Houston, Texas is gearing up for the inaugural edition of the Champion Fiberglass Open at The Downtown Club at The Met in Houston. A sixteen player draw including eight players in the world’s top 100 will break the ground in the Professional Squash Association (PSA) $10,000 challenger.
Martin Knight leads the field as the top seed and will look to add his second U.S. Pro Series title after defeating Charles Sharpes in the final of the ilex Construction Charlottesville Open last month.
However, the world No. 47 New Zealander will not be the highest world ranked player in the draw as Mexico’s Cesar Salazar weighs in with his October world ranking of 42. Salazar made the final of April’s Houston Open held at Lifetime Fitness City Centre losing out to New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson, and will aim to take the title this time around in Texas’ largest city
Salazar’s brother, world No. 79 Arturo, enters the draw as the four seed. This will also be Arturo’s second tournament of 2013 in Houston also participating in the Houston Open, in which a quarterfinal clash between the brothers clashed saw Salazar emerge victorious in four games.
23-year-old Egyptian Andrew Wagih Shoukry slots is seeded third to meet Salazar in the semifinals. The Champion Fiberglass Open is the world No. 59’s first PSA appearance since reaching the final of May’s Martyr Fahad Al-Ahmad Sq. Tournament in Kuwait.
“Houston is a great big place. The different clubs and people no matter where they live that make up the Houston squash community congeal and we’re all aiming for the same goals: not only participation in amateur tournaments, but also bringing more professional tournaments here,” said John Leavy, Event Director and President of Houston Squash.
“For the Houston and Texas communities, it will be a great thing for squash.”
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