El Gouna International back on PSA Tour!

Karim Darwish (Egy) beat Ramy Ashour (Egy) in last year’s final of the inaugural El Gouna International Open 16-14, 11-3, 5-1 as Ashour limps out after 52 minutes.

After last year’s absence of the El Gouna International Open, caused by the Egyptian revolution, Egypt’s Red Sea resort is looking forward to welcoming back the world’s best players at the El Gouna International Open.

The El Gouna International Open is the 3rd PSA World Series event of the year after the Tournament of Champions in New York and the North American Open in Richmond, Virginia, offering $115,000 in prize money, making it one of the top ten squash events of 2012.

Former PSA player Amr Mansi, Tournament Director said: “Special thanks to Orascom development and El Gouna for their support, and we are looking forward to hosting this event. I’m delighted that we attracted all the world best players.

“Amr and I have been working hard hand-in-hand for the past 7 months. We faced ups and downs but we managed to stay strong at the end. I am glad to be part of this prestigious Squash event at El Gouna Red Sea Egypt”, added Assistant Tournament Director Omar El Sherbini.

The tournament starts at the 5th of April with the qualification at Sporting Club in Alexandria followed by the main draw which will be played in El Gouna on a new ASB ShowGlassCourt owned by the Egyptian Squash Federation.

This year’s El Gouna International featuring 7 players have held the world No1 ranking, and players representing total of 15 countries will competing for the title. All the World’s top ranked players led by the current world No1, Englishman James Willstrop and world No2 Greg Gaultier from France will try to win the title from last year’s champion Karim Darwish.