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Motor City Open Celebrates Twentieth Year in Detroit

Marwan ElShorbagy (l) against Paul Coll in the 2018 Motor City Open final (Photo: Bryan Mitchell for MCO)

The Motor City Open presented by the Suburban Collection starts its engine this week as the $70,000 PSA World Tour Silver men’s event marks its twentieth year, January 29-February 2, at the Birmingham Athletic Club in Detroit, Michigan.

Matches are streaming and scoring live on usprosquashseries.com/live.

Defending champion and world No. 8 Marwan ElShorbagy leads the field as the top seed, and is opposed by two seed and 2015 champion Miguel Angel Rodriguez. Egypt’s world No. 10 Mohamed Abouelghar and Peru’s world No. 11 Diego Elias round out the top seeds as three and four, respectively.

Team USA’s Todd Harrity and Chris Hanson recorded first-round victories on the first day of match play against world No. 58 Vikram Malhotra and world No. 42 Campbell Grayson, respectively, on Tuesday. The Americans bowed out in the second round Wednesday evening, but put up a tough fight. In a Tournament of Champions rematch from two weeks ago, Hanson pushed Egypt’s world No. 17 Omar Mosaad to five games, falling 11-7 in the fifth after seventy-two minutes.

Harrity, world No. 48, narrowly fell against Egypt’s world No. 10 Mohamed Abouelghar 11-7, 11-6, 11-13, 12-10 after fifty-six minutes.

The Motor City Open was first held as a $12,000 draw in 1999, and has been held as a $70,000 draw since 2013.

For more tournament coverage and information visit themotorcityopen.com.

 

 

 

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