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Challenger Tour Weekly Preview: Five Events On Four Continents

The busy period of the Challenger Tour coming up to Christmas continues this week, with five events taking place over the next eight days, with the action coming from five countries across four continents.

Two tournaments take place on European soil, with action coming from the Czech Republic and Scotland, while there are also events in Brazil, Egypt and Hong Kong.

The CIB Egyptian Challenger Tour 5 is the biggest event of the week, with a Challenger 20 level men’s and women’s draw in Cairo, while the KCC Challenge Cup in Hong Kong and the Commercial Water Solutions Grange Challenger in Edinburgh, Scotland, both also featuring men’s and women’s events.

The Czech Pro Series V begins the week’s action in Prague, Czech Republic, while the Brazilian-based PAC Squash Open are both solely men’s events. Take a look at what is happening on the Challenger Tour here.

Czech Pro Series V
The first tournament of the week is the Challenger 10 level Czech Pro Series V, which takes place at Squash Club Strahov from Sunday 28 November to Thursday 2 December.

Frenchman Benjamin Aubert will be the top seed for the tournament, with four home hopes among the top eight seeds. Daniel Mekbib, Martin Svec, Jakub Solnicky and Viktor Byrtus will be aiming to win on home soil.

England’s Robert Downer, Colombia’s Juan Camilo Vargas and Hungary’s Farkas Balazs will be the other members of the top eight seeds for the event which begins on Sunday.

CIB Egyptian Challenger Tour 5
The biggest tournament of the week comes in Cairo, with the Challenger 20 level CIB Egyptian Challenger Tour 5 being played at Smouha Sporting Club from Tuesday 30 November to Saturday 4 December.

World No.12 Miguel Rodriguez will lead the men’s field, with Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi as the only other non-Egyptian among the top eight seeds. The other members of the top eight are Omar Mosaad, Mohamed ElSherbini, Zahed Salem, Karim El Hammamy, Moustafa El Sirty and Yahya Elnawasany.

The same goes for the women’s draw, with seven of the eight seeds coming from Egypt. Nadine Shahin leads the way, with Nada Abbas, Yathreb Adel, Zeina Mickawy, Mariam Metwally, Hana Ramadan and Mayar Hany joined by Canadian Danielle Letourneau.

KCC PSA Challenge Cup
The KCC PSA Challenge Cup will be a domestic event held in Hong Kong, allowing only those currently residing in the nation to participate over the four day competition, which begins on Wednesday 1 December.

World No.180 Harley Lam leads the way in the men’s draw, with Matthew Lai as his nearest challenger, while Cheng Nga Ching will be the top seed in the women’s event. Canada, Singapore and Spain will be the other nations represented at the event.

Commercial Water Solutions Grange Challenger
Challenger Tour action returns to Scotland this week, with the Commercial Water Solutions Grange Challenger taking place in Edinburgh from Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 December.

The English quartet of Sam Todd, Curtis Malik, Miles Jenkins and Tom Walsh will be the top four seeds for the men’s draw at the Challenger 5 event, with India’s Abhay Singh and Egypt’s Seif Shenawy also amongst the top eight seeds.

World No.70 Lucy Beecroft will be the woman to beat in Edinburgh, closely followed by Scotland’s Georgia Adderley and Alison Thomson, and compatriots Grace Gear and Alicia Mead. New Zealand’s Kaitlyn Watts and the French duo of Lea Barbeau and Elise Romba, make up the rest of the top eight seeds.

PAC Squash Open
The final tournament of the week is the PAC Squash Open, which also takes place from Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 December, though the Brazilian-based Challenger 5 level tournament is restricted to only regional entries.

Colombia’s Edgar Ramirez Bautista will be the top seed, with Brazil’s Guilherme Melo and Diego Gobbi as his nearest challengers. England, France, Guatemala, Mexico and Paraguay will all be represented in the draw.

This Week’s Schedule:
Czech Pro Series V: Sunday 28 November – Thursday 2 December
CIB Egyptian Challenger Tour 5: Tuesday 30 November – Saturday 4 December
KCC PSA Challenge Cup: Wednesday 1 – Saturday 4 December
Commercial Water Solutions Grange Challenger: Wednesday 1 – Sunday 5 December
PAC Squash Open: Wednesday 1 – Sunday 5 December

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