Frenzy in Frankfurt as French world No.1 bids to retain his KPMG title
By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad Correspondent
World No.1 Gregory Gaultier will face stiff competition from a host of world champions as he bids to defend his title in next week’s KPMG Grand Slam Cup title in Frankfurt.
In a star-studded field (pictured above), 2013 champion Gaultier will line up alongside England’s Nick Matthew, the reigning and three-time world champion, Egyptians Amr Shabana (four times the world champion) and Ramy Ashour (two-time world champion), plus last year’s Grand Slam Cup runner-up Simon Rösner, the world No.12 from Paderborn.
Launched last year, the KPMG Grand Slam Cup will once again feature the squash elite – the winners of the most prestigious tournaments in the world – on Wednesday May 7. This unique, one-night-only event will take place on the ASB glass show court at The Squaire in Frankfurt.
The KPMG Grand Slam Cup will be hosted as an evening event, including a quarter-final play-off, semi-finals and the final.
All matches will be contested in an innovative “shoot-out” format – each played best-of-three-games, with the third game, if required, being the first to 1 or 3 points (as chosen by the winner of the first game).
Under the visionary leadership of Felix Scheuerpflug, Chairman of the Welldone Group, and John Nimick, promoter of the Tournament of Champions in New York, the 2014 audience can expect further innovations. Due to high demand, there will be a new stand behind the front wall, in order to satisfy the demand for tickets.
Once again, the KPMG Grand Slam Cup is staged at The Squaire, an extraordinary structure adjacent to Frankfurt’s international airport, boasting unique architecture that has made it a landmark building. With its innovative usage concept called “New Work City”, There are numerous offices, two Hilton hotels, and numerous restaurants.
All the matches will be live on SquashTV, which is presented by ROWE Motoroil. “We have decided to give the same support to squash this year as we did last year, with live TV coverage worldwide,” Michael Zehe, CEO of ROWE Motoroil, concluded.
For further details of the live TV coverage, visit www.psasquashtv.com/
Official event website: www.grandslamsquash.com