Egypt’s reigning World Junior champion Mostafa Asal got his 2020 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions campaign up and running with a win as he overcame India’s Ramit Tandon in straight games.
This week marks the Egyptian teenager’s first time playing at the New York tournament and he made a strong first impression as he took out India’s World No.46 Tandon by an 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 scoreline in 53 minutes.
Asal will face compatriot and World No.9 Mohamed Abouelghar in the next round at Grand Central Station.
“It’s my first time here,” said Asal afterwards. “I have watched it on SquashTV since I was eight-years-old, I’m really happy to come here and participate at this amazing venue inside Grand Central and I want to thank the crowd today because it was amazing.
“It’s more pressure on me now [than the World Juniors] as I am playing at a senior level. I played this tournament instead of the British Juniors and I’m happy to be here and looking forward to my next match.”
Elsewhere at the other round one matches, which are taking place at the Harvard Club of New York and the New York Athletic Club, France’s Baptiste Masotti caused an upset against England’s Adrian Waller to progress through to the next round on his first appearance in New York.
Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng and Scotland’s Greg Lobban were also victorious, along with Egypt’s Mazen Hesham as they defeated England’s George Parker, Hong Kong’s Max Lee and Scotland’s Alan Clyne respectively.
Mostafa Asal (EGY) bt Ramit Tandon (IND) 3-0: 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 (53m)
Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt George Parker (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (45m)
Baptiste Masotti (FRA) bt Adrian Waller (ENG) 3-1: 11-13, 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 (44m)
Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Max Lee (HKG) 3-1: 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6 (58m)
Mazen Hesham (EGY) bt Alan Clyne (SCO) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (39m)