Egyptian squash star Marwan El Shorbagy excited to participate in PSA Dubai World Series Finals
Marwan El Shorbagy
Dubai has a three-year agreement to host the event and last year it held the first staging in Burj Park underneath the Burj Khalifa. Only the world’s top eight men and women in the Road to Dubai standings qualify.
“The PSA Dubai World Series Finals is the climax to the international squash season — the biggest moment of the year for squash players and we were thrilled when the event came to Dubai last year,” said El Shorbagy.
“While I didn’t qualify last year my brother Mohammad told me how amazing it was, and since then I’ve worked hard to make sure I finished in the top eight in the rankings and qualified for the event.
“After looking at some of the amazing venues around Dubai over the last two days, I feel honoured that we will be the first sportsmen and women to compete in such an iconic place as the Dubai Opera, and we are very excited about what this will do for the sport of squash.
“Dubai has an incredible reputation for hosting world-class events, and we are pleased to be part of this. We know there is a rich history of squash in Dubai and we are excited about playing a part in its future.”
The countdown to the event is on in earnest with the women’s field finalised following the Allam British Open last month, and the men’s line-up set to be finalised following the El Gouna Squash International in Egypt, April 7-14. El Shorbagy is currently sitting in fifth on the Road to Dubai standings with fellow Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad in the lead. El Shorbagy’s brother Mohammad, the current World No. 3, is in third behind world champion Gregory Gaultier.
With an equal prize purse of US$160,000 (Dh587,663) on offer in both men’s and women’s tournaments the five day event will bring together the cream of squash talent — with players playing a round-robin best-of-three series for place in the knockout semi-finals.
Tickets are available via www.dubaiopera.com or from the Dubai Opera Box Office.
For further information visit www.psaworldtour.com