No.1 Gregory Gaultier is aiming to make a strong start to the 2017/18
season when he gets his campaign under way at the 2017 Oracle NetSuite
Open, which takes place in San Francisco, United States between
Gaultier has dominated the PSA World Tour in 2017, winning six titles
and 27 matches in a row en route to becoming the oldest ever World No.1,
male or female.
The Frenchman defeated Englandís James Willstrop to lift last yearís
title - his third Oracle NetSuite Open crown - and he is eyeing up
further success as he looks to begin the season in style.
played the event five times and have always enjoyed playing there," said
"Itís the first tournament of the season, so of course itís important to
have a good start from there and try to build up some confidence for the
rest of the season. We will see what happens.
"[Tournament Promoter] John Nimick always does a good job with
organising events and always tries to set up the glass court in
"After all these years going there, I know lot of people and friends, so
it's even more pleasant to go somewhere you have already experienced,
spent good time and have a lot of good memories. Itís a great place to
visit for people who come to watch the event also."
Gaultier is part of the strongest ever menís draw, with World Champion
Karim Abdel Gawad, World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy and World No.4 Nick
Matthew all seeded to join him in the semi-finals as they battle it out
for a share of the $100,000 prize fund.
A womenís tournament featuring $50,000 prize money will also be held
alongside the menís event and sees defending champion Laura Massaro
headline the draw ahead of Malaysiaís eight-time World Champion Nicol
David, World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry and World No.13 Emily Whitlock.
The qualifying stages and first round of the Oracle NetSuite Open will
be held at local clubs between September 24-26, with matches from the
quarter-finals onwards taking place on the Oracle NetSuite Challenge
court on Justin Herman Plaza between September 27-30.
Action from the Oracle NetSuite Challenge court will be shown live on
SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe Only), while
tickets start from $20 and can be purchased at