Once again, the United Kingdom hosts an event on the Challenger Tour this week, with the Challenger 3 level Stellar New Malden Squash Festival taking place from Wednesday 7 to Saturday 10 July.
The event will be run with domestic restrictions in place, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with only those currently based in the United Kingdom being allowed to participate.
Six non-Brits will take part in the tournament this week, including Brazil’s Vini Rodrigues and Ireland’s Sean Conroy, who will both be seeded in the men’s event. Dutchwoman Sanne Veldkamp, Finland’s Emilia Korhonen, Italian Bruna Marchesi Petrillo and Portugal’s Sofia Aveiro Pita will be in action in the women’s draw.
The Scottish duo of Alison Thomson and Georgia Adderley head up the women’s event, with the No.2 seed coming off the back of her maiden win on Tour, at the City of Peterborough Squash & Racketball Club Open at the weekend.
England’s Grace Gear and Charlotte Jagger make up the rest of the top four seeds, while Georgina Kennedy, who was named June’s Player of the Month on the Challenger Tour, thanks to her two victories, will be unseeded, and will certainly be one to watch.
The men’s draw will be led by Welsh No.2 Peter Creed, with Ireland’s Sean Conroy as the No.2 seed for the tournament. Nick Wall, Curtis Malik, Sam Todd and the in-form Joe Lee, who won the Bexley Open at the end of last month, will also be aiming for glory.
Men’s First Round Draw: Stellar New Malden Squash Festival
 Peter Creed (WAL) v Hasnaat Faroogi (ENG)
Perry Malik (ENG) v  Vini Rodrigues (BRA)
 Joe Lee (ENG) v James Peach (ENG)
Jordan Warne (ENG) v  Nick Wall (ENG)
 Curtis Malik (ENG) v Mike Harris (ENG)
Owain Taylor (WAL) v  Anthony Rogal (ENG)
 Sam Todd (ENG) v [WC] Josh Attwell (ENG)
Lewis Doughty (ENG) v  Sean Conroy (IRL)
Women’s First Round Draw: Stellar New Malden Squash Festival
 Alison Thomson (SCO) v Phoebe Colman (ENG)
Bruna Marchesi Petrillo (ITA) v  Katriona Allen (SCO)
 Emilia Korhonen (FIN) v Jasmin Kalar (ENG)
Georgina Kennedy (ENG) v  Grace Gear (ENG)
 Charlotte Jagger (ENG) v Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR)
Tayla Mounter (ENG) v  Torrie Malik (ENG)
 Sanne Veldkamp (NED) v [WC] Tashy Baker (ENG)
Margot Prow (ENG) v  Georgia Adderley (SCO)