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New York, NY, Jan. 6, 2013 – Ramy Ashour, the 2013 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions titleholder and current World No.3, notified tournament officials today of his withdrawal from the 2014 iconic squash championship which will take place in New York’s famous Grand Central Terminal from January 17-24.
Ashour’s 46-match winning streak was halted at the World Open in November when he was forced to retire from his semifinal match with Nick Matthew because of a recurring hamstring injury. The same injury caused Ashour to concede his quarterfinal match at the final PSA World Tour event of 2013, the Hong Kong Open in December.
“It really saddens me not to play the spectacular Tournament of Champions event this year,” said Ashour. “The ToC is one of my favourite events but as I am still struggling with my injury the doctors have advised me not to compete with my current condition.”
“I am trying to do my best to come back as soon as I can…it’s all in my body’s hands. I am sure the ToC will be an amazing successful tournament as it has always been.”
The defending champion would have been vying for his fourth ToC title to join Canadian squash legend Jonathan Power as the event’s most dominant competitors.
J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions Chairman John Nimick said;
“While Ramy Ashour’s unfortunate withdrawal denies him a shot at a record-tying fourth ToC title, the strength and competitive passion of the other top PSA World Tour players ensures that the 2014 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions will once again be a showcase of electrifying competition from the sport’s great athletes .”
The 2014 Tournament of Champions takes place in Grand Central Terminal, New York, from January 17-24 with ticket prices starting at $8 and available for purchase at http://www.tocsquash.com/ticket-info/tickets.html