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Sunayna Kuruvilla will be the top seed for the women's event in Chennai this week

Challenger Tour Weekly Preview: International Events Return

For the second week in succession, there are five events taking place on the PSA Challenger Tour this week, with action coming from three continents and four different countries.

The majority of those events this week have limited participation due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but one event is making history.

2nd HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Chennai Leg 1
The Chennai Leg of the 2nd HCL SRFI Indian Tour is going to be the first international tournament on the Challenger Tour in over twelve months, since the Queen City Open took place in Canada in March 2020.

Players from six nationalities will compete in the 48-strong tournament, with a 24-draw in both the men’s and women’s events, held at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai.

India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar and Sunayna Kuruvilla will be the top seeds for the tournament, which is a Challenger 20 level for the men and a Challenger 10 level for the women.

Open des Bretzels
The rescheduled Open des Bretzels is the next biggest event taking place this week, with the original 24-strong field allowed to stay as it was for this week’s tournament.

The event will take place in Mulhouse, France, where there will be four different nationalities in the top four seeds. Frenchwoman Enora Villard, Latvia’s Ineta Mackevica, Swiss No.1 Cindy Merlo and Czech No.1 Anna Serme will all be gunning for the title.

Annecy Lake Open
The second event to be held in France this week is a Challenger 5 level men’s tournament, with the 24-man field all hailing from the host nation.

The draw will include 13 juniors, while World No.61 Auguste Dussourd will be the top seed for the event, with Edwin Clain, Toufik Mekhalfi and Manu Paquemar all aiming to topple their compatriots.

Morrinsville Open
The first tournament to take place this week will be held in New Zealand, with the Challenger 3 level Morrinsville Open being played in Auckland.

The 16-strong field will all be featuring on home soil. World No.152 Lwamba Chileshe will be the top seed for the tournament, as he aims to take his first title on the Tour.

Open Squash Aguadulce
Action on the Challenger Tour also comes from Spain this week, with the Open Squash Aguadulce taking place in Mijas Costa, where 16 men will aim for glory.

14 of those will be playing on home soil, along with a pair of Colombians in Luis Alejandro Mancilla and Andres Villamizar. World No.115 Hugo Varela will be the top seed for the Challenger 5 level tournament.

This Week’s Schedule
Morrinsville Open: Thursday 25 – Saturday 27
Annecy Lake Open: Friday 26 – Sunday 28
Open des Bretzels: Friday 26 – Sunday 28
Open Squash Aguadulce: Friday 26 – Sunday 28
2nd HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Chennai Leg 1: Saturday 27 – Wednesday 31

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