Nick Matthew (ENG) is coming off of his win at the Canary Wharf Classic and the three time tournament winner is aiming to secure vital points on the PSA Road to Dubai Standings by taking the trophy.
At the “Wimbledon of Squash,” The British Open is where all of the history is — and Nick Matthew, now 36-years-old, was champion in 2006, 2009, and 2012. As the oldest player to go into the draw, Matthew is hoping that his experience will be on his side at the British Open, and that he can take home title number four.
Whether the recent Canary Wharf Classic win will help the oldest player on Tour or not has yet to be determined. But it cannot be denied that his confidence going into the Open will be high and his experience a huge asset.
A run into the tournament will help Matthew cement a place in Dubai and compete at the PSA Dubai World Series Finals, which is the season-ending event in which only the top eight players can compete. So far Matthew is sitting at sixth place, so the pressure to qualify for Dubai through the British Open could either have a positive or negative effect on his performance.
Matthew has stated:
“I’m really looking forward to the event. I’ve been focusing on that one in training over the past month or so and it’s also an important event on the Road to Dubai and one of the last events to get points at. I’m in sixth place at the moment, so the pressure is on to qualify. I’ve promised my family a holiday out there at the end of the year, so I need to up my game and secure that spot — so this year the British Open is a big one for a number of reasons.”
One thing is sure — Nick Matthew, regardless of his No.4 seed for the Open, is looking to be a serious contender for the finals — perhaps alongside  Mohamed ElShorbagy, the Frenchmen  Greg Gaultier, Fares Dessouky, or Paul Coll. Only time will tell and the first round draw will be an exciting start to the Open. You can view the first round draw as it currently sits at the end of this article.
The Allam British Open will be held from March 21st — March 26th in Hull, England at Airco Arena. This World Series is one of, if not the, pinnacle of the squash season.
We will update with the results as they occur, here at squashrackets.net.
First Round Draw — 2017 Men’s Allam British Open
 Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY) v Fares Dessouky (EGY)
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [Qualifier]
Stephen Coppinger (RSA) v [Qualifier]
Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) v  Ali Farag (EGY)
 Tarek Momen (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Paul Coll (NZL) v [WC] Declan James (ENG)
Simon Rösner (GER) v [Qualifier]
Borja Golan (ESP) v  Nick Matthew (ENG)
 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) v Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL)
Cameron Pilley (AUS) v [Qualifier]
Mathieu Castagnet (FRA) v James Willstrop (ENG)
Max Lee (HKG) v  Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
 Ramy Ashour (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Diego Elias (PER) v [Qualifier]
Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY) v [Qualifier]
Omar Mosaad (EGY) v  Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)