Challenger Tour preview: Action in Qatar, Spain, England and France

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There are four events on the PSA Challenger Tour this week, with action coming from Qatar, Spain, England and France over the next eight days.
Three of these tournaments are Challenger 10 level, the other being a Challenger 3, the last tournament level currently on the Tour, a level introduced with lower prizes after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bexley Open

The Challenger 3 tournament takes place on British soil, at the Bexley Open. The event is only available to those located in the UK, with players from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland being eligible to participate.

This is the only event this week that features a women’s draw, with world number 27 Millie Tomlinson as the main attraction at Bexley. The draw also includes three Scots, Alison Thomson, Gergina Adderley and Katriona Allen, as well as last month’s England Squash Challenge winner Georgina Kennedy, who currently sits at No. 162 in the world.

The men’s draw is led by Welshman Emyr Evans, world No. 9 women Tesni. England’s Charlie and Scotsman Rory Stewart are the other seeds, while highly rated junior Sam Todd will be the No.8 seed in the 16-player draw.

QSF 2

The first event of the week takes place in Qatar, with the Khalifa international tennis and squash complex in Doha, host of the 2019 PSA Men’s World Championship, once again in the spotlight.

The only domestic event will feature world No.31 Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi as the seed, with Syed Azlan Amjad, the man who won a place in the world championship last year, as the No.2 seed.

Five juniors, all outside the top 400 in the world rankings, will also make appearances, including two, to Salem Al Malki and Yousef Al Kubaisi, both competing in their second tournaments on the PSA World Tour.

Costa Del Sol Open

The second tournament of the week, which starts on Thursday, December 17, is the Costa Del Sol Open. The event will be held at the Complejo Polideportivo Municipal Elola in Malaga and is an exclusively national event.

The 16-player draw includes 14 Spaniards, as well as a Dutchman and a Colombian who both live in the country, the seed being the 32nd World Iker Pajares Bernabeu.

World No.69 Bernat Jaume will be the No.2 seed in the tournament, with Hugo Varela and Sergio Garcia Pollan the other men set to reach the semi-finals in Malaga this week.

Tess Jutte of the Netherlands and Colombian Luis Alejandro Mancilla, both of whom live in Barcelona, ​​will not be classified for the tournament and will be keen to try to spoil the hopeful weeks at home.

PSA Bordeaux North

The final tournament of the week starts on Saturday December 19 and ends the following Monday. This will be another Challenger 10 level tournament in Bordeaux, France, with four players in the top 75 of the world rankings in the draw.

The seed will be world n ° 35 Lucas Serme, world n ° 46 Victor Crouin seeking to cause a slight shock during the draw. Auguste Dussourd will be the No. 3 seed, with the only non-Frenchman in the draw, Japan’s world No. 75 Ryosei Kobayashi, the No. 4 seed.

Nine juniors will be in the draw, including world No.247 Toufik Mekhalfi, will also aim for glory, with Mekhalfi being the sixth seed in this week’s draw in Bordeaux.

Challenger Tour events: December 14-21
(Tournament level in brackets)
QSF 4 (10): from Monday 14 to Thursday 17
Costa Del Sol Open (10): from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20
Bexley Open (3): from Saturday 19 to Sunday 20
PSA Bordeaux North (10): Saturday 19-Monday 21



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