MOSAAD AIMS TO TAKE THE
TITLE BACK TO EGYPT
Alan Thatcher reports
seed Omar Mosaad is aiming to become the first Egyptian
winner of the Canary Wharf Classic when London’s favourite
squash tournament returns to the East Wintergarden from March
7th to 11th.
Mosaad began 2016 in his highest position of number four in the
PSA world rankings after a run of excellent form at the end of
His outstanding spell followed a devastating personal tragedy
when his mother and sister were killed in a car crash near the
El Gouna seaside resort.
After a spell out of the game to look after his family, Mosaad
returned to squash with renewed focus and determination and
reached the final of the US Open in Philadelphia in October and
the World Championship in Seattle in November.
the U.S. Open he beat England’s Nick Matthew, who has won the
Canary Wharf title a record five times, and in Seattle he took
out fellow Egyptians Ramy Ashour and Tarek Momen. In each final,
he finished runner-up to Gregory Gaultier of France.
This week, Mosaad succumbed to another Egyptian, world number
one Mohamed Elshorbagy, in the quarter-finals of the Tournament
of Champions in New York.
Mosaad meets England’s world No.24 Chris Simpson in the
first round at Canary Wharf.
The No.2 seed is Germany’s Simon Rosner, who was
runner-up to Matthew in 2015. Rosner is approaching Canary Wharf
in excellent form after beating England’s James Willstrop
in New York and losing a ferocious battle to Gaultier in the
The top half of the draw boasts four Egyptians, with No.4 seed
Marwan Elshorbagy meeting Fares Dessouki, and No.8
seed Mazen Hesham facing England’s wild card Ben
Mathieu Castagnet (France) is No.3 seed with four-times
winner Willstrop at five, Cameron Pilley (Australia) at
six and Daryl Selby (at seven). Willstrop faces a tough
first round clash with Spain’s Borja Golan.
The most notable absentee from the 2016 draw will be five-time
champion Nick Matthew, the 35-year-old Englishman who will miss
the tournament for the first time since 2008 due to other
“The quality of the draw this year is once again outstanding
and continues to showcase the Canary Wharf Classic as a
favourite stop for the most established names and up-and-coming
talents on the circuit,” said tournament director Tim
“It comes as no surprise that the event was sold out months
in advance and we anticipate another incredible week inside East
Wintergarden and I know that the fans who have purchased their
tickets in advance are going to be in for a real treat on
“This is our 13th year of running the Canary Wharf Classic and
it continues to go from strength to strength and I’m relishing
the prospect of seeing it all get underway in March.”