J.P.Morgan Tournament of Champions 2016 • 05-14 Jan, New York

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13-Jan, Semis
12-Jan, Quarters
10-Jan, Round Two
08-Jan, Round One
06-Jan, Qualifying

Sherbini and Shorbagy make it an Egyptian Double
Sobhy sweeps into Grand Central Final
Upsets galore as Sobhy, Gohar and Sherbini make semis
Sobhy stuns El Welily, other favourites on form
Golan downs Rodriguez as other seeds stamp authority
Men's Qualifying complete at NY Clubs


Dec 2015:
Defending champions El Welily
and Elshorbagy top the ToC draws

Defending champions and current/soon to be World #1s Raneem El Welily and Mohamed Elshorbagy will headline a stellar cast when the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, the first PSA World Series event of 2016 - and with equal prize money in both the Men’s and Women’s events for the first time in its distinguished history - gets underway in Grand Central Terminal in January.

El Welily’s victory 12 months ago laid the foundation for her surge towards dethroning Nicol David at the top of the World Rankings. But after reaching three consecutive World Series finals and taking the title in two of those, the in-form Laura Massaro is set to overtake El Welily and occupy the World #1 position for the first time come January 1st.

The re-shuffling at the top of the women’s rankings this past year, after David’s stranglehold on the top spot for more than nine years, has the ToC fans anticipating some great drama on the glass court in Vanderbilt Hall during tournament week.

David, who at #3 is at her lowest ranking in ten years, returned to form earlier this month with a decisive victory at the Hong Kong Open. With the likes of British Open winner Camille Serme, the Egyptian top six duo of Nour El Sherbini and Omneya Abdel Kawy, and the home crowd favorite Amanda Sobhy, the 10th seed, also included in the line-up, 2016 promises to be one of the most competitive women’s championships in ToC history

“The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is proud to have increased the women’s draw size and prize money to be equal to that of the men, and we are thrilled that all of the games’ top ranking players will be here in Grand Central,” said Tournament Promoter John Nimick.

“The talent, passion and competitive intensity that we are seeing now on the PSA Women’s World Tour is incredibly exciting and compelling. We are looking forward to spectacular squash from these remarkable athletes who always seem inspired to play their very best in our awe-inspiring Grand Central venue.”

Defending men's champion Mohamed Elshorbagy, the 24-year-old Egyptian who will regain the World #1 ranking on January 1st, is also top of the draw.

Elshorbagy‘s stuttering start to the 2015-16 season caused him to relinquish his hold  on the top of the PSA rankings but he returned to dominant form at the Hong Kong Open, retaining the title to reclaim the #1 spot.

Although the fiercely competitive Egyptian will be favoured to retain his ToC title he will have to be at his best to triumph in New York, given the talent-laden draw which includes World Champion and current World No.1 Gregory Gaultier of France, England’s three-time World Champion Nick Matthew and the in-form duo of World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad and Hong Kong Open runner-up Cameron Pilley.

Gaultier, who ended nine years of heartbreak when he etched his name onto the World Championship trophy in November, last won the event in 2009 and will be aiming to begin his year in the best fashion possible, with a potentially dramatic semi-final encounter with long-time rival Matthew on the cards. Elshorbagy is seeded to meet countryman Mosaad, who also finished as runner-up at the U.S. Open, in the top half of the draw.

Australia’s Pilley, who shocked the squash world by downing first Simon Rosner and then Gaultier and Matthew en-route to the final in Hong Kong, will be eyeing up yet more giant killings stateside when he begins his event against Tarek Momen of Egypt.

Home-Favourite Todd Harrity is the wildcard for this event and currently sits at a career-high World #52 ranking. He is hoping to ride the wave of confidence engendered by a career best performance at the recent World Championship in Seattle where he reached the second round, but the reigning U.S. champion has a tough first round clash with Egypt’s Fares Dessouki.

The opening round match of number four seed Miguel Rodriguez against Spain’s Borja Golan promises to be fierce and dramatic encounter. Both players have struggled for form recently and will be eager to start the new year in New York with a decisive victory. For Rodriguez, a long-time ToC fan favorite, it’s a return to the scene where he stunned Gaultier last year to reach the semi-finals - a victory that announced his emergence as one of the leading players in the world.

“The entire metropolitan New York community eagerly awaits the appearance of the world’s greatest squash players on our spectacular all glass NetSuite Challenge court in Grand Central,” said Tournament Promoter John Nimick.

“With record prize money offered in both the Men’s and Women’s events and parity in the prize money for the first time in the tournament’s history, the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is proud to continue its legacy as a pioneering event that showcases the best of what the sport has to offer.”


John's pick of the Men's First  Round pack:

Thu 12:45pm
World Open finalist Omar "The Hammer of Thor" Mosaad v. Qualifier

Thu 3:45pm
Hong Kong Open finalist Cameron Pilley v. top tenner Tarek Momen

Thu 6:45pm
Fiesta! 4th seed Miguel Rodriquez of Colombia v. Borja Golan of Spain

Fri 3:45pm
Former World No. 1 James Willstrop v. Alister Walker

Fri 7:30pm
8th seed Marwan Elshorbagy v. the electrifying Mazen Hesham

Fri night also features former ToC Champions Nick Matthew and Gregory Gaultier in action!



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