The DRAW is made

The draw for next month’s Alexandria International Squash Open has been released today, with Egyptian duo Ali Farag and Marwan ElShorbagy seeded to meet in the final of the PSA World Tour Gold event, which will take place at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina from 17th to 21st September.

Farag, the current World #2, is seeded on the same side of the draw as 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad and Peru’s World #11 Diego Elias, who could play each other in a mouthwatering quarter-final fixture.

Farag will take on either England’s Declan James or tournament wildcard Omar El Torkey for a place in the last eight.

Alexandria-born ElShorbagy is seeded to meet World #4 Tarek Momen in the semi-finals but must first navigate a draw that contains the likes of Scotland’s Greg Lobban and compatriot Mohamed Abouelghar.

Should Farag and ElShorbagy meet in the final, it would be a repeat of their meeting in the final of the last major event to take place in Egypt, April’s El Gouna International.

The Alexandria International will be only the second PSA World Tour Gold tournament to take place under the new PSA tour structure, meaning that qualification has been scrapped and a 24-man draw will battle it out for the $103,000 prize fund, with the top eight seeds receiving a bye into the second round.

The opening round of fixtures will be held at the Alexandria Sporting Club, while round two matches will be split between the club and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. All matches from the quarter-finals onwards will be staged at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.