The Suburban Collection proudly sponsored this year’s National Motor City Open Squash Tournament. The tournament ran from Tuesday, January 30th through Sunday, February, 4th. Each year, the Motor City Open highlights some of the finest squash in the entire world. Organized by the Professional Squash Association (PSA), they designed the Motor City Open as an international 70 tournament and it has become one of the most important tour stops in North America.
Consistently, its biggest draw has been its ability to showcase some of the best players in the world – many of them ranked in the top 25 internationally. Past champions of the tournament include a “who’s who” in the squash world including David Palmer and Jonathan Power along with recent champions Mohamed El Shorbagy in 2014 (currently ranked #1 in the world) and Ali Farag in 2016 (ranked #6 in the world.)
The competition-filled week of the Motor City Open culminated in a five-game epic showdown in what was a 96-minute championship match. The tournament came down to number one seed in Marwan ElShorbagy of Egypt getting the better of number two seed Paul Coll of New Zealand. The final scores of the games were as follows: 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9. The match was perhaps one of the best and most intense showdowns in the nineteen-year history of the Motor City Open. The win was ElShorbagy’s eighth Professional Squash Association championship but first Motor City Open win. Afterward, he said “I’m very pleased to win my first-ever Motor City Open. This is great for me. I’m so happy. To come back here next year and see my name on the wall will mean a lot to me.” He will also have about twelve thousand dollars in prize money to enjoy as the 2018 champion along with a Longines watch presented by Greenstone’s Fine Jewelers.
The Suburban Collection enjoys supporting these events that bring the community together for healthy competition that everyone can enjoy. Their support has continued to be a pillar that allows the tournament to grow and progress. They look forward to seeing what the 2019 Motor City Open brings. For those interested, photos of the event and more information about the tournament are on the website.