There’s just one more event of the 2021-2022 PSA World Tour season left, with the CIB PSA World Tour Finals taking place in Cairo from Tuesday, June 21 to Sunday, June 26.
World class squash descends on Cairo this week, with the season-ending event being held at the Mall of Arabia. Once again, the tournament is unique compared to all those that have come before it in the 2021-2022 season, in that the top eight players over the course of the campaign have qualified for it, including those who guaranteed their spots after winning either the World Championships or Platinum level tournaments.
Those eight players have then been split into two groups, with one of each of the 1/2, 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 seeding brackets allocated into each group. In the group stages, each player will play the other three members of their group over the four days of group stage action, with the top two from each group going through to the semi-finals.
The winners of Group A will face the runners-up of Group B, and vice versa, before the winners of those matches face off in the final, which will be best-of-five. The entirety of the group stages and the semi-finals will be played as best-of-three.
For instance, in Group B, New Zealand’s Paul Coll will play Egypt’s Mostafa Asal and Tarek Momen, along with Welshman Joel Makin, across the next four days. The top two from that group will then move through to face the top two from Group A.
If Coll was to top the group, he would then face the man who came second in Group A, with the winner of Group A facing the runner-up of Group B. The tournament then becomes a straight knockout, with the winners of the semi-finals facing off in the final on Sunday, June 26, to see who claims the CIB PSA World Tour Finals crown.