2016 U.S. Open champions Camille Serme (L) and Mohamed Elshorbagy enter the 2017 draw as three seeds.
The 2017 U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management main draws have been revealed, as the world’s top men and women prepare to vie for equal prize money in the first PSA World Series tournament of the season, October 5-14, at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
World No. 1’s Gregory Gaultier—three-time U.S. Open champion—and Nour El Sherbini—two-time U.S. Open finalist—lead the men’s and women’s draws as top seeds and title favorites. Both face difficult first round opponents in the form of Australian world No. 18 Cameron Pilley and fellow Egyptian and world No. 26 Mariam Metwally, respectively.
View both draws on www.usopensquash.com/draws.
2016 U.S. Open champions and finalists, (l-r): Nick Matthew, Mohamed Elshorbagy, Camille Serme, Nour El Sherbini.
The 2017 United States Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management playing field and seeding is confirmed, as world No. 1’s, Gregory Gaultier and Nour El Sherbini, and defending champions, Mohamed ElShorbagy, lead the men’s and women’s draws at Drexel University.
The first PSA World Series event of the 2017-2018 will feature nineteen of the top twenty-ranked men and women in Philadelphia, October 5-14.
The 2017 U.S. Skill Level Championships will be held alongside the U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management semifinals and finals, October 14-15, at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Draws are capped at sixteen players and are filling quickly so sign up today to jump on court during the day and watch the pros after your matches in the evening. Skill Level participants are eligible for 50% off U.S. Open General Admission and Club Level tickets.
Haley Mendez will make her U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management main draw debut as the women’s wild card at Drexel University, October 7-8.
The twenty-three-year-old American will make just her third U.S. Open appearance and first on the ASB GlassCourt this fall.
Mendez, a Brooklyn native, represented Team USA in the 2013 World Juniors at Harvard and the 2016 Pan Ams at Trinity.
Three legendary players have been chosen for the highest honor in U.S. squash: induction into the United States Squash Hall of Fame. The Class of 2017 is Michael Desaulniers, Ben Heckscher and Maurice Heckscher. The induction ceremony will be held at a gala luncheon courtside at the U.S. Open before the finals on Saturday October 14, 2017. Register for the Hall of Fame Luncheon here.
Deborah Antoine (l) and Jenny Duncalf.
The fourth-annual Women in Sports Day at the 2017 United States Open will be held on Tuesday October 10 at Drexel.
Deborah Antoine will be the keynote speaker at Women in Sports Day. Since January, Antoine has served as the CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation. The WSF was founded by Billie Jean King in 1974 and is one of America’s most important institutions dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring all girls have access to sports.
Jenny Duncalf will receive a special WiSD recognition award.
Gordon (front) against Nick Matthew in the 2016 Delaware Investments U.S. Open first round. (image: squashpics.com)
U.S. veteran Chris Gordon will make his sixth consecutive appearance as the men’s wide card at the 2017 U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management at Drexel University.
The world No. 64 from New York City will be competing in his eleventh U.S. Open this October.
Mark Talbott on the WPSA tour. (image: Ham Biggar)
US Squash will honor Mark Talbott with the 2017 Robert W. Callahan Men’s Sportsmanship Award at the U.S. Open presented by Macquarie Investment Management. The ceremony will take place during the fourth-annual Character in Sports Day on Wednesday 11 October at the Daskalakis Athletic Center at Drexel.
Arguably the greatest American squash player in history, Talbott won more than two hundred and fifty squash tournaments during a long singles and doubles career in the 1980s and 1990s. He won three National Singles titles, two U.S. Open titles and seventeen major singles titles. He was in the inaugural class of inductees in 2000 into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame.