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Could 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 semi-finals.

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.

Nantes International 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
September.

Our Athletes will challenge the "Machines of the Island"!!!!

Stay tuned, you do not want to miss this...

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