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JSW India Squash Circuit starts on Sep 3; prize money doubled


Mumbai: The second season of JSW India Squash Circuit, carrying a total prize fund of USD 120,000 which is double of what was offered last year and featuring top ranking players from India and abroad, is set to begin here on September 3 and conclude in Chennai on October 22. Kolkata would also host a couple of tournaments in the circuit, a media release said today.

The circuit begins here with the NSCI Open, before two PSA Men’s International USD 35,000 events, the CCI International at the Cricket Club of India here and Kolkata International at the Calcutta Racquet Club, scheduled between September 10 and 13 and September 24 and 27.

The circuit, promoted by IVY Sports, is to end at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai where it will be played from October 19 to 22. A host of big names are set to play in the circuit with Spanish No.1 Borja Golan set for the CCI International PSA Event along with eight-time national champion Saurav Ghosal, who is a top 20 player in World.

Briton Adrian Waller, German Raphael Kandra and India’s Mahesh Mangaonka are also set to play. India’s Joshana Chinnappa is seeded fourth in the women’s draw and would face a strong contenders’ list that includes World Junior Champion Habiba Mohamed of Egypt, currently No. 18 in the world, and Joey Chan of Hong Kong – who is also in the top 25 women in the world.

The tournament is supported by the Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFi) and the World Squash Federation (WSF) for the second year running, the release added. “With the addition of two USD 35,000 tournaments (CCI and Kolkata) we welcome Saurav and Joshana to the JSW Indian Squash Circuit 2015,” said India’s PSA representative and former national men’s champion Ritwik Bhattacharya.

“With over USD 120,000 to be won across the circuit this year around it will raise the stakes considerably. Today a top Indian Pro Squash Player could potentially maximise on World Ranking Points as well as earn better Prize Money than ever before playing right here in India on their home courts,”
he added.