The Professional Squash Association (PSA) can confirm that Yathreb Adel has tested positive for COVID-19 following a PCR test taken yesterday (December 2) prior to the CIB Black Ball Squash Open.
Before joining the ‘tournament bubble’, all players are required to take a PCR test prior to travelling to the event hotel as well as another PCR test the day before the tournament begins. Further tests are then taken every four days during tournaments in accordance with PSA’s strict COVID-19 protocols.
Following her positive test, Adel has withdrawn from the Women’s Black Ball Open, which will be held at the Black Ball Sporting Club in Cairo from December 7-12.
Adel’s place in the draw as the No.16 seed is taken by Belgium’s Tinne Gilis, who will now face England’s Mille Tomlinson in the first round of the PSA Gold level tournament.
USA's Haley Mendez will take the spot left by Gilis in the draw, and will face the No.15 seed Nadine Shahin in the first round.
The women’s Black Ball Open will take place between December 7-12 and will be followed by a men’s tournament which will be held between December 13-18. All 62 matches across the men’s and women’s events will be broadcast live on SQUASHTV and the official Facebook page of the PSA World Tour, while the semi-finals and finals will also be shown by contracted broadcasters.
Revised Draw: CIB Black Ball Squash Open
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Zeina Mickawy (EGY)
Sabrina Sobhy (USA) v  Salma Hany (EGY)
 Nadine Shahin (EGY) v Haley Mendez (USA)
Olivia Fiechter (USA) v  Amanda Sobhy (USA)
 Tesni Evans (WAL) v Lucy Turmel (ENG)
Mariam Metwally (EGY) v  Olivia Clyne (USA)
 Nele Gilis (BEL) v Nada Abbas (EGY)
Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v  Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
 Camille Serme (FRA) v Melissa Alves (FRA)
Millie Tomlinson (ENG) v  Tinne Gilis (BEL)
 Joshna Chinappa (IND) v Julianne Courtice (ENG)
Emily Whitlock (WAL) v  Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
 Joelle King (NZL) v Donna Lobban (AUS)
Hollie Naughton (CAN) v  Rowan Elaraby (EGY)
 Alison Waters (ENG) v [WC] Menna Nasser (EGY)
Farida Mohamed (EGY) v  Nouran Gohar (EGY)