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Challenger Tour Weekly Preview: Five Events in Five Countries

Alongside the Qatar QTerminals Classic and the DAC Pro Squash Classic, which begins tomorrow, there are five events on the Challenger Tour this week, ranging from Bangladesh to Canada.

Four of the tournaments begin on Wednesday 20 October, with action coming from Bangladesh, Canada, Gibraltar and the United States, with a fifth event starting on Friday in England.

Here is what is coming up on the Challenger Tour over the next seven days.

Gibraltar Open
The first European tournament of the week takes place in Gibraltar, with a men’s and women’s draw at the Challenger 5 level Gibraltar Open, which begins on Wednesday 20 October.

The English duo of Robert Downer and Nick Wall lead the way in the men’s draw, with Germany’s Valentin Rapp, Spain’s Hugo Varela and Ivan Perez, and fellow Englishman Miles Jenkins all amongst the top seeds.

Dutch No.2 Tessa ter Sluis will be the top seed for the women’s draw, with a British quartet as the next four seeds. The Dutchwoman will be challenged for the crown by Scotland’s Alison Thomson and Katriona Allen, and the English duo of Anna Kimberley and Grace Gear.

Bangabandu Ispahani Squash Tournament
The first event to be held in Bangladesh in 2021 will be the Bangabandu Ispahani Squash Tournament, which begins on Wednesday 20 October and will feature a men’s draw at the Challenger 5 level event.

The draw is made up of Asian players, both from South East Asia and the Middle East, with India’s Abhishek Agarwal as the top seed. Pakistan’s Noor Zaman and Muhammad Farhan Hashmi and Egypt’s Yassin Elshafei will also be amongst the top four seeds for the tournament.

Novum Energy Texas Open
The Novum Energy Texas Open will be the first of two Challenger Tour events held on North American soil this week, with the Challenger 10 men’s tournament beginning on Wednesday 20 October.

There is a fully international draw for the tournament, with Pakistani No.2 Asim Khan as the top seed. Five other members of the top 100, in Egypt’s Yahya Elnawasany, USA’s Spencer Lovejoy, Englishman Sam Todd, Scotland’s Rory Stewart and Welshman Emyr Evans, will all be in action.

Oxford Properties Canadian Senior Championships Presented by Slaight Music
The second event on North American soil this week will be the Oxford Properties Canadian Senior Championships Presented by Slaight Music, which will double up as a Challenger 10 tournament and the Canadian National Championships.

Hollie Naughton and Danielle Letourneau will be the top two seeds for the women’s draw, with Nikki Todd and Nicole Bunyan as the other two members of the world’s top 100 in action in Toronto.

The men’s draw will feature David Baillargeon, Shawn DeLierre, Michael McCue and Nick Sachvie, the top four seeds, while Graeme and Andrew Schnell will also be in action at the Yorkdale Mall.

Holmes Naden Prestbury Squash Open
The last event of the week begins on Friday 22 October in northern England, with the Holmes Naden Prestbury Squash Open, a Challenger 3 event, taking place over the course of the weekend.

Switzerland’s Nadia Pfister and Englishwoman Lily Taylor will head up the women’s draw, while the English quartet of Charlie Lee, Curtis Malik, Harry Falconer and Perry Malik lead the way in the men’s event.

This Week’s Schedule
Gibraltar Open: Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 October
Bangabandu Ispahani Squash Tournament: Wednesday 20 – Sunday 24 October
Novum Energy Texas Open: Wednesday 20 – Sunday 24 October
Oxford Properties Canadian Senior Championships Presented by Slaight Music: Wednesday 20 – Sunday 24 October
Holmes Naden Prestbury Squash Open: Friday 22 – Sunday 24 October

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