ZURICH – With three 16-year-olds, including St. Catharines’ native Nicholas Sachvie, in the line-up, this year’s men’s world junior squash championships is all about gaining some valuable experience for the Canadian team. The competition is set for July 27-Aug. 7 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Sachvie, Arjun Gupta of Toronto and Andrew Schnell of Calgary, 1-2-3 respectively in the under-17 division at junior nationals in May, are the trio making their debut wearing Canadian colours on the world stage.
“It’s going to be tough, most guys will be older than me,” admitted Sachvie. “The most important thing for me is the team event but I’d like to make a strong impression individually as well. But I feel I’m ready, I’m playing everyday and I’ll be in great shape when the tournament starts.”
The trio is bolstered by young veterans Kelly Shannon of Calgary and Frederick Reid of Markham, Ont. Shannon, the Canadian under-19 champion, is seeded in the 17-32 bracket.
The tournament gets underway with the individual event. Gupta must go through a qualifier on July 27 and the 128-player main draw gets going on July 28 with the other four Canadians all slated for action. The individual competition concludes with the final on Aug.1.
The 32-country team competition runs from Aug. 2-7. Canada is currently seeded 11th but the final official seeding won’t be announced until July 31. Egypt, the defending champion, is currently seeded number-one followed by Pakistan and England.