The U.S. Open is the most prestigious squash tournament in the United States and one of the most significant in the world.Starting in 1954, the U.S. Open has previously been held in iconic locations such as Michigan Avenue and Millennium Park in Chicago and Symphony Hall in Boston. Since 2011, the U.S. Open has been held in Philadelphia, at the Daskalakis Athletic center at Drexel University.
The 2017 U.S. Open main draws have been revealed, as the world’s top men and women will have equal prize money in the first PSA World Series tournament of the season, October 5-14, at Drexel University in Philadelphia. World No. 1’s Gregory Gaultier, three-time U.S. Open champion, and Nour El Sherbini, two-time U.S. Open finalist, lead the men’s and women’s draws as top seeds and title favorites.
GREGORY GAULTIER FAVORITE FOR THE TITLE
Number two seed Gawad is seeded to meet the title holder Mohamed El Shorbagy, who begins his tournament against a qualifier.
Elsewhere, World No.1 Gregory Gaultier will begin with a difficult first round, Australia’s Cameron Pilley. The World n°1 is set to face last year’s runner-up Nick Matthew for a place in the final if both players can play to their seedings.
The Egyptian Ramy Ashour will also be in action and he will take on tournament wildcard Christopher Gordon.
NOUR EL SHERBINI FAVORITE FOR THE TITLE
Women’s defending champion Camille Serme will begin her tournament against World No.53 wildcard Haley Mendez and she is seeded to meet World Championship runner-up Raneem El Welily in the semi-finals.
The top half of the draw will see World No.1 Nour El Sherbini - who lost to Serme in last year’s final - take on fellow Egyptian Mariam Metwally on day one, while World No.4 Laura Massaro, a winner in 2011 and 2015, is seeded on the same side of the draw as El Sherbini and will line up against compatriot Millie Tomlinson, finalist at the European Individual Championship.
Qualification takes place between October 5-6, while the main draw will be held between October 7-14 inside the Daskalakis Athletic Centre at Drexel University.