Gaultier and Ashour Forced to Withdraw from U.S. Open

The 2017 U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management will be without two former men’s champions after world No. 1 Gregory Gaultier and world No. 11 Ramy Ashour withdrew from the tournament Tuesday, October 3.

Gaultier’s 2017-2018 season is off to a rough start after the Frenchman re-aggravated an ankle injury two weeks ago, which he originally suffered during the Men’s World Championship semifinals. The thirty-four year old failed to recover from the injury in time for the U.S. Open–the second tournament he has missed this season after the Oracle NetSuite Open last week. Gaultier’s absence makes world No. 2 Karim Abdel Gawad the one seed in the bottom of the draw, while Mohamed ElShorbagy moves to the top of the draw as the two seed.

Ashour, the 2012 champion, withdrew from the tournament citing “internal illness”, vacating the draw’s eight seed position.  Fellow Egyptian and world No. 9 Fares Dessouky slots into the 8 seed position and will face Team USA’s wild card Chris Gordon in the first round.

The withdrawals move Scotland’s Alan Clyne and Egypt’s Omar Mosaad into the main draw from qualifying.

View the updated main draw here.