Title sponsored by Cathay Pacific and Sun Hung Kai Financial and presented by Hong Kong Squash the “Hong Kong Squash Open 2016” as one of the world prestigious sporting extravaganzas will be performed at Hong Kong Football Club, Hong Kong Squash Centre and Hong Kong Park Sports Centre from 21 to 28 August, 2016.
We are delighted that the “Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong Kong Squash Open 2016” has been recognized as an “M” Mark event that helps enhance the image of Hong Kong as Asia’s sports event capital. The “M” Mark awarded by the Major Sports Events Committee, symbolizing intense, spectacular and signature event in the territory sports calendar. Being the first stop of World Series Event, the top 30 players will return to this star- studded tournament for a tempting winning purse of HK$2.06 million competing and demonstrate the best squash to delight the worldwide fans.
The qualifying rounds will start off at Hong Kong Football Club whereas the early stages of main draw commence at Hong Kong Squash Centre. The quarters will first move to the portable glass court erected at Hong Kong Park Sports Centre following with the semi-finals and final.The current world’s No 1 Mohamed Elshorbagy will defense his title as topping in the men’s draw while Gregory Gaultier and Omar Mosaad are the seed No.2 and No.3 respectively. Max Lee, the Hong Kong men’s leading player and Leo Au enter the main draw. Another local star, Yip Tsz Fung who was the first local men player to advance to the second round last year, will be in the main event as well via the wildcard.
For the women’s event, the world champion and world No.1 Nour El Sherbini dominates the draw whereas Nicol David, the Malaysian legend holding the tenth successive title will be the fourth seed. With the wildcard, Ho Tze Lok will join her fellow Annie Au and Joey Chan to debut in the main event.
Mr. David Mui, MH JP, Chairman, Hong Kong Squash attended the ceremony along with the honorable guests included Mr. Yeung Tak Keung, JP, Commissioner for Sports of Home Affairs Bureau, Mr. Julian Lyden, General Manager, Marketing, Loyalty Programmes and CRM of Cathay Pacific Airways , Mr. William Leung Wing-Cheung, SBS, BBS JP, Chief Executive Officer of Sun Hung Kai Financial Limited, Mr. William Ko, BBS MH, Chairman, Major Sports Events Committee , Miss. Petty Lai, Principal Assistant Secretary for Home Affairs (Recreation & Sport), Mr. Cedric Tyen, Honorary Secretary, Hong Kong Squash, Miss Erin Wong, First Runner-up, Miss Hong Kong 2014 and Miss Moon Lau, Second Runner-up, Miss Hong Kong 2013 to show their supports and anticipation for the yearly tournament.