James Willstrop to play Cesar Salazar in 1st round of US Open

James Willstrop will play Cesar Salazar of Mexico in the 1st round of the US Squash Open following the withdrawal of French World No.1 Gregory Gaultier and former World No.1 Ramy Ashour due to injury.

Qualification for the 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management will take place on the 5th and 6th October, while the main draw will be held between the 7th and 14th October inside the Daskalakis Athletic Centre at Drexel University.
 
34-year-old Gaultier, a three-time U.S Open champion, has failed to recover from an ankle injury that also ruled him out of the recent Oracle NetSuite Open - a reoccurrence of the injury that forced to pull out of last year’s PSA Men’s World Championship at the semi-final stage when he was due to face eventual runner-up Ashour.
 
The Egyptian, winner of the 2012 U.S. Open, has also withdrawn from the event which begins this weekend due to illness, meaning Scotsman Alan Clyne and Egypt's Omar Mosaad move into the main draw automatically.
 
Those movements mean defending champion Mohamed ElShorbagy moves up in the seedings to replace Gaultier in the top half of the draw and will play Australian Cameron Pilley in the first round, while Fares Dessouky takes Ashour's place to play local favourite and tournament wildcard Christopher Gordon.
 
Action from the first PSA World Series event of the 2017/18 season tournament will be shown live on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe Only).
 
Revised Main Draw - Men's 2017 U.S. Open
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Cameron Pilley (AUS)
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v Mathieu Castagnet (FRA)
Simon Rösner (GER) v [Qualifier]
Cesar Salazar (MEX) v [5] James Willstrop (ENG)
[7] Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Qualifier]
Gregoire Marche (FRA) v Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)
Zahed Mohamed (EGY) v [3] Nick Matthew (ENG)
[4] Ali Farag (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL) v [Qualifier]
Alan Clyne (SCO) v [Qualifier]
[WC] Christopher Gordon (USA) v [8] Fares Dessouky (EGY)
[6] Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Max Lee (HKG) v Diego Elias (PER)
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Paul Coll (NZL) v [1] Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
 
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For more information regarding the 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management, visit: www.psaworldtour.com, www.squashsite.com & www.usopensquash.com
 

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