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Ali Farag and Nouran Gohar with the 2019 U.S. Open trophies

U.S. Open to Make Specter Center Debut in October

The 2021 U.S. Open presented by Truist will be staged in the new state-of-the-art Arlen Specter US Squash Center for the first time between October 1-6 when the world’s best players do battle in Philadelphia.

Housing 20 squash courts – including two showpiece glass courts as well as high-performance training facilities – the Specter Center is the new headquarters for US Squash, and the U.S. Open will be the first major squash tournament to take place in the new complex, which will celebrate its Grand Opening on October 2.

The U.S. Open returns to the PSA World Tour for the first time since 2019 after a COVID-19 enforced absence from the tour last year and defending champions Ali Farag and Nouran Gohar will line up in Philadelphia next month.

Farag is the top seed in the men’s draw and will take on India’s Saurav Ghosal in round two ahead of prospective matches against Frenchman Gregoire Marche and former World Champions Karim Abdel Gawad and Tarek Momen.

He is seeded to meet three-time U.S. Open champion Mohamed ElShorbagy in the title decider. ElShorbagy will line up against Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng in the last 32 and is seeded to face compatriot Youssef Soliman, Peruvian Diego Elias and Allam British Open champion Paul Coll en route to the final.

Meanwhile, Gohar will go up against Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby in the second round of the women’s event before a predicted third round clash with Yathreb Adel. England’s Sarah-Jane Perry is set to meet Gohar in the quarter-finals before a semi-final clash against No.3 seed Camille Serme.

World No.1 Nour El Sherbini – who is the reigning PSA World Champion and Allam British Open champion – will play either England’s Julianne Courtice or Hong Kong’s Tsz-Wing Tong in round two. From there, the Egyptian is predicted to face USA No.2 Olivia Clyne, USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy and Egypt’s Hania El Hammamy on her path to the title decider as she bids to win her first U.S. Open trophy.

There will be 11 U.S. players in the draw across the men’s and women’s events, a record amount for the U.S. Open. The wildcard spots in the women’s draw are taken up by the Stefanoni sisters, Marina and Lucie, who will play Canada’s Danielle Letourneau and Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam, respectively.

Faraz Khan and Timothy Brownell are the men’s wildcards and they will compete with Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller and France’s Victor Crouin. $250,000 in total player prize compensation will be up for grabs as will a qualification spot for the season-ending CIB PSA World Tour Finals. The winners will earn their spot at the showpiece event in Cairo next year.

The prize money will be split equally across the men’s and women’s events and all of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be shown live on the channels of contracted broadcast partners.

For tickets and more information on the 2021 U.S. Open, visit the tournament’s official website or follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

2021 U.S. Open: Men’s Draw
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) [bye]
[9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA) [bye]
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) [bye]
Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA) v [17/32] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL) [bye]
[6] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) [bye]
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]
Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) v [17/32] James Willstrop (ENG)
[17/32] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [WC] Faraz Khan (USA)
[9/16] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v Arturo Salazar (MEX)
Patrick Rooney (ENG) v [17/32] Borja Golan (ESP)
[17/32] Lucas Serme (FRA) v Ramit Tandon (IND)
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) [bye]
[3] Paul Coll (NZL) [bye]
[WC] Timothy Brownell (USA) v [17/32] Victor Crouin (FRA)
Alan Clyne (SCO) v Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
[9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Greg Lobban (SCO) v Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
Leonel Cardenas (MEX) v [17/32] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[17/32] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) v Nathan Lake (ENG)
[8] Mostafa Asal (EGY) [bye]
[7] Diego Elias (PER) [bye]
Ben Coleman (ENG) v [17/32] Adrian Waller (ENG)
[17/32] Tom Richards (ENG) v Vikram Malhotra (IND)
Todd Harrity (USA) v [17/32] Raphael Kandra (GER)
[17/32] Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Shahjahan Khan (USA)
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) v [17/32] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
[9/16] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) [bye]
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]

2021 U.S. Open: Women’s Draw
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) [bye]
Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) v [17/32] Julianne Courtice (ENG)
[9/16] Nadine Shahin (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) [bye]
[17/32] Lucy Turmel (USA) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
Enora Villard (FRA) v [17/32] Melissa Alves (FRA)
[17/32 Mariam Metwally (EGY) v Lisa Aitken (SCO)
[5] Amanda Sobhy (USA) [bye]
[7] Joelle King (NZL) [bye
[WC] Lucie Stefanoni (USA) v [17/32] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
[9/16] Joshna Chinappa (IND) [bye]
Alexandra Fuller (RSA) v [17/32] Milou van der Heijden (NED)
[17/32] Nada Abbas (EGY) v Menna Nasser (EGY)
[WC] Marina Stefanoni (USA) v [17/32] Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
[17/32] Alison Waters (ENG) v Ineta Lackevica (LAT)
[4] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) [bye]
[3] Camille Serme (FRA) [bye]
Haley Mendez (USA) v [17/32] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
[17/32] Olivia Fiechter (USA) v Menna Hamed (EGY)
Nicole Bunyan (CAN) v [17/32] Donna Lobban (AUS)
[9/16] Nele Gilis (BEL) [bye]
[9/16] Tesni Evans (WAL) [bye]
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) [bye]
[8] Salma Hany (EGY) [bye]
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) [bye]
Jana Shiha (EGY) v [17/32] Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
[17/32] Farida Mohamed (EGY) v Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
Mayar Hany (EGY) v [17/32] Emily Whitlock (WAL)
[17/32] Coline Aumard (FRA) v Tze Lok Ho (HKG)
[9/16] Yathreb Adel (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) [bye]
[2] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [bye]

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