Tantalising opening ties in Doha
The draw for the 2017 Qatar Classic, the second World Series
event of the season, has thrown up some tantalising first round
clashes as the Khalifa Internationals Tennis & Squash Complex
Top seed Gregory Gaultier faces the dangerous Mexican
Cesar Salazar as he begins his quest for a second Classic
title, while defending champion Karim Abdel Gawad
meets the even more dangerous Spaniard Borja Golan.
With just eight seeded players in the 32-man draw, sixth seed
Marwan Elshorbagy faces a tough opening encounter against
fellow world top ten player Paul Coll.
James Willstrop meets the fast rising Diego Elias,
while two former top five players meet as Omar Mosaad and
Miguel Rodriguez lock horns.
Local hopes once again rest on wildcard Abdulla Al Tamimi,
who meets top ten Egyptian Fares Dessouky.
Some potential eye-watering second round matches are Mohamed
Elshorbagy v Dessouky, Nick Matthew v Ramy Ashour, and Gawad v
NOTE: Ramy Ashour withdrew on 18-Oct, replaced by Mathieu
Have a look around the Big, Bold, Blue venue
Qualifying takes place on the 27th/28th Oct, with plenty
of local interest and eight Qatari players hoping to join
wildcard Abdulla Al Tamimi in the main draw,
There's a few interesting "local derbies" too, with Malaysia's
Ivan Yuen and Eain Yow Ng set for a first round clash, and
as well as two all-English encounters featuring Tom Richards
v Charles Sharpes and Adrian Waller v Nathan Lake.
Other standout first round matches are Nicolas Mueller v Ben
Coleman, Mohamed Reda v Richie Fallows, Farhan Mehboob v Ammar
Altamimi and Saurav Ghosal v Mazen Gamal.
View the qualifying draw
Whether they get through or not, the players will get to
their matches in style in the sleek BWM official cars ...