English Duo Willstrop and Whitlock to Headline
Strongest Ever Open International de Nantes against French Team
Mates Marche & Castagnet
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.