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Challenger Tour Weekly Preview: Three European Events

The Challenger Tour continues this week with action from three tournaments, held in two different countries, the United Kingdom and Russia.

All three events will be run with domestic restrictions on entrants, meaning only those currently based in the host nations will be allowed to participate in the tournaments.

Hit and Run Sport Challenger
The first event of the week is the Hit and Run Sport Challenger, which will take place from Tuesday 3 to Friday 6 August at Hove Fitness and Squash Club.

The Challenger 5 event features both a men’s and women’s draw, with 32 players in action across the four days of play. Portugal’s Rui Soares, the World No.74, is the only member of the top 100 in the men’s event, and he will be the favourite for the tournament.

Scotland’s Alison Thomson will be the top seed for the women’s tournament, with Kace Bartley and Georgia Adderley as her nearest competitors for the title come Friday.

Global Pontefract Men’s Challenger
From Friday 6 to Sunday 8 August, the Challenger Tour sees another event held at Pontefract Squash and Leisure Club, with the Global Pontefract Men’s Challenger taking place.

The top two seeds, in Emyr Evans and Rory Stewart, have both broken into the top 100 in the World Rankings for the first time in their careers, and will be looking to continue their good form with a victory come Sunday evening.

PSA Moscow Tour 2
For the second time in three weeks, Squash Club Moscow plays host to a Challenger Tour event, as the PSA Moscow Tour 2 is held at the weekend, with action on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August.

Once again, Russian No.1 Vladislav Titov is the top seed, with Ukrainian No.1 Valeriy Fedoruk as his nearest contender. Makar Esin, who reached the final of the most recent event in Moscow, will also be aiming to go one better this time round.

This Week’s Schedule
Hit and Run Sport Challenger: Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 August
Global Pontefract Men’s Challenger: Friday 6 – Sunday 8 August
PSA Moscow Tour 2: Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 August

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