it be an All-French Final in the Men's?
The 2017 Open International de Squash de Nantes is set to
feature an all-French final in the Men’s event for the first
time, with World No.23 Grégoire Marche seeded to meet
former World No.6 Mathieu Castagnet in the title decider.
Taking place at Les Machines de l'île between September 6-10,
the Men’s Open International de Squash de Nantes features a
$25,000 prize fund and will see Castagnet take on fellow
Frenchman Lucas Serme in the pick of the first round fixtures.
A win for Castagnet would see him face either England’s
Declan James or talented Egyptian Youssef Soliman in
the last eight, while Swiss No.4 seed Nicolas Mueller and
Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi are also on Castagnet’s
side of the draw as they take on a qualifier and tournament
wildcard Frenchman Auguste Dussourd, respectively.
Meanwhile, Marche kickstarts his efforts to lift a third
successive Open International de Nantes title with an opening
round fixture against a qualifier and the 27-year-old is seeded
to meet maverick Egyptian Mazen Hesham in an explosive
last four encounter.
Last year’s final saw Marche defeat England’s Chris Simpson
to take the title and the duo could face off in a rematch as
early as the quarter-finals if they both emerge from their first
round matches unscathed.
The Women’s event boasts its biggest ever prize purse of
$15,000 and sees English duo Millie Tomlinson and Fiona
Moverley named as the top two seeds, with the pair seeded to
clash in the final.
Moverley could need to overcome home hope Coline Aumard
if she is to play to her seeding, with Aumard the highest ranked
female French player in the tournament.
Tomlinson begins her tournament against wildcard Julie
Rossignol – the 20-year-old from Marly Le Roi – and the
World No.26 is seeded to meet Belgium’s Nele Gilis in the
The qualifying stages of the Open International de Squash
de Nantes will be held between September 4-5 at La Maison du
Squash, with the main draw staged between September 6-10
at Les Machines de l’île.
Open is BAAAAAACK!!!
Throwback: the 2016 was as I'm sure you remember organised on
the Cité des Congrès Stage, and managed with brio and flair by
the Association Nantes Squash Sautron.
It was the second edition, and it was a frank success. So much
so it won the Innovative Event Award by the Cité des Congrès.
Why was it a success?
- It was a confirmation of the original concept: mix Culture
Sport, brining sport on the Stage.
- The recognition offered by the players, the audience, the
sponsors and the observer.
- A frank public success, with the interest for the sport well
alive in Nantes.
- The high level of the competition, offering different styles
of squash, and from the five continents.
- A truly global event thanks to medias and social medias.
One of the true originality of the event is the fact that each
year, the tournament is held in a different venue.
So, after the Lieu Unique in the first year, then la Cité des
Congrès last year, we are taking you to the Nefs this year!
You will come to discover what the Nefs are in the coming weeks,
but let's say that a lot of articulated machines, and an
gigantic elephant will be heavily involved... So, take your
booknotes, from the 6th to the 10th
Our Athletes will challenge the "Machines
of the Island"!!!!
Stay tuned, you do not want to miss this...
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