At Oracle NetSuite Squash Media Day, noted star players Rachel Grinham of Australia and and Nathan Lake of England play Casey Pratt of ABC7 News San Francisco on the main court cube.
Both 2017 champions, current PSA World Tour No. 1 Mohamed ElShorbagy of Egypt and PSA World Tour No. 8 Sarah-Jane Perry of England, return to defend their titles in the men’s and women’s draws respectively. The full field of professionals and the draws are available at www.oraclenetsuiteopen.com.
“It is a terrific testament to the city, the tournament and the local community that the Oracle NetSuite Open gets a better draw every year,” says tournament promoter John Nimick of Squash Engine. “Seeing so many recent or current world No. 1 players in the tournament ensures the competition in San Francisco will be a highlight of the PSA World Tour season.”
On the Oracle NetSuite Squash 2018 San Francisco Court
In the men’s draw of the Oracle NetSuite Squash 2018, Karim Abdel Gawad, 2016 men’s individual world champion and current No. 8, returns to challenge for the title he was denied by ElShorbagy in the 2017 final, while second-seeded No. 2 Ali Farag of Egypt makes his second appearance. No. 4 Tarek Momen of Egypt and No. 5 Simon Rӧsner of Germany are the three and four seeds respectively.
Three former world No. 1’s and Oracle NetSuite Open veterans and legends, Gregory Gaultier of France, Ramy Ashour of Egypt and James Willstrop of England, highlight the men’s group, together with 2017 British Open Champion and South America’s highest-ever ranked player, No. 6 Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Colombia.
For the women, Raneem El Welily, 2017 world champion and current PSA No. 2, will lead her first Oracle NetSuite Open draw as the women’s top seed, while New Zealand star Joelle King, No. 4, is seeded second. French No. 1 and PSA No. 5 Camille Serme makes her first Oracle NetSuite Open appearance as the third seed, while 2016 Champion and former world No. 1 Laura Massaro of England looks to return to the podium from the fourth-seeded position.
Nicol David of Malaysia, the sport’s most decorated female with eight world championship titles and nine years as No. 1, returns for her third Oracle NetSuite Open.
The amazing Amanda Sobhy, America’s highest-ever ranked professional at No. 6, returns to Oracle NetSuite Squash after a year-long rehabilitation from a career-threatening Achilles tendon rupture and starts her campaign from the No. 18 position in the round of 32 together with fellow American and No. 14 Olivia Blatchford.
Come down to Oracle NetSuite Squash in San Francisco
Professionals won’t be the only players competing on the bay area squash courts during the during the Oracle NetSuite Open as local clubs including the Bay Club, University Club and Olympic Club prepare to host the Oracle NetSuite US Squash Junior Gold tournament September 21-23 and the Latitude 38 Group Open Singles adult tournament September 28-30.
The first round of the pro divisions of the Oracle NetSuite Open will take place September 27th at Bay Club Redwood Shores and Squash Zone in Redwood City, while the second round will take place September 28th at the San Francisco clubs.
Three women’s quarterfinals will be staged at the Bay Club during the day on Saturday September 29th and then the competition moves to the SuiteSuccess glass court at Embarcadero Plaza for the later rounds on the evenings of September 29th to October 2nd.
A special event called FanFest has been added to the tournament schedule from 4:30-6:30pm on Sunday September 30th at Embarcadero Plaza. The ticketed FanFest event invites squash fans to play games, including squash, table tennis, foosball, cornhole, and bocce, with the world’s best squash players and get autographs and pictures.
Tickets are on sale now for select club sessions and all glass court play, September 27-October 2, at www.oraclenetsuiteopen.com, with a price range available for every budget.
For group rates, packages and select box seat availability, contact the Oracle NetSuite Open Box Office at [email protected], or call 415-738-2517.
Stay tuned to www.oraclenetsuiteopen.com for more news and information, and follow @OracleNetSuiteOpen on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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