Indian Junior Open, Chennai, 23 August onwards…

The IJO is an SRFI, Asian junior super series and World junior circuit event with competitions in ten age categories (boys and girls) U-11, U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19. A total of 503 entries – there are 343 boys entries and 160 girls entries.

Participants will receive WSF ranking points (U-19), ASF points (all categories) and SRFI ranking points (four star).

Overseas response has come in from Malaysia, Singapore, USA, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Nepal and Bahrain.

Matches will be held at the eight courts located at the Indian Squash Academy, Chennai.

For India much interest will centre around Kush Kumar who became the first male Indian player to earn a bronze medal at the World junior championship at Namibia. He is the top seed in the U-19 category and was the winner last year. Also in action will be Velevan Senthilkumar & Vijay Kumar the other members of the Indian contingent that finished 6th at the World Junior Championships in Namibia.

Top Seeds in the 10 categories are:
BU11 – Aakash Gupta (Mumbai)
GU11 – Sehveetrraa Kumar (Malaysia)
BU13 – Yash Fadte (Goa)
GU13 – Aifa Azman (Malaysia)
BU15 – Jesse Kok Sheng Foo (Malaysia)
GU15 – Nikita Joshi (Mumbai)
BU17 – Velavan Senthilkumar (Chennai)
GU17 -Ho Ka Wing (Hong Kong)
BU19 – Kush Kumar (Chennai)
GU19 – Lakshya Ragavendran (Chennai)

About Cyrus Poncha
I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai in 2001 to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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