Forty-Ninth U.S. Open to Commence Saturday at Specter Center


The stage is set for the forty-ninth U.S. Open Squash Championships presented by Truist as the world’s best squash players descend on the Arlen Specter US Squash Center in Philadelphia.

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The opening weekend of matches will see the first two rounds contested simultaneously on four courts at the Specter Center including both glass courts and courts 7 and 15 with match play starting at 12pm noon both days.

Twelve Americans are involved in first round action and will hope to harness the home crowd’s support. The opening day schedule includes two all-American matches between Todd Harrity and wild card Spencer Lovejoy at 12:45pm on the east glass court, and Sabrina Sobhy against Haley Mendez at 6pm on the east glass court. Harvard’s Marina Stefanoni will face off with Columbia’s Chan Sin Yuk in a college squash showcase on the west glass court at 7:15pm.

The Saturday evening session will also feature Shahjahan Khan, the highest ranked American male at world No. 32, against Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann at 6:30pm, and U.S. champion Timmy Brownell taking on Spain’s Iker Bernabeu at 6:45pm on the east glass court

Sunday will see the top seeds join the fray after first-round byes, including Egypt’s defending champions Nouran Gohar and Mostafa Asal, who open their title defenses as the one and three seeds, respectively.

Team USA’s Amanda Sobhy and Olivia Fiechter join the action on Sunday with Sobhy, who won the Oracle NetSuite Open title last week in San Francisco, set to open her campaign as the four seed against either Emilia Soini or Penn graduate Melissa Alves Sunday at 6pm on the east glass court.

Fiechter, who made a breakthrough run to the 2021 U.S. Open semifinals, will feature in a marquee match up Sunday night against world No. 2 Hania El Hammamy at 7:15pm on the west glass court.

Follow @USOpenSquash on Twitter and Instagram for updates throughout the tournament. SquashTV subscribers can enjoy all of the glass court action, and free live streams of courts 7 and 15 will be available this weekend.