World Champion ElShorbagy to Star at Canary Wharf Classic
World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy is in line to make his
first appearance at the prestigious Canary Wharf Classic for
This year’s 15th Anniversary instalment of the Canary Wharf
Classic will feature $100,000 in prize money for the first time
and the increase in financial compensation has enabled the
tournament to attract a high-calibre draw to London’s East
Wintergarden, with six of the world’s top 10 players in
ElShorbagy, who defeated younger brother Marwan to
finally get his hands on the PSA World Championship trophy last
month, heads the entry list ahead of U.S. Open champion Ali
Farag, Marwan and six-time winner Nick Matthew.
"I am really looking forward to be back
playing there, I’ve never won it before, so I would love to get
my name on that trophy," said ElShorbagy.
"We always get an amazing crowd there and it makes the
tournament very exciting. Having the glass court in a such
amazing venue like that makes it even more exciting for the
Matthew, the 37-year-old from Sheffield, will be making his
final ever appearance at the tournament after announcing his
intention to retire at the end of the season and the three-time
World Champion returns to East Wintergarden to defend his crown
after beating Egypt’s Fares Dessouky in last year’s final.
Matthew said: "Canary Wharf is absolutely one of my favourite
tournaments on the Tour.
"I’ve been lucky enough to have been successful there, but more
than that I love the unique atmosphere at the event, it can be
an incredible one to play in."
The other top 10 players involved in the tournament are Qatar
Classic runner-up Tarek Momen and World No.8 Simon
Rösner, while four-time winner James Willstrop - the
current World No.13 - is seeded eighth for the tournament.
Meanwhile, World No.56 Nathan Lake, the Cheltenham-based
25-year-old, has been named the tournament wildcard for the
The 2018 instalment of the tournament will also be a historic
one as it becomes the first ranking PSA World Tour event to be
played using a best-of-three games scoring format.
All round of sixteen and quarter-final matches will be played
under best-of-three scoring, while the semi-finals and final
will revert to the traditional best-of-five format.
1) Mohamed ElShorbagy (Egy)
2) Ali Farag (Egy)
3) Marwan ElShorbagy (Egy)
4) Nick Matthew (Eng)
5) Tarek Momen (Egy)
6) Simon Rösner (Ger)
7) James Willstrop (Eng)
8) Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
9) Daryl Selby (Eng)
10) Borja Golan (Esp)
11) Cameron Pilley (Aus)
WC) Nathan Lake (Eng)
The qualifying stages will be held at Wimbledon
Racquets & Fitness Club on 3rd and 4th March.
The main draw gets under way at East Wintergarden on
March 5th with the final on March 9th.
All matches from the main draw will be shown live on SQUASHTV
(Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only).
The semi-finals and final will be broadcast on mainstream
channels around the world, such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox
Sports Australia and Astro.