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Melissa Alves in action at the CIB Black Ball Open in December 2020

Challenger Tour Weekly Preview: Action In Australia, France & Germany

There are three tournaments on the PSA Challenger Tour this week, with action coming from Australia, France and Germany, with the former hosting its national championships.

There is a Challenger 3 level tournament in Germany, the DSQV Sportwerk Challenger, with two 10 level tournaments, the Volkswagen Australian Open and the Le Havre PSA Challenger also on Tour this week.

Volkswagen Australian Open

The Volkswagen Australian Open begins on Wednesday, February 3, and is restricted to participants who are currently residing in the country and neighbouring New Zealand.

The men’s draw sees both of the Calvert brothers, Nicholas and Thomas, along with Joseph White and Rhys Dowling as the top four seeds, while there is a sole South African in the field. 21-year-old Tate Zak Norris, who now lives in Victoria, will be looking to grab his first win as a professional.

The women’s draw features three of Australia’s top four players, in former World No.1 Rachael Grinham, Sarah Cardwell and Jessica Turnbull. Current Australian No.1 Donna Lobban is not in the event, as she lives in England with husband Greg.

Also in the women’s event this week is Tamika Hunt, the 28-year-old who was victorious at the Sandgate Open last month as an unseeded player, marking her return to the Tour after almost 30 months away in the best possible fashion. She will be hoping to do the same again this week having moved inside the top 125 in the World Rankings.

Tamika Hunt in action at the Sandgate Open in January

Le Havre PSA Challenger

Like Hunt, Melissa Alves will be looking for a second victory on home soil in 2021, after her win in Paris at the PSA Squash95 in January. She leads the way at the Le Havre Challenger this week.

This week’s tournament is another restricted event, with only players living in France able to participate. The one non-Frenchwoman in action this week is Czech No.1 Anna Serme, the wife of men’s World No.36 Lucas Serme.

She will be looking to go one better this week, having lost out in the final of the PSA Squash95 Paris to Alves three weeks ago. Serme is the No.3 seed, while once again, Enora Villard and Marie Stephan are the other members of the top four seeds at the event.

DSQV Sportwerk Challenger

The last tournament of the week, the DSQV Sportwerk Challenger kicks off on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany, with restrictions in place. Only player residing in the country are allowed to take part.

This means that just two non-Germans will be in the field, with both inside the top three seeds. Dutchman Roshan Bharos is the top seed, with Egypt’s Tarek Shehata the No.3 seed for the tournament.

Roshan Bharos on home soil at the DPD Open in 2019

The leading German at the event will be Valentin Rapp, who was a member of the national squad at the WSF Men’s World Team Squash Championships in Washington, D.C. in December 2019.

The DSQV Sportwerk Challenger will be live-streamed on the PSA Challenger Tour YouTube channel, which you can find and subscribe to here.

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Tournament Details
Volkswagen Australian Open: Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7
Le Havre PSA Challenger: Friday 5 – Sunday 7
DSQV Sportwerk Challenger: Saturday 6 – Sunday 7

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