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22nd Annual J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions 2019
Within Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall
January 16 – 24, 2019
Reserved Seats are available for sale and keep in mind that free public viewing is always available as per the official site here…
The following would be a press release concerning the release of the men’s and women’s draws.
The path to 2019 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions glory has been revealed with the release of the men’s and women’s draws today by tournament organizers.
With the release of the draws, match times and potential match ups are now available for the record nine days of match play on the Oracle NetSuite Suite Success all-glass court staged in Grand Central Terminal.
Since 1995, the sport’s longest continuous and most iconic tournament has attracted the world’s top squash players to the majestic Vanderbilt Hall. The two PSA World Tour Platinum draws will offer a tournament record prize purse of $360,000 split equally between the men and women.
On the men’s side, Simon Rösner’s title defense could mean a semifinal match up against world No. 1 and two-time ToC champion Mohamed ElShorbagy, and a potential final against world No. 2 Ali Farag. The German international enters the ToC with his highest career world ranking of No. 3.
The bottom half of the men’s draw is seeded for a rematch of the 2018 semifinal between Farag and 2018 finalist Tarek Momen, who enters his twelfth career ToC with his highest career ranking of world No. 4 as the Egyptian targets his first title.
The 2019 ToC presents an opportunity for Farag to claim the world No. 1 spot for the first time in his career should ElShorbagy exit the tournament in the semifinals or earlier and the Harvard graduate go on to claim his first ToC title. Farag will face a difficult first hurdle, however, with an opening match against 2010 champion James Willstrop.
The first day of match play, January 16, or ‘Wild Wednesday’, presents a slate of captivating men’s matches on the glass court, including American Wild Card Chris Hanson against Egypt’s Omar Mosaad, American Todd Harrity against Hong Kong’s Tsz Fung Yip and three-time champion Ramy Ashour, who awaits a pre-qualifier.
Like the men’s side, the women’s draw is seeded for an all-Egyptian final between the world’s top two players, world No. 1 Raneem El Welily and world No. 2 Nour El Sherbini. El Sherbini, will be aiming to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking from her teammate as she targets what would be a record third ToC title. The twenty-three-year-old could face compatriot and three seed Nour El Tayeb in the semifinals. However, El Tayeb would need to get past Team USA’s Amanda Sobhy first in the third round.
Sobhy, the 2016 runner-up, made her return to the PSA Tour following her Achilles rupture at the 2018 ToC, and has already defeated El Tayeb once this season at the U.S. Open in October. Sobhy opens her campaign on the glass court against one of two Canadians, Samantha Cornett or Cornell graduate Danielle Letourneu.
Sobhy is joined by a record three American women in the draw, all of whom enter the top half of the draw with first-round matches at the Harvard Club. World No. 17 Olivia Blatchford Clyne will face off against Belgium’s Tinne Gilis in hopes of setting up a second round match against India’s fifteen seed Joshna Chinappa. Word No. 43 Haley Mendez will compete in the first women’s match of the tournament against Holland’s Milou van der Heijden. Sixteen-year-old and three-time U.S. junior champion Marina Stefanoni—who became the youngest main draw player in ToC history last year at fifteen—will face Egypt’s world No. 29 Zeina Mickawy.
Other men’s and women’s first-round matches will take place at the Princeton Club and New York Athletic Club.
For tickets and more information visit tocsquash.com.
112th NYRR Millrose Games
Saturday, February 9, 2019
At the Armory Track, 216 Fort Washington Ave
The World’s Longest-Running and Most Prestigious Indoor Track & Field Competition
Watch NYRR Millrose Games Videos At USATF.TV
NEW YORK, December 13, 2018 – The men’s 3,000m event during the 112th NYRR Millrose Games on February 9th is shaping up to be one of the day’s most anticipated races. Three NCAA cross country champions will toe the line at The Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center as part of a deep field that includes numerous Olympians.
Headlining the field is former Syracuse University standout Justyn Knight. Knight won the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship after finishing in the top four the previous two years, and went on to add another title on the track in the 5,000m. Knight also qualified for the 2017 World Championships in London, finishing ninth in the 5,000m while competing for his native Canada.
“Millrose is the one of the world’s greatest indoor meets,” Knight said. “The atmosphere cannot be replicated, and I have never been to an indoor race like it. With competitive athletes and ecstatic fans in attendance, the environment will be suitable for a fast race.”
Fresh off their thrilling NCAA Cross Country Championship duel to the finish line last month in Madison, WI, Morgan McDonald and Grant Fisher will renew their rivalry at Millrose. The 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championship came down to a sprint finish between the two, with McDonald of the University of Wisconsin holding off Stanford University’s Fisher. McDonald is also the Australian champion in the 5,000m, while Fisher was one of the most accomplished high school athletes ever, winning Foot Locker Nationals twice and breaking four minutes in the mile. Fisher also won an NCAA championship on the track in 2017.
Another big name to watch is Hassan Mead. The veteran in the field, Mead, 29, is the 2017 USATF champion in the 10,000m. He qualified for the final of the 5,000m in Rio, and has also competed in both the 2015 and 2017 World Championships. Australian Olympian Pat Tiernan is also in the field, best known for his stunning upset of Edward Cheserek to win the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championship.
The men’s 3000m is one of many highly-anticipated events during the 112th NYRR Millrose Games, the most historic indoor track meet in the world. The men’s shot put will feature Olympic gold and silver medalists Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs throwing from the center of the track. Top athletes who have been announced in other events include Clayton Murphy, Donavan Brazier, Ajeé Wilson, Natoya Goule, Torie Bowie, English Gardner, Deajah Stevens, Nia Ali, and Queen Harrison. The night’s signature events will be the prestigious NYRR Men’s and Women’s Wanamaker Mile.
“Sixteen Olympians have already committed to compete at NYRR Millrose, and most events have yet to be announced, including the Men’s and Women’s NYRR Wanamaker Mile,” said Jonathan Schindel, Co-President of The Armory Foundation. “We expect tickets to sell out well in advance of the NYRR Millrose Games.”
Entry announcements will continue leading up to the February 9th event and high school and youth qualifiers are determined during the January 9th NYRR Millrose Games Trials at The Armory.
For more information on the 112th NYRR Millrose Games and to purchase tickets please go to www.nyrrmillrosegames.org.
About the NYRR Millrose Games
With a storied history that spans more than a century, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field’s most prestigious and enduring annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to the New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011. The Games—established by employees of Wanamaker’s Department Store—features track and field’s most prolific male and female stars as well as collegiate, high school, club and youth competitors. More than 200 athletes share the distinction of being both Millrose and Olympic champions. In November of 2013, New York Road Runners became the title sponsor of the NYRR Millrose Games, which is owned by The Armory Foundation. The NYRR Millrose Games is a USATF television series event and The Armory Foundation appreciates the support of USA Track and Field.
About The Armory Foundation
The Armory is a New York City non-profit institution, with the mission of “Keeping Kids on Track.” Each season The Armory— the proud home of the NYRR Millrose Games — hosts more than 100 track & field meets and welcomes more than 220,000 athlete visits. Among its many youth sports and educational programs, including the acclaimed Armory College Prep program, The Armory runs the leading collegiate indoor track meet with the Dr. Sander Invitational, and hosts the largest high school indoor track meets with this year’s 25th Hispanic Games, The New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors. The Armory also runs NewYork – Presbyterian ColumbiaDoctors Indoor Marathon presented by New York Road Runners, which is the world’s largest indoor marathon relay. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and dozens of very large education-focused events. For more: Please visit Armory.NYC and ArmoryTrack.com.