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Optasia Championships ~ Sunday 6th to Friday 11th March

🏆 The Wimbledon Club is the place to be this week for the Optasia Championships featuring a stellar line-up of the best squash players in the world. 

Congratulations to Egypt’s Ali Farag who was victorious at the 2022 Optasia Championships.  The world No 2 beat Peru’s Diego Elias in the final at the Wimbledon Club to lift the trophy, his first major title on UK soil.  Stay tuned here for 2023 Optasia Championships ticket news as soon as released.  And for spectator events coming up in London right now visit our What’s On page.

Formerly known as the Channel VAS Championships, the Optasia Championships is a PSA World Tour Gold event with a total potential prize pot of $109,000. 

Six days of action take place from Sunday 6 March to Friday 11 March.  This year the event has a new home at The Wimbledon Club (just over the road from the famous tennis championships), having relocated from the St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club where it had been held since 2015.

World No 2 and current world champion Ali Farag headlines a star-studded draw (in full below) featuring six of the world’s top 10 male players.

Egypt’s Farag, a two-time runner-up in both 2017 and 2018, is the number one seed and joined by two former world champions, fellow Egyptians Mohamed ElShorbagy (ranked world No 3) and Karim Abdel Gawad.

29-year-old Farag has won three PSA titles already this season and receives a bye into the second round where he will face the winner of Mohamed ElSherbini or USA’s Shahjahan Khan.  A showdown with world No 7 Marwan ElShorbagy awaits in the last four if the seedings go to plan.

The aforementioned Mohamed ElShorbagy – who beat Farag in the Channel VAS Championships final in 2017 – is the number two seed as the former world No 1 looks to win first PSA event since May, 2021.  ElShorbagy faces a tricky path to the final, with a quarter-final showdown against 2019 champion Gawad and a semi-final against Peruvian world No 6 Diego Elias on the cards.

England’s Joe Lee has been named as the wildcard for the event.  The 32-year-old will take on Frenchman Baptiste Masotti in the opening round and the winner of that clash will go up against number three seed Elias in the last 16.

Get your squash tickets now for what promises to be a memorable six days at the Optasia Championships featuring the world’s top players!

🎟️ Tickets are off-sale.

🏆 🕒 Full draw and daily timings:

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🚊🚗 Travel tips: The Wimbledon Club is easily accessible using public transport.  Southfields tube station – on the District Line of the London Underground – is a 10 minute walk from the venue.  Wimbledon mainline station – on both the South Western Railway and Thameslink with excellent links into central London and beyond – is approximately a 20 minute walk, or short taxi ride away. Plan your journey at the Transport for London website.  If driving there is a car park at The Wimbledon Club with spaces available on a FCFS basis.  If the car park is full on-street parking is available on surrounding roads subject to local parking restrictions. 

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