Hull set to welcome back world’s best

Hull set to welcome back world’s best

SH14611The world’s top squash players will be heading back to Hull for the Allam British Open, as the men’s and women’s draws were unveiled today.

A total of 46 countries will be represented in May with world number one and eight time world title holder, Malaysia’s Nicol David leading the way in the women’s event, and defending men’s champion Gregory Gaultier seeded to meet world number one Mohamed Elshorbagy in the men’s final.

Hull’s James Earles and Fiona Moverley will be hoping to reach the main draw after being named in qualifying.

Hull City’s owner Dr. Allam recently extended his sponsorship of the prestigious tournament to a further three years to ensure the competition remains in Hull until 2017 – incidentally Hull’s City of Culture year.

SH14540Dr. Allam has been instrumental in leading the way for squash on the global stage with his ongoing sponsorship and commitment to equal prize money for men and women by 2017.

Dr Allam said: “I am delighted to welcome the world’s best squash players back to Hull to compete for the Allam British Open title. Squash is a great passion of mine and to bring these amazing athletes from all corners of the globe to the UK, and particularly Hull East Yorkshire, is an enormous pleasure. I look forward to watching some great matches, seeing the best of the best both men and woman in action and seeing new talent coming through all competing for this world famous title.”

SH14612Three time British Open Champion Nick Matthew said: “I’m really excited to play in Hull again, as a professional squash player we travel to tournaments across the world but as a Yorkshireman it really means a lot to me to be able to play in front of a home crowd.

“Next to the World Championships the British Open is the biggest event in our calendar, so I’ll certainly be hoping to clinch a fourth title.“The players are all really grateful to Dr. Allam for his continued sponsorship of such an important event. His passion and commitment to the game is fantastic.”

Hull’s own Moverley added: “I’m beyond excited to be involved in such a huge event in my home city. I didn’t play in the previous two years so to actually be playing in 2015 means the world to me. I’m hoping I can put on a good show in front of a passionate local crowd.”

The 2015 event is being held at the Airco Sports Arena between 11-17 May with the University of Hull hosting the qualifying matches and a selection of games from round one of the men’s and women’s competition.

Men’s First Round Draw:

[1] Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egy) v James Willstrop (Eng)
Saurav Ghosal (Ind) v Borja Golan (Esp)
Fares Dessouki (Egy) v Qualifier
[5] Amr Shabana (Egy) v Qualifier

[8] Peter Barker (Eng) v Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
Simon Rosner (Ger) v Marwan Elshorbagy (Egy)
Nicolas Mueller (Sui) v Qualifier
[3] Nick Matthew (Eng) v Qualifier

[4] Ramy Ashour (Egy) v Chris Simpson (Eng)
Cameron Pilley (Aus) v Karim Abdel Gawad (Egy)
Stephen Coppinger (Rsa) v Qualifier
[7] Tarek Momen (Egy) v [wc] Adrian Waller (Eng)

[6] Miguel Rodriguez (Col) v Max Lee (Hkg)
Omar Mosaad (Egy) v Qualifier
Daryl Selby (Eng) v Qualifier
[2] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) v Qualifier

Women’s First Round Draw:

[1] Nicol David (Mas) v Qualifier
Emma Beddoes (Eng) v Natalie Grinham (Ned)
Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng) v Salma Hany Ibrahim (Egy)
[7] Nour El Tayeb (Egy) v Qualifier

[3] Laura Massaro (Eng) v Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy) v Qualifier
Joelle King (Nzl) v Qualifier
[8] Low Wee Wern (Mas) v Nouran Gohar (Egy)

[6] Camille Serme (Fra) v Joey Chan (Hkg)
Dipika Pallikal (Ind) v Emily Whitlockk (Eng)
Jenny Duncalf (Eng) v Qualifier
[4] NourtEl Sherbini (Egy) v Heba El Torky (Egy)

[5] Alison Waters (Eng) v
Annie Au (Hkg) v Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
Rachael Grinham (Aus) v Qualifier
[2] Raneem El Welily (Egy) v Qualifier

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