Necker Mauritius Open 2022
07 - 11 June
Forbach, Mauritius, $110k
 Paul Coll (NZL)
11-8, 11-7, 11-4 (48m)
Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (68m)
11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (52m)
11-2, 11-9, 11-8 (41m)
 Baptiste Masotti (FRA)
11-3, 11-9, 11-9 (43m)
Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA)
 Mazen Hesham (EGY)
12-14, 11-2, 11-3, 11-6 (41m)
[WC] Gregory Gaultier (FRA)
11-7, 11-5, 11-3 (21m)
 Diego Elias (PER)
11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (37m)
Nicolas Mueller (SUI)
 Tarek Momen (EGY)
11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (38m)
Lucas Serme (FRA)
11-4, 11-2, 7-11, 11-7 (41m)
11-7, 11-5, 14-12 (54m)
Omar Mosaad (EGY)
6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 12-10 (52m)
 Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
 Gregoire Marche (FRA)
11-3, 11-9, 11-4 (37m)
Karim El Hammamy (EGY)
11-6, 13-15, 11-8, 11-5 (58m)
James Willstrop (ENG)
11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (32m)
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG)
 Paul Coll (NZL) bye
[9/16] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) bt Faraz Khan (USA) 11-8, 11-7, 12-10
[9/16] Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA) bt Mazen Gamal (EGY) 11-3, 10-12, 11-4,
 Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bye
 Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye
[WC] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [9/16] George Parker (ENG) 11-7, 15-13,
8-11, 11-9 (60m)
[9/16] Nicolas Müller (SUI) bt Martin Svec (CZE) 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (24m)
 Diego Elias (PER) bye
 Tarek Momen (EGY) bye
[9/16] Lucas Serme (FRA) bt Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5
[9/16] Omar Mosaad (EGY) bt Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) 11-4, 11-9, 11-5
 Marwan Elshorbagy (EGY) bye
 Grégoire Marche (FRA) bye
[9/16] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) bt Rui Soares (POR) 12-10, 6-11, 11-6,
[9/16] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 5-11, 11-4, 11-7,
 Mohamed Elshorbagy (ENG) bye
Elias And Mohamed Claim Necker Mauritius Open And
RMCLUB Women’s Open Crowns
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Peru’s Diego Elias overcame the challenge of England’s Mohamed
ElShorbagy to win the inaugural Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by
Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels, while Egypt’s Farida Mohamed claimed the
Women’s Open – Presented by Expression Networks, her biggest
title to date.
The final of the Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber
Resorts & Hotels saw a sublime display from Peru’s World No.5 Diego
Elias, as he defeated World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy to win the trophy,
and to finish the tournament without dropping a game.
The Peruvian had knocked out World No.2 Paul Coll in the semi-finals,
and continuing that incredible form into the opening exchanges of the
final, taking the first ten points of the contest. Although ElShorbagy
was able to avoid the infamous ‘bagel’, Elias won it 11-2 to hold the
lead in the contest.
The 25-year-old controlled the tempo of the match and used his deceptive
hold to unsettle ElShorbagy, who was appearing in his first final since
switching allegiance from Egypt to England earlier this week. The second
game was far more competitive, however, as ElShorbagy recovered from his
slow start to take the game to his opponent. The Englishman made the
match more physical and made the rallies longer, with Elias struggling
However, Elias switched his plan and moved up the court to nullify his
opponent’s attacking prowess, before unleashing his own attacks to sneak
the second game. The Peruvian continued to hold the advantage in the
third game and held off a late fightback from ElShorbagy to seal the PSA
World Tour Gold title after not dropping a match all event, and added to
the Qatar QTerminals Classic and Motor City Open titles that he won
earlier this season.
Diego Elias (left) and Mohamed ElShorbagy (right)
during the final
“I want to thank everyone for coming here today and I want to thank
[Tournament Promoter] Remy [Mabillon] for organising this amazing
tournament,” said Elias.
“I love being in this atmosphere, it feels like home. I want to thank
all the team, the club and Greg [Gaultier] for helping to organise this,
as well as PSA for having a tournament here. I want to thank everyone
for organising this huge event.
“I’m really happy to be the first winner of a tournament like this.
Hopefully, this keeps happening every year and I can come back next year
and try and win it again.
“I want to say thanks to Mohamed. He has been one of the best ever in
squash, and I hope one day I can achieve what he has achieved and be
like him when he loses. It’s like he is a winner too, I appreciate it a
lot, you don’t see it very often.”
The RMCLUB Women’s Open – Presented by Expression Networks came down to
a thrilling conclusion at the RMCLUB in Grand Bay, Mauritius, with
Egypt’s World No.18 Farida Mohamed securing the biggest title of her
fledgling career, as she defeated top seed Tinne Gilis in a five-game
The match featured a similar pattern of play throughout each game with
both players preferring to go short whenever the opportunity presented
itself. This suited Mohamed as she powered into the lead after just
seven minutes. Gilis looked off the pace early on and made a number of
errors in the opening game, but the Belgian looked more like her usual
self in the second game as she improved to draw level.
Both players were able to find their lengths in the third game, with the
rallies becoming more drawn out, and it was Gilis who held the
advantage. However, the young Egyptian fought back to force a tie-break,
one she took to lead the match once again.
The fourth went the way of Gilis, with the top seed dominating
proceedings to set up a grandstand finish, but Mohamed kept her focus in
the decider to seal a win which sees the Egyptian pick up her fifth PSA
title, and her first Challenger 30 level crown.
“No one would believe that before I came here everyone wanted me to pull
out of this tournament because of my leg,” said Mohamed.
“I’ve been injured for a month and a half now, my hamstring and my hip.
I finally found a way to fix it in the past two days. It was feeling
better, but at the end my deep heat was done and I had to put ice spray
on it, it went cold again and it felt so bad.
“My coach knows very well that I wanted to win this tournament very
badly. Not everyone believed I could do it, so it was such a relief.
It’s over and now I’m going into a break with a win.
“Tinne has been playing amazing squash lately and she’s improved so
much. It feels amazing to win my biggest title at the end of the season
and finish this way. It’s going to give me confidence because I haven’t
been in top form today and this week because of my leg as I wasn’t able
train very well.”
Elias Downs Coll As Finalists Set At Necker Mauritius
Peru’s World No.5 Diego Elias put in a scintillating performance to
overcome New Zealand’s World No.2 Paul Coll at the RMCLUB in Grand Bay,
Mauritius, as the finalists were decided at the Necker Mauritius Open –
Presented by Beachcombers Resorts & Hotels and the RMCLUB Women’s Open –
Presented by Expression Networks.
In front of a packed crowd at the RMCLUB, Elias dominated much of the
first contest, playing confident attacking shots and finding ways to
consistently beat an out-of-sorts Coll. After taking the first game
11-4, Elias looked at ease in the second and maintained the lead for the
majority of proceedings. Eventually, though, Coll managed to pull level
at 8-8 to set up an exciting finish to the game. The Peruvian, however,
was able to give himself a two-point cushion following a Coll mistake,
before another error from the Kiwi handed Elias the second game, to the
World No.2’s visible fury.
Elias, who defeated the Kiwi in the final of the Qatar QTerminals
Classic in November, continued to find himself with a number of options
in the third game as he sped into a 6-2 lead. Coll, who was unable to
fix the issues he’d been having all game with his accuracy, tried to
stay in the match on the back of his flawless and constant movement.
After going 10-6 and four match balls down, Coll summoned all his energy
to save the first two but it was to no avail, as. Elias produced the
perfect crosscourt winner to cap a remarkable performance, sending the
World No.5 into the final.
“I think I played one of the best matches I’ve ever played, so I’m
supposed to be happy!” Elias said.
“Paul’s had a long and very hard season, with lots of big matches, so I
thought I had a big opportunity today. He was, I guess, tired mentally
from the whole season, so I just didn’t want to let it go today and I’m
very happy that I played like this.
“I’m working right now with a few people, I’ve had my dad since forever,
Jonathon Power, Wael El Hindi. We just all talk and find a good plan for
every match. Greg [Gaultier] has helped me a lot, he’s always here
helping me and giving me all the advice he can. So I’m just very happy
that I could win this and this is because of all of them.”
Elias will now face England’s Mohamed ElShorbagy in the final on
Saturday evening at the RMCLUB in Grand Bay, Mauritius, after the World
No.3 defeated Egypt’s Tarek Momen in a tight three-game battle, the last
of which went deep into a tie-break.
ElShorbagy, who switched his allegiance to England at the start of the
week, is featuring in his first tournament under his new flag, and he
started strongly, with some power hitting pushing Momen further back in
the court, while his position on the ’T’ was high, meaning he could
retrieve the majority of ‘the Viper’s’ short attacks.
The World No.3 continued to press on in the second game, and went on to
double his lead, but it was Momen who led throughout the third, and
ElShorbagy had to save several game balls. The Egyptian fell twice in
the latter stages as the court began to get slippery, but it was
ElShorbagy who was able to come through, taking it 14-12 to book his
spot in the final.
“Once you get to the semi-final, you’ve got the best four players in the
tournament there in the semis, which is what the tournament wants,” the
“You had two great matches today, anyone could have made the final, any
of us, to be honest. Diego played fantastically today and I think I
played well today as well.
“We’re both really good friends. We both actually travelled together
from Egypt on a long flight to come here and we get along really well. I
think this is our first final together, so I think we’re hopefully going
to give each other a good match and may the best man win.”
The finals of the Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber
Resorts & Hotels and the RMCLUB Women’s Open – Presented by Expression
Networks will take place at the RMCLUB in Grand Bay, Mauritius on
Saturday, June 11. All the action will get underway at 17:30 (GMT+4),
with both finals streamed live on
Top Seeds Through To Necker Mauritius Open Semis
The third day of the Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber
Resorts & Hotels and the RMCLUB Women’s Open – Presented by Expression
Networks saw the quarter finals take place the RMCLUB in Grand Bay,
Mauritius, with the top seeds all making their way through to the last
four of their respective competitions.
New Zealand’s World No.2, and the tournament’s top seed, Paul Coll, came
up against Frenchman Baptiste Masotti in the last eight of the Necker
Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels, a PSA World
Tour Gold level tournament, and he had to fight to come through his
Masotti’s aggressive style of play caused trouble for Coll in the
opening game, with the Frenchman taking the lead in the match, but the
Kiwi remained calm and continued to put work into the legs of his
opponent. He moved out to a 7-2 lead in the second game and it wasn’t
long before Coll equalised. He then stepped up his efforts in the third
and fourth games and looked to volley a lot more than he had been
doing.. The accuracy of Masotti started to dwindle but his spirit and
aggression was far from finished.
Despite putting together many spirited rallies with his hard-hitting
approach, Masotti was unable to move Coll into the corners on a
consistent basis. The New Zealander closed out the third game 11-8
before marching towards the finish line in the fourth game, winning it
11-4 to set up a semi-final clash with good friend Diego Elias on
“He played really well, he can put the ball away but its just whether he
can have his winner/error ratio in his favour,” Coll said.
“Today I thought he played quite controlled and I just had to stick to
my game plan and trust that it was working. I thought I played well in
the first but just lost the back end of it but I just had to stick to my
“I knew that if I still played my game plan, even though I lost the
first I knew I had to execute my plan a little bit better to win.”
World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy also booked his spot in the semi-finals of
the Gold level tournament after coming through against a Frenchman in
four games. He was in terrific form to beat compatriot James Willstrop
3-0 in round one yesterday and started in the same vein against No.7
seed Gregoire Marche, taking the opening game 11-6.
Marche responded however and displayed his incredible retrieval
abilities to nullify ElShorbagy’s attacks and start to counterattack the
World No.3. In a very tight and tense second game, the Frenchman
converted his fourth game ball to equalise.
The score reached 8-8 in the third game and a nasty ankle sprain forced
Marche off court for an injury break. Upon returning, the streetwise
ElShorbagy knew exactly what he needed to do to close the game out and
did so by moving his opponent into all four corner. The end came quickly
as the ankle problem impacted the movement of the Frenchman. ElShorbagy
exploited this, closing out the match out just short of the hour mark to
set up a clash with Egypt’s Tarek Momen in the last four.
“I thought the match was very high quality & played in the right spirit.
I actually didn’t see when he fell but I heard the crowd then the replay
came on so it mustn’t have been good,” ElShorbagy explained.
“I have great respect for him for continuing, he didn’t need to do that,
being in a battle, he understood that he needed to finish the battle and
that’s exactly what he did, full respect for that and I hope it is not
too serious. It is the end of the season so there’s time to recover but
I just hope it’s not too serious.
“Thanks to the crowd for coming and supporting us every day. You guys
make it really special for us. It’s our first time here and on behalf of
all the players, we’re absolutely loving our time here so thank you so
much for supporting us all.”
The semi-finals of the Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber
Resorts & Hotels and the RMCLUB Women’s Open – Presented by Expression
Networks will take place on Friday, June 10th. All the action will be
streamed LIVE on
Gaultier Bids Farewell After Hesham Defeat In Second Round Of Necker
The second round of the Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber
Resorts & Hotels was an emotional one, as Frenchman Gregory Gaultier
made his final bow, losing out to Egypt’s Mazen Hesham at the RMCLUB in
Grand Bay, Mauritius in his last ever match on the PSA World Tour.
Gaultier and Hesham met in the first match of the day’s evening session,
with a packed crowd behind the glass court at the RMCLUB in Grand Bay,
the majority of which were behind the Frenchman, and it was the
39-year-old that started the stronger of the two players.
He came close to taking a quick one-game lead when he went 10-6 up on
the back of some beautifully controlled squash. Hesham, however, pushed
hard to recover to 10-10. Both players had further opportunities with
game balls, before Gaultier eventually managed to break through to take
the 17-minute opener 14-12.
Hesham found the perfect response in the second, blasting his way to
parity with an 11-2 win in just five minutes. The Egyptian then found
his length perfectly in the third game, punishing the former World No.1
with some testing rallies as he moved into the lead with a comfortable
11-3 win, before finishing the match with a hard-fought 11-6 win in the
“Of course, playing Gregory is always tough. Even if he’s not been
playing for a year now. It’s always tough and I have so much respect for
him and I never meant anything other than just to play my shots, have
fun and enjoy my time with him on court in front of these people,”
“It’s my first time here, I like being here and it’s been a long season
for me and for everybody. I’m happy I’m here and through and playing
Gaultier in the last match of his career, probably. It’s a pleasure to
be on the same court as him in that match.”
Gaultier said: “Thanks everyone for the support. Obviously, it was a
tough day for me. Mazen was playing some good squash and I haven’t
played for quite a while and I couldn’t see the ball, my movement was
way too off but I did what I could,” the Frenchman admitted.
“I tried to hang in the rallies, but obviously my fitness wasn’t
adjusting at all. I’m of course disappointed to have been unable to
perform a bit better than that, but it is what it is and I did what I
could on the day and it’s been a pleasure to be on this beautiful court.
Thanks so much, it was an honour to play my last match and let’s enjoy
the rest of the week with some more action.
“It was my last match on the PSA Tour, but I try to keep playing for
fun. It’s always a pleasure to step on court. It’s like a drug, I wish
there was no age, I wish I had another leg but obviously I’ll keep on
playing because I love the sport way too much. As long as I can step on
court, even if I’m totally broken, I will still be hitting some balls.”
Another former World No.1 and World Champion, Mohamed ElShorbagy,
notched up his first victory as an England player on Wednesday evening,
as he overcame the challenge of new compatriot James Willstrop in
straight games to move through to the last eight of the Necker Mauritius
Open – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels.
This was ElShorbagy’s first competitive outing since changing his
allegiance from Egypt to England earlier this week but if that fact was
playing on the mind of either player, they showed no outward signs, with
the first game a hugely entertaining and high-quality 11-8 victory for
Both players continued to entertain the crowd in the second, which the
in-form World No.3 took 11-6 to open up a commanding 2-0 lead. Despite
an impressive defensive rearguard at the beginning of the third game
from Willstrop, who combined excellent recovery work with his usual
clinical squash, ElShorbagy had enough in the tank to put the match to
bed in 32-minutes with a watchful 11-5 win.
“Everything’s been amazing. Thank you to Remy [Mabillon] for organising
everything. Honestly, the sport is very lucky to have you on board.
Thank you so much for everything. Greg [Gaultier] has been an
inspiration, we’re working together and it’s amazing to have him and the
full team this time,” the World No,3 said.
“It’s amazing to be here for my first time, I can bet that this isn’t
going to be my last time. I’ll be back every year, hopefully! I think
playing James, it was quite fitting to play him in my first match for
England. He’s one of the England greats and it’s an honour to be on
court with him. I look forward to playing him many more times. I do hope
he stays in the game for a few more years so we can play in a team
together, so it’s definitely an honour.”
The only surprise of the day’s play came in the opening men’s match of
the day as Omar Mosaad knocked out World No.9 Marwan ElShorbagy, in a
hotly-fought contest, as he came from behind to win in four games,
advancing through to the last eight where he will now face Peru’s No.3
seed Diego Elias.
The inaugural event will run from June 7 – June 11 and will be shown
Gaultier Returns With Victory In Mauritius
The return of the ‘French General’ was a victorious one at the RMCLUB
in Grand Bay, , as wildcard Gregory Gaultier overcame the challenge of
England’s George Parker to make the second round of the Necker Mauritius
Open – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels.
The Frenchman, who last featured on Tour at the PSA World Championships
in July 2021 and retired from the sport in October, made a triumphant
return to the court, in what will be a one-off appearance at the RMCLUB
Gaultier, who has continued to train in Prague following his retirement,
showed his class in the opening game, with some vintage shots that were
a throwback to when the former World No.1 was at the peak of his powers.
His court craft was enough to push himself into a two-game lead, after
securing the second when the referee awarded a conduct stroke against
The Englishman fought back after that, though, and was able to use his
superior fitness levels to start moving Gaultier around the court, with
the 39-year-old tiring as the third game went on. The 2015 World
Champion was able to regroup after losing the third, though, and a run
of quick points in the latter part of the fourth helped him to victory,
advancing to the second round of the PSA World Tour Gold level event,
where he will now face World No.8 Mazen Hesham.
“It’s a pleasure to be here, of course, I was planning my retirement
here but we had to postpone the event, the last two years, we came here
and had a good party and we came to the agreement with the team to have
one more go so I’m happy to be back on court,” Gaultier said after his
“I’ve been on the other side, coaching a lot recently and sometimes you
feel a little pinch and you want to be there but it’s time for something
else, but I still enjoy being on court and practising and I like being
on court with other players as much as possible. Obviously, I can’t
train as before but I’m happy to step on court and have fun.”
The last match of the evening saw another former World No.1 in action,
as England’s James Willstrop had to fight back to defeat India’s Ramit
Tandon in a pulsating contest to end the night’s play.
Willstrop struggled to get going early on in the match, losing the first
game 11-5, before then fighting back to show his trademark abilities in
the second game, winning it 11-4. Tandon then took big leads in both the
third and fourth games, but the Englishman came back to win both,
including taking a run of nine straight points in the third game to come
from 7-2 down to win it 11-7.
James Willstrop (fore) in action in the opening round
of the Necker Mauritius Open
The same pattern followed in the fourth game, with Willstrop also saving
a game ball in the process, taking it 12-10, at the first time of
asking, to win in four and to book his place in the second round of the
Gold level competition, where he will face fellow former World No.1, and
new English compatriot, Mohamed ElShorbagy for a place in the last
“You have to battle away, I didn’t feel too bad at times, but he’s very
good in the middle areas and in the front of the court so you’re going
to feel a bit uncomfortable again someone like him, he’s soo prolific at
the front so you’ve got to ride this phases,” the Englishman said.
“This court feels great, it’s a lovely, true court, it takes a shot in
nicely even though it is warm, it’s taking the ball into the front,
which is what we want, we don’t want to see the ball in the back all the
time and that’s good. That’s why glass courts were made, as well as
allowing more people to watch so it’s great.”
The Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels
and the RMCLUB Women’s Open – Presented by Expression Networks will
continue with second round matches on Wednesday, June 8. Action from the
Necker Mauritius Open will be shown live on
SQUASHTV, with the RMCLUB
Women’s Open being streamed live on the PSA Challenger Tour YouTube
The round 2 matches are on the traditional courts and will be streamed
PSA YouTube channel from 12:00 (GMT+4).
Order of Play: The Necker Mauritius Open 2022
Preview And How To Watch Live
Wildcard Gregory Gaultier in action
The Necker Mauritius Open 2022 – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts &
Hotels begins tomorrow with 24 players looking to capture the PSA World
Tour Gold title. The inaugural event will run from June 7 – June 11 and
will be shown live on
World No.2 and British Open champion Paul Coll is the event’s No.1 seed
and will be looking to win his fifth title of the season and look to
reclaim his World No.1 spot which he lost to Ali Farag this month.
Coll will have strong opposition in his way in the form of Egyptian duo
Mohamed ElShorbagy and Mostafa Asal. The latter recently beat the NZ
No.1 in the El Gouna International final, 3-0 to capture his second
Platinum event title.
Mohamed ElShorbagy and Coll have played out two mammoth matches full of
quality recently, both lasting a brutal 109 minutes with both players
The Wildcard for the event is non-other than PSA World Tour legend
Gregory Gaultier. ‘The French General’ retired last year after racking
up a huge 44 titles in his 22-year career. The Frenchman will face
England’s George Parker in round one at the RMCLUB.
An exciting clash between the top two Swiss players will take place on
day one as World No.16 Nicolas Mueller takes on ‘The Jet’ Dimitri
Steinmann. The pair have met three times on the PSA World Tour
previously with Mueller leading 2-1.
There is also a women’s Challenger 30 event taking place alongside the
Necker Mauritius Open. The
RMCLUB Women’s Open presented by Expression
Networks will run directly alongside the Men’s event at the
Belgium’s Tinne Gilis is the No.1 seed for the event and will be
determined to finish her season in style and claim yet another title to
add to her collection. The World No.15 has had an impressive finish to
her season including picking up both the Annecy Rose Open and Cannon
Kirk Irish Squash Open titles and featuring in two Platinum event
Egypt’s Farida Mohamed has also had an impressive 2021-22 season as she
has moved from strength to strength and climbed 15 places to reach her
highest World Ranking to date of No.18 in this month’s rankings.
France’s Coline Aumard, who has recently relocated to the Island, will
feature in her last PSA tournament as she will be retiring from the tour
after the event. Aumard is the No.5 seed for the event and faces the
winner of England’s Millie Tomlinson and Egypt’s Nour Ramy in her
opening match in round two.
As well as watching the action live on
SQUASHTV, you can keep up with
the live scores here.
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