The Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation (QTSBF) is intensifying up its ongoing preparations yesterday for the Qatar Classic Squash Tournament.
Most of the top players of the world are featuring in the five-day event, which will be held at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex from October 29.
Tariq Zeinal, QTSBF secretary-general and tournament director, said the tournament is a major fixture in the world and is important for the top players in terms of gaining valuable points and improving their rankings. He added that the prize money of the World Series event tournament has also been increased by QTSBF President Nasser al-Khelaifi to $165,000 this year.
Current world No. 1 Gregory Gaultier of France and three-time world champion Ramy Ashour will lead a group of high-profile players in the tournament. Egyptians Karim Abdel Gawad, Mohamed ElShorbagy and Ali Farag also feature in the event along with Briton Nick Matthew.
The QTSBF has awarded a wild card to Qatari player Abdulla al-Tamimi, the world’s No. 42, in the main round, while six other Qatar players will take part in the qualifying rounds. The winner of the event will take home $24,225 and the runner-up stands to gain $14,820.
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