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Grasshopper Cup 2019
26
- 31 Mar
Zurich, Switzerland, $100k
Round TWO
28 Mar
Quarters
29 Mar
Semis
30
Mar
Final
31
Mar
       
 
   
 
     
 
   
 
Round ONE

Main Draw – 2019 Grasshopper Cup
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) (bye)
Borja Golan (ESP) v [9/16] James Willstrop (ENG)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY) v George Parker (ENG)
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) (bye)
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) (bye)
[WC] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) v [9/16] Max Lee (HKG)
[9/16] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) (bye)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) (bye)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[9/16] Declan James (ENG) v Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
[7] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) (bye)
[8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) (bye)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [9/16] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) (bye)

REPORTS
Swiss Hope Mueller Privileged to Star in Front of Home Crowd at Grasshopper Cup

Swiss No.1 Nicolas Mueller is expecting ‘goosebumps’ when he lines up in front of a partizan home crowd at Halle 622 for the 2019 Grasshopper Cup, PSA World Tour Gold tournament, which takes place between March 26-31 in Zurich.

Mueller, 29, resides in Zurich and has appeared at every edition of the Grasshopper Cup since 2012. The World No.17 has come within a whisker of claiming major scalps against the likes of previous winners Ramy Ashour and Mohamed ElShorbagy, and also close friend and current World No.5 Simon Rösner in that time.

Mueller faces Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip in round one next week and says the Grasshopper Cup - which is the biggest PSA Tour event in Continental Europe - is a real highlight for him on the calendar.

"I’m very privileged to be able to play in front of a sold out home crowd, who are swinging Swiss flags," Mueller said.

"It’s definitely goosebump material. I love playing in front of a big crowd, even more so when the majority are cheering for you. I’ve played some of my best matches here, so it must give me a big boost.

"I’ve played this event in multiple locations, growing with the tournament, from a $25K prize fund a few years back to now the biggest tournament in Continental Europe.. the new location is perfect, with the VIP section above, it’s very spacious, has a sponsors village and the hotel is just a two-minute walk away."

A combination of injury and illness meant Mueller had a slow start to the 2018/19 season and he struggled to get out of the starting blocks, falling in the early rounds in each of his first eight tournaments.

Mueller followed that up by reaching the semi-finals of the Pittsburgh Open last month though, and the ‘Swiss Rocket’ feels he is back to full fitness as he aims to peak on home soil.

He said: "My season hasn’t really been the best. My summer preparation was non-existent due to illness and injuries, and that definitely didn’t help the process. At least now I feel like I’m back to 100 per cent finally, just in time for the main event.

"If I start beating these guys [Ashour, ElShorbagy, Rösner] that means I’d be amongst the top five in the world. Thats the quality you need to beat players like that. I definitely have to believe in beating them and the crowd definitely helps with that."

The Grasshopper Cup offers a $110,000 prize fund and round one begins on Tuesday March 26 at the Squash Arena Uster. The second round onwards will be staged at Halle 622.

Eight of the world's top 10 players - including World No.1 Ali Farag, top seed Mohamed ElShorbagy, and his younger brother, 2016 champion Marwan, will appear alongside Mueller in the draw.

Live matches will be shown on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only)

Tickets are available through the tournament website

For more information on the tournament, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 

World’s Best to Line Up in Zurich

A world-class draw, featuring eight of the world’s top 10 players, will line up at Zurich’s Halle 622 between March 26-31 as the battle for the prestigious Grasshopper Cup, PSA World Tour Gold title commences.

Current World No.1 and World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy - who finished as runner-up to fellow Egyptian Ramy Ashour last year - tops the draw ahead of 2017 runner-up Ali Farag, World No.3 Tarek Momen and World No.4 Simon Rösner.

2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, British Open champion Miguel Rodriguez, 2016 Grasshopper Cup winner Marwan ElShorbagy and World No.9 Mohamed Abouelghar all feature, while former World No.1 James Willstrop and 2012 winner Daryl Selby will also be involved.

The top eight seeds receive a bye into round two, where ElShorbagy and Willstrop are seeded to meet for the 23rd time on the PSA Tour.

Home favourite Nicolas Mueller will get his tournament under way in round one against Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip. Zurich-based Mueller, 29, has taken ElShorbagy, Ashour and Rösner all the way to five games in recent years and he will play Abouelghar in the last 16 if he can overcome Yip.

"We’re looking forward to welcoming a world-class draw to Zurich for what promises to be the best ever edition of the Grasshopper Cup," said Tournament Promoter Steve Buchli.

"The Grasshopper Cup has long held a reputation as one of the most prestigious tournaments in Europe, and spectators at Halle 622 can look forward to six days of high-octane action."

A record prize purse of $109,000 will be up for grabs, while the first round of the event will be held at the Squash Arena Uster.

Fixtures from the second round onwards will take place on the all-glass court at Halle 622 and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (right). First round action will be streamed live through the PSA SQUASHTV YouTube channel.

For more information on the Grasshopper Cup, follow the tournament  on Twitter, Facebook  and Instagram or visit their website, where tickets are still available for purchase

Main Draw – 2019 Grasshopper Cup
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) (bye)
Borja Golan (ESP) v [9/16] James Willstrop (ENG)
[9/16] Zahed Salem (EGY) v George Parker (ENG)
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) (bye)
[5] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) (bye)
[WC] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) v [9/16] Max Lee (HKG)
[9/16] Daryl Selby (ENG) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[4] Simon Rösner (GER) (bye)
[3] Tarek Momen (EGY) (bye)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v [9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
[9/16] Declan James (ENG) v Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
[7] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) (bye)
[8] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) (bye)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) v [9/16] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
[9/16] Joel Makin (WAL) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) (bye)