2018 DWT

• Canary Wharf Squash Classic • 5th to 9th March 2018 • London •  

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10-Jan-18:
World Champion ElShorbagy to Star at Canary Wharf Classic


World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy is in line to make his first appearance at the prestigious Canary Wharf Classic for five years.

This year’s 15th Anniversary instalment of the Canary Wharf Classic will feature $100,000 in prize money for the first time and the increase in financial compensation has enabled the tournament to attract a high-calibre draw to London’s East Wintergarden, with six of the world’s top 10 players in attendance.

ElShorbagy, who defeated younger brother Marwan to finally get his hands on the PSA World Championship trophy last month, heads the entry list ahead of U.S. Open champion Ali Farag, Marwan and six-time winner Nick Matthew.

"I am really looking forward to be back playing there, I’ve never won it before, so I would love to get my name on that trophy," said ElShorbagy.

"We always get an amazing crowd there and it makes the tournament very exciting. Having the glass court in a such amazing venue like that makes it even more exciting for the players."

Matthew, the 37-year-old from Sheffield, will be making his final ever appearance at the tournament after announcing his intention to retire at the end of the season and the three-time World Champion returns to East Wintergarden to defend his crown after beating Egypt’s Fares Dessouky in last year’s final.

Matthew said: "Canary Wharf is absolutely one of my favourite tournaments on the Tour.

"I’ve been lucky enough to have been successful there, but more than that I love the unique atmosphere at the event, it can be an incredible one to play in."

The other top 10 players involved in the tournament are Qatar Classic runner-up Tarek Momen and World No.8 Simon Rösner, while four-time winner James Willstrop - the current World No.13 - is seeded eighth for the tournament.

Meanwhile, World No.56 Nathan Lake, the Cheltenham-based 25-year-old, has been named the tournament wildcard for the event.

The 2018 instalment of the tournament will also be a historic one as it becomes the first ranking PSA World Tour event to be played using a best-of-three games scoring format.

All round of sixteen and quarter-final matches will be played under best-of-three scoring, while the semi-finals and final will revert to the traditional best-of-five format.

ENTRY LIST

1) Mohamed ElShorbagy (Egy)
2) Ali Farag (Egy)
3) Marwan ElShorbagy (Egy)
4) Nick Matthew (Eng)
5) Tarek Momen (Egy)
6) Simon Rösner (Ger)
7) James Willstrop (Eng)
8) Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
9) Daryl Selby (Eng)
10) Borja Golan (Esp)
11) Cameron Pilley (Aus)
WC) Nathan Lake (Eng)

SCHEDULE

The qualifying stages will be held at Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club on 3rd and 4th March.

The main draw gets under way at East Wintergarden on March 5th with the final on March 9th.

WATCH

All matches from the main draw will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).

The semi-finals and final will be broadcast on mainstream channels around the world, such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

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