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Challenger Tour Weekly Preview: Action From Austria & the US

The Challenger Tour continues this week with three tournaments taking place over the next few days, with action coming from Austria and the United States.

There are two events taking place stateside, with the Atlanta Open and the Life Time City Centre Women’s International Squash Open both coming to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon. The Salzburg Open will be the sole European event on Tour this week.

All three events on the Tour this week are running to entry restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Atlanta Open
The first event of the week takes place on American soil, with the Atlanta Open beginning on Wednesday, with play going through until Sunday afternoon.

Life Time athletic Sandy Springs will play host to the Challenger 10 level men’s event, which is limited to only those currently living in Canada, Mexico or the United States. Despite the restrictions, there will still be 10 nations represented.

Christopher Gordon will be the top seed for the event, and he is one of four American in the top five seeds. However, due to the June rankings update, No.3 seed Faraz Khan will actually be the player who sits highest in the World Rankings as the tournament starts.

Life Time City Centre Women’s International Squash Open
The second event to be held in the United States this week will be the Life Time City Centre Women’s International Squash Open, which takes place in Houston, Texas.

Like the Atlanta Open, only players currently based in Canada, Mexico and the United States have been permitted to enter the event, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 24 players, 11 nationalities will be represented, with seven of those in the top eight seeds.

Canada’s Nicole Bunyan will be the top seed, with American junior Marina Stefanoni, Polish No.1 Karina Tyma and Malaysia’s Wen Li Lai among the top four seeds. Bulgaria, France, England, India, Pakistan, Singapore and Ukraine are also represented.

Salzburg Open
The last event of the week begins on Friday in Austria, with the Salzburg Open taking place at Tenniscourt Sud, and with it being a domestic only event, with 16 Austrian players in action this weekend.

World No.89 Aqeel Rehman will be the top seed for the Challenger 5 level men’s draw, with action beginning on Friday morning.

This Week’s Schedule
Atlanta Open: Wednesday 2 – Sunday 6 June
Life Time City Centre Women’s International Squash Open: Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 June
Salzburg Open: Friday 4 – Saturday 5 June

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