The tenth anniversary of the first PSA World Tour event staged at the Dayton Squash Center in Dayton, USA, will be marked by the 2012 Dayton Open being upgraded to a PSA International 35 event.
This year’s event will take place from 7-10 November, following two days of qualifying.
“The Dayton squash community is pleased to elevate the 2012 Dayton Open to an International 35 event,” said tournament promoter Charlie Johnson. “We will continue our tradition of providing excellent amenities for the PSA players in attendance and the raised status of this year’s event exhibits our desire to return the Dayton Open to a premier men’s tournament in North America.”
The popular Ohio event boasts a distinguished list of former champions over the past decade – including world number ones Gregory Gaultier, Peter Nicol, Karim Darwish, Ramy Ashour, John White and Thierry Lincou.
Egypt’s Omar Mosaad heads the high quality 2012 Dayton Open field. The world No11 from Cairo already has two Tour titles under his belt this year – and arrives in Ohio direct from Mexico where he reached Sunday’s final of the PSA International 70 Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas unseeded.
Mosaad is expected to meet second seed Alister Walker (both pictured above), the New York-based world No12 from Botswana, in Saturday’s final.
1st round draw:
1 Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Zac Alexander (AUS)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v Qualifier
Marwan El Shorbagy (EGY) v Aurangzeb Mehmund (PAK)
4 Borja Golan (ESP) v Siddharth Suchde (IND)
3 Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Shahier Razik (CAN)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v Qualifier
Chris Ryder (ENG) v Qualifier
2 Alister Walker (BOT) v Qualifier