Kennedy, Al Tamimi, Mueller, and Karim El Hammamy Withdraw from U.S. Open; Team USA’s Lovejoy and Mendez Gain Spots

Team USA’s Spencer Lovejoy

The 2022 U.S. Open Squash Championships draws have seen numerous shifts following player withdrawals leading into the tournament, which has also led to positions for Team USA’s Spencer Lovejoy and Haley Mendez.

The most notable withdraw came in the form of world No. 10 and eight seed Georgina Kennedy, who pulled out due to an illness contracted during the Egyptian Open. Egypt’s Salma Hany now moves into the eight seed spot and will have a first-round bye.

The withdraw now sets up an all-college squash opening day match up between Columbia Chan Sin Yuk and Harvard’s Marina Stefanoni. American world No. 51 also earns a spot in the tournament and will take on U.S. teammate Sabrina Sobhy in the first round.

The men’s draw has also shifted with three withdraws. World No. 18 Nicolas Mueller pulled out due to an ongoing calf injury, which shifts Germany’s Raphael Kandra into a 9/16 seed position.

Earlier in the week, Qatar’s world No. 30 Abdulla Al Tammimi withdrew which brought in Team USA’s Spencer Lovejoy into the second wild card spot with Faraz Khan earning his position based on ranking. Lovejoy was set to face Egypt’s Karim El Hammamy in the first round, but the Egyptian has also pulled out which has resulted in another all-American first-round match against Todd Harrity.

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