• 2022 Motor City Open: Coll, Momen, Elias lead strong field, January 26-30

    Birmingham, MI – The Professional Squash Association world tour rolls into Birmingham, Michigan January 26-30 for the 22nd Motor City Open Presented by Sturbridge Capital.

    Top seed and World #2 Paul Coll of New Zealand leads the strongest field in the tourney’s history featuring eight of the world’s Top 20 squash pros and 19 of the Top 40. With a purse of $70,000 – and a Longines watch presented by Greenstone’s Jewelers – to play for, action will kick off Wednesday evening, January 26, at the Birmingham Athletic Club.

    Diego Elias (Peru), left, and Mohamed Abouelghar (Egypt) compete in the championship match during the 2019 Motor City Open (MCO) squash tournament. Elias is back as third seed in 2022 (Photo by Bryan Mitchell for BAC)

    Round of 16 action will be contested Thursday, quarterfinals Friday, semis on Saturday, and the final will be played Sunday afternoon. The tourney returns after a year’s hiatus due to the COVID pandemic.

    In addition to Coll (a finalist here in 2018), top seeds include 2020 MCO finalist and World #6 Diego Elias of Peru – and a fleet of top-ranked Egyptians led by World #4 Tarik Momen, World #7 Marwan ElShorbagy, World #9 Ferus Dessouky,World #11 Karim Abdel Gawad, and World #13 Maren Hesham, who was a finalist in this month’s Houston Open. The top-ranked Americans are World #34 Shahjahan Khan and #35 Todd Harrity.

    The Birmingham Athletic Club is one of the Midwest’s premier squash clubs and the MCO has played host to some of the world’s finest players over the last four decades including Jonathan Power, John White, Amr Shabana, and Mohamed ElShorbagy.

    Contact the BAC for tickets at (248) 646-5050 or Athletic Director Julian Wellings at jwellings@bacmi.net.

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