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Draw Release: Former World Champion Gaultier Makes his Return in Mauritius

The main draw of the inaugural Necker Mauritius Open 2022 – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels has been released with 24 players competing in the PSA World Tour Gold event, between June 7-11.

The tournament will see a one-off return to PSA World Tour action for former World No.1 and 2015 World Champion Gregory Gaultier as his sponsors are the lead sponsors for the events. ‘The French General’ officially retired from the tour last year, with his final tournament being the PSA World Championships in Chicago in July 2021.

Gaultier is currently level with World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy for the most tournament wins on the PSA World Tour, at 44 titles won each, with the Frenchman’s last win coming at the Czech Pro Series 1 2021 Challenger 10 event in January 2021.

Gaultier has been drawn against talented Egyptian Youssef Soliman in round one of the event. The pair have only played once previously on the PSA World Tour, with Gaultier winning 3-0 in 65 minutes at the CIB PSA Black Ball Squash Open 2021. The winner will play Canary Wharf Classic Champion, Fares Dessouky, who receives a bye in round one.

World No.1 Paul Coll leads the draw and will be aiming to capture his 20th career title and fifth title of the season as he faces the winner of France’s Baptiste Masotti and Egypt’s Karim El Hammamy in the second round.

As well as the World No.1, the event has attracted nine of the world’s top ten, making it the strongest Gold event of the season so far. Reigning World Champion, Ali Farag, already had five PSA World Tour Gold event wins to his name and will be determined to add to that tally and close the gap between him and the World No.1 spot. He will face either tour veteran Matthieu Castagnet or former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad.

An enticing first-round clash between Egyptian duo, Youssef Ibrahim and Omar Mosaad is sure to entertain the Mauritius crowd on day one. Ibrahim had the best tournament of his career at the Windy City Open earlier in the year, where he reached the final of the Platinum event. Meanwhile, Mosaad is a former World No.3 and always poses a threat to the top players. The reward for the winner will be a match with U.S. Open Champion Mostafa Asal.

An all-European clash will take place on day one as former World No.1 James Willstrop takes on Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller. ‘The Swiss Rocket’ has been in the form of his life this year, claiming several big wins against higher-ranked opposition and recently reaching his first British Open quarter final. The victor will play recent Manchester Open runner up and World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy in round two.

As well as the men’s event, a women’s Challenger 30 will also take place at the same time. The top seed in the RMCLUB Women's Open 2022 presented by Expression Networks will be Belgium’s Nele Gilis. The World No.12 has reached the quarter final stage or better at four of her seven events this year, including a last 16 appearance at the Windy City Open Platinum event in February.

Nele’s sister Tinne is the No.4 seed for the event and has been in great form of late, backing up her British Open quarter final appearance with a win at the Annecy Rose Open, where she beat her higher-ranked sister in straight games to lift the title. Tinne will play either Egypt’s Nadeen Kotb or Scotland's Georgia Adderley in round two.

This event will be France’s Coline Aumard’s final appearance on the PSA World Tour as she announced her retirement after 16 years of competing on the Tour. She is the No.8 seed in the event and will face tough opposition in her round two match as she awaits the winner of either compatriot Marie Stephan or England’s Millie Tomlinson.

You can watch the event live on SquashTV.

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Necker Mauritius Open 2022 – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels: Men’s draw
[1] Paul Coll (NZL) [Bye]
Karim El Hammamy (EGY) v [9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
[9/16] Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Mohamed El Sherbini (EGY)
[6] Tarek Momen (EGY) [Bye]
[8] Fares Dessouky (EGY) [Bye]
[WC] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v [9/16] Youssef Soliman (EGY)
[9/16] Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v James Willstrop (ENG)
[3] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) [Bye]
[4] Mostafa Asal (EGY) [Bye]
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
[9/16] Iker Pajares Bernabeu (ESP) v George Parker (ENG)
[7] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [Bye]
[5] Diego Elias (PER) [Bye]
Lucas Serme (FRA) V [9/16] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
[9/16] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) [Bye]

RMCLUB Women's Open 2022 presented by Expression Networks: Women’s draw
[1] Nele Gilis (BEL) [Bye]
Salma Eltayeb (EGY) v [9/16] Fayrouz Aboelkheir (EGY)
[9/16] Marie Stephan (FRA) v Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
[8] Coline Aumard (FRA) [Bye]
[5] Melissa Alves (FRA) [Bye]
Torrie Malik (ENG) v [9/16] Karina Tyma (POL)
[9/16] Enora Villard (FRA) v Diana Garcia (MEX)
[3] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) [Bye]
[4] Tinne Gilis (BEL) [Bye]
Nadeen Kotb (EGY) v [9/16] Georgia Adderley (SCO)
[9/16] Malak Khafagy (EGY) v Alicia Mead (ENG)
[6] Farida Mohamed (EGY) [Bye]
[7] Lisa Aitken (SCO) [Bye]
Saskia Beinhard (GER) v [9/16] Julianne Courtice (ENG)
[9/16] Lucy Beecroft (ENG) v [WC] Kara Lincou (FRA)
[2] Emily Whitlock (WAL) [Bye]

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