Top seed Omar Mosaad is aiming to become the first Egyptian winner
of the Canary Wharf Classic when London’s favourite squash
tournament returns to the East Wintergarden from March 7-11.
Mosaad began 2016 in his highest position of number four in the PSA
world rankings after a run of excellent form at the end of last
His outstanding spell followed a devastating personal tragedy when
his mother and sister were killed in a car crash near the El Gouna
After a spell out of the game to look after his family, Mosaad
returned to squash with renewed focus and determination and reached
the final of the US Open in Philadelphia in October and the World
Championship in Seattle in November.
In the US Open he beat England’s Nick Matthew, who has won the
Canary Wharf title a record five times, and in Seattle he took out
fellow Egyptians Ramy Ashour and Tarek Momen. In each final, he
finished runner-up to Gregory Gaultier of France.
This week, Mosaad succumbed to another Egyptian, world number one
Mohamed Elshorbagy, in the quarter-finals of the Tournament of
Champions in New York.
Mosaad meets England’s world No.24 Chris Simpson in the first round
at Canary Wharf.
The No.2 seed is Germany’s Simon Rosner, who was runner-up to
Matthew in 2015. Rosner is approaching Canary Wharf in excellent
form after beating England’s James Willstrop in New York and losing
a ferocious battle to Gaultier in the quarter-finals.
The top half of the draw boasts four Egyptians, with No.4 seed
Marwan Elshorbagy meeting Fares Dessouki, and No.8 seed Mazen Hesham
facing England’s wild card Ben Coleman.
Mathieu Castagnet (France) is No.3 seed with four-times winner
Willstrop at five, Cameron Pilley (Australia) at six and Daryl Selby
(at seven). Willstrop faces a tough first round clash with Spain’s
FIRST ROUND DRAW (Top Half) Monday March 7th.
(1) Omar Mosaad (Egypt) v Chris Simpson (England)
(7) Daryl Selby (England) v Qualifier
(8) Mazen Hesham (Egypt) v Ben Coleman (England)
(4) Marwan Elshorbagy (Egypt) v Fares Dessouki (Egypt)
FIRST ROUND DRAW (Bottom Half) Tuesday March 8th:
(3) Mathieu Castagnet (France) v Qualifier
(5) James Willstrop (England) v Borja Golan (Spain)
(6) Cameron Pilley (Australia) v Qualifer
(2) Simon Rosner (Germany) v Qualifier
The qualifying competition takes place at Wimbledon Racquets and
Fitness Club over the weekend of March 5-6 with four winners joining
the top 12 seeds in the main draw.
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The fabulous East
Wintergarden also offers superb opportunities for corporate hospitality,
with the gallery restaurant offering “the best view of squash anywhere
in the world” according to former world champion Peter Nicol.
competition takes place at Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club over the
weekend of March 05-06 with four winners joining the top 12 seeds in the