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World’s Best Squash Players Return May 1 – 7 for 24th J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions at Grand Central

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April 13, 2022
by Chris McClintick

 

World Class Squash returns to Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall with ten of the world’s top twenty men and eleven of the world’s top twenty women set to contest the twenty-fourth J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, May 1-7, in New York City.

The Tournament of Champions originally debuted at the Terminal in 1995, then returned in 1999 after the historic landmark’s majestic renovation and ran consecutively through 2020. Following a 2021 hiatus and 2022 postponement due to the pandemic, the tournament returns for its twenty-fourth year in Grand Central with equal prize money of $115,000 on offer in the men’s and women’s draws. The tournament’s roots date to 1930 making the “ToC,” as it is affectionately known, the oldest running professional squash championship in the world.

“It’s been another challenging year navigating the pandemic, but thanks to the ongoing support and collaboration of our sponsors and partners, we are thrilled to showcase the sport’s most iconic event again this May,” said John Nimick, the longtime tournament promoter and President of Squash Engine, Inc. “We’re particularly grateful for J.P. Morgan’s unwavering support, and to Metro-North Railroad for ensuring the safety and security for what we expect to be a full stadium during nearly every session.”

The 2022 ToC marks the renewal of a three-year title sponsorship deal with J.P. Morgan, whose long-standing title sponsor support enters its fourteenth year, with additional support from longstanding sponsors Lexington Partners and NBC Universal.

Draws and match times are now available on tocsquash.com. With multiple sessions already sold out, tickets are still available and selling quickly on tocsquash.com/tickets.

The 2022 ToC will adapt a unique format of offering men’s and women’s PSA Challenger draws hosted at local New York City clubs, April 27-30, the winners of which will qualify for main draw play.

The Women’s main draw is set for a guaranteed first-time champion with Egypt’s world No. 1 Nouran Gohar leading the draw as the top seed. Gohar, the 2020 runner up, is seeded to meet American world No. 4 and two seed Amanda Sobhy in the final.

Amanda Sobhy, the 2016 ToC runner up, leads a group of four top-twenty-five-ranked Americans in the draw, including world No. 11 Olivia Fiechter, world No. 17 Olivia Blatchford Clyne and world No. 23 Sabrina Sobhy, who will all aim for home soil success backed by the home crowd.

The men’s draw sees the return of 2019 ToC champion and world No. 2 Ali Farag, who enters the tournament as the top seed. Compatriot and world No. 4 Mostafa Asal opposes Farag in the draw as the two seed. The twenty-year-old is targeting his second major title of the season in the U.S. following his U.S. Open title in October.  2017 ToC champion Karim Abdel Gawad will hope to lift his second ToC trophy and begins his campaign as the seven seed, as will 2010 ToC champion James Willstrop.

Team USA’s Shahjahan Khan and Todd Harrity will aim to reward the home crowd on the glass court in the first round, May 1-2.

For more information visit tocsquash.com.