world-class draw, featuring eight of the world’s top 10 players, will
line up at Zurich’s Halle 622 between March 26-31 as the battle for the
prestigious Grasshopper Cup, PSA World Tour Gold title commences.
Current World No.1 and World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy - who finished
as runner-up to fellow Egyptian Ramy Ashour last year - tops the draw
ahead of 2017 runner-up Ali Farag, World No.3 Tarek Momen and World No.4
2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad, British Open champion Miguel
Rodriguez, 2016 Grasshopper Cup winner Marwan ElShorbagy and World No.9
Mohamed Abouelghar all feature, while former World No.1 James Willstrop
and 2012 winner Daryl Selby will also be involved.
The top eight seeds receive a bye into round two, where ElShorbagy and
Willstrop are seeded to meet for the 23rd time on the PSA Tour.
Home favourite Nicolas Mueller will get his tournament under way in
round one against Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip. Zurich-based Mueller, 29,
has taken ElShorbagy, Ashour and Rösner all the way to five games in
recent years and he will play Abouelghar in the last 16 if he can
"We’re looking forward to welcoming a world-class draw to Zurich for
what promises to be the best ever edition of the Grasshopper Cup," said
Tournament Promoter Steve Buchli.
"The Grasshopper Cup has long held a reputation as one of the most
prestigious tournaments in Europe, and spectators at Halle 622 can look
forward to six days of high-octane action."
A record prize purse of $109,000 will be up for grabs, while the first
round of the event will be held at the Squash Arena Uster.
Fixtures from the second round onwards will take place on the all-glass
court at Halle 622 and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world)
and Eurosport Player (right). First round action will be streamed live
through the PSA SQUASHTV YouTube channel.