The Frenchman triumphed in emotional circumstances 12-months ago when he beat home-favourite Nick Matthew comprehensively one the finale and after returning to winning ways at last month’s Grasshopper Cup, following a prolonged calf-related niggle, he’s looking forward to returning to the scene of his last PSA World Series tournament triumph.
“I’m really looking forward to being back in Hull,” said the 32-year-old.
“We’ve been there two times before and it’s been brilliant on both occasions and obviously I’ve done well there as well making the final both times and winning last year – so it’s a place that I’m looking forward to going back to.
“The tournament is fantastically organised and Dr Allam really does a great job supporting squash and we’re all very thankful to him and all the people involved in the tournament.”
Gaultier is seeded second for the tournament, behind current World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy, and will face a qualifier in his opening match on Tuesday May 12th.