Team USA faces crucial pool play match ups against France and Malaysia to kick off their WSF Men’s World Team Championship campaign at Squash on Fire in Washington, DC.
Twenty-three nations will compete in the twenty-sixth edition of the biennial world championship, which marks the first time the event has taken place on U.S. soil.
Defending champions Egypt lead the field as the title favorites with a team consisting of world No. 1 Ali Farag, world No. 3 Karim Abdel Gawad, world No. 4 and reigning world champion Tarek Momen, and world No. 8 Mohamed Abouelghar.
The U.S. delegation enters Pool C as the tournament’s thirteen seeds with match ups against three seeds France, ten seeds Malaysia and twenty-two seeds South Korea. The top two teams from each group advance to the 1-12 play off, which means Team USA will need to record at least two pool play victories in order to advance to the top twelve playoff.
The U.S. squad consists of the gold medal-winning Pan American Games team – Todd Harrity, Chris Hanson and Andrew Douglas – and veteran Chris Gordon who returns for his seventh career men’s world teams appearance. Team USA achieved its best men’s world teams finish of seventh place in 2011 and 1983, and most recently placed tenth at the 2017 world teams in France.
Team USA opens its tournament on Squash on Fire’s show court against France on Sunday. The French squad includes world No. 14 Gregoire Marche, former world No. 6 Mathieu Castagnet and former world champion Gregory Gaultier.
Should the matches against France and South Korea play out according to seeding, Team USA’s match against Malaysia could prove to be pivotal in reaching the 1-12 playoff on Tuesday, December 17, at 3pm.
Pool C Matches
|Pool||Day / Time||Court||TEAM||v||TEAM|
|C||15-Dec 15.00||C1|| FRANCE||v|| USA|
|C||15-Dec 15.00||C6|| MALAYSIA||v|| KOREA|
|C||16-Dec 15.00||C8|| FRANCE||v|| MALAYSIA|
|C||16-Dec 15.00||C1|| USA||v|| KOREA|
|C||17-Dec 12.00||C7|| FRANCE||v|| KOREA|
|C||17-Dec 15.00||C1|| MALAYSIA||v|| USA|
Original story from U.S. Squash