2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Draws Released

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Egypt’s world champion Nour El Sherbini (r) is the U.S. Open top seed for the first time in her young career.

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sp_20219The path to 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Championships glory has been revealed with the release of the thirty-two player main draws.

Twenty-four players in each main draw take their places as thirty-two players will vie to fill eight main draw positions through two qualifying rounds, October 6-7.

View the full main draws here.

For the fourth consecutive year the U.S. Open will offer equal prize money for men and women at Drexel University, with $150,000 on offer in each draw, which will be headlined by top seeds and world No. 1’s Mohamed Elshorbagy—the 2014 winner—and Nour El Sherbini, the twenty-year-old Egyptian World Champion.

For the first time in his career, Greg Gaultier enters the U.S. Open a world champion.

For the first time in his career, Greg Gaultier enters the U.S. Open a world champion.

In the men’s draw, reigning U.S. Open and world champion Gregory Gauiltier will begin his campaign with a tough opening round fixture against England’s top-twenty-ranked Daryl Selby. The thirty-three-year-old Frenchman will be relieved to see title rivals ElShorbagy and Omar Mosaad, the world No. 3, given the unenviable tasks of facing World No. 11 Tarek Momen and former world No. 1 James Willstrop in the first round, respectively. Willstrop, the 2007 U.S. Open runner up and four-time semifinalist, makes his first U.S. Open appearance since 2013.

Former Harvard graduate Ali Farag, the world No. 10, faces world No. 9 Mathieu Castagnet in what could be the match of the round. Team USA’s Chris Gordon, the men’s wild card, will face 2007 U.S. Open champion and four seed Nick Matthew on the glass court, Sunday, October 9, at 3pm ET.

The women’s draw sees El Sherbini seeded first at the U.S. Open for the first time in her young career, where she begins her campaign against a qualifier. El Sherbini is predicted to meet three seed and three-time U.S. Open champion Nicol David in the semifinals. American wild card Sabrina Sobhy will face England’s world No. 9 Alison Waters in the first match of the tournament on the ASB GlassCourt, Saturday, October 8, at 12pm ET.

The elder Sobhy sister, Amanda, enters the draw’s bottom half as the seven seed and will face Indian No. 1 Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the first round, Sunday, October 9, at 6:30pm ET.

Reigning U.S. Open champion and world No. 2 Laura Massaro begins her title defense against a qualifier in the first round, and is predicted to face world junior champion and four seed Nouran Gohar in the semifinals.

Qualifying draws will be created and released on October 4.

The U.S. Open fortnight returns with a full slate of special events, including the 2016 U.S. Skill Level Championships, and the second annual Squash Summit, October 13-14.

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