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Heroes Graz Open: Tournament Preview

The first of two European events this week on the Challenger Tour is the Heroes Graz Open, a Challenger 10 level event taking place in the Austrian city of Graz.

The tournament is stacked with 11 members of the world’s top 100, and players from 12 different nationalities, including Egypt, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Spain and the host nation, Austria.

India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar will be the top seed for the tournament, with the World No.57 coming off a semi-final finish at the Madeira International last week. Moustafa El Sirty took the victory in that same event, his fourth win of 2021, and he will be aiming for wins in back-to-back weeks as the No.5 seed.

Spain’s Bernat Jaume, Japan’s Ryosei Kobayashi and Hong Kong’s Henry Leung make up the rest of the top four seedings, while Austrian No.1 Aqeel Rehman will be the home favourite, and the tournament’s No.8 seed.

The event takes place from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 September at the Heroes Squash-Bar in. Graz, Austria. Follow the PSA Challenger Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.

Action from Graz will be streamed throughout the week on the PSA Challenger Tour YouTube channel, where you can watch Challenger Tour action, and interviews with rising stars.

Men’s First Round Draw: Heroes Graz Open
[1] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) – [Bye]
David Zeman (CZE) v [9/16] Ammar Altamimi (KUW)
[9/16] Hugo Varela (ESP) v [WC] Jakob Dirnberger (AUT)
[6] Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) – [Bye]
[5] Moustafa El Sirty (EGY) – [Bye]
Nilo Vidal (ESP) v [9/16] Marek Panacek (CZE)
[9/16] Miles Jenkins (ENG) v Adam Sinkule (CZE)
[4] Henry Leung (HKG) – [Bye]
[3] Ryosei Kobayashi (JPN) – [Bye]
[WC] Georg Stoisser (AUT) v [9/16] Vladislav Titov (RUS)
[9/16] Jakub Solnicky (CZE) v Ondrej Vorlicek (CZE)
[8] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) – [Bye]
[7] Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) – [Bye]
Marc Lopez (ESP) v [9/16] Martin Svec (CZE)
[9/16] Farkas Balazs (HUN) v [WC] Lukas WIndischberger (AUT)
[2] Bernat Jaume (ESP) – [Bye]

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