U.S. Open action gets underway this week as the world’s best squash players return to Philadelphia to contest the 2015 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championships at Drexel University.
The world’s top ten men and women will be in Philadelphia to make for a star-studded tournament with one of the richest purses in professional squash on the line.
Two days of qualifying at Drexel University, Racquet Club of Philadelphia, Merion Cricket Club, Germantown Cricket Club, and Philadelphia Cricket Club commence the tournament Oct. 8-9. Qualifying draws will be released Tuesday, October 6.
On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, main draw play will get underway at Drexel’s Kline & Specter Squash Center Court 1 and on the ASB GlassCourt in Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center.
A year after winning his first U.S. Open title and reaching world No. 1, Egypt’s Mohamed Elshorbagy enters the 2015 Championships with a firm hold on the world’s top ranking. Elshorbagy takes charge of the ASB GlassCourt on Saturday at 3:00pm. Looming large in Elshorbagy’s half of the draw is former world No. 1, Ramy Ashour. Ashour, who has missed the last two years in Philadelphia due to injury, arrives in excellent form after winning the NetSuite Open in San Francisco earlier this week.
Nick Matthew, England’s world No. 2, three-time finalist, and 2007 champion is seeded No. 2., with France’s Gregory Gaultier—the 2013 champion—seeded No. 3 and Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez No. 4.
On the women’s side, Egyptian Raneem El Welily is looking for her first U.S. Open title to solidify her hold on the world No. 1 ranking. El Welily begins her campaign on Saturday at 1:00pm on the GlassCourt. On the other side of the draw, Malaysia’s Nicol David occupies the unusual position of being the No. 2 seed and world No. 2, after nearly a decade of spent at world No. 1 until September.
Frenchwoman Camille Serme will be seeded 3, while England’s Alison Waters is No. 4. Laura Massaro, who has climbed back to world No. 3 in the October rankings, will be looking for her second title but has David standing in her way in a potential quarterfinal clash. David stopped Massaro’s run to a second championship in 2013, and the Malaysian is looking for her fourth consecutive U.S. Open title.
Tickets for each main draw session are going fast, Oct. 10-17, so be sure to get yours today on www.usopensquash.com!