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Nathan Lake in action in round one at the Houston Open

Lake Takes 'Lucky Loser' Spot for Second Round of Houston Open

England's World No.28 Nathan Lake will take the 'Lucky Loser' spot in round two of the Houston Open PSA World Tour Gold event following the withdrawal of No.2 seed Mohamed ElShorbagy.

World No.3 ElShorbagy withdrew after a positive COVID-19 test prior to travelling to the tournament.

As per the PSA rule book, due to the withdrawal coming within an hour of the tournament starting, there were no changes to the draw or to seedings for the event and instead following the end of the first day’s play, a ‘Lucky Loser’ was to be drawn out from the eight players who lose out in the first round.

That player was Lake, who lost out to Egypt's Youssef Soliman in round one, and he will now face USA's Shahjahan Khan in round two, taking ElShorbagy's place in the draw. That match will take place on Thursday January 6.

Second Round Draw (Top Half): Houston Open (To Be Played Wednesday 5th)
[1] Ali Farag (EGY) v Raphael Kandra (GER)
Youssef Soliman (EGY) v [8] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
[5] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) v Mohamed ElSherbini (EGY)
Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) v [3] Mostafa Asal (EGY)

Second Round Draw (Bottom Half): Houston Open (To Be Played Thursday 6th)
[4] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [6] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
[7] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Omar Mosaad (EGY)
Shahjahan Khan (USA) v Nathan Lake (ENG)

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