Soon-to-be World No.1 Paul Coll will make his first appearance of the year when he lines up at the 2022 Motor City Open presented by Sturbridge Capital in Detroit between January 26-30.
Coll, who will become the first male Kiwi to top the PSA World Rankings on March 1, has been in England preparing for the event with coach Rob Owen, who has been key in the 29-year-old’s rise up the rankings.
Coll last played the event in 2018, where he lost out in an extremely tight five game battle to Marwan ElShorbagy in the final, and the Kiwi is looking forward to the prospect of continuing the fine form he displayed at the tail end of 2021 as he bids to capture his first Motor City Open.
“My preparation has been very good,” said Coll.
“I’ve been training in Amsterdam since Christmas and the last week I have been over in England with my coach Rob Owen, sharpening up for the event.
“Although that was a tough loss [to ElShorbagy], it’s a new year and another tournament, so I’m just looking to continue my form from 2021. Of course, being World No.1 changes things. It’s probably the best feeling in the world, so I’m flying high at the moment.
“The Motor City Open is a fantastic tournament. I have only played it once but the people there are very welcoming and I am really looking forward to going back and competing for another title.”
2019-20 PSA World Champion Tarek Momen is the event’s No.2 seed and will be looking to reach his 30th PSA final to try and regain his position inside the world’s top three, which he lost last year. He will face either England’s Patrick Rooney or Sebastien Bonmalais from France in his first match.
The third and fourth seeds in the event are two former champions. No.3 seed Diego Elias is the reigning champion and will be looking to replicate his 2020 success. Meanwhile, 2018 winner ElShorbagy, from Egypt, is the event’s No.4 seed.
Home interest comes from Shahjahan Khan and Todd Harrity. Khan faces England’s Nathan Lake in round one. The pair met recently in the Houston Open, with Lake winning 3-0.
Harrity will face Spain’s Borja Golan in his first match of the tournament. Golan was victorious in the pair’s only meeting on the PSA World Tour, winning 3-1 in the first round of the Qatar QTerminals Classic 2021 in October.
There are three entertaining all European clashes in round one as Rooney takes on Bonmalais, Scotland’s Greg Lobban faces ‘The Swiss Rocket’ Nicolas Mueller and Dimitri Steinmann from Switzerland takes on tall Englishman Adrian Waller.
The Motor City Open will be broadcast live on YouTube. Check the PSA World Tour Twitter page each day for a link to watch the action. You can also stay up-to-date with the event by following the tournament on Twitter and Facebook.
2022 Motor City Open presented by Sturbridge Capital: Draw
 Paul Coll (NZL) [bye]
[WC] Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [9/16] Lucas Serme (FRA)
[9/16] Todd Harrity (USA) v Borja Golan (ESP)
 Eain Yow Ng (MAS) [bye]
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) [bye]
Arturo Salazar (MEX) v [9/16] George Parker (ENG)
[9/16] Shahjahan Khan (USA) v Nathan Lake (ENG)
 Diego Elias (PER) [bye]
 Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]
Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) v [9/16] Adrian Waller (ENG)
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v Ivan Yuen (MAS)
 Fares Dessouky (EGY) [bye]
 Mazen Hesham (EGY) [bye]
Greg Lobban (SCO) v [9/16] Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
[9/16] Patrick Rooney (ENG) v Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) [bye]