Sixth seed Jonathon Power has withdrawn
from the US Open, according to a news item posted on his
"I'm really disappointed but unfortunately I have not been able to recover
from the injury that I sustained in Hong Kong. My focus now is to get in top
shape because it is a busy season. I am going to need to be 100% in order to
get back to the #1 ranking."
Power, who was US Open
Champion in 1997 and 2000, has been dogged by injury and accident in recent
years, and slipped down the rankings after breaking a finger in the opening
round of the Qatar Classic and missing the World Open at the end of 2003,
the biggest tournaments of the year.
In 2004 he made the semi-finals in the first four
tournaments in Kuwait, Sweden, New York and Bermuda, but suffered another
setback after the quarter-finals of the PSA Masters in Qatar.
A comeback in the Super Series Finals, where Power, the defending champion,
came in as a late replacement, proved premature, and although he reached the
quarter-finals in Hong Kong, he was not at full fitness.
"Jonathon is a dynamic presence in any event and, as a
two-time winner of the US Open, will be sorely missed here in Boston this
year," said event promoter John Nimick on hearing the news.
The revised draw elevates Australia's Jos Kneipp to eighth seed and
brings Power's compatriot and one-time training partner Graham Ryding into
the main draw - world No10 Kneipp facing Egypt's Omar Elborolossy and Ryding
another Egyptian, the reigning world champion Amr Shabana.
Power has a hectic schedule planned, with tournaments in St Louis, Detroit,
Cleveland and Budapest lined up before the British Open at the start of
Squash fans everywhere will hope that the Canadian maestro can regain full
fitness in time to dazzle the fans in all of these events.
Malcolm Willstrop's US Open
"Playing with Anthony Ricketts three days
before the Hong Kong Open, I suffered a torn gluteus minimus which
made it impossible to lunge on my left leg. Fortunately my right leg
is my dominant leg and I was able to play with relative success in
Hong Kong. The courts in Hong Kong were really dead, which suits an
attacking player - which was good for me, until I encountered a top
player that could pick some of my good shots and I wasn't quick enough
on one leg to cover his reply. After returning from Hong Kong I
underwent treatment with my therapists but the injury has not fully
healed in time. With 7 tournaments in the upcoming 2 months and with
the goal of returning to #1 in the World, I need this extra time to
heal. My next event will be the St. Louis Open beginning September
Peter Nicol (Eng)
Anthony Ricketts (Aus)
 Nick Matthew (Eng)
 Thierry Lincou (Fra)
 Joe Kneipp (Aus)
Omar Elborolossy (Egy)
 John White (Sco)
 David Palmer (Aus)
James Willstrop (Eng)
 Amr Shabana (Egy)
Graham Ryding (Can)
 Lee Beachill (Eng)