DOHA, The 16th edition of Qatar Classic will be held in Doha from October 27 to November 2, 2018.
World No.1 Mohamed El Shorbagy of Egypt will lead the pack of 48 players, including most of the world's top 20, who will be competing for the tournament's total cash prize of $177,750 and trophy.
Squash fans will have the wonderful opportunity of witnessing their favourite stars, including world No.2 Ali Farag, 2011 winner Gregory Gaultier, the in-form Simon Rosner and Miguel Angel Rodriguez among others.
Qatari champion Abdulla Mohamed al-Tamimi, and Syed Azlan Amjad and Abdulrahman al-Malki, who will appear in the main draw for the first since the 2006 edition, are leading the Qatari challenge.
As a PSA World Tour Platinum tournament, the winner of the event will automatically qualify for a coveted berth at the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals.
Men and women both will compete at the season-ending championships, with the reigning PSA World Champions, season's Platinum event winners and players that qualify by placing high enough on the PSA Road to Dubai Leaderboard making up the draw.
There is a huge expectation from this year's tournament considering the calibre of players. We are delighted to play host to such a strong field. Fans of squash in the country are set for a week-long feast of great games which is something we are happy about. Ticket sales have been quite encouraging and we believe Qatar Classic 2018 will be the best ever," says tournament director Tareq Zainal.
Ticket sales are on for event that will be hosted at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, which already wears a new look with attractive branding reflecting the mood of the tournament.
Tickets are available online at www.qatarsquash.org and at the ticket booth located next to Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation gate.
Source: Qatar Olympic Committee