The Professional Squash Association has unveiled the seeding list for the 2018 Lagos International Squash Classics scheduled for March 19 to 24 at the Molade-Okoya Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, with Egyptian players dominating the men’s seeding list.
The tournament is organised by the Lagos State Squash Association and supported by the Nigeria Squash Federation.
As a PSA-sanctioned event, the seeding list for the tournament was based on the global ranking of the players with Egypt’s Karim Ali Fathi, who is 39th in the world, and Czech Republic’s Eva Fertekova topping the seeding list in the men and women’s events.
Eight players were seeded in the men’s category while four made the seeding list in the women’s division.
Other players seeded include Egypt’s trio Mazen Gamal (54), Mohamed Reda (58) and Karim El Hammamy (69) completing the top four seeds.
England’s Angus Gillams is fifth seed, while Egypt’s Mohamed El Sherbini, Switzerland’s Dimitri Steinmann and Egypt’s Shehab Essam are seeded sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.
No Nigerian player made the seeding list but the country’s highest ranked player in the world, Tunde Ajagbe, got a wildcard into the 12-man list in the main draw of the men’s event.
Fertekova, who is ranked 102 in the world, is the number one seed in the women’s category.
Other players that made the four-man seeding list include Egypt’s Menna Nasser, Nigeria’s Yemisi Olatunji and Egypt’s Salma Youssef, who are seeded second, third and fourth respectively.
Countries scheduled to participate at the six-day event are hosts Nigeria, Egypt, France, England, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Ireland, Iraq, South Africa, Belgium, United States, Pakistan, India and Czech Republic.
The world ranking event would afford the players a chance to amass points for their global rating as the men will share $15,000 while the women will be aiming for the $5,000 at stake.