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Challenger Tour Weekly Preview: Seven Events In Busy Week Of Action

The Challenger Tour sees one of its busiest weeks of the year this week, with seven events taking place across six countries and three continents over the next seven days.

Five of the seven tournaments will take place in Europe, with two of those being held in England. The Czech Republic, France and Romania also play host to Challenger Tour events this week.

Further west, and there are also two events being played in the Americas, with action coming from the Central American nation of Guatemala, as well as an event being played in Brazil.

Here is all that is going on this week on the Challenger Tour.

Czech Open
The first event of the week on the Challenger Tour is the Czech Open, a Challenger 20 level event which will feature both men’s and women’s draws at Centrum Viktoria in Brno.

World No.18 Emily Whitlock will lead the way in the women’s draw of the regionally restricted event due to COVID-19. The French duo of Melissa Alves and Enora Villard, along with Finland’s Emilia Soini, all members of the top 50 in the World Rankings, will be her nearest competitors for the title.

Swiss No.1 Nicolas Mueller will be the top seed in the men’s event, with compatriot Dimitri Steinmann and the French duo of Lucas Serme and Sebastien Bonmalais joining him in the top four seeds.

There will be ten Czech players in action on home soil in Brno. Anna Serme, Eva Fertekova, Tamara Holzbauerova and Tereza Siroka will be in action in the women’s event, while Daniel Mekbib, Martin Svec, Viktor Byrtus, Ondrej Uherka, Marek Panacek and David Zeman fly the flag for the home nation in the men’s draw.

Angers PSA Open
The Angers PSA Open takes place in France from Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 November, with the Challenger 3 level men’s event being played across two venues, the Playground and Wake Up Form in Angers.

Argentina’s Leandro Romiglio will be the top seed for the tournament, with India’s Abhishek Agarwal as his nearest challenger for the crown. Edwin Clain and Manu Paquemar will be the highest ranked home hopes at the event.

1st 10k Guatemala Open Squash PSA Tournament
The first of two events taking place in the Americas this week comes from Guatemala, with the first of three tournaments in the space of a four week period in the country.

Mexico’s Cesar Salazar is the top seed for the event which has allowed only those from the Americas to take part, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. USA’s Christopher Gordon and Canadian No.1 David Baillargeon are the other two members of the top 100 in the World Rankings in action.

London Open
The second of two Challenger 20 events on Tour this week is the London Open, one of two tournament being played on English soil over the course of the next seven days.

Seven of the eight seeds in the men’s draw will be featuring in their home nation, with the likes of Adrian Waller, James Willstrop, George Parker, Tom Richards and Patrick Rooney all in action at the Cumberland Squash Club.

Canada’s Danielle Letourneau, South Africa’s Alexandra Fuller and the English duo of Lucy Turmel and Julianne Courtice will be the top four seeds for the women’s event in London this week.

Head Open
The second event in the Americas this week comes from Brazil, with the Challenger 3 Head Open taking place in Sao Caetano do Sul from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 November.

Brazilian No.1 Diego Gobbi will be the top seed for the men’s tournament, with Paraguayan Franceco Marcantonio as his nearest contender for the title.

David Lloyd Men’s Open
The second event on English soil this week is the David Lloyd Men’s Open, which will take place in Purley from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 November.

Kuwait’s Ammar Altamimi will be the top seed for the Challenger 3 level event, with Poland’s Filip Jarota, Scotland’s Fergus Richards and England’s Perry Malik amongst the top four seeds.

Romanian Open
The final event of the week will be the Romanian Open, which begins on Friday in Cluj-Napoca. Hungary’s Farkas Balazs will be the top seed for the Challenger 5 level tournament.

The Indian trio of Abhishek Pradhan, Abhishek Agarwal and Aadit Zaveri will all be in action, along with Switzerland’s Robin Gadola, Welshman Elliott Morris Devred and Egypt’s Yassin Elshafei in the top eight seeds.

This Week’s Schedule
Czech Open: Monday 15 – Friday 19 November
Angers PSA Open: Tuesday 16 – Thursday 18 November
1st 10k Guatemala Open Squash PSA Tournament: Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 November
London Open: Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 November
Head Open: Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 November
David Lloyd Men’s Open: Friday 19 – Sunday 21 November
Romanian Open: Friday 19 – Sunday 21 November

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