NetSuite Open Qualifying Field Features Local Flavor

Swiss World no. 32 Nicholas Mueller (r) will take on New Zealand's Campbell Grayson at the University Club. (image: squashpics.com)
Swiss World no. 32 Nicholas Mueller (r) will take on New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson at the University Club. (image: squashpics.com)

The path to the 2016 NetSuite Open main draw has been revealed with the release of the qualifying draws.

Sixteen men and fifteen women qualifiers will vie for four positions in the men’s and women’s sixteen-player main draws through two rounds of qualifying, September 25-27.

The first round of qualifying will take place Sunday, September 25, at Bay Club San Francisco, Bay Club Marin and the University Club of San Francisco form 12pm local time. Monday’s qualifying finals will take place at Bay Club San Francisco and the Olympic Club.

View all matches,  times and locations on the NetSuite Open draws page.

Bay Club San Francisco hosts eight men’s and women’s matches with local flavor.

The first men’s match of the tournament will be between local junior Cole Becker, who recently represented the U.S. in the Pan American Junior Championships, against Scotland No. 1 Alan Clyne at 12:45pm.

Bay Club San Francisco’s resident professional Charlie Johnson will aim to please the home crowd on his home courts against fellow Englishman Tom Richards.

Medez (l) and Kamal (r) walk in with Team USA during the Pan American Championships opening ceremony.
Medez (l) and Kamal (r) walk in with Team USA during the Pan American Championships opening ceremony.

Brown university graduate and Palo Alto native Nick Talbott will take on Peru’s former world junior champion Diego Elias. Former world No. 9 and current UCLA head professional Adrian Grant will return to competitive squash against the top seed in qualifying, France’s Gregoire Marche.

New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson joins the NetSuite qualifying field at the University Club following the recent tournament withdrawal of Mathieu Castagnet. The University Club will feature matches including some of the highest ranked players in qualifying including world No. 25 Leo Au, world No. 27 Cesar Salazar and world No. 32 Nicholas Mueller.

On the women’s side, former world No. 5 Low Wee Wern and Malta’s Collette Sultana will contest the first match of the tournament at the Bay Club of San Francisco at 12pm local time.

Bay Club Redwood Shores’ professional Aisling Blake will take on Mexico’s Diana Garcia at Bay Club San Francisco. Stanford graduate Madeline Gill will face twenty-year-old English international Alison Thomson also at Bay Club San Francisco.

Bay Club Marin will feature two Team USA members who just competed in the Pan American Championships this week in Connecticut, Mariam Kamal and Haley Mendez. Kamal and Mendez faced each other in the Pan American individual final with Kamal claiming gold and Mendez silver. Colombia’s Catalina Pelaez also enters NetSuite Open qualifying after representing her country in the Pan Ams.

Kamal, a California resident, will face Australian world No. 51 Sarah Cardwell at 2pm. Mendez will follow on against Philadelphia-based English international Georgina Stoker.