The 2016 IG Open de Paris, PSA M25 tournament is set to feature a top-quality field when the main draw begins on Wednesday May 11, with World No.22 Chris Simpson taking the favourite tag.
Top seed Simpson is aiming to end a seven-month PSA World Tour title-drought since his last success which came at the CLIC Sargent St George’s Hill Open where he defeated fellow Englishman Daryl Selby in the final.
Since then, Simpson has shown flashes of brilliance at several high-level events and has managed quarter-final finishes at the Motor City Open, UCS Swedish Open and Grasshopper Cup in recent months.
The 29-year-old will take on compatriot Joe Lee in the opening round as he kickstarts his attempts to claim a ninth career PSA World Tour crown.
Swiss star Nicolas Mueller is also in action as he looks to capture his first PSA World Tour crown since 2014’s Savcor Finnish Open. The World No.31 showed glimpses of his best last month on home soil at the Grasshopper Cup when he defeated World No.19 Ryan Cuskelly en route to a quarter-final finish and will hope to rediscover that brilliance in Paris.
Mueller opens up his tournament against French qualifier Geoffrey Demont in round one and is seeded to meet Simpson in the final, with the pair’s head-to-head record currently tied up at two matches apiece.
England’s Adrian Waller is on the march for a sixth career PSA World Tour title and his first since he triumphed at the NSCI Open JSW Indian Squash Circuit last summer. Waller has bowed out in the first round stage of his last seven PSA World Tour events but will be a good bet to make it to the latter stages this time around.
A first round fixture against fellow Tom Ford lies in wait for Waller and the 26-year-old could meet a second Englishman, Declan James, in the last eight if both players win their respective matches.
Defending champion Paul Coll will look to retain his title starting with an opening round encounter against Charles Sharpes. Coll, who beat Lucas Serme in last year’s final, is yet to lift any silverware in 2016, but has emerged as one of the most exciting players on the PSA World Tour thanks to his acrobatic rallies, including his Canary Wharf Classic clash with former World No.1 James Willstrop. Coll is a dark horse amongst a competitive draw but the World No.37 could yet spring a surprise in France.
Main Draw: PSA M25, IG Open de Paris, Paris, France
 Chris Simpson (ENG) v Joe Lee (ENG)
[WC] Baptiste Masotti (FRA) v  Lucas Serme (FRA)
 Paul Coll (NZL) v Charles Sharpes (ENG)
Todd Harrity (USA) v  Alan Clyne (SCO)
 Adrian Waller (ENG) v [Q] Tom Ford (ENG)
[Q] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) v  Declan James (ENG)
 Greg Lobban (SCO) v [Q] Richie Fallows (ENG)
[Q] Geoffrey Demont (FRA) v  Nicolas Mueller (SUI)