• Open International de Nantes  • 04 - 09 Sep 2018 • France •  



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The 2018 edition of the Open International de Squash de Nantes will play host to its strongest ever line-up between September 4-9 when former World No.1 James Willstrop and compatriot Emily Whitlock headline the men’s and women’s draws respectively at the spectacular setting of Théâtre Graslin.

Willstrop, the current World No.17, won a Commonwealth Games gold medal on Australia’s Gold Coast in April and the Yorkshireman is one of the star names in the men’s PSA Challenger Tour 30 draw, which also includes home favourites Grégoire Marche and Mathieu Castagnet.

Marche has won all three previous editions of the Open International de Nantes and defeated Switzerland’s Nicolas Mueller in last year’s final, winning a dramatic encounter 3-2 at Les Machines de l’île. The tournament has been held at some of the most picturesque locations in Nantes, with Marche also taking the honours at the Lieu Unique and the Cité Internationale des Congrès in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

World No.22 Whitlock is the top seed for the women’s PSA Challenger Tour 20 event and will contest a tournament that contains eight of the world’s top 50 players, including defending champion and fellow Englishwoman Fiona Moverley, who beat World No.34 Nele Gilis in the 2017 final.

Matches will be split between the glass court staged at Théâtre Graslin and the traditional courts based at La Maison du Squash.

by Sherkan






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