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Tournament of Champions 2019
Men's Draw

16 - 24 Jan

Grand Central Terminus, New York , USA, $180k
Round 2
19 - 20 Jan
Round 3
2
1 Jan
Quarters
22 Jan
Semis
23 Jan
Final
24 Jan
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)
11-4, 12-10 11-4 (27m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
Mohamed ElShorbagy 
11-2, 12-10, 11-9 (39m)
Zahed Salem


 


 


 
Zahed Salem (EGY)
9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (63m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
Cameron Pilley (AUS)
11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (28m)
Tom Richards (ENG)
Cameron Pilley 
11-9, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7 (55m)
Diego Elias
Diego Elias (PER)
11-8, 11-6, 0-11, 12-10 (50m)
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
4-11, 11-13, 3-4 ret. (65m)
Joel Makin (WAL)
Karim Abdel Gawad
8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4 (86m)
Fares Dessouky


 
Fares Dessouky (EGY)
11-8, 5-11, 11-6, 11-6 (43m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
Max Lee (HKG)
8-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-2 (40m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX)
Max Lee
11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (48m)
 Simon Rösner
[3] Simon Rosner (GER)
11-4, 11-8, 11-9 (49m)
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY)
10-12, 11-4, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6 (68m)
[9/16] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
Tarek Momen
v
Gregoire Marche


 


 
Gregoire Marche (FRA)
11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (51m)
Lucas Serme (FRA)
Greg Lobban (SCO)
11-9, 11-4, 11-6 (49m)
Chris Simpson (ENG)
Greg Lobban
v
Omar Mosaad
Omar Mosaad (EGY)
7-11, 17-15, 11-6, 11-9 (81m)
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
[7] Paul Coll (NZL)
11-3, 11-3, 9-11, 11-8 (55m)
Todd Harrity (USA)
Paul Coll
v
Saurav Ghosal


 
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (48m)
Campbell Grayson (NZL)
[9/16] Daryl Selby (ENG)
11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (50m)
Youssef Soliman (EGY)
Daryl Selby
v
Ali Farag
[9/16] James Willstrop (ENG)
11-4, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4 (51m)
[2] Ali Farag (EGY)

ROUNDS 1

Results - Men’s First Round: 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
Nicolas Mueller (SUI) bt Mazen Hesham (EGY) 3-0: 13-11, 11-5, 11-8 (36m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (34m)
Zahed Salem (EGY) bt Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) 3-1: 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-7 (50m)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 12-10, 11-9, 11-6 (46m)
Tom Richards (ENG) bt Ben Coleman (ENG) 3-1: 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (42m)
Joel Makin (WAL) bt Joshua Masters (ENG) 3-1: 11-3, 11-2, 8-11, 12-10 (58m)
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) bt George Parker (ENG) 3-2: 9-11, 15-13, 12-10, 6-11, 12-10 (137m)
Cesar Salazar (MEX) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-9 (44m)
Gregoire Marche (FRA) bt Raphael Kandra (GER) 3-1: 10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 11-4
Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Declan James (ENG) 3-2: 11-9, 5-11, 4-11, 13-11, 11-3 (78m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Arturo Salazar (MEX) 3-1: 11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5 (36m)
Chris Simpson (ENG) bt Borja Golan (ESP) 3-1: 11-4, 11-4, 4-11, 11-9 (59m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt [WC] Chris Hanson (USA) 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-8 (46m)
Todd Harrity (USA) bt Tsz Fung Yip (HKG) 3-1: 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7 (43m)
Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Leo Au (HKG) 3-2: 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 4-11, 11-5 (90m)
Youssef Soliman (EGY) bt [WC] Timothy Brownell (USA) 3-1: 6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10 (61m)
 

Tournament of Champions 2019
Women's Draw
18 - 24 Jan
Grand Central Terminus, New York, USA, $180k 
Round 2
19 - 20 Jan
Round 3
21 Jan
Quarters
22 Jan
Semis
23 Jan
Final
24 Jan
[1] Raneem El Welily (EGY)
11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (20m)
Mariam Metwally (EGY)
Raneem El Welily
v
Joshna Chinappa


 


 


 
[14] Joshna Chinappa (IND)
11-8, 11-8, 13-11 (37m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL)
[10] Annie Au (HKG)
11-5, 11-9, 12-10 (29m)
Joey Chan (HKG)
Annie Au
v
Nouran Gohar
[6] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
11-4, 11-5, 5-11, 11-6 (39m)
Low Wee Wern (MAS)
[5] Camille Serme (FRA)
11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (30m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED)
Camille Serme
v
Victoria Lust


 
[13] Victoria Lust (ENG)
16-14, 11-8, 11-8 (30m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
[11] Nicol David (MAS)
11-9, 11-7, 13-11 (33m)
Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
Nicol David
v
Joelle King
[4] Joelle King (NZL)
11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-1 (39m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
v
Lisa Aitken (SCO)


 


 


 
Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
v
[12] Amanda Sobhy (USA)
[9] Alison Waters (ENG)
v
Emily Whitlock (ENG)


 
Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
v
[8] Tesni Evans (WAL)
[7] Laura Massaro (ENG)
v
Yathreb Adel (EGY)


 


 
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
v
[15] Salma Hany (EGY)
[16] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA)
v
Nele Gilis (BEL)


 
Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
v
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)

ROUND 1


Mariam Metwally (EGY) bt Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 3-0: 11-5, 11-9, 11-3 (26m)
Tinne Gilis (BEL) bt Coline Aumard (FRA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 (27m)
Joey Chan (HKG) bt Satomi Watanabe (JPN) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 (23m)
Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-1: 12-10, 11-3, 6-11, 11-6 (42m)
Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 3-1: 11-9, 15-13, 6-11, 11-9 (47m)
Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) bt Rachael Grinham (AUS) 3-1: 8-11, 11-5, 11-3, 11-1 (29m)
Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 3-1: 3-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (35m)
Zeina Mickawy (EGY) bt [WC] Marina Stefanoni (USA) 3-1: 12-10, 3-11, 11-6, 14-12 (49m)
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt Nada Abbas (EGY) 3-2: 13-11, 5-11, 4-11, 15-13, 11-5 (64m)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt Samantha Cornett (CAN) 3-1: 0-11, 11-7, 12-10, 13-11 (40m)
Emily Whitlock (ENG) bt Hollie Naughton (CAN) 3-1: 8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 (47m)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (33m)
[17/32] Yathreb Adel (EGY) bt Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-0: 11-8, 12-10, 11-5 (25m)
Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt Fiona Moverley (ENG) 3-0: 11-2, 11-7, 11-8 (23m)
Nele Gilis (BEL) bt Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-6 (42m)
Hania El Hammamy (EGY) bt [WC] Emilia Soini (FIN) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 (19m)
 

 

REPORTS

Plain Sailing for Seeds on Day Four of ToC


The fourth day of action at the 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, PSA Platinum event saw all 12 matches go the way of the higher-ranked player, with World No.1s Raneem El Welily and Mohamed ElShorbagy among the winners at New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

El Welily is appearing in her first PSA Tour event since overtaking fellow Egyptian Nour El Sherbini at the summit of the PSA Women’s World Rankings at the beginning of December. The 30-year-old kickstarted her title challenge with a resounding 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 victory over World No.23 Mariam Metwally in the second round of the women’s event.

“When I got to No.1, I was just trying to enjoy myself on court and to do my best in every single game,” said El Welily

“To stay in the same form, I have to do the same things that got me to No.1, so I am still trying to enjoy it as much as possible.

“It is definitely good to be back in New York at Grand Central Station. It is one of my favourite tournaments all year, and I am just happy to be through to the next round."

India’s Joshna Chinappa stands in El Welily’s way in the next round after the World No.14 got the better of Belgium’s Tinne Gilis in straight games.

2017 champion Camille Serme also got her tournament under way as she claimed an 11-7, 12-10, 11-6 win over World No.36 Milou van der Heijden in 30 minutes.

The World No.5 - who two years ago became the first Frenchwoman ever to win this tournament - will go up against England’s Victoria Lust for a place in the quarter-finals after the No.13 seed toppled Hong Kong’s Liu Tsz-Ling.


"When I came on the court for the warm-up, I was like a child," said Serme.

"I was excited and happy to be back here. I love playing in Grand Central station, it’s my favourite tournament and I just want to keep playing here."

World No.4 Joelle King also claimed a victory on day four as she defeated Zeina Mickawy in four games, and she will play 2014 champion Nicol David in a mouthwatering third round fixture. Eight-time World Champion David dispatched current World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby by a 3-0 margin.

World No.8 Nouran Gohar and World No.12 Annie Au were the other victors on day four as they axed Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern and Hong Kong’s Joey Chan, respectively.

The top half of the men’s third round was also contested today, with ElShorbagy and defending champion Simon Rösner advancing to the quarter-finals after respective triumphs against Egypt’s Zahed Salem and Max Lee of Hong Kong.

ElShorbagy’s 11-2, 12-10, 11-9 win over Salem will see him line up against World No.11 Diego Elias in the last eight. Elias dispatched Australia’s Cameron Pilley and will look to replicate the form that saw him upset ElShorbagy in November’s Qatar Classic.

“Diego has been playing well this season," ElShorbagy said afterwards.

"We played once this season in Qatar where he got the better of me, it was the first time he got the better of me. He is someone who is going to keep me playing for so many years to come. There is no doubt he is a future No.1 and future World Champion.”

Meanwhile, Rösner will clash with World No.5 Karim Abdel Gawad, with Gawad coming through in five games to dispatch compatriot Fares Dessouky.

Rösner said: “I love Grand Central, I love New York and I love playing on this glass court.

"Hopefully I can get another win, but no matter how I go I am just enjoying being out here.”

The second round of the women’s event and the third round of the men’s continues tomorrow (Sunday January 20). Play will get under way at Grand Central Terminal at 12:00 (GMT-5) and will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).
 
Egypt’s Farag Downs Willstrop in Toc Thriller


World No.2 Ali Farag got the better of former World No.1 James Willstrop in the standout match of day three of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions - the PSA Platinum event currently taking place inside New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

Farag can overtake current World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy at the summit of the World Rankings if he wins the tournament and ElShorbagy exits the event at the semi-final stage or sooner.

And the Harvard-graduate kicked off his title challenge in New York after coming through a thrilling 51-minute battle with England’s Willstrop. The pair played out a series of entertaining rallies under the chandeliers of Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall and received a standing ovation as they departed the court.

“I grew up watching James, he is one of the players I look up to and it is never easy to share a court with him," said Farag, who will play Willstrop’s compatriot Daryl Selby in the next round.

“He has better ball control, he is smarter than me. I just try to play as fast as possible. Thankfully, I was able to win and I am very happy to do so.

"I consider it a privilege every time I get on the court with him. I feel very honoured to be sharing a court with the likes of James and Nick [Matthew] and Greg [Gaultier]."

The day’s biggest upset of the day saw World No.17 Omar Mosaad send World No.6 Miguel Rodriguez to an early exit to follow up his win at the Black Ball Open last month.

Colombia’s Rodriguez started well in New York to go a game ahead, however a crucial second game went the way of Mosaad on the tie-break, and the Egyptian played some scintillating squash in the third and fourth games to consign Rodriguez to an early exit.

“I am really happy because I did a good job today, I think, and Miguel [did so] as well," said Mosaad.

“It is not easy to play Miguel. Especially because we have had a couple of matches that were very tough. I needed to be strong mentally today, I pushed 100% today and I want to thank my coaches and my wife, who is supporting me today."

New Zealand’s World No.7 Paul Coll escaped with a 3-1 victory over men’s United States No.1 Todd Harrity after he almost let a two-game lead slip.

Coll was in control as he dropped just six points over the course of the opening two games, but Harrity, backed on by his home crowd, battled his way back into the match as he unsettled the Kiwi and hit a number of winners at the front of the court.

Harrity’s resurgence continued into the fourth as he built up a 7-0 lead, but Coll was able to arrest his drop off in intensity and fought back to close out the win in four games. The 26-year-old will line up against India’s Saurav Ghosal for a place in the last eight.

“I became a bit too passive,” Coll said.

“Obviously I was concerned [after going 7-0 down in the fourth] and I tried to get myself back into it. I just had my coach’s voice in my head going nuts at me."

There was also a victory for World No.4 Tarek Momen, who claimed a hard-fought 3-2 win against World No.10 Mohamed Abouelghar, winning it 10-12, 11-4, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6 in 68 minutes. Momen will play France’s Gregoire Marche in round three, while Greg Lobban also advanced into the last 16.

The women’s tournament got under way today, with United States duo Haley Mendez and Marina Stefanoni seeing their tournaments come to an end at the hands of Dutch player Milou van der Heijden and Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy, respectively.

Meanwhile, former World No.5 Low Wee Wern capped her first appearance at the tournament since 2016 with a 3-1 victory over Mayar Hany of Egypt at the Harvard Club of New York.

“I’m a bit nervous, I’ve played it before but I didn’t appreciate it when I was in the top 10, I just took it for granted and it was just another match for me," said Low, who will now take on No.6 seed Nouran Gohar in the next round.

“After being out for 21 months, I really missed it and this time around I think I will appreciate it a bit more.”

The men’s third round will begin tomorrow (January 19th), while the women’s event reaches the second round stage, meaning the top eight seeds - including defending champion Nour El Sherbini, World No.1 Raneem El Welily and United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy - will all get their tournaments under way.

All of the action from Grand Central Terminal will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) from 12:00 (GMT-5).
 
Rösner Kicks Off Title Defence with a Win on Day Two of ToC

World No.3 Simon Rösner kicked off the defence of his J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions title with a commanding 3-0 victory over Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly inside New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal.

Rösner became the first German player ever to win a major PSA Tour event when he defeated World No.4 Tarek Momen to lift this trophy 12 months ago and the Paderborn-based 31-year-old picked up where he left off in New York with an 11-4, 11-8, 11-9 victory over his opponent today.

“I think he [Cuskelly] is a really dangerous player and we have never played before in a PSA match,” Rosner said after the match.

“I didn’t really know what to expect. I went off and played really well at the beginning and had a good start. He then kind of came back at me but I was really pleased with my performance. It was a good effort.

“There is a lot of pressure on your shoulders coming back as a defending champion, but I didn’t want to think about that too much. I just wanted to enter the tournament and play the best I can really. [It was] Exactly the same as last year, I think I went in without any expectations."

Rösner will play Hong Kong’s Max Lee in the next round after Lee overcame Mexico’s Cesar Salazar in straight games, and they will be joined in the last 16 by World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, who defeated Nicolas Mueller 3-0.

ElShorbagy suffered a shock defeat to Cuskelly in the second round of last year’s event, but the two-time Tournament of Champions winner was unstoppable against his Swiss counterpart as he powered to an 11-3, 12-10, 11-4 triumph.

“It is always such an honour to win this title and to know that I have won this title twice before is such an honour," ElShorbagy said afterwards.

"I would like to win it a few more times, but it is not easy. There are a lot of challenges, a lot of players that are playing well right now.”

Egypt’s Zahed Salem lies in wait for ElShorbagy in round three, with the World No.25 getting the better of Malaysia's Eain Yow Ng in four games.

Day two almost saw a big upset as Welshman Joel Makin went two games up against World No.5 Karim Abdel Gawad, only to see an ankle injury cruelly end his chances of a victory.

A series of fine displays this season have seen Makin climb from No.38 in the world to No.23 over the past five months and he dominated the in-form Gawad to go two games ahead and 4-3 up in the third.

But he rolled his ankle after contact with Gawad mid-way through a rally and he was unable to continue, meaning Gawad moves through to the third round, where he will play compatriot Fares Dessouky.

“It is not a normal end to the match,” Gawad admitted.

“He played really well and he was dominating. I was having a really hard time, especially today when I was not playing my best squash. He was playing his best squash so of course it is very bad for him. I wish him the best of luck to recover and to be back for the World Championships next month."

Elsewhere, Peru’s Diego Elias got the better of World No.8 Marwan ElShorbagy by a 3-1 margin to book his place in round two. Elias will line up against Australia’s Cameron Pilley in the next round, with Pilley progressing courtesy of a 3-0 victory against England’s Tom Richards.

“Well, he started playing really well in the third game and I didn’t really know what was happening," said Elias.

“After a couple of minutes I was 7-0 down, so I was trying to concentrate from then for the next game and I think it worked. The last game was really hard and I am happy to win it.”

The men’s second round continues tomorrow (Friday January 18) at 12:00 (GMT-5) and the action from Grand Central Terminal will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).

The women’s tournament also gets under way tomorrow, with fixtures spread between the Harvard Club, New York Athletics Club and the Princeton Club.
 
Home Favourite Harrity Prevails
on Day One of ToC
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The opening day of action at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions saw men’s United States No.1 Todd Harrity beat Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip to book his place in round two as the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament got under way at New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

It was the first time since 1992 that a trio of American men had competed on the same night at the Tournament of Champions, with World No.48 Harrity, World No.63 Chris Hanson and World No.294 Timothy Brownell all appearing under the chandeliers of the stunning Vanderbilt Hall.

Harrity was backed on by a partizan crowd in New York and the 28-year-old from Wayne rose to the occasion as he came back from a game down to earn an a 6-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7 victory - securing his place in the second round of this tournament for the first time in his career.

“It’s great after all these years, to finally win on this stage, I am just overjoyed by it," said Harrity, who will play World No.7 Paul Coll in the next round.

“In previous years I have just been so excited, so I come out with my heart racing, sort of a deer in the headlights with sensory overload. I don’t kind of feel like playing the match.

“I had some tactics to keep him in the back. He likes loose, random stuff, so I tried to keep it disciplined and I was having to go for chances. More than anything, I wanted to relax and just have a good, rich experience on court."

Hanson, meanwhile, came up against former World No.3 Omar Mosaad and caused the Egyptian a number of problems throughout the 46-minute encounter, but Mosaad came through to take the win in straight games.

"This kind of match is stressful for me because he played in front of his home crowd," said Mosaad.

"I just tried to focus, especially in the second game because I wanted to finish in three. I am training hard, really hard, and I think I did a good job."

Mosaad’s reward is a second round fixture with World No.6 Miguel Rodriguez, and he will look to follow up his 3-2 win over the Colombian at last month’s CIB Black Ball Open.

Brownell, who is currently attending Harvard, was appearing at this tournament for the first time in his career after winning a wildcard playoff prior to the event and he took a shock one-game lead against Egypt’s Youssef Soliman, only to eventually fall in four games.

Soliman (right) said: "I think both of us got excited, and he was playing with his home crowd. For me it is the first time in the States, and playing in this venue is definitely exciting.

“I was so nervous inside, I was struggling to find a rhythm because he played really well.”

Elsewhere, France’s Mathieu Castagnet and England’s George Parker played out a mammoth 137-minute battle in the day’s opening match, which saw Castagnet require treatment for a cut on his eyebrow.

The pair exchanged points in a feisty affair and it was World No.27 Castagnet who held his nerve to take it 12-10 in the deciding fifth game.

“I don’t mind, even if I need the stitches, I am going to do my recovery and then tomorrow I am back on the court," said Castagnet afterwards.

"This is my job, I love the game and I want to give my best to come back. Even if I need stitches, I am going to come back for sure.”

Castagnet will play Egypt’s Fares Dessouky in the next round after the Egyptian made his return from a 14-month injury layoff with a runner-up finish at the CCI International last week.

There were also wins for the likes of France’s Gregoire Marche and Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng, who caused upsets against Germany’s Raphael Kandra and Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, respectively. Marche will pit his wits against compatriot Lucas Serme in the last 32, while Yow will go up against Egypt’s Youssef Soliman.

The second round of the men’s draw will begin on Thursday January 17 as World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and defending champion Simon Rösner get their tournaments under way. All of the action from Grand Central Terminal will be shown live on SQUASHTV (rest of world) and Eurosport Player (Eurosport Player) from 12:00 (GMT-5).

The Tournament of Champions will also feature a women’s tournament, which takes place January 18-24.
 
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US Star Sobhy ‘Back at Full Force’ Ahead of ToC


United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy will return to New York’s Grand Central Terminal next week as she competes for the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, PSA Platinum title - and the 25-year-old says she’s back at full fitness as she aims to become the first American-born player ever to win the famous trophy.

Harvard-graduate Sobhy made her comeback from a ruptured achilles at this tournament last January after a 10-month absence and spent much of 2018 working her way back up the rankings having dropped from a career-high World No.6 ranking to No.28.

Sobhy, who now sits at No.11 in the world, says that she is back to her best this time around and is hoping that some strong performances in New York will help her break back into the top 10.

"Making my PSA debut at the Tournament of Champions last year after being out for 10 months was an emotional rollercoaster for me," said Boston-based Sobhy.

"It was a combo of extreme happiness and joy to be back playing again and doing what I love. [It went from having] a ton of nerves, doubt, and fear of being out for so long and whether or not I’d be able to perform at that top level again, to finally just wanting to cry because of everything I went through and how hard me and my team worked to get me back playing at the professional level again. It was a lot.

"The biggest challenge was getting over the fear of injuring myself again or the mental fear of going all out in the movement that ruptured my achilles. It’s always something I will need to address, whether it’s physically paying more attention to my left leg or mentally getting over the trauma of the injury, but the more I play, the easier it gets.

"I’ve definitely set some goals for myself this year since now I am no longer testing out the waters and regaining the confidence. I am back in full force and looking to get back in the single digits this year and cause some upsets. It should be a good time."

Sobhy reached the final of this tournament in 2016 - losing to World No.2 Nour El Sherbini in the final - and she is hoping that a partizan home crowd will help inspire her to even greater heights this time around.

"Starting the year off with my favourite tournament on tour is always exciting for me," she said.

"Not only is it in such an iconic venue, it’s also on home soil, so I love having the boisterous, rowdy New York crowd supporting me."

Sohhy receives a bye through to the last 32 and will come up against either Canada’s Samantha Cornett or Danielle Letourneau. A win there will see the American clash with 2018 runner-up Nour El Tayeb and she will look to replicate the kind of form that saw her beat the World No.3 in October’s U.S. Open.

The women’s event at the Tournament of Champions takes place between January 18-24. A men’s tournament - featuring stars such as defending champion Simon Rösner, World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy and Colombia's Miguel Rodriguez - begins two days earlier.

This year's Tournament of Champions is the second most lucrative tournament on the PSA Tour during the 2018/19 season and features a $360,000 prize purse, which is split equally between the men’s and women’s tournament.

More information on the event can be found by following the tournament on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or the tournament website.

Tickets start from $10 and can be purchased here.
 
Rösner Talks New Year Ambitions Ahead of ToC Title Defence

Germany’s World No.3 Simon Rösner will kick off the defence of his J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions title on Friday January 16 as he makes his first PSA Tour appearance since the birth of his son, Liam.

Rösner made history last January as he became the first German player ever to win a major PSA World Tour title after defeating Egypt’s Tarek Momen under the chandeliers in the Vanderbilt Hall of New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal.

That title victory for the 31-year-old kicked off an incredible 12-month period which saw him marry his fiancée, Vivien, rise to a career-high World No.3 ranking and celebrate the birth of his son, who was welcomed into the world on December 28.

"It's been an unbelievable year sporting-wise and in my private life," said Rösner.

"When you get married, have a kid, win your biggest title and get to No.3 in the world, you can't do much better.

"The arrival of my son was very special, it was definitely the perfect way to cap off the year.

"I've really enjoyed the last few days and I'm going to enjoy some more days with him before I depart for New York. It's going to be very tricky not to be at home for a few days, but I have to get used to that kind of scenario.

"It's been an incredible year. I think it will be difficult to top it in 2019, but I'll give it my very best."

The 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions will be held between January 16-24 and the event is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the PSA World Tour calendar.

Rösner admits that going into the tournament as the defending champion will result in some added pressure but is backing himself to push it one side as he targets a strong start to 2019.

"There's a bit of extra pressure, but I'm just going to go in there the way I did last year and try to take each match round by round, enjoy it as much as I can, enjoy Grand Central Terminal and go from there," he said.

"Last year was an incredible experience. I think that winning one of my most favourite tournaments of the year is something very special and I can't really describe the feeling. Feelings come up that you haven't experienced before and it's going to be a very interesting approach this year as defending champion.

"I haven't had that before, so I definitely have to try to get my best squash out there right from the [second] round, which is going to be tough already against [Ryan] Cuskelly.

"The ToC win was a big result for me in order to push into the top six in the world. I hadn't been in there for quite a while, so that win got me back in there. It was very important in order to stay in touch with all of the Egyptian boys, who are all incredibly strong.

"So are all the other competitors obviously, so I have to play the best every single time and try to enjoy my squash, as that's when I usually do my best."

Rösner is seeded third for the tournament and receives a bye into round two, where he will come up against Australia’s World No.14 Cuskelly. The Paderborn-based star features on the same side of the draw as World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, while the likes of World No.2 Ali Farag, Momen, Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez and three-time winner Ramy Ashour will also compete at Grand Central Terminal.

A women’s draw featuring stars such as defending champion Nour El Sherbini, World No.1 Raneem El Welily, United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy and 2017 winner Camille Serme gets under way on January 18.

The 2019 edition of the Tournament of Champions will be held at Grand Central Terminal for a 22nd year and features a record prize purse of $360,000, which makes it the second most lucrative event on the PSA Tour throughout the 2018/19 season.

For more information on the event, follow the Tournament of Champions on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or the tournament website. Tickets are available for purchase here.
 


World Champions ElShorbagy and El Welily
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New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal will host the prestigious J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions for a 22nd successive year in January when reigning World Champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily return to battle for the coveted PSA World Tour Platinum title.

Held under the chandeliers of Grand Central Terminal’s spectacular Vanderbilt Hall, the Tournament of Champions is one of the most highly-anticipated tournaments on the PSA Tour and the 2019 edition of the tournament features a record prize purse of $360,000, which will be split equally across the men’s and women’s draws.

Egypt’s EShorbagy headlines the men’s event - which takes place between January 16-24 - and will be bidding to win his third Tournament of Champions trophy, while he will also be aiming to keep his grip intact on the coveted World No.1 spot amidst a serious challenge from World No.2 Ali Farag.

If ElShorbagy exits the tournament at the semi-final stage or earlier and Farag wins the tournament then the latter will claim top spot for the first time.

27-year-old ElShorbagy - a ToC champion in 2015 and 2016 - is featured on the same side of the draw as younger brother Marwan ElShorbagy and defending champion Simon Rösner, and receives a bye into round two where he will play either Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller or compatriot Mazen Hesham.

Meanwhile, Farag gets his tournament under way against 2010 winner James Willstrop, while the likes of New Zealand’s Paul Coll, Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez and 2018 runner-up Tarek Momen are all involved on the Harvard-graduate’s side of the draw.

El Welily tops the women’s draw - which begins two days after the men’s - and will make her first appearances on the PSA Tour since reclaiming the World No.1 spot from compatriot Nour El Sherbini on December 1.

The 29-year-old from Alexandria won this tournament in 2015 and will look to continue a stunning start to the season which has seen her reach four successive finals and claim two titles, including October’s U.S. Open in Philadelphia.

El Welily is seeded to play Hong Kong Open winner Joelle King in the semi-finals, while defending champion El Sherbini is predicted to play World No.3 Nour El Tayeb in the other last four fixture.

United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy will have home hopes on her shoulders and the 2016 runner-up receives a bye into round two where she will play one of Canadian duo Samantha Cornett or Danielle Letourneau.

If she can win her second round fixture, a mouthwatering third round match with El Tayeb will await her and she will aim to avenge her second round defeat to the Egyptian in the 2018 Tournament of Champions.

16-year-old Marina Stefanoni takes the wildcard spot in the women’s event for a second year running after she became the youngest player ever to compete at the tournament last January.

The British Junior Open runner-up will take on Egypt’s Zena Mickawy in round one. Olivia Blatchford Clyne and Haley Mendez will be the other US women to take part, while Todd Harrity and Chris Hanson will carry US hopes into the men’s draw.

The Tournament of Champions will be the first PSA World Tour Platinum event of 2019 and the winners of the event will qualify for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals.

All fixtures from the glass court at Grand Central Terminal will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only), while the semi-finals and finals will also be broadcast by major broadcasters around the world such as BT Sport, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.

For more information on the Tournament of Champions, follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or visit the tournament website.

2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions - Men’s Draw
[1] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]
Mazen Hesham (EGY) v [17/32] v Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
[17/32] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) v Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
Karim Ali Fathi (EGY) v [17/32] Zahed Salem (EGY)
[17/32] Cameron Pilley (AUS) v Nathan Lake (ENG)
Ben Coleman (ENG) v [17/32] Tom Richards (ENG)
[9/16] Diego Elias (PER) [bye]
[5] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) [bye]
[8] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) [bye]
Youssef Soliman (EGY) v [17/32] Joel Makin (WAL)
[9/16] Fares Dessouky (EGY) [bye]
George Parker (ENG) v [17/32] Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
[17/32] Cesar Salazar (MEX) v Alan Clyne (SCO)
[9/16] Max Lee (HKG) [bye]
[9/16] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) [bye]
[3] Simon Rösner (GER) [bye]
[4] Tarek Momen (EGY) [bye]
[9/16] Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) [bye]
[17/32] Raphael Kandra (GER) v Gregoire Marche (FRA)
Lucas Serme (FRA) v [17/32] Declan James (ENG)
[17/32] Greg Lobban (SCO) v Arturo Salazar (MEX)
Chris Simpson (ENG) v [17/32] Borja Golan (ESP)
[17/32] Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [WC] Chris Hanson (USA)
[6] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) [bye]
[7] Paul Coll (NZL) [bye]
Todd Harrity (USA) v [17/32] Tsz Fung Yip (HKG)
[9/16] Saurav Ghosal (IND) [bye]
Campbell Grayson (NZL) v [17/32] Leo Au (HKG)
[9/16] Daryl Selby (ENG) [bye]
[Pre-Qualifier] v [17/32] Ramy Ashour (EGY)
[9/16] James Willstrop (ENG) [bye]
[2] Ali Farag (EGY) [bye]

2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions - Women’s Draw
[
1] Raneem El Welily (EGY) [bye]
Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) v [17/32] Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[17/32] Olivia Blatchford Clyne (USA) v Tinne Gilis (BEL)
[15] Joshna Chinappa (IND) [bye]
[11] Annie Au (HKG [bye]
Coline Aumard (FRA) v [17/32] Joey Chan (HKG)
[17/32] Mayar Hany (EGY) v Low Wee Wern (MAS)
[7] Nouran Gohar (EGY) [bye]
[5] Camille Serme (FRA) [bye]
Haley Mendez (USA) v [17/32] Milou van der Heijden (NED)
[17/32] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG)
[14] Victoria Lust (ENG) [bye]
[12] Nicol David (MAS) [bye]
Alexandra Fuller (RSA) v [17/32] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
[17/32] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) v [WC] Marina Stefanoni (USA)
[4] Joelle King (NZL) [bye]
[3] Nour El Tayeb (EGY) [bye]
Nada Abbas (EGY) v [17/32] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
[17/32] Samantha Cornett (CAN) v Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
[13] Amanda Sobhy (USA) [bye]
[10] Alison Waters (ENG) [bye]
Hollie Naughton (CAN) v [17/32] Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[17/32] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
[6] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) [bye]
[8] Laura Massaro (ENG) [bye]
Julianne Courtice (ENG) v [17/32] Yathreb Adel (EGY)
[17/32] Fiona Moverley (ENG) v Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
[16] Salma Hany (EGY) [bye]
[9] Tesni Evans (WAL) [bye]
Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) v [17/32] Nele Gilis (BEL)
[17/32] Hania El Hammamy (EGY) v [Pre-Qualifier]
[2] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) [bye]
 


2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Expands Prize Money and Schedule

The 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions returns to Grand Central Terminal for the 22nd consecutive year as the second richest event on the PSA World Tour with a combined purse of $360,000 —the highest prize money in tournament history— held across an expanded nine days of match play between January 16-24 in New York City.

Since 1995, one of the sport's longest-running and most iconic tournaments has attracted the world’s top squash players to the majestic Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central. The competition will take place once again on the state-of-the-art Oracle NetSuite SuiteSuccess all-glass court.

Tickets are available now on tocsquash.com/tickets.

With its combined $360,000 prize money purse, the ToC leads the world’s top level Platinum events in the 2018-2019 season and is second only to the sport’s first million-dollar tournament—the 2019 PSA World Championships - which will be held in Chicago in February, 2019.

The 2019 ToC has a new look following the new PSA Tour structure for the 2018-2019 season, which sees PSA World Platinum events employ 48-player draws with no qualifying rounds. To accommodate the new format, squash fans and passersby will enjoy an additional ninth day of world-class squash in Grand Central from what had previously been eight days of glass court play.

“Interest in squash has reached a new level, especially as squash lobbies to be the next new Olympic sport in 2024 or 2028, and it is only fitting that the world’s best known tournament here in the heart of New York City continues to increase its prize money, pay women and men equally and present more sessions to the public and to ticketed fans,” said Tournament Chairman and Founder John Nimick.

The ToC welcomes its twelfth year of title sponsor support from J.P. Morgan.

Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini and Germany’s Simon Rösner are set to defend their 2018 ToC titles against the top-ranked players in the world. El Sherbini, World No.1, has her sights set on what could be an incredible third ToC title at just twenty-three years old. Rösner, World No. 5, made his breakthrough at the 2018 ToC when he captured his first career PSA World Platinum title in what was his twelfth appearance at the tournament.

The ToC is the only sports championship presented annually in Grand Central Terminal and is the sport’s oldest men’s professional tournament dating back to February 1930.

Player entries and draws are set to be released in December.

For more information visit tocsquash.com.

 

 

Schedule

Round One
16/17 Jan
Round Two
18/19 Jan
Quarters
20/21 Jan
Semis
22/23 Jan
Final
24 Jan
 

INFO

 
In 1995, the Tournament of Champions was one of the first events to be staged in Vanderbilt Hall when the venue was made available for public use. The 83-year-old tournament celebrates its 20th anniversary in Grand Central in 2017.
 

 

TICKETS


Ticket prices range from $8 for early round matches, going up to $170 for the sought-after Men’s and Women’s Finals on the evening of Thursday, January 14th.
Tickets are available online at ToCSquash.com or by calling (718) 569-0594
  
 

 

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