Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy is targeting a third title at the 2017 U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management, as he prepares to defend his 2016 title as the two seed at Drexel University.
Last year in Philadelphia, the twenty-six year old defeated England’s world No. 4 Nick Matthew in a five-game final to win his second U.S. Open title in three years.
“I really enjoy playing there,” ElShorbagy said. “The promoters and sponsors always make sure we feel welcome and everything is really easy. I’m sure everyone looks forward to playing there.”
In 2014, the then twenty-three year old became world No. 1 for the first time following his maiden U.S. Open title, which he has held for twenty-eight months on and off over the past three years.
“I have great memories because it is the tournament that got me to World No.1 three years ago,” ElShorbagy said. “I’ve won it twice in three years and when I didn’t play very well last season, it was one of the tournaments I won, so I have good memories there. I always love playing there and love all of the support. It’s a tournament I always look forward to.”
The current world No. 3 opened up his 2017-2018 season by winning the Oracle NetSuite Open last weekend in San Francisco. He attributed his early success to working with former world No. 1 David Palmer for a month this summer leading into the season.
Following the withdrawal of world No. 1 Gregory Gaultier, ElShorbagy leads the top half of the draw with a first round match against Australia’s Cameron Pilley and a potential quarterfinal against James Willstrop and potential semifinal against Matthew.
The 2017 title would see ElShorbagy join an elite club of three-time U.S. Open champions that includes Gaultier, Peter Nicol, Jansher Khan, Roshan Khan and Hashim Khan.
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