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Challenger Tour Weekly Preview: Six Events In Five Nations

In one of the busiest weeks on the Tour so far this season, there will be six tournaments beginning over the next seven days, with action coming from five different countries.

England is the nation to host two separate events, with the Northern Joe Cup and Exeter Golf and Country Club Open taking place this week, while the week’s action begins in Pakistan, at the 15th CNS International Squash Championship.

Action also comes from France, Canada and Malaysia this week, with the Open PSA Lagord Tennis Squash, Gatineau PSA Challenger and SRAM PSA 7 all happening, respectively.

15th CNS International Squash Championship
The first event of the week’s action comes from Karachi, Pakistan, with the Challenger 20 level 15th CNS International Squash Championship beginning on Tuesday 2 November.

USA’s Todd Harrity is the top seed for the event, with Pakistani No.1 Tayyab Aslam as his nearest competitors in the World Rankings. The Hong Kong trio of Tsz Fung Yip, Henry Leung and Tsz Kwan Lau, along with the Egyptian pair of Moustafa El Sirty and Yahya Elnawasany will all be in contention.

Open PSA Lagord Tennis Squash
The first European event of the week’s action comes from France, with the Open PSA Lagord Tennis Squash also beginning on Tuesday 2 November. The event is a men’s Challenger 10 level tournament.

Playing on home soil, Benjamin Aubert and Auguste Dussourd will be the top two seeds, with Japanese No.1 Ryosei Kobayashi and Egyptian Mazen Gamal also in action at Lagord Tennis Squash.

Gatineau PSA Challenger
The lone tournament in North America this week will take place on Canadian soil, with the Gatineau PSA Challenger taking place from Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 November.

The Challenger 5 level event is being run with domestic restrictions on entries, allowing only those currently based in Canada to participate. David Baillargeon, who won the Oxford Properties Canadian Senior Championship last month, will be the top seed for the tournament.

The Northern Joe Cup
The first of two events to be played on English soil this week will be the Northern Joe Cup, with both a men’s and women’s draw at the Challenger 5 level event at Cheetham Hill Squash Club in Manchester.

Nick Wall, who claimed two victories in October, will be the top seed in the men’s draw, with New Zealand’s Lwamba Chileshe as his nearest competitor. Spain’s Cristina Gomez leads a European top four in the women’s draw, with England’s Lily Taylor, Scotland’s Georgia Adderley and Welshwoman Ali Loke all in action.

Exeter Golf and Country Club Open
The Challenger 3 level Exeter Golf and Country Club Open begins on Friday 5 November, with both a men’s and women’s event taking place on the south coast of England.

Scotland’s Alison Thomson is the top seed in the women’s event, with England’s Lace Bartley and Egypt’s Rana Ismail as her nearest competitors. Tom Walsh will head up the men’s draw, with compatriots James Peach and Simon Herbert, along with Polish No.1 Filip Jarota, in the top four seeds.

SRAM PSA 7
The last event of the week begins on Saturday 6 November, with the SRAM PSA 7 taking place at the Gelanggang Squash Arena Emas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Challenger 10 event sees Ivan Yuen and Aifa Azman both in action, with the pair having won twice on home soil in October. Yuen heads up the men’s draw, while Azman will be the No.2 seed in the women’s event, behind compatriot Rachel Arnold.

This Week’s Schedule
15th CNS International Squash Championship: Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 November
Open PSA Lagord Tennis Squash: Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 November
Gatiineau PSA Challenger: Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 November
The Northern Joe Cup: Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 November
Exeter Golf and Country Club Open: Friday 5 – Sunday 7 November
SRAM PSA 7: Saturday 6 – Tuesday 9 November

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