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Tournament of Champions 2022
Men's Draw

2 - 07 May
Grand Central Terminus, New York , USA, $180k
03 - 04 MAY
05 MAY
06 MAY
07 MAY

[1] Ali Farag (EGY)
11-2, 11-4, 11-6 (26m)
[9/16] James Willstrop (ENG)

Ali Farag
11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (35m)
Miguel Rodriguez
Ali Farag
11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (28m)
Mazen Hesham
Ali Farag
16-14, 9-11, 11-9,
11-5 (76m)
Diego Elias
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
11-4, 13-11, 7-11, 12-10 (64m)
Auguste Dussourd (FRA)
[7] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
11-4, 13-11, 7-11, 12-10 (64m)
[9/16] Victor Crouin (FRA)
Victor Crouin
11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 (48m)
Mazen Hesham
[4] Mazen Hesham (EGY)
11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (32m)
[9/16] Shahjahan Khan (USA)
[3] Diego Elias (PER)
11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (31m)
[9/16] Moustafa El Sirty (EGY)
Diego Elias
11-3, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6 (49m)
Grégoire Marche
Diego Elias
11-3, 9-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-3 (70m)
Saurav Ghosal
[5] Grégoire Marche (FRA)
11-8, 11-9, 12-14, 11-3 (58m)
[9/16] Nicolas Müller (SUI)
[8] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
11-7, 11-8, 12-10 (47m)
[WC] Timothy Brownell (USA)
Saurav Ghosal
11-8, 7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9 (72m)
Youssef Ibrahim
[9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY)
11-2, 11-5, 12-10 (37m)
[LL] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)

ROUND 1  01 - 02 May

[1] Ali Farag (EGY) bye
[9/16] James Willstrop (ENG) bt Greg Lobban (SCO) 11-3, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2 (46m)
Auguste Dussourd (FRA) bt [9/16] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) 8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 12-10 (55m)
[6] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
[7] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY) bye
[9/16] Victor Crouin (FRA) bt Nathan Lake (ENG) 11-5, 8-11, 7-0 ret. (30m)
[9/16] Shahjahan Khan (USA) bt Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA) 11-9, 14-12, 11-6 (44m)
[4] Mazen Hesham (EGY) bye
[3] Diego Elias (PER) bye
[9/16] Moustafa El Sirty (EGY) bt Todd Harrity (USA) 4-11, 11-2, 5-11, 12-10, 11-5 (63m)
[9/16] Nicolas Müller (SUI) bt Lucas Serme (FRA) 11-8, 11-8, 11-4 (36m)
[5] Grégoire Marche (FRA) bye
[8] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bye
[WC] Timothy Brownell (USA) bt [9/16] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) 10-12, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3, 12-10 (89m)
[9/16] Youssef Ibrahim (EGY) bt [LL] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 11-9, 11-8, 13-11 (42m)
'Lucky Loser' bye

Tournament of Champions 2022
Women's Draw

- 07 May
Grand Central Terminus, New York , USA, $180k
03 - 04 MAY
05 MAY
06 MAY
07 MAY
[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (26m)
[9/16] Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
Nouran Gohar
11-7, 11-7, 11-5 (28m)
Hollie Naughton

Nouran Gohar
11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5 (51m)
Olivia Fiechter


Nouran Gohar

11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (34m)
Amanda Sobhy
[8] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
11-9, 11-6, 11-6 (31m)
[9/16] Lucy Turmel (ENG)
[5] Olivia Fiechter (USA)
11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5 (54m)
[9/16] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS)
Olivia Fiechter
11-2, 11-3, 11-7 (25m)
Rowan Elaraby
[4] Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
11-7, 3-11, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10 (57m)
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
[3] Salma Hany (EGY)
12-10, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9 (43m)
[WC] Chan Sin Yuk (HKG)
Salma Hany
10-12, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8, 12-10 (63m)
Olivia Clyne
Salma Hany
11-13, 11-6, 13-15,
11-0, 11-9 (66m)
Amanda Sobhy
[6] Olivia Clyne (USA)
12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6 (41m)
[9/16] Mélissa Alves (FRA)
[7] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
13-11, 11-7, 7-11, 10-12, 12-10 (62m)
[9/16] Nada Abbas (EGY)
Nada Abbas
11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (29m)
Amanda Sobhy
[9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY)
11-8, 11-6, 11-8 (32m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA)

ROUND 1  01 - 02 May

[1] Nouran Gohar (EGY) bye
[9/16] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt Anna Serme (CZE) 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4 (29m)
[9/16] Lucy Turmel (ENG) bt Tze Lok Ho (HKG) 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 12-14, 11-4 (71m)
[8] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bye
[5] Olivia Fiechter (USA) bye
[9/16] Sivasangari Subramaniam (MAS) bt Énora Villard (FRA) 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (32m)
[9/16] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bt Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 (25m)
[4] Rowan Elaraby (EGY) bye
[3] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
[WC] Chan Sin Yuk (HKG) bt [9/16] Zeina Mickawy (EGY) 13-11, 6-11, 10-12, 21-19, 11-5 (61m)
[9/16] Mélissa Alves (FRA) bt Donna Lobban (AUS) 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (27m)
[6] Olivia Clyne (USA) bye
[7] Nadine Shahin (EGY) bye
[9/16] Nada Abbas (EGY) bt Ineta Mackevica (LAT) 11-6, 11-7, 13-11 (29m)
[9/16] Farida Mohamed (EGY) bt Haley Mendez (USA) 11-4, 11-9, 11-3 (19m)
[2] Amanda Sobhy (USA) bye




Gohar And Farag Secure
J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Crowns

After a week of incredible action at the epic Grand Central Terminal in New York City, Egypt’s Nouran Gohar and Ali Farag have secured the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions titles, after beating USA’s Amanda Sobhy and Peru’s Diego Elias, respectively, in the finals on Saturday evening.

The women’s final saw World No.1 Nouran Gohar take on World No.4 Amanda Sobhy, with the pair facing off for the second time in as many months, after they came up against each other in the semis of the Allam British Open at the start of April.

The American started strongly, winning five of the first six points, but ‘the Terminator’, who already had six titles to her name in the 2021-2022 season, fought back, and played at a slightly slower pace than normal, disrupting the game somewhat to take the first 11-7.

World No.4 Sobhy dug in once again in the second, but Gohar once again proved too much to handle as she pulled out some of her best squash from the week so far to double her advantage before comfortably converting the third, 11-3. She now has seven titles this season, including a first J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions crown.

“It sounds awesome [to be champion], you guys [the crowd] are really fair!” Gohar said after the final.

Nouran Gohar in action in the final

“I thought no-one would clap for me because Amanda is the favourite, but everyone is unbelievable and has been all week. Thank you for coming and supporting us.

“It feels really good to win the title. I’m over the moon, I’ve wanted this title for so long, it’s one of the best venues that you can play at and I really wanted to add my name on a prestigious trophy like this one. I wanted it badly and I thought this year seemed like a good year for me so why not take it.

“Having a big entity like J.P. Morgan sponsoring the event is huge for the sport and I’m very proud of this and proud to be part of such a big event. US squash has great female players playing right now and it’s good for our sport. I’ve always loved to play in Egypt because it’s my home, but since I moved here the US has been treating me really well.”

Three years on from claiming a first title in New York City, World No.2 Ali Farag doubled up at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions with a victory over Peru’s World No.5 Diego Elias in a pulsating four-game final, in which the pair played some incredible squash.

The first game was a marathon 27 minutes, with both men saving multiple game balls before it came to a conclusion. Elias saved four of them, but at the fifth attempt, Farag was able to take the game 16-14. The second game then went the way of the ‘Peruvian Puma’ 11-9, to level the contest.

Ali Farag (black) and Diego Elias (grey) in action during the final in New York City

It looked as though the World No.5 might have been able to sneak ahead in the third as the two continued to trade blows, however, accuracy from Farag at the crucial moments proved to be the difference as he once again edged into the lead before comfortably converting the fourth to clinch the PSA World Tour Gold title.

“I’m over the moon, the ToC is one of the biggest titles you want to win,” the World No.2 said.

“I got to World No.1 on this court for the very first time, so I’ve got nothing but great memories. New York is always a great city to come back to, the vibe, there’s a lot of familiar faces. This crowd is extremely knowledgeable.

“Thanks to John Nimick [Tournament Director] and his Squash Engine team for the great job they’ve done and the challenges they’ve had to face with omicron and everything. I have missed it, the ToC is one of the tournaments you really look forward to and this time I’ve got my parents and my aunt watching as well, so I’m really happy to lift this trophy in front of them.

“Diego, we played an incredible match. It was very physical, very technical, required a lot of skill and stamina, I think it had everything in there and it was played in good spirit as well. It wasn’t easy.”

Following on from the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions will be the biggest event on the sport’s calendar, with the PSA World Championships taking place in Cairo from May 13-22. All the action from Cairo will be streamed live on SQUASHTV, with the later stages of the tournament being shown on broadcasters around the world.

Sobhy Delights Home Crowd To Reach Finals

Amanda Sobhy celebrates after reaching the final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions

USA’s World No.4 Amanda Sobhy got the better of Egypt’s World No.7 Salma Hany, coming back from a game down to win in five, sending the home crowd into raptures as she advanced to the finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions finals under the iconic chandeliers of Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Sobhy had won all six of her previous meetings on the PSA World Tour with the Egyptian, and was aiming to continue that 100% record here. In a competitive first game, the momentum shifted several times with both players hitting quality lines to the back of the court and hitting clinical winners to the front. Hany saved two game balls at 10-9 and 11-10 on her way to securing the opening game 13-11 and shock the home crowd.

Despite taking the second game in convincing fashion, Sobhy found herself trailing at 2-1 after an extremely tight third game went the way of the Egyptian. Similar to the first game, the scoreline remained neck and neck throughout as the game reached a tiebreak yet again. In a topsy turvy end of the game, Hany’s drops from the back of the court were both her downfall and saviour. After a couple of errors, she then hit two winners to take the third 15-13 and hold the 2-1 advantage in the contest.

Sobhy regrouped however and with the help of the New York crowd completely dominated Hany in the fourth game, so much so that the Egyptian couldn’t even register a point. Sobhy delivered the ‘bagel’ to win 11-0 and set up a decider. She then got ahead early in the fifth and final game by moving onto Hany’s attacks quickly and running a straight drop in tight to the wall. As well as this was working, Hany found an alternative approach and started to fire the ball deep and straight with plenty of pace to drag Sobhy into the back corners. Sobhy earned the first match ball of the contest and took the match at the first time of asking on a stroke decision.

“I don’t know what happened in this match, I’m kind of just blanked right now,” said Sobhy.

“It was nip and tuck the whole way through, apart from the fourth, I wish every game was like the fourth. But I’m just so happy that the last call was a stroke, we finally know the referee rules, and that stayed a stroke because that was anybody’s game and I’m just so relieved to be through and in the finals tomorrow.

“I think she does really well when the momentum is broken up, every time she went to the towel she won the next point, I’m not sued to opponents taking injury breaks so I just tie to keep my composure and stay pumped up and keep the momentum going but she came back really strong, I told myself to chase every ball and if you’re going to go out then go out on your terms and just relax and play.

“I’m just going to go and rest and recover and talk to my coach about a game plan for tomorrow and I played her in the British and got smoked pretty badly so I don’t think I could do much worse but I’m just looking forward to redeeming myself and playing in front of a packed house.”

Sobhy will play the tournament’s top seed, and World No.1, Nouran Gohar, in the final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, after the Egyptian defeated another home favourite, in Olivia Fiechter, in a four-game battle, holding off a comeback from the American to advance.

In the men’s semi-finals, Peru’s World No.5 Diego Elias had to dig deep and give it everything he had to come from behind in his match with India’s World No.17 Saurav Ghosal, fighting back from a game down to win in five, after 70 minutes of high-octane action.

Diego Elias celebrates after his win over Saurav Ghosal

This was the pair’s fifth meeting on Tour, but their first since 2018, and it was the ‘Peruvian Puma’, who claimed his first major title back in October at the Qatar QTerminals Classic, who started strongly, blowing the Indian away in the first game, taking it 11-3.

However, Ghosal then fought back, with some incredible play, moving Elias around the court in both the second and third games, as he turned the match on its head to lead 2-1. That momentum did not continue, though, with the World No.5 winning the first five points of the fourth game, and he went on to take it to send the match into a decider.

Unfortunately for the 35-year-old Indian, he was unable to live with the pace that Elias brought in the fifth and final game, with the Peruvian eventually taking the victory in the contest after 70 minutes of high-octane action. He will now face Ali Farag in tomorrow’s final.

“Saurav is playing amazing this week, I think he was struggling with an injury a couple of months ago, but now he is back at his best, he is always tough to play and I am just very happy to be through,” the Peruvian said.

“It was very tough physically. Every time you play Saurav, he is very fit and it is always long rallies. I am just happy I could keep running and keep pushing, and I am just happy to be in the final.

“I watched a little bit [of Ali Farag’s win over Mazen Hesham]. He is looking great, we always play great matches, so I need to recover and get ready for tomorrow!”

The finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions will take place at Grand Central Terminal on Saturday evening, with action getting underway at 19:00 (GMT-4). All the action from both finals will be shown live on SQUASHTV and broadcasters around the world.
Day 5

Fiechter And Ghosal Make Comebacks To Make ToC Semi-finals

Olivia Fiechter

USA’s Olivia Fiechter and India’s Saurav Ghosal both mounted incredible comebacks to overcome the challenges of Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby and Youssef Ibrahim, respectively, to make it into the semi-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions at the iconic Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

The pair’s last meeting came at the Allam British Open last month, with the American winning in straight games on that occasion, Elaraby ensured the same scoreline wasn’t replicated as she took the first game in 14 minutes, 12-10. The rallies were extremely close between the two, with Elaraby using her trademark attacking play to continually trouble the American at the front of the court and despite forcing a tiebreak, Fiechter couldn’t stop the Egyptian from converting.

The American had a huge mountain to climb after she lost the second game but she stuck to her task and straightened up her play from the back of the court to limit the attacking opportunities of her the Egyptian. This tactic started to frustrate Elaraby with errors started to come into her game. Fiechter not only took the third game, but also continued her momentum to force a fifth and final game, winning both the third and fourth by an 11-8 scoreline.

The American ran out to a strong 4-1 lead in the fifth game but back came Elaraby and in the blink of an eye, the World No.8 found herself 8-6 up. For the second day in succession, Fiechter had to save a match ball, and after doing so, she then won the next two points to claim a stunning victory, sending the home crowd into raptures at Grand Central Terminal.

“I’m a little tired, I’m lost for words,” Fiechter said after her epic victory.

“I knew Rowan would be out for revenge, I got the better of her when we played in the British Open about a month ago. I knew she’d come out firing, I definitely had a slow start and she was playing well and everything seemed to be running away from me. I told myself to try and relax and keep retrieving balls and my goal in the match was to just get in front as much as possible and volley and I think I got better as the match went on. I’m at a loss for words.

“Fortunately with my sports psychologist, Danny Massaro, we’ve been working on trying to stay positive and predict positive things, even in moments where things are running away from me and I’m feeling that I’m not hitting my targets, I can turn it around and play the match of my life. I’m not sure it was tonight but I’m just relieved that I could find a way through.

“It’s so hard to believe, when I’ve played this event in the past I’ve barely made the draw and just to be able to play on this court and to be able to come out and play again tomorrow and to try and book my place in the final is just incredible.”

Fiechter will now play Egypt’s Nouran Gohar in the semi-finals, after the World No.1 defeated Canada’s Hollie Naughton. The other women’s semi-final will see another battle between USA and Egypt, with World No.4 Amanda Sobhy and World No.7 Salma Hany set to meet on Friday evening in New York City.

In the men’s event, World No.17 Saurav Ghosal reached his biggest PSA semi-final since 2019 after a magnificent performance saw him take out Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim under the chandeliers of Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall.

Saurav Ghosal

It was the pair’s first meeting on the PSA World Tour and 35-year-old Ghosal – who has recently suffered with an abductor injury which saw him miss out on the Allam British Open – made the better start of the two. He had the superior line and length, meaning he was able to starve Ibrahim of the ball in the centre of the court, which is where the Egyptian is often at his deadliest.

The exciting squash continued into the second and third game. In the former, Ibrahim was able to level up after finally unleashing the attacking squash for which he is known and in the latter, he was tested to the max by his opponent but just managed to get his nose ahead to take a 2-1 lead. He was all at sea in the fourth game though and was outplayed by Ghosal, who controlled proceedings and moved the Egyptian into all four corners of the court to send the match into a decider.

The fifth game certainly didn’t disappoint, with both players going toe-to-toe in front of a sell-out crowd. And it was Ghosal who managed to hold his nerve to get a massive win over the line and he will take on Peru’s Diego Elias for a place in the final on Friday evening.

“It means so much, this is my 11th time here and I hadn’t gotten this far,” said Ghosal.

“I’ve been putting a lot of work in and it’s good to see it come to fruition. For it to come fruition at somewhere like Grand Central Terminal is brilliant, I’m super happy.

“I don’t think you can call Youssef an up-and-coming player anymore, he’s chopping people that are much higher up. He’s playing at such a high level, it’s so difficult to play him. I had to be super disciplined in my head to execute the plan that David Palmer, who has been coaching me, had put together.

“He’s going to be around for a really long time entertaining a lot of people around the world. I’m just glad that today we had such a good match and hopefully we can have a few more before I walk into the sunset.”

Elias made his way through to the last four after beating French No.1 Gregoire Marche, while the other men’s semi-final on Friday evening will see an all-Egyptian battle, and a repeat of the Houston Open final, as World No.2 Ali Farag takes on World No.8 Mazen Hesham.

The semi-finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions will take place on Friday, May 6, with the action starting at 17:00 (GMT-4). The action will be streamed live on SQUASHTV and on broadcasters around the world.
Day 4

Fiechter Survives Five-game Scare To Reach Last Eight Of ToC

Olivia Fiechter (USA)

USA’s Olivia Fiechter survived a huge battle, saving match ball en route to a fifth-game victory over Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam, to reach the quarter finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, a PSA World Tour Gold level tournament being held at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

Fiechter had won a thrilling five-game contest at the Cincinnati Gaynor Cup in February and repeated the trick in New York amidst a cracking atmosphere inside Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. It was a match in which the American had to draw on her fighting spirit as well as her accuracy with a racket, particularly with an impressive Subramaniam managing to engineer a match ball opportunity in the fourth game after coming back from a game down.

The Malaysian will perhaps consider herself unfortunate to receive a no let decision when match ball up, which was immediately followed by an error and then a well-constructed rally from Fiechter to draw level at two games apiece. And it was the American who had the bit between her teeth in the decider as she dominated proceedings, closing out an 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5 victory in 54 minutes to reach the last eight.

“The last time we played I think she had a few match balls in the fourth as well, so when you’ve done it before it definitely adds to that self belief in those hard and challenging moments,” said Fiechter.

“She’s such an incredible player, she was pounding the ball so severely and for a while I was just trying to weather the storm. I have so much respect for her, she’s playing at Cornell while playing on the tour and I couldn’t have done that when I was at Princeton. Now she’s at her highest ranking of 20, so I’m at a loss that I was able to find a way to win, especially in front of this crowd. She had an incredible junior career, so she’s always been a player to watch. Now we’ve played twice and I’m sure we’re going to play many more times once she graduates.

“It’s definitely a strange feeling [being seeded] because the last two times I played this event I barely got into the draw. The fact I’m playing my first match on day four is a little strange. When I was eight years old I came up to the ToC and it was the first professional tournament I went to with my first coach Bill Lane, and I sat up in these stands all day long.

“There’s something magical about this court and it’s been a lifelong dream to play on here. To do it in front of my family, friends and loved ones is extremely special.”

Fiechter will now face Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby in the last eight of the Gold level competition. She will be joined in the quarter finals by another American, in Olivia Clyne, after the World No.22 defeated Frenchwoman Melissa Alves in four games in her first match of the competition.

In the men’s draw, Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez faced a tricky task against France’s Auguste Dussourd, who had made the last 16 after defeating a higher-ranked compatriot in Baptiste Masotti, but came through in an exciting four-game contest.

Miguel Rodriguez (fore) on court against Auguste Dussourd

The pair were meeting for the first time on the PSA World Tour, and Rodriguez quickly got settled on the court at Grand Central Terminal, and found himself two games to the good, delighting the crowd with his unique style of play. Dussourd pulled a game back but suffered a knee injury after some contact with the Colombian at the start of the fourth game. Following the delay, Rodriguez found his game once again, and went on to win in four to advance to the last eight.

“This is my 15th time at the TOC, I’m very glad and happy,” said Rodriguez.

“I was so pumped for the match. I had to wait three days, I’m feeling great, this year has been amazing for me, very busy and I have accomplished many goals in this period so I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be here and win again.

“I think I stayed on his pace in the third, in the first and second games I was playing my plan A and I was picking up the pace and controlling and in the third one I was playing too much on the backhand side and with the same rhythm so he got some confidence so I had to pick up the pace and play faster in the fourth.”

Rodriguez will now face top seed Ali Farag, after he defeated England’s James Willstrop in a battle of former World No.1s. Frenchman Gregoire Marche and Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim were the other two men to make it through to the quarter finals on day four in New York City.
Day 3

Crouin Downs Former Champ Gawad To Reach ToC Quarter Finals

Victor Crouin

France’s Victor Crouin overcame 2017 champion Karim Abdel Gawad in an exciting contest to make it into the quarter finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, his second appearance in a Gold level quarter final in 2022.

France’s World No.23 Victor Crouin is into a second PSA World Tour Gold level quarter final, after he got the better of 2017 champion Karim Abdel Gawad to reach the last eight of this year’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

The Frenchman also made the last eight of the GillenMarkets Canary Wharf Classic earlier this year, where he defeated World No.1 Paul Coll en route to the quarter finals. Here, in New York City, he started his week with a win over England’s Nathan Lake, before taking on former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad in the second round on Tuesday afternoon.

It was the pair’s first meeting on the PSA World Tour, and Gawad, who typically starts slow, was dominated by his French opponent in the first game. The Frenchman kept the ball straight and tight, giving the 2017 Champion no angles to work his usual magic and after just seven minutes, Crouin took the lead 11-4.

The second game was a closer contest, as Gawad started to create more and more attacking opportunities to test the movement of Crouin. The former World Champion earned the first game ball but Crouin quickly equalised to force a tiebreak. Crouin took the game 13-11 to double his lead.

Despite Gawad securing the third game 11-7. Crouin kept his consistency up and rushed the Egyptian into making several unforced errors and finding winners of his own in the fourth game. The strong, composed movement from Crouin was making Gawad search a little deeper for his winners, which he was unable to find. After squandering a match ball at 10-9, the Frenchman regrouped to take the next two points and book his place in the last eight.

“I’ve watched Karim for many years and I remember watching him at the World Championships in Egypt, where he nearly lost in the first round and then basically chopped everybody else,” the Frenchman said.

“I knew it would be tough, I’ve never played against him and usually, when I play someone for the first time it takes me a few matches to get the right tactic and play my game. Usually, my strength is my consistency, I’ve beaten almost all the players ranked below me and not beaten many people ranked above me. Like I beat Paul Coll and Gawad today but have lost to some up and coming players, but still ranked below me, so I’ve just been trying to figure out what’s going on, I need to keep winning those matches but also get my consistency back.

“It’s hard to know what to do when you’re two up against Karim, you feel like you’re playing well and you want to play even better but after losing the third I tried to tell myself to not change anything and keep it on his backhand and play a three-quarter game and try to avoid that front left corner and every time I hit off the back wall it went over there and I thought ‘Damn you’re going to be in trouble’ and usually I was, but I was just trying to win one point at a time.”

There was also a seeding upset in the women’s draw as well, with Egypt’s Nada Abbas overcoming compatriot, and the No.7 seed, Nadine Shahin, in five games to reach the quarter finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions for the first time in her career.

Nada Abbas

The last two meetings between the two had gone all the way to a five-game conclusion, with Shahin winning both times, the latest at the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family in February.

In a tightly contested first game, Shahin pulled ahead at the start of the game to lead 5-2. Abbas started to put her game together however and by exposing the technique of her compatriot, Abbas took the first game at the third time of asking 13-11. Abbas carried her form into the second game and continued to pile the pressure onto Shahin in the front right corner. The World No.16 utilised her backhand boast to great effect and forced errors from Shahin’s racket to take the game 11-7.

Shahin showed her fighting qualities, however, and managed to disrupt the rhythm Abbas had settled into, moving her younger opponent into all four corners of the court and took the third and fourth games 11-7, 12-10 to set up yet another five-game encounter. Abbas started the better of the two in the fifth game, but Shahin wasn’t going away without a fight. The higher seed set herself up with a game ball at 10-9 to complete the comeback, but after three well-constructed rallies, Abbas claimed her first win over Shahin in 62 minutes winning 12-10 in the fifth game.

“I’m really happy to get through, me and Nadine have played twice this season and it was so close today but I’m just so glad I could get the win today,” Abbas said after the win.

“I’m feeling okay. I’m looking forward to the next match and I’m looking forward to be playing on this beautiful court once again.”

Elsewhere on the third day, USA’s Amanda Sobhy delighted the home crowd to advance to the quarter finals, while Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby and Salma Hany both came through tough battles to make the last eight.

The second round comes to a conclusion on Wednesday, May 3, with action starting at 12:00 (GMT-4). All eight matches will be streamed live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be shown by PSA’s broadcast partners.

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Day 2

Dussourd Downs Masotti To Reach ToC Second Round

Auguste Dussourd celebrates his first round win at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions

France’s Auguste Dussourd overcame the challenge of compatriot Baptiste Masotti to advance through to the second round of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York City, winning a match at a PSA World Tour Gold level event for the first time in his career.

This was only the second meeting on Tour between the pair, with Masotti having claimed the only win back in 2016. This clash, which came on the glass court at Grand Central Terminal, saw the World No.21 come out strongly once again, and he took the first game 11-8 to hold the lead in the contest.

He went on to hold a 10-7 lead in the second game, but Dussourd, who sits 18 places below his fellow Frenchman in the World Rankings, saved three game balls before going on to win it 12-10. Dussourd then fought back from 8-4 down in the third as well to move into the lead of the contest for the first time.

The fourth game followed a much similar pattern, with the World No.39 coming from behind once more, claiming the victory with a second tie-break win in the match, to defeat Masotti for the first time, and to also win a match at a PSA World Tour Gold level event for the first time as well.

“It’s the best venue I have played in my life,” said Dussourd.

“I was so happy to get in [to the draw] and to get the win for the first time I am here. I will have one day to enjoy [the win] and then I’ll think about the next match.
“I will maybe watch this match once to see what I did right and did wrong, then after that I will focus on the next match against a top player.”

Elsewhere, another Frenchman in Victor Crouin made it through to the second round after getting the better of England’s Nathan Lake. While Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim downed Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann to advance to the last 16.

However, the pair will do battle for the second time in three days, as following the late withdrawal of Mostafa Asal due to a positive pre-flight COVID-19 test, the Swiss No.2 was drawn out as the ‘Lucky Loser’, and will take the place of the Egyptian in the last 16. He will face Youssef Ibrahim again on Wednesday evening.

In the women’s event, England’s Lucy Turmel secured her first event victory at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, as she battled her way past Hong Kong’s Tze Lok Ho, going all the way to a deciding game at Grand Central Terminal.

Lucy Turmel

The pair did battle in Boston in January, with the Englishwoman winning 3-0 on that occasion, but this time, it was far from easy. She led twice in the contest, after winning both the first and third games, but the Hongkonger was able to level the match on both occasions. Eventually, after 71 minutes, Turmel completed the victory, and she will now face Canada’s Hollie Naughton in the second round.

“I’m just really happy,” said Turmel.

“Matches like that are sometimes the most rewarding because I felt quite flat in several parts, I’m just happy to win.

“After I lost that fourth I just really concentrated on trying to get the ball into the back, ironically that created more lets. It was the right gameplan in the end because I could see she was tiring and it gave me the openings at the front.”

After having a back problem during her practice hit in the morning, Canada’s Danielle Letourneau was able to battle past Czech No.1 Anna Serme in the opening match of the day’s play, with Malaysia’s Sivasangari Subramaniam and Frenchwoman Melissa Alves being the other two women to advance on day two in New York City.

The second round of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions gets underway on Tuesday, May 3, with play starting at 12:00 (GMT-4). All the action from Grand Central Terminal will be streamed live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be shown by PSA’s broadcast partners.

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Day 1

Wildcards Yuk And Brownell Cause First Round Upsets As ToC Kicks Off

Tiimothy Brownell celebrates his first round victory at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions

After winning the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger on Saturday evening to qualify for the event, Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk and USA’s Timothy Brownell both continued their incredible runs in New York, each saving multiple match balls to book their spots in the second round of the PSA World Tour Gold level J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.

Hong Kong’s Yuk defeated Egypt’s Kenzy Ayman in the Challenger final to make the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, and her first round match rounded off the opening day’s play at the Gold level tournament, as she took on another Egyptian in World No.36 Zeina Mickawy.

The Hongkonger took the opening game on a tie-break 13-11, but found herself 2-1 behind after losing both the second and third games to the Egyptian, the latter also coming on a tie-break, 12-10.

The fourth game was a show in itself, with Yuk having to save seven match balls in the process to stay in the contest. She saved the first at 10-9 down, before saving a further six in the tie-break. Yuk eventually won it after 20 minutes of action 21-19, before then going on to win the deciding game 11-5 to advance to the semi-finals. She will now face World No.7 Salma Hany no Tuesday afternoon.

“I was just thinking about getting this game [the fourth] and all the cheering was making me want to fight more,” said the World No.43.

Chan Sin Yuk (right) and Zeina Mickawy (left) on court in New York

“I’m going to have a light squash session [tomorrow] and recover well.”

Meanwhile, after USA’s Brownell got the better of Egypt’s Aly Abou Eleinen in the Challenger 10 level final on Saturday, he took on another Egyptian in the form of Karim El Hammamy in the opening round of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions at Grand Central Terminal.

The first three games were all extremely tight, with neither player able to get on a clear run of points. The Egyptian claimed the first on a tie-break 12-10, with the next two being split evenly, with El Hammamy holding a 2-1 lead in the contest. Brownell fought back to take the fourth quickly, to send the match into a decider, with the home fans getting behind their favourite.

The fifth and deciding game of the match would go all the way to a tie-break, as the American came back from 10-8 down, saving two match balls in the process. He won four consecutive points to turn the game around, winning it 12-10 to the crowd’s delight. Brownell will now face Indian No.1 Saurav Ghosal in the second round on Tuesday afternoon.

“My mum is one of the brightest squash minds on the planet and she doesn’t get the credit she deserves, so for me to come out here and do this is just one small thing to show what an incredible woman, coach, player, everything she is,” Brownell said.

“This is what I love to do. I look out and see a lot of people I love in the crowd. Who wouldn’t want to do this?

“We’re doing a lot of good work at US Squash over at the National Centre. I’m a testament to it, I showed up nine months ago and I think [Ong] Beng Hee [US Squash Head National Coach] just had to laugh at me. To come out and get a win on the glass court is a dream, but we’re just getting started.”

The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions continues on Monday, May 2, with a ten-match slate of first round action starting at 11:00 (GMT-4). All the action will be streamed live on SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be shown by PSA’s broadcast partners.

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Preview And How To Watch Live

The J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions returns to the PSA World Tour as a Gold event and starts on Sunday, May 1 from the glass court at the famous Grand Central Station in New York.

World No.2 and reigning World Champion Ali Farag is the No.1 seed for the men’s event and will be aiming to win his second title in New York after claiming his first title in 2019 after coming from 2-0 down to beat Mohamed ElShorbagy.

A strong challenge will come from the US Open Champion, Mostafa Asal and Qatar Classic Champion, Diego Elias. Asal has reached at least the semi-finals in seven of his last eight events and will be determined to capture another major title on US soil. Elias is yet to make it past the quarter final stage at the Tournament of Champions but enters the tournament as the No.3 seed.

‘Colombian Cannonball’ Miguel Rodriguez will be returning to the tournament for his 15th appearance at the event, first appearing in the 2006 draw. His best run in the tournament came in 2015 when lost out to Nick Matthew in the semi-finals after beating former champion Gregory Gaultier in the round before. Rodriguez receives a bye in round one and will play the winner of an all-French battle between Baptiste Masotti and Auguste Dussourd in round two.

World No.1 Nouran Gohar leads the women’s draw for the first time in her career but is yet to capture the coveted title. ‘The Terminator’ has picked up three titles so far in 2022 and will be looking to add this event to her impressive collection.

The No.2 seed for the tournament is home favourite Amanda Sobhy. The USA No.1 reached the final in 2016, losing out to current World Champion Nour El Sherbini. Sobhy reached the semi-finals of the British Open in her last outing on the PSA World Tour and will be looking to replicate that form to excite the New York crowd.

Play starts at 12:00 (GMT-5) with six matches opening the tournament including two qualifiers from the J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger 10 event. The two winners of the event will face Egyptian duo Karim El Hammamy and Zeina Mickawy in round one on Sunday, with a further eight round one matches taking place on Monday.

Opening play on day one will be World No.24, Sabrina Sobhy taking on England’s Millie Tomlinson. The pair last met in 2015 with Tomlinson scoring a 3-0 victory over Sobhy at the CSC Delaware Open. Sobhy reached the last 16 in the last Tournament of Champions in 2020 and will be looking to replicate that form again this year.

Global streaming coverage is provided by SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be shown by PSA’s broadcast partners.

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Draws Released For J.P. Morgan Tournament Of Champions

The draws for the 2022 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions (ToC) have been announced, as the PSA World Tour Platinum event returns to New York’s iconic Grand Central Terminal between January 13-21 following a COVID-enforced hiatus.

The tournament sees 96 of the world’s top squash players battle it out under the chandeliers of Grand Central Terminal’s picturesque Vanderbilt Hall, where they will do battle for a $360,000 prize fund, which is split equally across the men’s and women’s events.

In the men’s draw, top seed and World No.1 Ali Farag will be hoping to recapture the crown from his compatriot, World No.3 Mohamed ElShorbagy. Farag, who claimed his only ToC title in 2019, begins in round two against fellow Egyptian Youssef Soliman and is seeded to meet 2020 runner up Tarek Momen in the semi-final, before a potential final showdown with New Zealand’s No.2 seed Paul Coll.

Coll, who this month became the first male Kiwi since 1987 to reach the world’s top two, goes into the tournament aiming to be only the second non-Egyptian to win the men’s title since 2012. Coll begins against Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar in round two and is seeded to meet ElShorbagy in the last four.

Flying the flag for home fans will be Shahjahan Khan, Todd Harrity, Christopher Gordon and Jamie Ruggiero. World No.37 Khan plays in his first ToC, while World No.42 Harrity will be hoping to advance beyond the second round for the first time.

For wildcards Gordon and Ruggiero, ranked World No.65 and World No.222 respectively, tough opening round matches against Spain’s Borja Golan and England’s Declan James await.
In the women’s draw, Egyptian World No.1 and three-time champion Nour El Sherbini is favourite to claim the honours, having lost in the final of the last edition to France’s Camille Serme.

Potentially awaiting El Sherbini in the semi-final is the U.S.A’s World No.3 Amanda Sobhy. Sobhy, a runner up in 2016, will be determined to go deep in the competition after a last 32 finish in 2020.

Elsewhere, World No.2 Nouran Gohar will head to New York looking to capture her first ToC title. The 24-year-old will no doubt take optimism from her form on U.S. courts in 2021, having won the DAC Pro Squash Classic in Detroit and the U.S. Open in Philadelphia, as well as making the final of the World Championships in Chicago.

Alongside Sobhy, home fans will be cheering on World No.11 Olivia Clyne, World No.13 Olivia Fiechter, World No.26 Sabrina Sobhy and World No.38 Haley Mendez.

There is one final place up for grabs in the women’s draw, with France’s Marie Stephan and England’s Lily Taylor set for a playoff the day before the event as they compete for the right to join Canada’s Nicole Bunyan as a wildcard. The winner of that bout will face Belgium’s Tinne Gilis in the first round.

Global streaming coverage is provided by SQUASHTV, while the semi-finals and finals will be shown by PSA’s broadcast partners.

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J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Postponed Until May 2022

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) and Squash Engine, Inc. have announced today that the 2022 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, set for January 13-21 at New York's Grand Central Terminal, has been postponed until May 1-7, 2022.

Tournament owner and promoter John Nimick said: "With the health and safety of all of our attendees, players, officials and staff as our highest priority, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2022 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions. The current surge of coronavirus cases in New York City prevents us from safely welcoming thousands of squash fans and visitors to our Vanderbilt Hall venue."

Information on the tournament's new schedule and ticketing plan will be available soon. Previously purchased tickets will be honoured.


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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.



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