International line-up at SEKISUI Open 2019

For the eighth time, professional squash players from all over the world met in the heart of Switzerland to compete in the SEKISUI Open 2019 from 21 to 25 May. This year, players from a total of 14 nations (five of them from the top 100 world ranking) found their way to Kriens.

Due to the long-lasting partnership between SEKISUI and the Professional Squash Association (PSA), the event has become an integral part of the tournament calendar. This year not only Mahesh Mangaonkar from India, winner in 2016 and current world number 53, but also Reiko Peter, nine-time Swiss vice champion, joined the tournament again. For him it was a very special participation: with the tournament he ended his career as a professional squash player, after he already celebrated his first matches and victories at the SEKISUI Open. A worthy ending!

The winner: An old friend

Apart from international top players, the tournament also offered regional junior players the opportunity to show their skills. Three of them have been playing Squash in Kriens since their childhood and grew up with the SEKISUI Open. However, in the end Mahesh Mangaonkar was the declared winner of the SEKISUI Open 2019. He won against Bernat Jaume from Spain in a competitive final after nearly 50 minutes and was able to celebrate his second triumph at the SEKISUI Open. Congratulations!

Everyone is welcome

Not only the top players, but also the youngsters benefited again from SEKISUI’s squash commitment. Since 2012 the tournament offers the next-generation the chance to see top players live every year. Sometimes there is even the opportunity for them to hit a few balls with the pros.

To please all squash players, there were again two hobby tournaments happening like last year – for everyone who is not playing on a professional level.

And finally after the exciting week, on Saturday night after the finals, the annual “Schnitzel night” took place. Players, helpers and fans enjoyed the evening and ended the tournament together.

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