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Netsuite Open 2015

  Netsuite Open 2015
Men's Draw
25-29 Sep 2015, $100k
San Fransico, USA
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2014 Event 2013 Event 2012 Event 2011 Event
Round 1
Sep 25
Sep 2
Sep 28
Sep 2
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG)
11-6, 12-10, 6-11, 11-4 (55m)
Mazen Hesham (EGY)
 Nick Matthew
5-11, 11-7, 11-13, 13-11, 11-7 (96m)
Simon Rösner
 Nick Matthew
11-2, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 (49m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
 Nick Matthew
11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4 (59m)
Ramy Ashour
[5] Simon Rösner (GER)
11-7, 11-2, 11-3 (17m)
[wc] Mike Lewis (USA)
[6] Peter Barker (ENG)
11-8, 11-3, 11-9 (38m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Cameron Pilley
6-11, 11-3, 8-11, 14-12, 11-8 (108m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
[3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-2 (78m)
[Q] Cesar Salazar (MEX)
[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY)
11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (34m)
[Q] Tom Richards (ENG)
Ramy Ashour
11-5, 11-5, 11-13, 11-4 (58m)
Ryan Cuskelly
Ramy Ashour
11-4, 5-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-3 (59m)
Gregory Gaultier
[7] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-7 (101m)
[Q] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
[8] James Willstrop (ENG)
11-5, 7-11, 11-9, 12-14, 11-9 (64m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
James Willstrop
11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3 (57m)
Gregory Gaultier
[2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 12-10 (90m)
[Q] Ali Farag (EGY)
PSA M100 Qualifying Finals:
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [1] Alister Walker (BOT) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (44m)
Ali Farag (EGY) bt [4] Gregoire Marche (FRA) 3-2: 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11- 8, 11-3 (70m)
[3] Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-3 (32m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt [2] Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-1: 5-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-6 (56m)
  Netsuite Open 2015
Wen's Draw
25-29 Sep 2015, $25k
San Fransico, USA
Round 1
Sep 25
Sep 27
Sep 28
[1] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
11-5, 11-0, 11-3 (20m)
Samantha Teran (MEX)
Amanda Sobhy
11-7, 11-1, 11-8 (26m)
Tesni Evans
Amanda Sobhy
11/3, 11/7, 8/11, 11/1 (34m)
Line Hansen
Amanda Sobhy
11/5, 4/11, 11/5, 12/10 (37m)
Sarah-Jane Perry


[8] Tesni Evans (Wal)
10-12, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6 (67m)
Kanzy El Defrawy (EGY)
[7] Line Hansen (DEN)
11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 (68m)
[Q] Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK)
Line Hansen
11-9,11-7,11-4 (30m)
Olivia Blatchford
[3] Dipika Pallikal (IND)
11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-13, 11-9
Olivia Blatchford (USA)
[4] Habiba Mohamed (EGY)
11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 13-11 (50m)
[Q] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
Habiba Mohamed
9-11, 12-10, 15-13, 11-3 (41m)
Victoria Lust
Victoria Lust
 11/7, 11/9, 11/6 (25m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[Q] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
11-8, 11-6, 11-13, 13-11 (60m)
[5] Victoria Lust (ENG)
[wc] Reyna Pacheco (USA)
11-5, 11-3, 11-4
[6] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)
Nicolette Fernandes
Sarah-Jane Perry
[Q] Fiona Moverley (ENG)
11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7 (36m)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

PSA W25 Qualifying Finals:
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt [1] Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-2: 11-6, 2-11, 5-11 11-4, 11-9 (55m)
Maria Toorpakai Wazir (PAK) bt [4] Nouran El Torky (EGY) 3-1: 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (41m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [3] Aisling Blake (IRL) 3-1: 5-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (48m)
[2] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 12-10 (24m)

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Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco

Men's Final

Ashour Is NetSuite Open Champion

Egypt’s Ramy Ashour added a 37th career PSA World Tour title to his impressive collection after defeating three-time World Champion Nick Matthew in the final of the 2015 NetSuite Open, PSA M100 tournament, in San Francisco today (Sep 29).

Competing in his first tournament since April Ashour, who has been dogged by injury since limping off court against Matthew during the 2013 World Championship semi-finals, was in sublime form as he out-gunned the 35-year-old Englishman to take the match 3-1 and get his latest comeback off to the perfect start.

“It feels great to be back in San Francisco and to win this title for a second time,” said Ashour, who beat Gregory Gaultier in the 2013 NetSuite Open final.

“I’ve always had a great rivalry with Nick and we’ve gone back and forth against each other over the years. He’s a great athlete and a great ambassador for the sport and it takes a lot to beat him - he keeps you on your toes and you really have to dig in against him.

“Every time I go on court I try to give 100 per cent. I’m always trying to learn from every player on court because there is so little between the top players these days. I know what I can do on court but it can be anyone’s victory on any day."

Commenting on the event, which took place under the shadow of San Francisco’s stunning Bay Bridge, Ashour said: “San Francisco has been very special for me – everything about being here is great and the atmosphere is fantastic. There’s a lot of effort that goes into putting on an event like this and all the guys behind the scenes have been amazing.

“It’s been great to be here this week and hopefully I’ll be back to compete again next year.”

The opening exchanges of the encounter were blighted with errors as the significance of the occasion made itself felt on both men before Ashour managed to string together a series of winners to take the first game 11-7.

However Matthew came out strong in the second to dictate proceedings and flip the momentum of the match, levelling the scores at 1-1 after a controversial overrule from the video referee at 10-9 handed him the game, much to the dismay of his opponent.

But Ashour, competing on the day of his 28th birthday, recomposed himself and got off to a flying start in the third game - easing into a 5-0 lead. Matthew, one of the most tenacious competitors on the tour, showed just why he’s known as ‘The Wolf’ as he dug in to mount a comeback but he couldn’t live with Ashour’s pinpoint accuracy and unpredictable shot-making talents.

With a 2-1 advantage secured Ashour continued his barrage in the fourth and had too much in his locker, sealing the match, and his second NetSuite Open title, after 59-minutes on court – winning 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4.

“I kept telling myself in the fourth game that it wasn’t over but Ramy is a different kettle of fish,” said Matthew – who had saved multiple match balls during his quarter-final encounter with German Simon Rösner.

“How a guy as good as him doesn’t get the chance to grace the Olympic Games is a joke really - you’re scratching your head against him at times but I’ll go away and keep working to catch him and World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy.

“Hopefully my body will hold together for a little bit longer as I’ve really been enjoying my squash recently.”


Women's Final

Sobhy Claims Inaugural NetSuite Women's Open Title

American number one Amanda Sobhy delighted a capacity crowd in San Francisco earlier today when she defeated England’s Sarah-Jane Perry to claim the 2015 NetSuite Open, PSA W25 title.

Although the evening air was chilly as the championship match got underway, the open-air NetSuite Challenge Court in Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero quickly heated up as two top seeds battled to see who would secure the inaugural NetSuite Women’s trophy.

Sobhy stormed her way through the draw, dropping just one game en route to the final, as did her opponent world no. 15 Sarah-Jane Perry. The 25-year-old Englishwoman had a slight edge coming into the championship match, having triumphed in their only previous meeting on the PSA World Tour. In a compelling title-decider, it was the World No.19 who took the spoils to rapturous applause.

Sobhy started strongly, attacking the ball quickly and hitting with punishing pace, to take the opening game. Perry responded in the second by moving her opponent deeper in the court and then hitting her trademark trickle boast to tie the match. The 22-year-old left-hander reasserted her status as one of the sport’s most promising talents when she resumed control in the third game, again dictating a quicker and stronger pace to win with relative ease. Despite watching two match balls go to waste in the fourth, Sobhy regrouped to win the championship on the third attempt, prevailing 11-5, 4-11, 11-5, 12-10.

“I’m feeling great right now and I’m just really happy to get the win here tonight,” said Sobhy, who has embarked on a full-time career as touring professional after graduating from Harvard University this past May. “It was a big goal of mine to come here and perform well, especially leading up to the US Open in a couple of weeks. I’m playing SJ again there in the first round and I know she’ll come back stronger.”

Joining Tournament Director John Nimick and NetSuite founder Evan Goldberg for the trophy prsentation was 10-year-old Mika Barden, who had taken it upon herself to raise an additional $15,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to increase the women’s purse to $25,000. Barden's organization, GirlShape, will continue to raise money to advance gender parity. Champion Sobhy endorsed that goal. “Thanks to all the organisers for putting on a really great women’s event here in San Francisco. It’s been fantastic to play here and hopefully we can keep growing this event in the future and have equal prize money for the women and men.”

Men's Semi Finals

Ashour Downs Gaultier To Set Up NetSuite Decider With Nick Matthew

2014 Squash World Champion Ramy Ashour (right) signalled his return to the upper echelons of the sport following a five-month injury absence courtesy of a magnificent victory over Gregory Gaultier in the semi-finals of the 2015 NetSuite Open, PSA M100 tournament.

In front of a capacity crowd outside the stunning San Francisco Ferry Building Ashour, who beat Gaultier in the title decider in 2013, unloaded his entire arsenal of outrageous shots in a back-and-forth encounter in which he made the World No.3 appear average at times.

The victory sees Ashour, who has only competed at three events during an injury-blighted 12 months, secure a place in his 54th PSA World Tour final where he’ll be hoping to claim title number 37 against England’s World No.2 and top seed Nick Matthew.

“It’s amazing to be back in San Fran – there’s a great energy from the crowd here and it’s good to be here and be performing well,” said Ashour.

“To play against someone like Greg takes a lot out of you – he’s a top athlete and it’s not easy to play him – and it’s the same against all the top ten players so I’m just happy with my result today and hopefully I can do the same with Nick tomorrow.

“We both know each other’s games and it won’t be an easy match – but I’m certain it will be an entertaining match and a really tough battle. I’m going to give it 100 per cent and may the better player win.”

27-year-old Ashour shot out of the blocks against 2014 champion Gaultier, hitting winners for fun as he completely outclassed the former World No.1 in the opening game but it was role reversal in the second, as the Frenchman enjoyed the better of proceedings to level the scores and set the scene for what followed.

The 32-year-old from Aix-en-Provence continued to enjoy the upper hand during the third game before a nervy tie-break ensued which Gaultier took– but only after squandering several game-ball opportunities.

The ebb and flow continued in the fourth as Ashour raced into a 6-0 lead and a lung-bursting rally to go 7-0 ahead, which had the on-looking crowd watching in disbelief, appeared the break Gaultier’s resolve both mentally and physically and from then on it was the man know as ‘The Artist’ who dominated proceedings – eventually taking the match 11-4, 5-11, 10-12, 11-2, 11-3.

“We both played well and pushed each other to the limits. We have great respect for each other on and off court and it’s a fair rivalry between us and there’ll be more battles to come for sure,” added Ashour.

Matthew (left) booked his place in the final courtesy of a composed and professional 3-1 victory over World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

Men's Quarter Finals Lower Half Report

Gaultier Keeps NetSuite Defence Alive In San Francisco

Defending NetSuite Open champion Gregory Gaultier kept alive his hopes of retaining the trophy in the 2015 iteration of the PSA M100 tournament, and of claiming the title for the third time overall, following a thrilling four-game encounter with England’s James Willstrop in San Francisco.

The enigmatic Frenchman was taken to the brink against Egyptian Ali Farag in the first round of action but showed no signs of any physical weariness as he came out all guns blazing to romp to the opening game after just nine minutes.

But Willstrop, who has been slowly recovering from a career-threating hip injury during the past 12 months, responded in style, showing glimpses of the form and signature precision hitting that saw him top the world rankings for 11 months in 2012 as he dictated the pace to level the scores.

Drama, tension, intense rallies and superlative hitting dominated a tight third game as both players traded winners to the delight of the crowd but it was Gaultier who edged it and the physical exertion took it’s toll on 6’4" Willstrop as his energy levels dropped in the fourth game, allowing the World No.3 to pounce and secure passage to the semi-finals.

“That was a very tough four games tonight,” said Gaultier.

“James is definitely improving and that’s the best I’ve seen him play for a while. At the beginning I was attacking and I could see he was struggling to move but in the second he came out and surprised me and was getting all my shots back.

“Luckily I managed to win the third game which was a big advantage for me and I was able to let my arm go a little in the fourth so I’m very happy to go through today.”

The 32-year-old from Aix-en-Provence will now take on World Champion Ramy Ashour (left), the man who beat him in the 2013 NetSuite Open final, in tomorrow’s semi-finals when the duo will be facing off for the 31st time on the PSA World Tour.

Ashour booked his last four berth with a comfortable 3-1 win over Australian qualifier Ryan Cuskelly while the top half of the draw will see top seed Nick Matthew take on dynamic Colombian World No.4 Miguel Angel Rodriguez for a place in the final.

Men's Quarter Finals Top Half Report

Matthew Digs Deep To Keep NetSuite Glory Hopes Alive

Three-time World Champion Nick Matthew was forced to draw on all his 18-years of professional experience as he came within a whisker of exiting the 2015 NetSuite Open at the quarter-final stage against German Simon Rösner in San Francisco today (Sept 26).

In all their seven previous meetings Matthew, the 35-year-old winner of 33 PSA World Tour titles, had never dropped more than a game against the 27-year-old World No.7 but needed all his trademark fighting spirit to keep his tournament alive when he found himself 10-6 and match-ball down in the fourth game.

Matthew, traditionally one of the strongest starters on tour, was behind from the off as Rösner came out firing with precision and pace to take the opening game and after sealing the third after a nervy tie-break, the powerful man from Paderborn looked on course to record a career-defining win. But Matthew called on every fibre of his Yorkshire-grit to save four match-balls and force a fifth and deciding game - which he eventually sealed 11-7 after 96-minutes of compelling, nail-biting drama.

“I’ve a good head to head record against him and normally I’ve broken him down after a game or two but tonight I never felt like I did that and I had to fight for every point,” said Matthew.

“He was taking the volley away from me and mentally I had to put in so much focus to every shot that I struggled to implement my game plan. I had to dig deep and all credit to him as that’s the best he’s played against me.

“I used all my experience in that fourth game to make sure I didn’t panic and stay composed but aggressive as well. There were a lot of guts in there as well because I just didn’t want to lose tonight.

“Once it got to the fifth I felt like I had the momentum and the experience behind me. I thought that if I managed a good start then I could push on and I’m happy I managed to do that.”

Matthew’s opponent in the semi-final will be the entertaining Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez (left), who secured his place in the last four courtesy of a similarly dramatic come-from-behind win over Australian Cameron Pilley in a titanic 108-minute battle.

Rodriguez too was match-ball down in the fourth game against an inspired Pilley, who produced some of his best play of the last 18-months to dictate the pace and unsettle the Colombian from the start, but after a series of nervy exchanges the man from Bogota managed to save the match and force a decider - which he managed to sneak 11-8.

“Cameron played very well tonight and I had to play at 100 per cent in the entire match to try and match him,” said Rodriguez.

“He’s a very talented player and he was playing amazing today. I was focusing so much on retrieving the ball and not making a mistake in that forth game, which was crucial, and I was lucky to win the match.”

Women's Quarter Finals Report

Home Star Sobhy Shines In San Francisco

American number one Amanda Sobhy (right) lived up to her billing as the number one seed at the 2015 NetSuite Open PSA W25 tournament as she emphatically saw of Welsh challenger Tesni Evans in the marquee match-up of the quarter-finals in San Francisco.

Recent Harvard-graduate Sobhy, World No.19, dispatched the World No.28 3-0 after just 26-minutes to the delight of the partisan crowd and cruise into the semi-finals where she will be hoping to overcome Danish challenger Line Hansen and move into the finale.

“I love playing in the US because the crowd is so amazing and when people come and support me it makes me want to push harder and play my best and to play at this venue is amazing,” said Sobhy.

“I’ve finally finished with school so this year my focus is to try and enjoy being a full-time pro and not to try and squeeze in all the events I haven’t played due to studying.

“If I can stay injury free and keep pushing hopefully I can crack the single digits in the rankings and put in some good performances in the bigger tournaments and see how it all goes.”

The bottom half of the draw will be an all-English affair between number two seed Sarah-Jane Perry and Victoria Lust (left) after the latter knocked out fourth seed Habiba Mohamed 3-1.

Defending NetSuite Champion Narrowly Avoids First Round Exit

Defending champion Gregory Gaultier came within a whisker of a shock first round exit at the 2015 NetSuite Open, PSA M100 tournament, saving multiple match balls against Egyptian Ali Farag to keep his tournament alive following a dramatic 90-minute encounter.

After booking his place in the main draw after a 70-minute match with French number three Gregoire Marche, the 23-year-old from Cairo attacked the ball to take the match to Gaultier and unsettle the French World No.3 from the off and it was a strategy that paid off for the Harvard graduate as he came from 2-1 down to level the match and force a fifth game.

Farag’s continued aggression was rewarded when he found himself with two match balls in hand but he couldn’t convert and it was the a relieved Gaultier who eventually sealed it 12-10 in the fifth.

“He played so well, it was unbelievable,” said Gaultier.

“I haven’t lost many first round matches over the last ten years but the way he was playing I wouldn’t have had many complaints tonight. I played quite well, I lost my concentration in places, but there were only a few points that made the difference and I was lucky that I won those points tonight.”

After the match Farag said: “Of course it’s disappointing to lose but he has been in these situations hundreds of times and it was experience that made the difference in the end.”

Top seed Nick Matthew, the World No.2, and 2014 World Champion Ramy Ashour, the World No.5, suffered no such difficulties as they began their campaigns with comfortable victories over Mazen Hesham and Tom Richards, respectively while qualifier Ryan Cuskelly’s rich vein of form continued as he followed up his surprise win over top seeded qualification player Alister Walker with an impressive performance against Mathieu Castagnet, taking out the World No.9 3-2 after a brutal 101-minute battle.

Fellow Australian Cameron Pilley also upset the seeding to take out World No.8 Peter Barker 3-0.

In the women’s PSA W25 tournament American number two and World No.37 Olivia Blatchford (right) produced the performance, and shock, of the first round as she surged to an impressive 3-2 win over Indian number three seed and World No.17 Dipika Pallikal.

Blatchford stormed into an early two game advantage only to see Pallikal mount a comeback and force a decider, but Blatchford gathered herself and showed impressive maturity as she held her nerve in a tense fifth game to take the match 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 11-13, 11-9.

She was joined in the quarterfinals by compatriot and top seed Amanda Sobhy, who ruthlessly saw off Mexican Samantha Teran in just 20 minutes as she bids to add a 14th PSA World Tour title to her name.
Upsets Galore In NetSuite Qualification

The final round of qualification at the 2015 NetSuite Open delivered a plethora of upsets across both the men’s PSA M100 and women’s PSA W25 events as the top ranked players in both draws exited the tournament in a series of shock results.

Cesar Salazar (left) of Mexico defeated Dutchman Laurens Jans Anjema in straight games.

Australian Ryan Cuskelly produced a fine display to take out top seeded qualifier Alister Walker in the men’s draw, seeing off the former World No.12 in straight-games, while England’s Tom Richards recovered form losing the opening game against second seeded Alan Clyne to record a 3-1 win and book his place in the main draw where he will go up against 2014 World Champion Ramy Ashour in what will be the Egyptian’s first appearance on the PSA World Tour since April.

Egyptian Ali Farag made it a hat trick of upsets in the men’s draw as he overcame Frenchman Gregoire Marche following a thrilling 70-minute battle in which he twice came from behind to earn his main draw berth against French number one and World No.3 Gregory Gaultier - the defending NetSuite Open champion.

In the women’s event English duo Fiona Moverley and Millie Tomlinson (right in red) continued the underdog theme as they knocked out the number one and number three seeds, respectively, while Tomlinson impressing in her 3-1 win over Aisling Blake and Moverley edging Frenchwoman Coline Aumard in a tense 3-2 encounter.



Local Players Are Gearing Up For The Most Important International Squash Event In Northern California

The NetSuite Open is around the corner and local players like Charlie Johnson (right) have the opportunity to be part of it. Charlie is the No. 1 ranked in California and he has very clear expectations about the event. “I feel like I have nothing to loose and this is my home court with my home crowd.” Charlie will be against another English squash player Tom Richards, who is the No. 24 in the world. “I know Richards pretty well, we are good friends. He is a top player and I know what to expect. I’m just going to try no get chopped so badly.”

Gabriel Morgan (left) is a 17 year-old are squash player from Stanford, California. At the age of 14, he was crowned the U.S. National Junior Squash Champion in the U15 Boys division. He was the first junior player from California to ever win a national championship. Nationally, as a junior, Gabriel currently is ranked #4 in the Boys U19 division and for him, being part of the NetSuite Open is something more than special. ”It’s a big honor to again play in the NetSuite Open, and I’m really looking forward to my match with Alan Clyne (SCO). I’ve known Alan for a couple of years and, this past summer, I trained with him at Yale as Team USA prepared for the World Juniors. Alan is a terrific guy, a world-class squash player, and it will be exciting to jump on court with him again. Hopefully, we’ll put on a great show!"

Mariam Kamal is a 17 year-old squash player living in Novato, California who got a local spot in the event. Mariam got 1st. Place at the JCT Frank Miller Massachusetts Junior Championship this past weekend. “It is a privilege for me because there were a lot of local girls who wanted to participate in it and I got the opportunity. I’m so excited to play. I know I will get a lot of experience from the top players in the main draw, which I’m hoping I can get into. Also, it is my first professional tournament so I know it will help me by building up my career.” Mariam will play against Amanda Landers-Murphy No.40 in the world from New Zealand. Tara Ayra is also participating and she will play against the No. 44 in the world Nouran El Torky. We wish them all the very best of luck.


NetSuite Open To Begin With Bitter Rivalry

One of the most intense grudges in squash history will be rekindled this September during the opening round of the 2015 NetSuite Open, PSA M100 tournament, when three-time World Champion Nick Matthew will lock horns will long-term domestic rival James Willstrop for the first time since the final of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in what promises to be a blistering encounter.

The duo, separated by just three years in age and thirty miles geographically in their home county of Yorkshire, have maintained an acrimonious relationship since first clashing in 2001 with Willstrop going as far as citing his rival as ‘pretentious and vicious’ during a 15-year rivalry that has produced some of the most memorable matches in the history of squash.

Fans in San Francisco will be hoping to witness the latest instalment of their epic saga when they meet in a mouth watering first round match-up and with both men holding the World No.1 ranking in recent years they are certain to deliver a high-quality encounter.

“The draw for this year’s NetSuite Open is the strongest in the tournament’s history and nowhere is that more epitomised than in a first round clash between two of the greatest players we’ve seen in recent years in the form of Nick and James,” said NetSuite Open promoter John Nimick.

“The English pair have lit up squash courts around the world with gruelling and compelling battles and squash fans on the West Coast are in for a real treat when these two meet again here because neither man will give an inch to the other.

“With such a high-class encounter headlining the opening day and with a plethora of other recent world number ones seeded to clash throughout the event, I believe we’re in for a special tournament in September.”

Such a challenging opening encounter will make Matthew’s task of living up to his number one seeding a daunting one while his main title contenders such as current World Champion Ramy Ashour and defending NetSuite title holder Gregory Gaultier will begin their campaigns against yet-to-be-confirmed qualifiers.

Both men will be hoping to avoid drawing unpredictably talented Egyptian shot-maker Mazen Hesham, the 24-year-old who tops the qualification draw, while World Junior Champion Diego Elias, who won silver during the recent PanAmerican Games, will also be a name to watch during the qualification campaign.

2015 NetSuite Open PSA M100 - First Round Draw:
[1] Nick Matthew (ENG) v James Willstrop (ENG)
[WC] Mike Lewis (USA) v [5] Simon Rösner (GER)
[6] Peter Barker (ENG) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
[Qualifier] v [3] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
[4] Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v [8] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[7] Amr Shabana (EGY) v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
[Qualifier] v [2] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

2015 NetSuite Open PSA M100 - Qualification Entry List:
Mazen Hesham (EGY)
Alister Walker (BOT)
Tom Richards (ENG)
Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Gregoire Marche (FRA)
Alan Clyne (SCO)
Laurens Jan Anjema (NED)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
Adrian Grant (ENG)
Ali Farag (EGY)
Diego Elias (PER)
Raphael Kandra (GER)
Charlie Johnson (ENG)
Gabriel Morgan (USA)
Julian Illingworth (USA)
Chris Hanson (USA)

The 2015 NetSuite Open takes place at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco, with tickets for the tournament priced from $40 and available to purchase by visiting http://netsuiteopensquash.tix.com