A quiet month tournament-wise, with a lot of attention centred on Egypt where the hole left in the World Series calendar by the cancellation of the Sky Open was only partially filled by the first “Egyptian Circuit” event, while the Hurghada International went ahead with Ramy Ashour retaining his title with a marathon win over Karim Darwish in the final. Raneem El Weleily deposed four-time champion Omneya Abdel Kawy, a result which presaged changes in fortune for both players with Raneem’s relentless rise matched by Omneya’s fall from grace as the year progresses.
England’s juniors continued their unstoppable run as they collected the U15 and U17 European Team titles in Germany, while on the senior European front Natalie Grinham and Gregory Gaultier recaptured the Euro Individual crowns in Warsaw, a second for Grinham and an impressive eighth final and sixth title for Gaultier.
Taking advantage of the quiet time, the Sobhy Family accepted Ryan Abraham‘s invite of an exhibition / holiday / tour of Trinidad and Tobago, where they tasted “Bake ‘n Shark”, went “down de Islands”, had a go on the Steelpans, etc etc … all of which added up to “the experience of a lifetime” in the words of world junior champion Amanda.
In other news, the WSF unveils the new World Junior Circuit, Alister Walker goes back to Botswana, Yorkshire squash loses Fred Willis, the Willstrops cycle Coast2Coast for charity, and Steve Cubs starts his diet.