Seven Locals to Compete in Men’s Qualifying Draw for U.S. Open

Collage from Steve Cubbins squashsite.co.uk

Collage from Steve Cubbins squashsite.co.uk

Tomorrow night, across six clubs in Philadelphia, including courts at Drexel University, seven Americans will compete in the thirty-two player deep draw, all with hopes to claim one of the final eight qualifier spots. 

Tomorrow night, October 9, two locals will take the Drexel courts by storm. Both have been competing on the Professional Squash Association (PSA) circuit for just over a year, and both are set to play untested opponents. Bradbury Thompson, world No. 305, faces Malaysia’s Muhd Asyraf Azan, world No. 63 and fourteenth seed in the qualifiers, at 5pm local time. Faraz Khan, former Rochester student and world No. 336, taking on Egypt’s Mohd Ali Anwar Reda, world No. 54 and seventh seed, follows at 7pm local time. 

Gilly Lane, a local selection, UPenn assistant coach and 2013 United States Olympic  Committee Athlete of the Year (USOC) award-winner, in addition to playing in the Delaware Investments U.S. Open, will also emcee the event. Lane is set to play Scotsman Greg Lobban, sixteenth seed in the qualifiers and world No. 71, at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, tomorrow night, October 9, at 7pm local time. Lobban and Lane have played just once before—the Men’s World Team Championship in 2013, the same event for which Lane was nominated for the USOC Award, due to his outstanding performance. 

In their first career match, Todd Harrity, world No. 83 and Philadelphia-native, on his home club courts, faces off against France’s Lucas Serme, world No. 57, at the Merion Cricket Club tomorrow night, October 9, 7pm local time. In last year’s U.S. Open, Harrity was the sole American to reach the qualifying finals with a comeback five-game match against England’s Chris Ryder. 

Joining Harrity at the Merion Club is fellow local and world No. 264, Adam Perkiomaki, who will play sixth seed and world No. 40, Mexico’s Cesar Salazar.

Together after their match-up in the National Capital Open last week, Adrian Leanza, world No. 171, and Chris Hanson, world No. 184, will both play at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia. Leanza is set to play tenth seed, South Africa’s Shaun Le Roux; a first in their careers. Hanson will face Mexico’s Alfredo Avila, world No. 52 and eighth seed, for the second time. Hanson has previously lost to Avila at the 2014 Pan American Championship in three games.  Leanza plays first at 5pm, Hanson will follow at 6pm local time.