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Elshorbagy tops brutal Men's Draw

The draw for the sixth El Gouna International has been made, and while Egypt's defending champion and world #1 Mohamed Elshorbagy is top seed, the first round features a number of brutal clashes.

Elshorbagy faces Mathieu Castagnet, the Frenchman who until a recent injury was well inside the world's top ten; 7th seed Marwan Elshorbagy meets fellow Egyptian and former world #3 Omar Mosaad; the resurgent James Willstrop, seeded #6, faces Colombia's Miguel Rodriguez; 4th seed Nick Matthew meets world #11 Fares Dessouky in a repeat of their Canary Wharf final; Ali Farag faces the fast rising Peruvian Diego Elias; Simon Rosner and Borja Golan meet in an all-Europpean battle; and world champion Karim Abdel Gawad renews his rivalry with Zahed Mohamed.

These early encounters are a byproduct of the PSA policy of seeding just 8 in the men's draw, compared to 16 in the women's.

There are ten Egyptian players in the main draw, and there's a good chance that number will be boosted after the qualifying competition, which takes place at the new El Gouna Squash Centre on 5th and 6th April, alongside the Women's PSA World Championship.

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