By ALAN THATCHER
I’m currently packing my bags for the Aon US Open and looking forward to my first trip to Chicago. The draw looks phenomenal, with Ramy Ashour and Amr Shabana the top two seeds, followed by David Palmer, Peter Barker, Adrian Grant, Wael El Hindi, James Willstrop, Olli Tuominen, Hisham Ashour, Shahier Razik, Saurav Ghosal and US wild card Gilly Lane.
This PSA Five Star tournament takes place in the open-air, with the glass court in a fantastic city centre location, so let’s hope for some balmy evenings that will help to attract sizeable crowds.
The organisers have worked phenomenally hard, in conjunction with US Squash, to get everything ready in time and they deserve a successful week.
I look forward to filing daily reports from the Windy City.
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Alan Thatcher is a journalist, Squash’s No.1 TV commentator, a tournament promoter and a club coach. He is also busy with a sports club he recently co-founded in England (called TriSports) which provides sporting opportunities for young people, especially those who are homeless, unemployed or disadvantaged.