Player entry for the 2015 Delaware Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships is confirmed today as the world’s best squash players reserve their spots in the first PSA World Series tournament of the season at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Center, October 8-17.
For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Open will offer prize money parity with $150,000 at stake for both men and women. 2015 also sees draw size parity with the women’s qualifying draw expanding from sixteen to thirty-two.
The official U.S. Open draws are set to be released September 15.
Defending champions Nicol David (three times over) and Mohamed Elshorbagy will return to the Philadelphia-fray in defense of their titles. Elshorbagy is still the men’s reigning world No. 1 after earning the top ranking by winning the 2014 U.S. Open. David, however, was dethroned recently by Egyptian Raneem El Welily—ending an astounding 109 month run. After the 2014 U.S. Open, El Welily upset David in the Windy City Open, and bested Alison Waters for the Tournament of Champions title.
Following last year’s U.S. Open, Elshorbagy went on to capture two more PSA World Series titles: The Tournament of Champions and the British Open; while David secured the World Championship title on the World Series tour.
Ramy Ashour, Egyptian world No. 5, has committed to his first U.S. Open since winning the title in 2012. Ashour, the current men’s world champion, has recently been plagued by injury, but returns to the tour this fall fit, and hoping to reclaim the U.S. Open title.
Team USA’s Sobhy sisters are entered in the main draw together—Sabrina as the women’s wild card; Amanda as current world No. 19. The eldest Sobhy will be looking to improve her current ranking and increase her professional exposure—now a full-time competitor on the tour. She recently competed in the China Open, falling short to El Welily in the semifinals.
The youngest Sobhy will have just started her freshman year at Harvard University, coupling her studies and collegiate squash team training with limited professional events.
The world No. 3 Gregory Gaultier, 2013 U.S. Open Champion, and world No. 2 Nick Matthew—this year’s winner of the Windy City Open and 2007 U.S. Open champino—both of whom fell in last year’s semifinals, will be back in Philadelphia for the U.S. Open.
American Chris Gordon occupies the men’s main draw wild card position.
One glaring omission in the men’s draw will be four-time world champion, two-time U.S. Open champion and 2014 finalist Amr Shabana, who recently announced his retirement from the professional tour.
On the women’s side, U.S. Open regular and world No. 9 Low Wee Wern is the only women’s top 10 player to miss the U.S. Open this year as she recovers from an ACL injury.