PSS ITF Senior ITF Challenge Dubai
DUBAI, UAE: After an absence of three years, the PSS ITF Senior ITF Challenge Dubai event was held on 4-7 April in Dubai, UAE.
The tournament offered both singles, doubles and mixed doubles in the 35s, 45s and 55s categories.
The event attracted a number of new players to the ITF Seniors Circuit as well as some seasoned regulars. Players from countries including Canada, Russia, Turkey, Germany and Egypt took part in this event.
Amr Hazem from Egypt caused the first upset in the mens 35s by beating top-seeded Russian Pavel Horoshev in the second round. Amr continued his fine form to reach the final and take the title with a walkover against Henrik Hobik from Sweden. The mens 35s doubles title was won by tournament director Brij Menon and Frank Scheunert, tournament director of the upcoming tournament in Abu Dhabi.
Frank Scheunert from Germany was also to take the mixed doubles 35s title with partner Iamze Salukvadze from Georgia who has a career high mixed doubles ranking of 66 in April 2013.
The women’s 35s saw Anna Tozin from America compete in her first ITF seniors circuit tournament. She took the title after winning all of her matches in this round robin event including a straight sets win over top seed Anjali Iyer from India.
Unseeded Paul Jackson from Great Britain caused an upset in the mens 45s after beating the fourth seed on his way to the final. His fine form was to continue with another upset after beating top seed Robert Koukol 64 62.
The mens 55s event saw an all Indian final between top seed AJS Chhatwal and second seed Rokesh Kohli. Rokesh was to cause the final upset of the tournament with a 62 75 straight sets win.