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2022 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Commences With Challenger Play

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April 27, 2022
by Chris McClintick

The 2022 J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions Challenger Draws open tournament play Wednesday, April 27, at local clubs in New York City.

Following the postponement of the 2022 ToC from its traditional January staging, the tournament adapted a unique format of $10,000 men’s and women’s PSA Challenger draws held April 27-30, with the winners qualifying for the ToC main draw, May 1-7.

First, second and third round Challenger matches will take place at the Nicol Squash Club, New York Athletic Club, Harvard Club and River Club, with the finals opening up glass court play in Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall Saturday, April 30.

View the men’s Challenger draw here, and women’s Challenger draw here. Find tickets for the Challenger finals on tocsquash.com/tickets or watch the finals live on SquashTV.

Qatar’s world No. 53 Abdulla Al Tamimi leads the men’s Challenger Draw as the top seed in search of reaching his third career ToC main draw. The Qatari is seeded to face American world No. 52 Faraz Khan in the final, who enters as the two seed. Khan is joined by four other Americans in the bottom half of the draw.

The Yale Club hosted a Challenger play in match Tuesday night as American Harrison Gil defeated compatriot Jamie Ruggiero in three games. Gil enters the Challenger draw with a first-round match up against his former Yale teammate Spencer Lovejoy.

Another all-American first round match up will feature Queens native Chris Gordon take on Harvard graduate and world No. 82 Timmy Brownell.

Nineteen-year-old Egyptian world No. 50 Sana Ibrahim is the women’s top seed and opens her campaign against U.S. junior Katherine Glaser. Three other U.S. juniors will try their hands against the professionals including Lucie Stefanoni, Arisha Khan and Jhansi Bhavsar.

Harvard junior and world No. 66 Marina Stefanoni is the highest-ranked American in the draw and opens her tournament against Khan in the first round. The Darien, Connecticut, native would need to get past Hong Kong’s three seed Ka Yi Lee and two seed Tsz-Wing Tong to reach the glass court final.