Gaultier leads star-studded draw in Merrill Lynch Cambridge Cup
As Toronto remains mired in one of the coldest winters on record, the squash fan can look forward to some red-hot action as the Fifth Annual Merrill Lynch Cambridge Cup returns to the city from March 4-6.
Last year’s tournament saw a dizzying array of squash royalty descend up on the city. With the world’s number one and two players in the fray along with a cast of squash’s brightest stars, it would be an up-and-coming member of the Egyptian powerhouse, 22 year-old rising star Mohammed El Shorbagy, who would raise the trophy in front of the packed Cambridge Club crowd.
As has become tradition, this year’s edition of the Cambridge Cup features a star-studded line-up of PSA stars. The number one player in the world is becoming a main-stay at the tournament with Gregory Gaultier again confirmed to bring his electrifying brand of squash to the Cambridge Cup.
Along with past champs Shorbagy and squash legend Shabana, this year’s tournament promises to be another cracker. Boasting a purse of $60,000 in prize money, the best of the best will be here with the following players confirmed:
1. Gregory Gaultier: World number one, four-times World Open Finalist
2. Mohamed El Shorbagy: World number three, World Open Finalist 2012
3. Borja Golan: World number six, Windy City Open Champion
4. Peter Barker: World number eight, English National Team.
5. Amr Shabana: World number nine, four-times World Champion
6. Simon Rosner: World number 11, German number one,
7. Cameron Pilley: World number 14, World Record Holder for Hardest Hit Squash Ball (282 km)
8. Laurens Jan Anjema: World number 14, six-times Dutch National Champion
The Cambridge Club will be the main venue for the event. Matches will be spread across seven Ontario venues with the Cambridge Club being the main venue hosting two quarter finals , semi finals, and finals.
Venues include, Adelaide Club, Barrie Athletic Club, Georgetown Racquet Club, Toronto Athletic Club, and White Oaks Resort & Fitness Club.
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