Oracle NetSuite Open Welcomes Top-Class Field to San Francisco
August 08, 2019 By Chris McClintick no Comments
A world-class field will descend on San Francisco’s Embarcadero Plaza between September 24-30 as stars such as women’s world No. 1 Raneem El Welily and men’s world No. 2 Mohamed ElShorbagy battle it out for the prestigious PSA World Tour Gold titles.
This year’s Oracle NetSuite Open features its largest prize fund in its ten-year history, with $242,000 split equally between the men’s and women’s events, while a best-of-three games scoring format will be used up to and including the semifinals. The final will revert to the traditional best of five scoring used elsewhere on the tour.
The increase in prize money has seen the tournament attract arguably its overall strongest ever draw, with eight of the world’s top nine female players in attendance.
El Welily headlines the draw alongside reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini, French world No. 3 Camille Serme, Egypt’s world No. 4 Nour El Tayeb, Kiwi World No.5 Joelle King, defending champion Sarah-Jane Perry, United States No. 1 Amanda Sobhy and Welsh World No.9 Tesni Evans.
Triple Pan American Games gold medallist Sobhy–the 2015 Oracle NetSuite Open champion–is joined by fellow Americans Olivia Blatchford Clyne–who won a gold and silver medal at the Pan American Games–Olivia Fiechter and wildcard Haley Mendez.
2017 champion Mohamed ElShorbagy tops the men’s draw and will compete alongside fellow top 10 players Tarek Momen, Simon Rösner and Miguel Rodriguez.
ElShorbagy’s younger brother, Marwan, also features, while Welshman Joel Makin, England No.1 Declan James and Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly are the other top eight seeded players.
Team USA’s Todd Harrity–who won two gold medals at the Pan American Games in Lima last week–also appears in San Francisco, with fellow US player Faraz Khan taking the wildcard spot.
“The Oracle NetSuite Open is one of the most highly-anticipated tournaments on the PSA Tour and I’m delighted to see that this year’s event features arguably our strongest ever draw,” said Tournament Promoter John Nimick.
“To have all but one of the world’s top nine women in attendance, in addition to a host of world-class talent in the men’s draw, is indicative of the ever-increasing prestige of the tournament, and I look forward to welcoming all players to San Francisco in September.”
All round one and two matches will be split between the Bay Club San Francisco, SquashZone, the Olympic Club and The University Club. All matches from the quarter-finals onwards will be held on the Squash Engine Court at Embarcadero Plaza.
Tickets start from $25 and are available through the tournament’s official website. Stay up-to-date with news from the Oracle NetSuite Open by following the tournament on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.