Chris Gordon is relishing his return to the glass court at Drexel University this October.
The 2013 U.S. Champion enters the main draw as the Wild Card for the second consecutive U.S. Open with his first career match up against world No. 6 Amr Shabana looming.
The 2012 U.S. Open proved to be the start of a pivotal period for the twenty-eight-year-old after his first-round upset against Hisham Ashour, which was followed by his first U.S. National title and largest PSA title that spring.
Squash is not the only thing on Gordon’s docket, U.S. Open fans may also find him at a Philadelphia Flyers match.
How do you feel about your U.S. Open draw?
I was really excited when I saw the draw. Amr is a legend of the game and it’s very exciting to finally get the chance to see how I stack up against him.
What are you looking forward to most about this year’s U.S. Open?
I love playing on the glass court so I’m really looking forward to the energy that goes along with that. The event has grown so much recently; it should be pretty special getting to play in that arena.
What are your thoughts on prize money parity?
I think it’s a great thing for the sport. It makes it look so much more professional and it really demonstrates US Squash’s commitment to being on the cutting edge as the first equal prize money event.
Best U.S. Open memory?
Making it to the last sixteen two years ago when I beat Hisham Ashour in five games. It was a huge moment for me to win a match in a world series event and even more special to do it here on U.S. soil.
Who are your squash idols?
Jonah Barrington and Peter Nicol
Favorite activity in Philadelphia?
I’m a big hockey fan and haven’t been to a Flyers game yet, so that should be top of this list!
Have you tried a Philly Cheesesteak?
Absolutely…it would be a crime not to!