A few months after the Nantes PSA, the very best of international squash will be reunited in the French biggest southern city to compete in the men’s world team championship. The French Squash Federation decided to support the Nantes international Open. It is the third year that this tournament will happen and again it will surprise you. Combining culture and sport, this competition will gather this year incredible players such as Grégoire Marche. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, France will host two outstanding internationals competitions !
The French Squash Federation, coordinated with the PACA squash league and the Modern’Squash club will host the Men’s World Team Championship 2017 from the 26th November to the 3rd of December. This event, organised every two years since 1967, will celebrate its 25th edition.
In Marseille, 28 countries are expected with world’s top 100 players. Among the favourite teams, Egypt is probably the most expected with its icons: Mohamed ElShorbagy – ex world number 1 – Ramy Ashour – multiple world champion. To shiver the Egyptian country, the defending champion England and the French hosts - 2017 European Team Champions - will be with no doubt part of the battle.
Like every year, the French team will be part of the outsiders for the title and can count on its leader Grégory Gaultier, world number one (June 2017) and world champion in 2015. Bronze medallist in Mulhouse four years ago, the hosts team is completed this year with experienced Mathieu Castagnet, Grégoire Marche and Lucas Serme, and lead by coach Renan Lavigne. With the spectators’ support, the French team will surely offer a big show to all their fans. Will they reach their first ever title in this 25th edition?
This event will close the special year of the Marseille European Sport capital project in 2017: a privileged place given to squash.
The Men’s World Team Championship will be held at the Modern’Squash club and the Salle Vallier which will enable the necessary arrangement to welcome all the spectators. So, during a whole week week, Marseille will be world’s squash capital.