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Seeds Advance in First Round of ToC Qualifying; Americans Bow Out

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World No. 20 Paul Coll (l) leads Tournament of Champions qualifying. (image: squashpics.com)

The first round of men’s qualifying for the 2017 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions saw fifteen of the sixteen seeded players advance to Wednesday’s qualifying finals at local clubs in New York City.

The evening’s only upset came in the form of Columbia University coach and former world No. 12 Alistar Walker, who occupied a local spot and defeated Qatar’s  Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi in three games.

Columbia nearly had more representation in the qualifying finals as former No. 1 Ramit Tandon pushed France’s world No. 27 Gregoire Marche to five games, falling short 11-9 in the fifth.

U.S. men’s representation will come solely down to wild card Todd Harrity in the main draw after five Americans lost out Tuesday evening.

World No. 58 Chris Gordon took a game off Swiss world No. 32 Nicholas Mueller on his home court at the Harvard Club, losing 11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4 in forty minutes.

Fellow Americans Chris Hanson, Andrew Douglas, Faraz Khan and David Cromwell all exited in three games.

For full results, tickets and more information visit www.tocsquash.com.

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