World Champion Gawad Heads 70k Houston Open Draw

Karim Abdel Gawad (r) against Fares Dessouki in the El Gouna Open. (image:

Egypt’s world No. 2 Karim Abdel Gawad is the title favorite for the revamped Life Time Houston Open this weekend at Life Time Athletic in Texas.

For the first time in tournament history, the draw has elevated prize money of $70,000 on offer—the highest prize money for a PSA event ever held in Texas.

England’s former world No. 1 and current world No. 7 James Willstrop weighs in as the two seed, while Egypt’s world No. 11 Tarek Momen and world No. 9 enter as the three and four seeds, respectively.

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