.”
Dessouky missed the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, and this will be his first tournament of the new year, and it is one where three former champions will be in the field.
Frenchman Gregoire Marche is the defending champion, with Zahed Salem and Max Lee having also tasted victory in this event, but the World No.11 embraces that challenge.
“Honestly, all of them are playing amazing squash and they deserved to win this tournament for sure. It’s going to be a good challenge to see who’s going to win the title this year,” he explained.
It has been over three years since Dessouky last tasted success on the PSA World Tour, going back to the CCI International JSW ISC 2016.
He defeated current World No.9 Mohamed Abouelghar in the final that week, and he says it would mean a lot if he was to take the victory in Pittsburgh to end the drought.
“It would mean a lot to me to secure the win and if it happened, that would give me strength to push for better for the rest of the season.”
The Pittsburgh Open will be held between January 22-26, with 24 players aiming to take home the PSA World Tour Bronze title from the Rivers Club at the end of the month.
You can keep up with the live scores from the event here.