The draws for the 2022 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions (ToC) have been announced, as squash returns to one of the PSA World Tour’s most iconic venues, New York’s Grand Central Terminal, between May 1-7 following a COVID-enforced hiatus.
The 24th anniversary of the tournament at Grand Central Terminal sees 48 of the world’s top squash players go head-to-head under the chandeliers of Vanderbilt Hall, where they will compete in the Gold-level world tour event for a $230,000 prize fund, which is split equally across the men’s and women’s events.
Ali Farag in action in the 2020 ToC
In the men’s draw, top seed and World No.2 Ali Farag will be hoping to recapture his 2019 crown after losing out in the final of the last edition, the 2020 Platinum event. The Egyptian is seeded to meet 2010 champion James Willstrop in the second round before an eventual final showdown with compatriot and No.2 seed Mostafa Asal.
Asal has enjoyed some success on U.S. courts and last year became the youngest ever winner of the U.S. Open when he beat Tarek Momen at the age of 20. If Asal is to set up an all-Egyptian final, he is likely to have to battle past Diego Elias in the semi-final, with the pair’s last meeting a bruising 127-minute 3-2 win for Asal in the Canary Wharf Classic last week.
For home fans, hopes in the men’s draw will rest with Shahjahan Khan and Todd Harrity. World No.30 Khan plays in his first ToC and faces France’s Sebastien Bonmalais in the opening round. World No.35 Harrity, meanwhile, goes up against Egypt’s Moustafa El Sirty in round one and will be hoping to advance beyond the second round for the first time.
U.S. No.1 Amanda Sobhy (right) is seeded to meet World No.2 Nouran Gohar (left) in the final
In the women’s draw, Egyptian World No.2 Nouran Gohar goes into the tournament as the favourite and top seed, with the 24-year-old hoping to collect her first ToC title.
Nicknamed ‘the Terminator’ for her relentlessness on court, Gohar will be feeling confident of a maiden win here having won 24 of her previous 25 matches, a run that has seen her collect a U.S. Open, DAC Pro, Cincinnati Gaynor Cup, Windy City Open and two Black Ball Open titles.
Potentially awaiting Gohar in the final is the U.S.A’s World No.4 and ToC No.2 seed Amanda Sobhy. Sobhy, a runner up in 2016, will be determined to go deep in the competition after a last 32 finish in 2020 and will begin her tournament in round two, against the winner of the all-Egyptian clash between Farida Mohamed and Yathreb Adel.
Should Sobhy fall, hopes of a home winner will lie with World No.10 Olivia Fiechter, World No.12 Olivia Clyne, and Sobhy’s younger sister, World No.24 Sabrina.
Adding to the pre-tournament drama will be the preceding J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger event, which will be played 27-30 April.
Up for grabs in both the men’s and women’s draws is a coveted wildcard sport in the Gold-level ToC, with the Challenger champions to play Egypt’s Karim El Hammamy and Canada’s Hollie Naughton in the ToC opening round.
2022 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions: Men’s Draw
 Ali Farag (EGY) – [Bye]
Greg Lobban (SCO) v [9/16] James Willstrop (ENG)
[9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) v Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
 Miguel Rodriguez (COL) – [Bye]
 Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) – [Bye]
Nathan Lake (ENG) v [9/16] Victor Crouin (FRA)
[9/16] Shahjahan Khan (USA) v Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA)
 Mazen Hesham (EGY) – [Bye]
 Diego Elias (PER) – [Bye]
Todd Harrity (USA) v [9/16] Moustafa El Sirty (EGY)
[9/16] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v Lucas Serme (FRA)
 Gregoire Marche (FRA) – [Bye]
 Saurav Ghosal (IND) – [Bye]
[9/16] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) v Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
 Mostafa Asal (EGY) – [Bye]
2022 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions: Women’s Draw
 Nouran Gohar (EGY) – [Bye]
Anna Serme (CZE) v [9/16] Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
[9/16] Lucy Turmel (ENG) v Tze Lok Ho (HKG)
 Joshna Chinappa (IND) – [Bye]
 Olivia Fiechter (USA) – [Bye]
Enora Villard (FRA) v [9/16] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) v Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
 Rowan Elaraby (EGY) – [Bye]
 Salma Hany (EGY) – [Bye]
[9/16] Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [Qualifier]
[9/16] Melissa Alves (FRA) v Donna Lobban (AUS)
 Olivia Clyne (USA) – [Bye]
 Nadine Shahin (EGY) – [Bye]
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v [9/16] Nada Abbas (EGY)
[9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY) v Yathreb Adel (EGY)
 Amanda Sobhy (USA) – [Bye]