Mouthwatering draw for the Open de France
French No.1 Camille Serme will headline the Open de France – Nantes 2019 Presented by Tailor Capital when the PSA World Tour Silver tournament takes place between 9th and 14th September at the picturesque Chateau des ducs de Bretagne.
The Open de France – formerly known as the Open International de Squash de Nantes – has this year upgraded to a PSA World Tour Silver event and will use a best-of-three games format up to and including the quarter-finals, before reverting to the traditional best of five for the semi-finals and finals.
The increase in prize money and prestige means Nantes will play host to a top-class draw featuring five of the world’s top 10 players across the men’s and women’s events.
Serme, the highest ranked female French player of all time, will be the star attraction as she competes for the lion’s share of the $73k prize purse, and the 30-year-old from Créteil will feature alongside high-profile players such as World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry, World No.8 Amanda Sobhy and World No.11 Alison Waters.
Defending champion Nele Gilis and last year’s runner-up Emily Whitlock also return, while French trio Coline Aumard, Melissa Alves and Enora Villard join Serme in the draw.
The men’s draw is headed up by Germany’s World No.5 Simon Rösner, New Zealand’s World No.6 Paul Coll and Welsh World No.13 Joel Makin.
Gregoire Marche – the Aix en Provence-based World No.16 who has won this tournament in three of the past four years – is the highest ranked French player in the men’s draw, while former World No.6 Mathieu Castagnet, Baptiste Masotti and Benjamin Aubert will also carry home hopes on their shoulders.
2018 men’s champion Declan James is seeded seventh for the tournament, ahead of fellow Englishman and former World No.1 James Willstrop, who he beat at the Théâtre Graslin last September to lift his biggest PSA title to date.
The Open de France features an equal prize fund of $147,000 split equally between the men’s and women’s events. Round one matches will be played at La Maison du Squash, while round two matches will be split between that venue and the Chateau des ducs de Bretagne. The Chateau des ducs de Bretagne will host all matches from the quarter-finals onwards.
Tickets are available for purchase via the tournament’s official website.
Squash fans can also support the event by participating in the tournament’s crowdfunding campaign. Contributors can get involved in one of the most unique tournaments on the PSA World Tour and will earn rewards and other benefits.