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Challenger Tour Weekly Preview: Six Events In Busy Week

The next week will be one of the busiest for the Challenger Tour so far in 2022, with six tournaments taking place five nations, and five continents, over the next seven days.

The last week saw an event of the highest level on the Challenger Tour with the Challenger 30 level QSF 4 being won by Frenchman Victor Crouin in Doha, the World No.20 securing the biggest win of his career to date. Elsewhere, Hungarian No.1 Balazs Farkas took the win at the Challenger 10 level Carey Olsen Tortola Classic in the British Virgin Islands.

This week, there will be six tournaments taking place, across five continents around the world. The action starts in Malaysia on Tuesday with the Tuanku Muhriz Trophy, while there will be two events in England this week, with both the Carlisle Squash Club 50th Anniversary Open and the Hove Ampito Squash Open taking place.

Elsewhere, the HSC Open – presented by Cotidie will be held in Houston, United States, before the women’s Austrian Open and the City of Greater Bendigo International both take place later in the week.

Here is what is taking place in a busy week on the Tour…

Tuanku Muhriz Trophy
The first event of the week will be the Tuanku Muhriz Trophy, which will take place from Tuesday, June 28 to Saturday, July 2 at the Royal Seri Menanti Golf & Country Club in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, and will feature both a men’s and women’s event.

There will be several members of the world’s top 100 at the Challenger 10 level tournament, with Pakistan’s Tayyab Aslam (pictured below) and Muhammad Asim Khan joining home favourites Ivan Yuen and Mohammad Syafiq Kamal inside the top seeds for the men’s draw. Egypt’s Ibrahim Elkabbani will also be seeded among a further trio of Malaysians.

Chan Yiwen will be the top seed for the women’s draw, one that will see four Malaysians and four Egyptians inside the top eight seeds. Yiwen will be followed by Salma Eltayeb, Malak Khafagy and Nadine Garas as the rest of the top four seeds, with Malak Kamal making it a quartet of Egyptians inside the top eight.

Carlisle Squash Club 50th Anniversary Open
The first of two tournaments taking place on English soil this week will be the Carlisle Squash Club 50th Anniversary Open, which will take place from Wednesday, June 28 to Saturday, July 2.

Spain’s Ivan Perez will be the top seed for the men’s Challenger 5 level competition, which will take place at the Carlisle Squash Club. England’s Ben Smith, Jamaica’s Christopher Binnie and Irish No.1 Sean Conroy will make up the rest of the top four seeds.

HSC Open – presented by Cotidie
The only event taking place Stateside this week will be the HSC Open – presented by Cotidie, which will be held at the Houston Squash Club in Texas, United States, from Wednesday, June 29 to Sunday, July 3.

The Mexican duo of Arturo Salazar and Alfredo Avila will lead the 24-strong draw in Houston, and will be the expected pairing in the final. Compatriot Alejandro Reyes and India’s Abhishek Agarwal will also be in the seeds for the Challenger 5 level competition.

Austrian Open (Women’s)
The women’s event at the Austrian Open will be the first of two action-packed weekends at the Europark Salzburg, with the men’s following a week later. The women’s Austrian Open will take place from Thursday, June 30 to Saturday, July 2, with 16 players involved in the competition.

The German duo of Saskia Beinhard and Katerina Tycova will be the top two seeds for the tournament, with the French trio of Lea Barbeau, Ella Glove and Taba Taghavi, along with Switzerland’s Celine Walser and Austrian No.1 Jacqueline Peychar all in action.

City of Greater Bendigo International
The Australian run gets underway on the PSA Challenger Tour this week, with the City of Greater Bendigo International being the first of three events in three weeks to take place in the country. The Challenger 3 level competition will be held at the Bendigo Squash Club from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3.

World No.78 Sarah Cardwell (below) will be the highest-ranked player in the tournament, and she will be the top seed in the women’s draw. Japan’s Akari Midorikawa, Hong Kong’s Wai Sze Wing and Egypt’s Hana Ismail make up the rest of the top four seeds in an international draw.

Australia’s Joseph White and Rhys Dowling will lead the way in the men’s event, with Malaysia’s Bryan Lim Tze King and Egypt’s Shady El Sherbiny also in action. France’s Laouenan Loaec will be the only European involved in the men’s draw in Bendigo.

Hove Ampito Squash Open
The last event of the week on the Challenger Tour will be the Hove Ampito Squash Open, which will take place at the Hove Fitness and Squash Club from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3, and will feature both a men’s and women’s competition.

Egypt’s Mazen Gamal will head up the men’s Challenger 10 level draw, with the rest of the top eight seeds hailing from British soil. Welshman Emyr Evans will join the English sextet of Joe and Charlie Lee, Ben Coleman, Tom Walsh, Curtis Malik and Simon Herbert among the seeds.

The Egyptian duo of Nour Aboulmakarim and Nadeen Kotb will be the top two seeds in the women’s draw, with the English pairing of Alicia Mead and Torrie Malik joining them in the top four seeds for the Challenger 5 level tournament.

This Week’s Schedule
Tuanku Muhriz Trophy: Tuesday, June 28 – Saturday, July 2
Carlisle Squash Club 50th Anniversary Open: Wednesday, June 29 – Saturday, July 2
HSC Open – presented by Cotidie: Wednesday, June 29 – Sunday, July 3
Austrian Open (Women’s): Thursday, June 30 – Saturday, July 2
City of Greater Bendigo International: Thursday, June 30 – Sunday, July 3
Hove Ampito Squash Open: Thursday, June 30 – Sunday, July 3

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