The Allam British Open, boasting a $360,000 in total player prize compensation, will celebrate its centenary year when the longest-running tournament in professional squash takes place between March 28 – April 3 in Hull’s Allam Sports Centre.
Since beginning in 1922 with a women’s event – won by England’s Joyce Cave – the Allam British Open has established itself as one of the most iconic tournaments on the PSA World Tour and has seen the sport’s biggest names lift the famous trophy, including greats such as Australia’s Heather McKay and Pakistan’s Jahangir Khan, who hold the record for most British Open wins, with 16 and 10, respectively.
This year will also see the tournament celebrate 10 years record of support from title sponsor Dr Assem Allam, who first became involved with the tournament in 2012.
World No.1 CIB Ali Farag has a tricky path to the final which includes three former World Champions in CIB Karim Abdel Gawad, CIB Tarek Momen and three-time Allam British Open champion Mohamed ElShorbagy. Fourth seed Mostafa Asal is set to meet with Welshman Joel Makin in the quarter finals.
In the women’s draw, Nour El Sherbini will begin her attempts to record a fourth Allam British Open triumph. The Egyptian will face either Zeina Mickawy or Cindy Merlo in round two, before a potential third round fixture against the in-form Georgina Kennedy.
From there, the 26-year-old could face No.7 seed CIB Salma Hany and No.3 seed CIB Hania El Hammamy, before a potential rematch with 2019 champion CIB Nouran Gohar, who El Sherbini beat in the 2016 and 2021 finals.
Gohar is on the same side of the draw as 2017 champion Sarah-Jane Perry – the highest-ranked British player in the draw – and USA No.1 Amanda Sobhy.
Dr Allam commented “ This is a great honour for me to have been able to sponsor such an iconic sports event with so many stories and memories. The event has touched every corner of the world and I am so proud to now create another story as the longest consecutive title sponsor (10 years) in the 100-year history of the event.”