World No. 1’s and Defending Champions Confirmed for 2017 U.S. Open

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 and Camille Serme, lead the men’s and women’s draws at Drexel University.

The first PSA World Series event of the 2017-2018 seasonwill feature nineteen of the top twenty-ranked men and women in Philadelphia, October 5-14.

Egypt’s world No. 1 and women’s world champion El Sherbini will aim for her first U.S. Open title as the top seed, having fallen short in both the 2014 and 2016 finals. World Team Championship-winning teammate and world No. 2 Raneem El Welily opposes her as the two seed.

Last October, Serme’s title run as the six seed sparked the most successful season of her career, propelling her to a career-high world No. 2 ranking. Current world No. 3, the French international returns to Philadelphia as the three seed in search of defending her title.

Laura Massaro, two-time U.S. Open champion and world No. 4, and Nicol David, three-time U.S. Open champion and world No. 6, enter the draw as the four and six seeds, respectively.

Team USA has two representatives in the women’s main draw with U.S. champion and world No. 17 Olivia Blatchford seeded sixteenth, and world No. 53 Haley Mendez making her U.S. Open ASB GlassCourt debut as the wild card.

For just the second time in his career, France’s Gaultier enters the U.S. Open as the world No. 1. The oldest world No. 1 ever at thirty-four-year-old returns to Philly in search of his fourth U.S. Open title. Egypt’s world No. 2 Karim Abdel Gawad enters the draw as the current men’s world champion and two seed in search of his first U.S. open title.

Egypt’s world No. 3 Mohamed Elshorbagy enters is seeded third and will aim for his third U.S. Open title. One decade after facing each other in the 2007 U.S. Open final, England’s Nick Matthew and James Willstrop enter the draw as the four and six seed, respectively.

Wild Card Chris Gordon is the sole U.S. representative in the main draw as the world No. 64 is set to compete in his eleventh U.S. Open.

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