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Victor Crouin

QSF 4 Preview: Crouin Aiming For Win Number Three Of Season

The QSF 4 is the first of two events on the Challenger Tour this week, and it takes place from Monday, June 20 to Friday, June 24 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.

This tournament will be just the second Challenger 30 level men’s event on the 2022 calendar, following Greg Lobban’s victory at the Cannon Kirk Irish Squash Open in Dublin, with the Life Time Chicago Open, City Tattersall Australian Open and the Malaysian Open Championships all still to come in the second part of the year.

World No.20 Victor Crouin will be the top seed for the tournament, and he will be aiming to take home the biggest title of his career to date. The Frenchman has already claimed two Challenger 20 level crowns in the 2021-2022 season, and he admits the he is over the moon with how the campaign has gone.

“I am currently feeling pretty good, having been home for three weeks training with my dad and preparing myself with this event in mind. I also played a local tournament last weekend to play some matches and I am just excited to be competing again on the Challenger Tour,” Crouin explained.

“I won two more titles [this season] and more particularly, my first two Challenger 20 level titles. I also beat some top ranked players to make it to the quarter final stage of two Gold level tournaments. This helped me improve my ranking but also gain belief in my ability to reach new heights.

“I also played my last ever college squash season with the Harvard team. We won the national team championship and I also won the national individual championship. I could not have asked for a better way to finish my college career before moving on to my professional life on the PSA Tour.

“Overall, reflecting on my last year juggling academics, college squash, and the PSA Tour, I think I had a great 2021-2022 season. If you had told me four years ago when I entered Harvard that I’d graduate being No.20 in the world, I would have signed straight away!”

Thanks to his efforts this season, Crouin was one of four nominations for the PSA Men’s Young Player Of The year award, something that he admits is an honour. Currently at his highest ranking of World No.20, the Frenchman is looking to push even higher over the course of the next season.

“It is always an honour to be nominated by the PSA for the end-of-the-season awards. Alongside me are three very talented and successful young Egyptians which we will see at the top of the game one day I am sure. I am therefore flattered to make it into the list.

“Of course, my goal is to go up in the ranking, break the top 16, and even I hope the top 10 as soon as possible. I believe one needs to beat everybody in order to go up in the ranking.

“I usually don’t mind having to play and prove myself in the first round against a lower-ranked player but it is true that getting that first round bye in the majors would be a major help in keeping my energy level high if I ever make it further in the draw.”

Crouin will face competition in the QSF 4 draw from former World No.3 Omar Mosaad, and his Egyptian compatriot, Karim El Hammamy. Mexico’s Leonel Cardenas will round out the top four seeds for the competition.

There will be three home hopes in the draw, with two guaranteed to make the last 16 of the competition. Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi, the Qatari No.1, will be the No.6 seed and receives a bye through to the second round, while countrymen Syed Azlan Amjad and Abdulrahman Al-Malki will face off on the opening day.

The event takes place from Monday, June 20 to Friday, June 24 at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, where France’s Victor Crouin is the top seed for the tournament. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

First Round Draw: QSF 4
[1] Victor Crouin (FRA) – [Bye]
Emyr Evans (WAL) v [9/16] Curtis Malik (ENG)
[9/16] Mazen Gamal (EGY) v Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI)
[8] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) – [Bye]
[5] Ramit Tandon (IND) – [Bye]
Yannik Omlor (GER) v [9/16] Charlie Lee (ENG)
[9/16] Rory Stewart (SCO) v Khaled Labib (EGY)
[3] Karim El Hammamy (EGY) – [Bye]
[4] Leonel Cardenas (MEX) – [Bye]
Ammar Altamimi (KUW) v [9/16] Martin Sevc (CZE)
[9/16] Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) v [WC] Abdulrahman Al-Malki (QAT)
[7] Tayyab Aslam (PAK) – [Bye]
[6] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) – [Bye]
Aly Hussein (EGY) v [9/16] Aly Abou Eleinen (EGY)
[9/16] Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) v Alireza Shameli (IRI)
[2] Omar Mosaad (EGY) – [Bye]

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