World’s top squash players set to contest ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals

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The world’s top squash players will arrive in Dubai in just under three weeks’ time to contest the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals, and tickets are now on sale for one of the most prestigious events on the PSA World Tour.

Supported by the Dubai Sports Council, the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals will give squash fans the opportunity to watch the top male and female players in the world battle it out for the coveted title at the Emirates Golf Club between June 5-9.  Tickets for the event start at just AED 55.00.

In order to qualify for the ATCO PSA World Series Finals, players must finish in the top eight on the PSA World Series Standings. Points are on offer at all eight World Series tournaments throughout the 2017/18 season, and some of the biggest names in the sport have already secured their berths in Dubai.

With only one qualification event remaining, the Allam British Open, which is currently underway and concludes on May 20, the battle to seal the final spots has gone down to the wire.

Prior to the British Open, Egyptian powerhouses Mohamed and Marwan ElShorbagy, Ali Farag and Tarek Momen, along with Germany’s Simon Rosner, had all sealed their spots in the men’s line-up, while Nour El Sherbini, Nour El Tayeb and Raneem El Welily will fly the flag for Egypt in the women’s line up, with New Zealand’s Joelle King also on her way to Dubai for the first time.

Dubai defending champion, England’s Laura Massaro, still has a third consecutive title in her sights after her semi-final finish in the El Gouna International saw her move up to fifth in the standings. A first round win at the British Open has ensured that Massaro qualifies for Dubai, while France’s Camille Serme, Egypt’s Nouran Gohar and Massaro’s compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry currently take up the final three spots in the top eight.

In the men’s line-up, three-time winner and champion in Dubai in 2016, Gregory Gaultier, was in sixth position ahead of 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad going into the final qualification event. Gaultier’s second round win in the British Open will see him return to Dubai, while Gawad’s is still in the hunt despite losing in the second round in Hull.

Taking the final spot inside the men’s top eight is England’s Nick Matthew, who will aim to defend a slender five-point lead over Egypt’s Omar Mosaad as he contests his final British Open.

The 37-year-old veteran will retire at the end of the season, but whether his last PSA World Tour appearance comes in Hull or Dubai depends on whether he can better Mosaad’s placing at the British Open.

Players will go head-to-head in Dubai in the best-of-three games group stages as they battle for a place in the knockout semi-finals and beyond, while players battle for a share of the prestigious title and the lucrative $320,000 prize fund which is split equally between the men’s and women’s events.

Tickets for the 2017/18 ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals can be purchased at https://dubai.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/70345/atco-psa-dubai-world-series-finals

For further information on both the PSA World Series and the PSA World Tour, please visit www.worldseriesfinals.com