Our most recent article was a setup to the Bellevue Classic’s final match between Frenchman Gregory Gaultier and Egyptian Ali Farag.

Read: The Bellevue Classic — Gaultier & Farag Are Set Up for Second Successive Final — This is Not One to Miss

Not only did Gaultier and Farag earn their way to the final of the 2017 Bellevue Classic, but only a few weeks earlier, they also went head to head in the 2017 Grasshopper Cup final — with Gaultier as the victory. These two players have played many matches and finals together and are a great matchup.

Just as with the Grasshopper Cup, The Bellevue Classic saw the two world class players head to the finals court. And similar to the Grasshopper, Gregory Gaultier of France once again became the victor over the Egyptian Ali Farag.

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The Final Match — Bellevue Classic 2017

The inaugural Pacific Market International Bellevue Squash Classic was held at the Boys and GIrls Club in Hidden Valley, Bellevue, Washington. The Frenchman Gregory Gaultier is No.2 in the world and was seeded number 1 for this event. Egyptian Ali Farag is No.8 in the world and was seeded number 3 for the Classic.

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[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [3] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 12-10, 11-8 (52m)

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Gaultier lifted up his sixth PSA World Tour title in a row after he beat Farag in the final match of the Classic.

As we mentioned in our article before the final match, this win would have (and did) see Gaultier return to the No.1 spot of the World Rankings starting June 1st. This will break his own record as the oldest squash male to ever become World No.1. He has held this spot before, of course, but this is a special occasion, as Gaultier has been on one (if you’ll excuse our French) hell of a winning streak in the past few months.

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Gaultier is now 34-years-old and has been winning title after title this season with an incredibly fervor, energy, and domination on the court that has overwhelmed players half of his age.

Before Gaultier’s win, Karim Abdel Gawad of Egypt has taken the No.1 world ranking position a couple of months ago — now the General himself, Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, will be seated back on the world rankings throne at numéro un.

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This final at the Classic was particularly exciting since Farag and Gaultier were meeting in their second successive final against each other — Farag wanted a chance to win this one after falling to the Frenchman after a hardfought game at the Grasshopper Cup.

Ali Farag, while he lost 3-0 during the Classic’s final, played a great match during the 52 minute nailbiter. He hit a number of sublime winners throughout the match and performed well in the third game as he was up 6-3. However, Gregory Gaultier dug back in and moved out in front where he is most comfortable to seal his win.

Gaultier (forefront) and Farag (Background)

Gaultier (forefront) and Farag (Background)

With all of his other victories, this title also makes it his 40th PSA World Tour title and his 79th final — he won over $25,000 in this final, which is a record amount of purse winnings for a squash tournament containing a 16-man draw.

In fact, Gaultier has gone 27 matches undefeated, and has now gone 10 matches without dropping a single game.

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The Frenchman’s Incredible Run

Take a look at Gaultier’s amazing 2017 run:

  • 2017 PMI Bellevue Classic
  • 2017 Grasshopper Cup
  • 2017 Swedish Cup
  • 2017 WIndy City Open
  • 2017 British Open
  • 2017 El Gouna International

The Frenchman has stated to PSA that he is grateful for his win and that he “just forgot about being tired, about the little aches and pains, and just pushed [him]self on the day.” He also stated that his friend Ali Farag is a great competitor and friend.

“Hard luck to Ali,” Gaultier stated, “It’s been two times in a row, but he showed real consistency […] We’re both from different countries, but with all of the players it’s like a big family and we like to share things. I’m one of the oldest, so if I can say a few things to this young man it’s always a pleasure.”

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Gaultier (left) / Farag (right)

Ali Farag said that “Obviously I am disappointed today, but I’m happy with how I finished the season reaching two finals in a row.”

Gaultier and Farag After the Classic Final

Gaultier and Farag After the Classic Final

Good News for Farag

Despite not winning the purse and title, Farag will still move from world No.8 to the world’s top five ranked starting June 1st. So, regardless of winning or losing to Gaultier, Ali Farag of Egypt will definitely be in the top five in the world next month. That’s certainly victory for young Farag.

 

2017 PMI Bellevue Squash Classic — FINAL

[1] Gregory Gaultier (FRA) bt [3] Ali Farag (EGY) 3-0: 12-10, 12-10, 11-8 (52m)

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