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World No. 1’s Farag and Gohar Lead 2023 ToC Draws

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December 16, 2022
by Chris McClintick

2022 ToC champions Ali Farag and Nouran Gohar

Egypt’s world No. 1’s Ali Farag and Nouran Gohar are set to defend their J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions titles as the top seeds with the iconic PSA World Tour Platinum tournament celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary edition, January 18-26, in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall.

After a Covid cancellation in 2021 and postponement in 2022, the ToC marks its Silver anniversary with a return to its traditional January staging and a world class field including nineteen of the world’s top twenty-ranked men and eighteen of the world’s top twenty-ranked women. The 2022 ToC will also host early round matches at local clubs including Nicol Squash, the Harvard Club of New York, River Club and New York Athletic Club.

After capturing her maiden ToC title in May, Gohar will face a difficult tournament opener in the form of Team USA’s world No. 10 Olivia Fiechter in the second round Thursday night, January 19. Gohar is seeded to face her Egyptian teammate and world No. 5 Nour El Tayeb in the quarterfinals and New Zealand’s world No. 4 Joelle King in the semifinals.

Fiechter is one of three American women in the top quarter of the draw. Olivia Blatchford Clyne, world No. 20, could be on a collision course with U.S. teammate and world No. 15 Sabrina Sobhy in the second round, but will need to get past Hong Kong’s Ka Yi Lee in the first round Wednesday, January 18, at the Harvard Club.

In the bottom half of the women’s draw, 2022 finalist and world No. 5 Amanda Sobhy enters the draw as the five seed and will open her tournament up against either Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy or Malaysia’s Aifa Azman in the second round Friday night, January 20. The American is seeded for a potential quarterfinal match up against two seed and three-time ToC champion Nour El Sherbini.

2022 U.S. Junior Champion and Rye, New York native Caroline Fouts is set for her ToC debut as one of two women’s wild cards. The seventeen-year-old will face England’s Jasmine Hutton at Nicol Squash Wednesday evening, January 18. The second men’s and women’s wild card positions will be determined in a playoff.

Farag will aim to join the likes of Ramy Ashour, Mohamed ElShorbagy, Peter Nicol, Jonathan Power as a three-time ToC champion, but will face stiff competition. Farag is seeded to face Marwan ElShorbagy in the quarterfinals, Mohamed ElShorbagy in the semifinals and two seed Paul Coll in the final.

A resurgent Mohamed ElShorbagy will hope to upset the seedings in search of a fourth ToC title, and faces a blockbuster opening match against 2015 semifinalist Miguel Angel Rodriguez Thursday night, January 19.

In the bottom half of the draw, world No. 3 Mostafa Asal enters his second tournament appearance as the three seed and faces a potential quarterfinal against compatriot and two-time ToC finalist Tarek Momen.

New Zealand’s World No. 2 Paul Coll makes his sixth ToC appearance with this highest seeding of two, and is in search of his first Platinum title of the season.

The evergreen James Willstrop, the 2010 ToC champion, extends his all-time ToC appearance record to nineteen against Spain’s Iker Bernabeu Parares at Nicol Squash Wednesday, January 18.

Team USA’s world No. 28 Shahjahan Khan will bid to reach the glass court with a first round match up against Spanish veteran Borja Golan at the Harvard Club. U.S. w0rld No. 39 Todd Harrity will face Qatar’s world No. 21 Abdullah Al Tamimi at the New York Athletic Club. Penn senior Dillion Huang takes one of the two men’s wild card and will make his ToC debut against England’s Patrick Rooney at the Harvard Club.

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