The Allam British Open gets underway at 12:00 (GMT+1) on Monday, with 96 of the world’s best players descending on the Allam Sport Centre at the University of Hull, aiming to take the title at the oldest competition in the sport.
The Platinum level event, which celebrates its 10th year of backing from the Allam group, will see a prize pot of $360,000, spilt equally between both men and women.
Former World No.1 Ali Farag will head up the men’s draw as the top seed, with new World No.1 Paul Coll aiming to defend the British Open crown he claimed in 2021, when he beat Farag to become the first male New Zealander to ever win the ‘Wimbledon of Squash’.
Three former World Champions, in Tarek Momen, Karim Abdel Gawad and Mohamed ElShorbagy, the latter of which also being a three-time British Open champion, will also be among those aiming for glory. Compatriots Marwan ElShorbagy, Mostafa Asal, Fares Dessouky and Mazen Hesham will also be in and amongst it come the end of the competition – with Asal and Dessouky meeting in their opening matches in a repeat of the Canary Wharf Classic final.
Along with Coll, Peruvian Diego Elias, British No.1 Joel Makin, Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez and Frenchman Gregoire Marche provide the non-Egyptian threat for the title.
Following the withdrawal of Nour El Sherbini, soon-to-be World No.1 Nouran Gohar will be the top seed for the women’s tournament, as she aims to win in Hull for a second time. Fellow Egyptian Hania El Hammamy will be the No.2 seed for the tournament.
USA’s Amanda Sobhy, the World No.4, and New Zealand’s World No.6 Joelle King will be among those aiming to take the title away from Egyptian hands, along with England’s Sarah-Jane Perry, who will be one of several home hopes in action throughout the week in Hull.
Georgina Kennedy will also receive a bye through to the second round of the competition, alongside Perry, while Lucy Turmel, Jasmine Hutton, Lisa Aitken, Emily Whitlock, Adrian Waller, Patrick Rooney, George Parker, Nathan Lake, Declan James, Greg Lobban, Alan Clyne all in action on the opening day.
The tournament will also feature four wildcards, with one of those being young Englishwoman Katie Malliff, who recently booked her spot at the PSA World Championships after winning one of four qualifying events, the Val de Reuil Normandie. Millie Tomlinson, Sam Todd and Nick Wall will be the other wildcards for the Allam British Open.
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