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Hove Ampito Squash Open: Tournament Preview

The second event to take place on English soil this week will be the Hove Ampito Squash Open, which will take place from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3 at the Hove Fitness and Squash Club in Brighton.

The tournament will feature a Challenger 10 level men’s tournament and a Challenger 5 level women’s event, with 32 players aiming to take home the glory come the end of the week’s action in Hove.

Egypt’s Mazen Gamal will be the top seed for the men’s draw, and he will be the only non-Brit among the top eight seeds for the competition. Brothers Joe and Charlie, along with Ben Coleman, will make up the rest of the top four seeds, while the lone non-Englishman in that group will see Emyr Evans as the No.7 seed.

England’s Tom Walsh, Curtis Malik and Simon Herbert round out the top eight seeds, while former World No.9 Daryl Selby will make his first appearance on Tour since the 2021 Canary Wharf Classic. The rest of the draw will see Belgium, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Hong Kong and Israel all represented.

18-year-old Torrie Malik will be the top seed in the women’s event, with the World No.95 joined by Saran Nghiem, Keira Marshall and Asia Harris as the English players in the top eight seeds. The Egyptian trio of Rana Ismail, Menna Walid and Zeina Zein, along with Hong Kong’s Cheng Nga Ching, round out those top eight seeds.

Portugal’s Sofia Aveiro Pita, Dutchwoman Megan van Drongelen, Bermuda’s Emma Keane and Welshwoman Lowri Roberts will all feature in the draw, while wildcard Isabel McCullough will make just her third appearance on the Challenger Tour.

The event takes place from Thursday, June 30 to Sunday, July 3 at the Hove Fitness and Squash Club in Brighton, England. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

Men’s First Round Draw: Hove Ampito Squash Open
[2] Joe Lee (ENG) v Ondrej Vorlicek (CZE)
Viktor Byrtus (CZE) v [6] Curtis Malik (ENG)
[5] Tom Walsh (ENG) v Seif Shenawy (EGY)
[WC] Jonah Bryant (ENG) v [4] Charlie Lee (ENG)
[3] Ben Coleman (ENG) v Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
Joeri Hapers (BEL) v [7] Emyr Evans (WAL)
Harley Lam (HKG) v [8] Simon Herbert (ENG)
Daryl Selby (ENG) v [1] Mazen Gamal (EGY)

Women’s First Round Draw: Hove Ampito Squash Open
[2] Rana Ismail (EGY) v [WC] Isabel McCullough (ENG)
Emma Keane (BER) v [7] Asia Harris (ENG)
[8] Zeina Zein (EGY) v Lowri Roberts (WAL)
Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR) v [4] Saran Nghiem (ENG)
[3] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) v Megan van Drongelen (NED)
Katie Cox (ENG) v [6] Menna Walid (EGY)
[5] Kiera Marshall (ENG) v Polly Clark (ENG)
Siobhan Wilkins (ENG) v [1] Torrie Malik (ENG)

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